Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Arlene McQuade R.I.P.

Arlene McQuade, who was probably best known for playing daughter Rosalie on the early television comedy The Goldbergs, died on 21 April at the age of 77. She had suffered from Parkinson's disease for some time.

Arlene McQuade was born on 29 May 1936 in New York City. She began her career as a child actor in radio plays. It was in 1948 that she made her only appearance on Broadway, appearing as "Young Alma" in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke. In 1949 the popular radio show The Goldbergs made the transition to television, and young Miss McQuade was cast as teenage daughter Rosalie on the show. She remained with The Goldbergs until it ended its run in 1956. She made her feature film debut in a movie spun off from the television show, The Goldbergs, in 1950.

In addition to her regular role on The Goldbergs, during the Fifties Arlene McQuade guest starred on the programmes The Milton Berle Show, Telephone Time, The Lawless Years, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Have Gun--Will Travel. She appeared in the films Fight for the Title (1957) and Touch of Evil (1958), in which she menaced Janet Leigh's character. During the Sixties Miss McQuade appeared in the TV shows Hawaii Five-O and Death Valley Days.

Arelene McQuade was also an artist who worked in both watercolour and oil paintings, as well as wood and glass sculpting.

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