Her death comes after a battle with kidney cancer

By Natalie Stone
January 22, 2019 09:36 PM
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Kaye Ballard, who starred in the 1960s sitcom The Mothers-In-Law, has died. She was 93.

The actress and singer, who appeared in Broadway musicals and performed in nightclubs, died Monday evening at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, according to the Associated Press. Her death comes after a battle with kidney cancer.

Born Catherine Gloria Ballota in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 20, 1925, AP reports, Ballard starred as Kaye Buell on The Mothers-In-Law — opposite Eve Arden — from 1967-69. She went on to appear in numerous TV series throughout the decades following, including The Doris Day Show, Love, American Style, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and What a Dummy.

Kaye Ballard in Mothers-In-Law

Although Ballard was engaged four times, according to the outlet, she never married, nor had children.

“I didn’t want to,” she told The Associated Press in 1999. “I could have, many times. But I just wanted a career too much. I was smart enough to know, if you get married and have children, that’s it. Being Italian and raised as a Catholic, I took children seriously. Maybe I made a mistake. Who knows?”

Last week, a documentary about her life, Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On, premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in Palms Springs, California.

“She was so excited to be able to tell her story,” said the film’s director, Dan Wingate, according to AP. “She was really anxious for young people, especially, who are going into the arts to understand the full breadth of a life in the arts, the ups and downs.”