Mary Grace Canfield, 89; played ‘Green Acres’ handywoman

Ms. Canfield appeared on several TV shows during a four-decade career.

Ms. Canfield appeared on several TV shows during a four-decade career.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show ‘‘Green Acres,’’ has died. She was 89.

Her daughter, Phoebe Alexiades, said Ms. Canfield died of lung cancer on Saturday at a hospice in Santa Barbara.


Ms. Canfield had appearances on a number of TV shows during a four-decade career, including ‘‘General Hospital’’ and ‘‘The Hathaways.’’ She was Harriet Kravitz on four episodes of the 1960s series ‘‘Bewitched.’’

But she was best known for her role of Ralph Monroe in some 40 episodes of ‘‘Green Acres,’’ which ran from 1965 to 1971. Monroe greeted folks in the town of Hootersville with a cheery ‘‘Howdy doody,’’ wore painters’ overalls, and was forever working on the Douglas family’s bedroom with her brother, Alf.

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