Jump to content

Beverly Archer RIP


Soapsuds

Recommended Posts

  • Members

Link

Beverly Archer, a television actress best remembered for her work on the 1980s situational comedy Mama’s Family and the boot camp series Major Dad, has died at age 64 from natural causes in Santa Monica, California. Archer, who shot to fame for her portrayal of the spinster homemaking neighbor Iola Boylan, died in the early morning hours of October 1, 2012 within the comfort of her private residence according to her nephew, Noah Aronoff. Archer had been a resident of Santa Monica since 2001 following her retirement from acting and television writing one-year prior.

Archer was born Beverly Aronoff on July 19, 1948 in Oak Park, Illinois and was raised in a Jewish household where her father worked as a utility salesman. Her family moved to California at a young age and she was educated at Alverno Heights High School in Sierra Madre where she was active in several drama productions and continued in her passion by studying the art at San Francisco State University and UC Santa Barbara; working in summer stock along the way. Although she appeared in several commercials in 1975 her true acting career began in 1976 on The Nancy Walker Show in which she played Nancy’s daughter Lorraine followed by another recurring role on We’ve Got Each Other.

She later grew her resume with appearances in ABC Weekend Special, The Adventures of Pollyanna, Family Ties, Spencer, The Fall Guy, Comedy Factory, My Sister Sam, ALF, What a Dummy, Married With Children, Full House, and Clueless. She also appeared on the big screen in Vice Versa, The Couch Trip, and The Brady Bunch Movie. She also wrote several episodes for Mama’s Family, Working Girls, and ALF. She made her last appearance in the made for TV movie Going Home and retired completely in 2000 at age 52. She was previously married to Robert Bernard from 1976 until her death.

Moving to Santa Monica she spent the remainder of her life gardening, granting occasional interviews, supporting Democrat politics, was active in her community and was a member of The Santa Monica Synagogue. She also was known for her extensive work with clay figures and was interviewed on the subject in 2008. According to her nephew, Archer remains were promptly cremated and her ashes scattered at sea in Santa Monica. No public or private services will be conducted.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 30
  • Created
  • Last Reply
  • Members

Oh my God, how awful, and this was the first post I read this morning and it really bummed me out. I am so glad that she is still in the land of the living.

I found the above obit a little "curious" though and I was ready to address a couple of things. Like, who dies of "natural causes" in their sixties, and the "no plans for public or private memorial" thing always makes me wonder about the deceased. I think Bea Arthur wanted the same.

I didn't know that she was married, either.

Did any of you ever watch the Mama's Family reunion on the Vicki! show? It was so funny seeing her all dressed up like Alexandra Spaulding. Some commented that they thought Vicki was being a little rude to Beverly.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

The only thing about the obituary that threw me was when it said that she had been "previously" married to her husband until her death. I just assumed it was a typo and that they meant his death.

But whatever, Iola was awesome, and Bev is, too. Glad she's still with us and I hope she's enjoying her life.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

The only thing about the obituary that threw me was when it said that she had been "previously" married to her husband until her death. I just assumed it was a typo and that they meant his death.

Exactly, that was weird.

Now get back on our TV screens Bev! Mama's Family @7:30 in syndication before NBC Saturday night starting at 8pm, that was excellent scheduling, those were the days!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Recent Posts

    • Found Boyd Crawford but I struck out with the others. Please register in order to view this content
    • I guess 1985 when Jack hired Nikki as a Jabot model (which happened around Mar 85). Not sure when they slept together, but I believe there were plenty of smooches at Jabot. It was the same time Victor rescued Ashley. Also Matt turned up about the same time and he and Nikki definitely made eyes at each other too and eventually (though not until 1986) planned to marry. In 1986 Nikki went back and forth between Jack and Matt while remaining hopeful about Victor. 
    • Ryan Phillippe was a guest star on SNL tonight to help plug the new MacGruber show (the video is on their channel as I don't want to clog up the thread).
    • Ruth Schaefer   BIG SISTER         Richard "Dicky" Wayne Went back to the stacks and saw I was looking at the wrong line to match up character and actor.   The Table of Contents Actor List is updated through this post on page one and two.
    • JOSEPH COTTEN RADIO ACADEMY AWARD THEATRE AMERICA- CEILING UNLIMITED      Host      8/8/1943-4/30/1944 AMERICA'S HOUR     Host     7/14/1935-9/22/1935 THE AMERICAN SCHOOL OF THE AIR       Various     1934 THE BAKER'S THEATRE OF STARS      "The Mango Tree"    3/1/1953 THE BIRDSEYE OPEN HOUSE     Self       9/20/1945 THE CAMPBELL PLAYHOUSE THE CAREER OF ALICE BLAIR       Leading Man     1939-40 CAVALCADE OF AMERICA  CEILING UNLIMITED THE COLUMBIA WORKSHOP      Unknown Role     "Hamlet"   11/14/1936 THE CRESTA BLANCA PLAYERS      A DATE WITH JUDY           Self    "The Strange Case of Joseph Cotten"    2/6/1945 THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE PROGRAM   Self     11/6/1944 THE EAGLE'S BROOD      Documentary about Juvenile Delinquents   3/5/1947 THE ETERNAL LIGHT    Unknown Role   "The Man Who Remembered Lincoln"   4/11/1948 FAMILY THEATER    Unknown Role    "Germelhausen"     3/15/1950 FARM TENANCY                                                1935 THE GOLDBERGS              Unknown Role THE GRAND ALLIANCE     Self     United Nations Day Broadcast   10/24/1953 GUEST STAR    Unknown Role   "Portrait of a Small Gentleman"     6/11/1950 HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE      THE HAROLD LLOYD COMEDY THEATRE     Unknown Role    "Clarence"    11/26/1944 HELLO AMERICANS     Self       "Feed the World"     1/17/1943 HOLLYWOOD FIGHTS BACK         Self     10/26/1947 HOLLYWOOD STAR PLAYHOUSE    LUX RADIO THEATRE THE MARTIN AND LEWIS SHOW         Self       6/16/1953 THE MERCURY THEATRE ON THE AIR THE ORSON WELLES SHOW      Self    10/6/1941-12/29/1941 PHILLIP MARLOWE'S PLAYHOUSE ON BROADWAY THE PRIVATE FILES OF MATTHEW BELL       Matthew Bell THE PRUDENTIAL  FAMILY HOUR OF THE STARS     Unknown Role   "Breakdown" 5/15/1949 RADIO PLAYHOUSE     Narrator     "Routine Assignment     10/14/1953 THE RADIO READER'S DIGEST SALUTE TO EUGENE O'NEILL         Narrator--Cerebral Palsy Benefit    5/15/1957 THE SCREEN DIRECTOR'S PLAYHOUSE THE SCREEN GUILD THEATER THE SECOND HURRICANE        Airplane Pilot    5/9/1937 THE SILVER THEATRE      Jim Emerson  "Only Yesterday"         3/22/1942 STARS IN THE AIR        Unknown Role     "Enchantment"    1/24/1952 SUSPENSE THEATRE GUILD ON THE AIR      THEATRE OF ROMANCE     Nathan Hale    "One Life to Lose"    9/18/1945 WEAPON FOR TOMORROW     Unknown Role     "Freedom of Information"   6/15/1945   TELEVISION THE JOSEPH COTTEN SHOW      Various     1955-57 IT TAKES A THIEF    Mr. Jack     1969-70 HOLLYWOOD AND THE STARS     Narrator    1963-64   movies (Sampling of the many) CITIZEN KANE      Jedediah Leland     1941 THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS     Eugene Morgan   1941 GASLIGHT    Brian Cameron                      1944 LOVE LETTERS   Alan Quinton     1945 THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER     Glenn Morley    1947 NIAGARA         George Loomis         1953 FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON      Victor Barbicane     1958 SOYLENT GREEN    William R. Simonson   1973     There will be more added to the radio series for Joseph Cotten that are left blank in the a. m.           LIANE LANGLAND ONE LIFE TO LIVE          Julie Duncan     1981    and MASTER OF THE GAME     Eve/ Alexandra Blackwell     1984                 JAMES SCOTT ALL MY CHILDREN      Ethan (Ramsey) Cambias     2004-06 DAYS OF OUR LIVES       Elvis "E.J." Wells DiMera     2006-14                               Santo DiMera      2007-08 and THE STAFFORD PROJECT       James     2013               Please register in order to view this content ALYVIA ALYN LIND THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS    Faith Newman     2011-21 REVENGE        Young Amanda Clarke Kamath Grayson Porter   2012-15 and SEE DAD RUN        Charlotte     2012-14 TRANSPARENT      Grace     2014-15 MASTERS OF SEX     Jenny Masters    2015-16 FUTUREMAN    Lugnut    2019 DAYBREAK     Angelica Greene    2019 CHUCKY     Lexy Cross    2021-Present movie OVERBOARD       Olivia   2018   Appeared as a young Dolly Parton in the TV movies "THE COAT OF MANY COLORS" 2015 and "THE COAT OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE"    2016.  
  • On Soap Opera Network

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy