Actress Kaye Ballard, 93, died Monday night, January 21, at her home in Rancho Mirage.
Ballard enjoyed one of the longest careers in show business, first exhibiting her talents in Cleveland, where she was born Catherine Gloria Balotta to Italian immigrant parents. She was doing impressions of French entertainment legend Maurice Chevalier at age 5, and developed into a painter, singer, actor, musician and comic impressionist.
Her credits included film, stage and TV, but it was the 1967-69 sitcom, The Mothers-In-Law that made Ballard a household name. She starred with Eve Arden as two very different neighbors who were forced to become in-laws when their kids surprised them by marrying one another.
A new documentary of her life, Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On, just screened this month in Palm Springs with Ballard, in a wheelchair, in attendance. Ballard never married or had children.