(born November 20, 1925) is an American musical theatre and television actress, comedienne, and singer. She was born as Catherine Gloria Balotta
in Cleveland, Ohio
, to an Italian American
Ballard established herself as a musical comedienne in the 1940s, joining the Spike Jones
touring revue of entertainers. Capable of playing broad physical comedy as well as stand-up dialogue routines, she became familiar in television and stage productions. A line that her mother had used when Kaye was a child, "Good luck with your MOUTH!"
became one of her catch phrases. The phrase has been uttered in her sketches, and on television. During 1954, she was the first person to record the song "In Other Words
" (later renamed "Fly Me To The Moon").
In 1957, she and Alice Ghostley
played the two ugly stepsisters in the live telecast of Rodgers & Hammerstein
, starring Julie Andrews
in the title role. From 1967–69, she co-starred as Kaye Buell, a woman whose son marries her next door neighbor's daughter, in the NBC sitcom The Mothers-in-Law
, with Eve Arden
playing her neighbor. She also appeared as a regular on The Doris Day Show
as restaurant owner Angie Pallucci from 1970–72. Ballard made appearances on the American television game show Match Game
. In 1976, she was a guest star on The Muppet Show
. She also appeared on the TV series Alice
, in which she played Zema, a phony medium known for her kleptomania.
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