ARLENE  GOLONKA
2019 Inductee

A native Chicagoan of Polish descent, veteran character actress Arlene Golonka seemed destined for acting from the start, having been named after silver screen actress Arline Judge, and her childhood was dominated by singing and acting classes. She headed to New York at the age of 19 and began a career on Broadway and in films made in New York City, generally playing bubble-headed or eccentric blondes, often prostitutes.

She relocated to Los Angeles in the late 1960s. There, while continuing to play small roles on the big screen, she established one of the strongest resumes in television of any character actress, appearing in dozens of programs over the following three decades, often repeatedly on the same program and sometimes playing different characters. Her TV appearances included such legendary programs as The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970), All in the Family (1971), and M*A*S*H (1972). Her best-known recurring performance as the same character is probably "Millie" on Mayberry R.F.D. (1968). Arlene's best-known animated character is Debbie on Speed Buggy. She remains largely retired from television work but occasionally takes roles in feature films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Larry-115/Robert Sieger

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