Shirley Booth was a facile and freewheeling dramatic and comedic actress. From the garrulous, domineering, slightly daft maid "Hazel Burke" in the 1960s television series "Hazel," for which she won three Emmy nominations and two awards, to the slovenly "Lola Delaney," wife of a recovering alcoholic in "Come Back, Little Sheba," for which she won both a Tony and an Oscar, she was considered a master craftsman.
There have been few actors in American acting who have had Booth's dramatic triumphs. She won an Emmy nomination for the 1966-67 TV version of "The Glass Menagerie," in which she played "Amanda," and she won two other Tonys, for "Time of the Cuckoo" (1953) and for "Goodbye, My Fancy" (1949).
A veteran of the stage, she debuted on Broadway in "Hell's Angels" (1925), which starred another newcomer, Humphrey Bogart. She also had been the original "Dolly Levi," the "Matchmaker" in the Broadway play on which the musical "Hello, Dolly!" was based.
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