Beth Howland, Vera on TV sitcom ‘Alice,’ dies at 74

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The actress who was best known for her role as a ditzy waitress on the 1970s and '80s CBS sitcom "Alice" has died. Beth Howland was 74.

Her husband, actor Charles Kimbrough, tells The Associated Press that Howland died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California, on Dec. 31. He says there was no funeral or memorial service and "that was her choice."

Howland played naive diner waitress Vera Louise Gorman on "Alice" for the nine-year run of the comedy that ended in 1985, earning four Golden Globe nominations. Her credits also include parts on the "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and "The Love Boat."

Howland is also survived by a daughter from her previous marriage to actor Michael J. Pollard.