(AKA Marion Strong)
Born: November 4, 1919
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Shirley Mitchell made four appearances with Lucy on My Favorite Husband before taking on the role of Lucy Ricardo's girlfriend, Marion Strong on I Love Lucy, in "Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress" (Episode #69). She made two more appearances as Marion, on "Lucy's Club Dance" (Episode #91), and on "Lucy Tells the Truth" (Episode #72), in which her unforgettable laugh prompted Lucy to say "Stop cackling, Marion, I've been waiting ten years for you to lay that egg!"
A prolific radio and TV actress, Ms. Mitchell was a regular on such classic radio series as "Fibber McGee and Molly" and "The Great Gildersleeve", and on television, "Pete & Gladys" (Janet Colton), "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (Marge Thornton), and "Bachelor Father" (Kitty Deveraux). She also made frequent appearances on other TV shows, including "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "Perry Mason". Ms. Mitchell's feature film credits include "Desk Set", "Big Business", and "The War of the Roses".
Besides Doris Singleton, who played Caroline Appleby, Shirley Mitchell is one of the sole remaining characters from I Love Lucy.