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Legacy: Shirley Booth

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Legacy: Shirley Booth

Before the working-class whine of Roseanne‘s domestic goddess, there was the TV success of Hazel, whose star, Shirley Booth, died at her Cape Cod home on Oct. 16 at the age of 94. Booth made the compassionate gray-and-white-uniformed presence of Hazel into a top-rated kick in the pants in the ’60s, and her shrill “Mr. B!” was often a wake-up call to her curmudgeonly employer to recognize the smaller, simpler joys of life.

But Booth did much more than just dust the mantelpiece. The actress had a long and impressive career that garnered her one Oscar, three Tonys, and two Emmys. Two Christmas episodes of Hazel survive on video, as do three of Booth’s movies — her Oscar winner, 1952’s Come Back, Little Sheba; 1958’s The Matchmaker; and 1958’s Hot Spell.

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