Mary Kay Stearns, One of Television’s Very First Sitcom Stars, Dies At Age 93

Updated On 11 Jan, 2019 Published On

Mary Kay Stearns, one of television’s earliest sitcom stars who beat late actress Lucille Ball to on-air pregnancy by at least four years, died on November 17 in Newport Beach, California. She was 93.

Her son Jonathan Stearns confirmed his mother's death to The New York Times this week. The passing it had not previously been reported. The cause of death has not been listed yet.

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Mary starred in a late-1940s domestic comedy Mary Kay and Johnny, alongside her husband Johnny Stearns, who died in 2001.

The sitcom debuted as a live, 15-minute program on the DuMont Network in 1947. It then moved to NBC, CBS and again to NBC. The sitcom, which was based in New York City, ended as a 30-minute program in 1950.

Mary was born Mary Katherine Jones on October 27, 1925, in Glendale, California. Her father, Walter was an employee at the Bank of America while her mother, Katherine Jones, was a homemaker.

Rest In Peace Mary Kay Stearns!

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