Fans of 1970s and 80s sitcoms will remember Beth Howland as Linda Lavin’s ditzy co-worker, Vera, on the hit series Alice. Howland died on December 31, 2015, but the actress’s husband, Charles Kimbrough only recently announced her death, telling the New York Times that she didn’t want a funeral or memorial service. “It was the Boston side of her personality coming out,” Mr. Kimbrough said. “She didn’t want to make a fuss.”
Broadway audiences will remember Ms. Howland’s early appearances in Once Upon a Mattress and Bye, Bye, Birdie!, but her stand-out role in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company is a performance that will be remembered for generations to come.