Lillian Randolph was an American actress and singer. She was born on December 14, 1898, in Knoxville, Tennessee, and passed away on September 12, 1980, in Los Angeles, California. Randolph had a career that spanned several decades and encompassed various mediums, including radio, film, and television. Randolph began her career as a singer and performer in the 1920s, touring with various vaudeville acts. In the 1930s, she transitioned to radio and became a popular voice actress. She was best known for her role as Birdie Lee Coggins on the radio comedy series “The Great Gildersleeve,” which aired from 1941 to 1957.
In addition to her radio work, Randolph appeared in numerous films throughout her career. She often played maternal or comedic roles, and some of her notable film credits include “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), “In the Good Old Summertime” (1949), and “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer” (1947), among others.
Randolph also made appearances on television, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s. She guest-starred on popular shows like “The Jack Benny Program,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” and “Perry Mason.” One of her most memorable television roles was as Birdie Johnson, the maid on the long-running sitcom “The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show.”
Lillian Randolph’s contributions to the entertainment industry as a talented actress and singer have left a lasting impact. She is remembered for her versatile performances and the memorable characters she portrayed throughout her career.