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6. Alice Pearce who played the nosy neighbor had terminal cancer when she started shooting

Alice Pearce knew she had a terminal case of ovarian cancer when she got cast as the role of Gladys Kravitz on the show, but she decided to keep the news to herself and work as usual. No one was sure that she was sick until she passed away and was awarded a posthumous Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy Award two months later. The role was then taken over by Sandra Gould.

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