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Norma Michaels Who Played Josephine in 'King of Queens' Passes Away at the Age of 95

Odette Odendaal
Jan 17, 2020
06:18 A.M.

The beloved and versatile actress best known for her role as Josephine on the television sitcom "King of Queens," Norma Michaels passed away at the age of 95.

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According to a spokesperson for the actress, she died peacefully at her Palm Springs home in California on Saturday.

The cast of "Modern Family" gather to celebrate a birthday. | Source: Getty Images.

The cast of "Modern Family" gather to celebrate a birthday. | Source: Getty Images.

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Norma worked as a successful counselor during her career, but it's her acting that made Norma a famous face on television.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Norma started her acting career, which spanned six decades, in 1954. The actress landed her first small role on television in "The George Gobel Show," followed by her first silver screen appearance in "The Incredible Sex Revolution" in 1965.

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When it came to television shows, Norma switched lanes between different genres with ease. She played in legal dramas such as "Ally McBeal" and "Boston Legal" and crime dramas, including "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

Comedy roles were plentiful as well, as Norma starred in "Lizzie McGuire," "Melissa & Joey," "Two Broke Girls," "Modern Family," and "Mind of Mencia." Norma even made a turn on daytime television in the soap "Days of Our Lives."

Norma Michaels, left and Amanda Setton on "The Crazy Ones." | Source: Getty Images.

Norma Michaels, left and Amanda Setton on "The Crazy Ones." | Source: Getty Images.

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As a part of her impressive 75 acting credits, Norma also appeared in a variety of films. Six years after her breakthrough into movies, Norma landed the role of Gloria in "The Zodiac Killer," followed by "Those Mad, Mad Moviemakers" three years later in 1974.

Since then, Norma went on to star in films such as "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," "Easy A," "Wedding Crashers," and "Big Shots." One of her last movie roles came in 2015, when she played Sally Field's mother in the indie hit, "Hello, My Name is Doris."

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A spokesperson for Norma confirmed to PEOPLE that a memorial service to celebrate her life is planned for March. The actress is survived by her friend and longtime manager, Jasper Cole, his husband Dennis Turrone, and also several cousins.

According to Norma's obituary posted in the Palm Springs newspaper, Desert Sun, her family asked that any donations be made to animal rescues instead of flowers.

Relatedly, another legendary actor passed away recently. Rene Auberjonois became a household name for his roles in "Boston Legal" and "Star Trek," among others, while he received Emmy nominations for his roles in "Benson" and "The Practice."

After a battle with metastatic lung cancer, Rene died at the age of 79 on Sunday, December 8.

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