Actress Beth Howland died on December 31, 2015, at age 74, but in keeping with her wishes, her death was not announced until this week. She was best known for her role as waitress Vera Louise Gorman in the 1976-85 CBS sitcom, Alice, and she received four Golden Globe nominations for her performance.
Howland also originated the role of Amy in the 1970 Stephen Sondheim musical, Company. Her other Broadway credits include Once Upon a Mattress, Bye Bye Birdie, High Spirits, Drat! The Cat! and Darling of the Day. She also appeared in the 1959 film, Li'l Abner, and played Jean Stapleton's daughter in the 1979 CBS adaptation of the play, You Can't Take It with You.
From 2002 until her death, she was married to actor Charles Kimbrough (who also appeared in the original Broadway production of Company as well as CBS's Murphy Brown).
Below you can watch Beth Howland sing "Getting Married Today" during the 1970 recording session of Company's cast album, meet guest star Telly Savalas in a 1979 episode of Alice, and perform with Gary Sandy (at 1:45) during the 36th Annual Tony Awards in 1982.