February 18, 1936|
San Jose, California, U.S.
|Died||December 31, 2007
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Richard Stahl (1959-2006) (his death)|
Kathryn Ish (February 18, 1936 – December 31, 2007) was an American Broadway theater, film, television and voiceover actress. She was also a founding member of The Committee political satire improvisational comedy group. Her television credits include Laverne & Shirley.
Ish was born in San Jose, California. She was reportedly heavily influenced by her high school drama teacher, who was a former vaudeville actor. She soon developed a reputation for her comedic imitations.
Ish and her husband, actor Richard Stahl, met in New York City in 1959. They were both working as off Broadway theater actors at the time. They were married later in 1959. Together Ish and Stahl performed in several nightclub and cabaret shows throughout the 1960s. The couple also moved to San Francisco. While living in San Francisco, Ish became a founding member of the The Committee Theater, which she performed with during the 1960s and 1970s.
Ish appeared in over 100 films and television shows throughout her career, including WKRP in Cincinnati, Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, and The American President (1995). Additionally, Ish worked as a voiceover actress in over 75 films and television shows. Her voiceover work included the horrified screamers in the 1975 blockbuster, Jaws.
Richard Stahl died of Parkinson's disease on June 18, 2006. Ish died of cancer on December 31, 2007, at her home in Santa Barbara, California. She was 71 years old, and was survived by their daughter Allegra, and a son, Oliver.
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