Kathryn Ish

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Kathryn Ish
Born (1936-02-18)February 18, 1936
San Jose, California, U.S.
Died December 31, 2007(2007-12-31) (aged 71)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Years active 1974-1995
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.[1] Her television credits include Laverne & Shirley.[1]

Ish was born in San Jose, California. She was reportedly heavily influenced by her high school drama teacher, who was a former vaudeville actor.[2] She soon developed a reputation for her comedic imitations.[2]

Ish and her husband, actor Richard Stahl, met in New York City in 1959.[2] They were both working as off Broadway theater actors at the time. They were married later in 1959.[2] Together Ish and Stahl performed in several nightclub and cabaret shows throughout the 1960s.[2] 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.[1]

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).[2] Additionally, Ish worked as a voiceover actress in over 75 films and television shows.[1] Her voiceover work included the horrified screamers in the 1975 blockbuster, Jaws.[2]

Ish and Richard Stahl moved to Santa Barbara, California, in 1975.[2] She worked as an acting and singing teacher at Santa Barbara City College during her later years.[1]

Richard Stahl died of Parkinson's disease on June 18, 2006.[1] Ish died of cancer on December 31, 2007, at her home in Santa Barbara, California.[2] She was 71 years old, and was survived by their daughter Allegra, and a son, Oliver.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Actor, director Kathryn Ish dies at 71". Variety Magazine. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 "Actress Kathryn Ish dies at age 71 after battle with cancer". Associated Press. International Herald Tribune. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2008-01-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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