Vici Raaf was an American actress and model who appeared in several movies and TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s. She was born on June 30, 1921, in Wood River, Illinois, as Henrietta Joyce Mandelcorn. She changed her name to Vici Raaf in honor of her grandmother, who was of Swedish descent. She was known for her roles in The Red Skelton Hour, The Andy Griffith Show, Death Valley Days, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, and many others. She died on April 6, 1984, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 62.
Early Life and Career
Vici Raaf grew up in a musical family, and was influenced by her father, who was a gospel singer, and her uncle, who played saxophone. She also listened to artists like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne, who inspired her singing style. She started her career as a pin-up and glamour model in the late 1940s, posing for magazines and calendars. She also appeared as a chorus girl in the movie The Pride of St. Louis (1952), starring Dan Dailey and Joanne Dru.
Acting Roles and Fame
In the 1950s, Vici Raaf transitioned to acting, using the name Vici Raff. She appeared in several movies, such as He Ran All the Way (1951), The Second Woman (1950), The Yellow Canary (1963), and Squad Car (1960). She also had guest appearances in popular TV shows, such as The Red Skelton Hour, where she played Clara Appleby, the nagging wife of Red Skelton’s character, George Appleby. She also appeared in The Andy Griffith Show, where she played Sue Grigsby, a flirtatious woman who tried to seduce Andy Taylor. She was known for her comedic timing and charm.
Personal Life and Death
Vici Raaf was married to Jerry Rush, a producer and director, but the details of their relationship are not known. She did not have any children. She died of a heart attack on April 6, 1984, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 62. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea. She is remembered as a versatile and talented actress and model, who entertained millions of fans with