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Norma Crane (born Norma Anna Bella Zuckerman; November 10, 1928 — September 28, 1973) was an actress of stage, film and television. Among her best-known roles was that of Golde in the 1971 film adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof. She starred in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! and Penelope. She was born in New York City but raised in El Paso, Texas.[1]

Norma Crane
Norma Crane in Penelope.jpg
Crane in 1966
Norma Anna Bella Zuckerman

(1928-11-10)November 10, 1928
DiedSeptember 28, 1973(1973-09-28) (aged 44)
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles
Years active1951–1973
Spouse(s)Herb Sargent (1961-19??; divorced)
On the set of the CBS anthology TV series Studio One, a production of 1984 (U.S. TV program). L-R: scenic designer Kim Swados, Norma Crane, Eddie Albert, and director Paul Nickell



Born to a Jewish family in New York City and raised in El Paso, Crane studied drama at Texas State College for Women in Denton,[2] and was a member of Elia Kazan's Actors Studio.[3] She made her debut on Broadway in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible.[1]

Throughout the 1950s, she appeared on a variety of live television dramas, first gaining recognition in a televised adaptation of George Orwell's 1984.[1] She played Ellie Martin in Vincente Minnelli's film version of Tea and Sympathy. She appeared in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "There Was an Old Woman" and the 1959 episode “Appointment at Eleven”. She guest-starred four times on the CBS western television series Have Gun – Will Travel with Richard Boone. She appeared on an episode of ABC's The Untouchables as Lily Dallas, a ruthless gang leader, and she appeared in two other episodes.[4]

In 1960, Crane appeared as Sarah Prentice in the episode "River Champion" of the NBC western series Riverboat starring Darren McGavin. In the story line, fight promoter Dan Muldoon (Dennis O'Keefe) arranges a prize fight aboard the Enterprise. George Kennedy and Slim Pickens portray Gunner Slagle and Porter Slagle, respectively. A few weeks later, Crane was cast as Sarah in the episode "Deadly Tomorrow" of the ABC adventure series The Islanders, set in the South Pacific.

In 1961, Crane guest-starred in the title role in the episode "The Return of Widow Brown" of the NBC western The Deputy. In the story line, Amelia Brown returns to the town of Silver City eight years after the lynching of her husband, Lem. Authorities believe that she is hiding loot from her husband's crimes. She also appeared on television that year in an episode titled "Perce" on Gunsmoke, as well as in an episode of The Asphalt Jungle. In 1968, she guest-starred in an episode of The Flying Nun.

Personal lifeEdit

She married writer-producer Herb Sargent; the marriage ended in divorce.[citation needed]


Norma Crane died of breast cancer, aged 44, in Los Angeles, California, two years after the release of Fiddler on the Roof (1971), her last film. She is interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.


Year Title Role Notes
1956 Tea and Sympathy Ellie Martin
1961 All in a Night's Work Marge Coombs
1966 Penelope Mildred
1968 The Sweet Ride Mrs. Cartwright
1970 They Call Me Mister Tibbs! Marge Garfield
1971 Fiddler on the Roof Golde


  1. ^ a b c "Norma Crane, Starred in 'Fiddler'". St. Petersburg Times. 1973-09-29. p. 11-B. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  2. ^ "New Carol Lombard". The Baltimore Sun. 1961-09-03. p. A6. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  4. ^ IMDB Norma Crane bio and filmography

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