Palmolive pitchwoman 'Madge' dead

posted 2004-02-18 14:54:21 by dmcnelis

BETHEL, Connecticut (AP) -- Jan Miner, a New York stage actress who gained fame as Madge, the manicurist in Palmolive television ads, died Sunday. She was 86.

Miner had been in failing health and died at the Bethel Health Care Facility, her agent, Michael Thomas, told The New York Times.

From the 1940s to the 1980s, Miner appeared on and off Broadway and in productions in St. Louis, New Haven and Stratford. She also appeared in radio programs, including a leading role in "Boston Blackie" -- a series in the late 1940s.

She appeared in repertory productions at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford for six seasons and in films and television plays and series.

Miner won her most widespread attention in Palmolive commercials, praising the gentleness of its dish detergent to a customer surprised to find her hands soaking in it. She played the character for 27 years.