Arlene Golonka - Updated May 2023

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Arlene Golonka

Arlene Golonka was an actress from the United States. Arlene Golonka is best remembered for her appearances as Millie Hutchins on The Andy Griffith Show and Millie Swanson on Mayberry R.F.D. on television, and she frequently played bubbly, wacky blondes in supporting parts on stage, cinema, and television.

Early life

Arlene Leanore Golonka best known as Arlene Golonka was born on 23rd January 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, the United States of America. At the time of her death, she was 85 years old and her zodiac sign is Aquarius.

In addition, she holds Polish ethnicity and she was a citizen of America. Moreover, she was the daughter of Elinor (mother) and Frank Golonka (father).

Singing and acting lessons were a big part of her childhood. She focused all of her energy as a child on becoming a well-known celebrity. She polished not just her acting abilities, but also her singing and dancing abilities.

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Caption: Arlene Golonka posing for a photo (Source: Christian’s Blog)

Arlene Golonka began performing while she was in her teen years. Moreover, she worked for a summer stock group for a few years and eventually became a professional. She then enrolled in an acting class at Chicago’s prestigious Goodman Theatre.

After that, she moved to New York City after perfecting her artistic abilities, where she studied with Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, and Uta Hagen. She began a full-fledged acting career when he was 19 years old.


At the age of 85, she died in West Hollywood, California on May 31, 2021. She died in her sleep at a memory care facility in West Hollywood early Monday morning following a struggle with Alzheimer’s, according to her niece Stephanie Morton.

Relationship Status

In terms of her personal life, she has been married and divorced three times. Christopher Michael Haenel was her first husband. Mike Longo, a jazz pianist, and composer married her in 1962, and the couple separated in 1967.

In 1969, she married actor Larry Delaney, with whom she appeared in one episode of Mayberry R.F.D., and they divorced in 1977. Talking about Arlene’s controversy and rumors, she was not part of any controversy nor got rumors till the time of her death.

Body measurements

Arlene is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 55 kg and has black hair and brown eyes in color. Besides that, there is no more information regarding Golonka’s other body measurements.

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Caption: Arlene Golonka’s body measurement (Source: MUBI)

Professional career

Arlene’s first major role was in Ben Gazzara’s musical, “The Night Circus.” On November 17, 1958, the play was screened for the first time. The play was moved to Broadway on December 2, 1958, almost immediately after a week-long trial run.

However, ‘The Night Circus,’ starring Ben, did not receive many Broadway screenings and was closed after only seven performances. After that, she continued to work with other plays.

She worked on the play ‘Take Me Along’ with Jackie Gleason, Walter Pidgeon, and Robert Morse from the late 1950s through the late 1960s. They performed nearly 448 times in a year.

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Caption: Arlene Golonka in The Andy Griffith Show (Source: IMDb)

She appeared in Neil Simon’s first Broadway comedy, ‘Come Blow Your Horn,’ from February 1961 until October 1962. After that, she co-starred with Kirk Douglas in the film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” from November 1963 to January 1964.

She featured in two more Broadway productions between 1965 and 1966. Meanwhile, she worked as a supporting actress in films, portraying bubble-headed or quirky blondes, typically prostitutes.

She recorded on the critically acclaimed comedy album ‘You Don’t Have to Be Jewish’ in 1965. The album was a huge success. Its success story spurred the production of its sequel ‘When You’re in Love the Whole World Is Jewish’.

‘Harvey Middleman, Fireman’, ‘Penelope’, ‘The Busy Body’, ‘Welcome to Hard Times, ‘Hang ‘Em High’, ‘The Elevator’, ‘Airport ’77’, ‘The In-Laws’, ‘Love At First Bite’.

‘The Last Married Couple in America’, ‘My Tutor’, ‘The End of Innocence’ and ‘A Family Affair’ are some of her other movies credits.

Television and voice-over artist

After working on several big-screen movies, she wanted to try her luck on the small screen. S0 that, she moved to Los Angeles in 1967.

She ruled the small screen for the following three decades, with over a dozen appearances as the main actress, supporting roles, and even guest roles. She appeared in various roles and was frequently seen reprising her roles.

In the animated cartoon ‘Speed Buggy,’ she voiced Debbie. ‘The New Yogi Bear Show,’ ‘Capital Critters,’ ‘Yogi’s Treasure Hunt,’ and ‘The New Scooby-Doo Movies’ were among the animated series for which she provided voiceovers.

She even had a recurring part on ‘Joe & Valerie,’ a short-lived TV show. She also worked as a teacher, instructing her pupils in acting.


Working in the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades, she has earned fame and fans in her career. But, Arlene has not won any awards nor got recognitions in her career.

Arlene Golonka – Net Worth 2023

Arlene Golonka has earned a decent sum of money in her career. Talking about her net worth, she has an estimated $5 million at the time of her death.

Arlene Golonka – Social media

The actress is no more with us in this world. Arlene was not active on any kinds of social platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.