He recalls her with laughter and with tears, his beloved Betsy [Colen], so filled with the tradition of the stage that she honored it to her last breath.
Her real name was Beatrice Colen. She was the wry, roller-skating carhop in the old TV series "Happy Days," a woman never without a comeback, always owning the last line.
"She was sweet and she was funny," says her husband of 22 years, Patrick Cronin. "She died as she lived, and she never said, 'Why me?' "