Episode 27: Lucile Ball

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You know Lucile Ball’s as TV’s “queen of comedy.” She also had a career in film, before and after her TV work. In the midst of all of it was radio, where she promoted her movie work, and began building a character that would eventually becomes Lucy Ricardo – or at least, it would show the way to where Lucy Ricardo lived.

Lucile Ball began appearing on radio in the late 1930s, when she was an RKO contract player. One of her first gigs was asa series regular on The Wonder Show. She moved on to guest-starring roles on popular comedy and drama series of the 1930s and 40s, and ended the decade as the star of her own radio sitcom, “My Favorite Husband.” This series was written by the team that would create “I Love Lucy” on television.

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Episode 21: Rita Hayworth

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The words Rita Hayworth and radio star don’t seem to quite fit together. Celebrated primarily for her beauty and glamour, Rita Hayworth electrified the motion picture screen. But did she have the personality for a medium without pictures, or even the inclination to perform there? Apparently the answer was yes. Between 1942 and 1947, she is credited with 34 radio appearances, on program ranging from the dramatic Lux Radio Theater and Suspense) to the light-hearted Edgar Bergen. She was also a popular attraction on wartime series, Mail Call and Command Performance. In this episode of HOTR, we hear Rita paying “herself” on the Burns & Allen program from March 21, 1944.

Learn more about Rita’s radio career from this Once Upon a Screen post. The biography I mention in the show intro is If This Was Happiness, by Barbara Leaming.

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