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Barbara Jean Wong

Barbara Jean Wong

Show Count: 11
Series Count: 3
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: March 3, 1924
Old Time Radio, Los Angeles, California, U.S
Died: November 13, 1999, Tarzana, California, U.S
Barbara Jean Wong was a fourth generation Chinese-American born in Los Angeles, California, to produce market owners Thomas and Maye Wong. She began her performance career at the age of five, as she could read and had a clear voice and was soon dubbed the Chinese-American Shirley Temple due to her long black hair curled into ringlets and her charming persona.

In 1937, as a voice actress, she began doing some programs for CBS. She played Judy Barton, one of the twins in the children's Christmas old time radio show The Cinnamon Bear. She was heard on several episodes of the Lux Radio Theater, Hallmark Playhouse/Hallmark Hall of Fame, Cavalcade of America, Three Thirds of a Nation and many other shows. Her biggest radio role was on the comedy show Amos 'n' Andy where she played Amos' daughter Arbadella.

She attended the University of Southern California (USC) and Columbia University to earn degrees in drama and English. After college, Jean (she used her middle name) began working in the movies and worked in 20 films including The Good Earth, The Man from Button Willow, and playing the part of Charlie Chan's Number Three daughter in the Charlie Chan movie Charlie Chan in Honolulu. Her last role was uncredited, a nurse in the epic motion picture, Love is a Many Splendored Thing. Her featured part movie career lasted from 1938–1955. In most of her movies, she was a backdrop, part of the scenery.

When Barbara Jean was married, she retired from acting and earned her teaching credentials from Cal State Los Angeles to begin serving her community as a teacher. She died of respiratory illness on November 13, 1999 in Tarzana, California, aged 75. [Source: Wikipedia]

 

Cinnamon Bear, TheCinnamon Bear, The
Show Count: 28
Broadcast History: 1937 to 1962
Cast: Buddy Duncan, Barbara Jean Wong, Verna Felton, Joseph Kearns, Hanley Stafford, Howard McNear, Slim Pickins, Elvia Allman, Elliott Lewis, Lou Merrill, Frank Nelson, Cy Kendall, Gale Gordon, Ted Osborne, Joe Du Val, Martha Westworth, Dorothy Scott, Ed Max, Rosa Barcelo, Lindsay MacHarrie, Bud Hiestand
Director: Lindsay MacHarrie
A wonderful serial that was enjoyed annually by young children (at adults) in the period leading up to Christmas.
I Love a MysteryI Love a Mystery
Show Count: 113
Broadcast History: 16 January 1939 to 26 December 1952
Cast: Elliott Lewis, Luis Van Rooten, Russell Thorson, Michael Raffetto, Tony Randall, Robert Dryden, Jack Edwards, John McIntire, Cathy Lewis, Barton Yarborough, Jay Novello, Ben Alexander, Gloria Blondell, Cliff Arquette, Naomi Stevens, Edgar Norton, Barbara Jean Wong, Richard Legrand, Walter Paterson, Lal Chand Mehra, Jim Boles, Mercedes McCambridge
Director: Carlton E Morse
Producer: Al Span, Carlton E Morse, Buddy Twiss, Ralph Amati, George Cooney, Barney Beck
I Love A Mystery weaves a spell over its fans. It is a tale of three partners, Jack Packard, Doc Long and Reggie Yorke who formed the A-1 detective agency. They are adventurers who travel the world in search of action, thrills and mystery, battling the evils of natural and supernatural and rescuing women in distress.