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Barbara Whiting

Barbara Whiting

Show Count: 21
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: May 19, 1931
Old Time Radio, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: June 9, 2004, Pontiac, Michigan, USA
Born in Los Angeles to Eleanor and Richard Whiting, she was the daughter of Richard A. Whiting, the composer who wrote classics such as "Hooray for Hollywood," "Too Marvelous for Words," "On the Good Ship Lollipop," "Ain't We Got Fun?," and "Till We Meet Again".

Her movie career began with the 1945 film, Junior Miss, a movie based on her popular radio show by the same name. This was followed by nine other starring roles until she married Gail Smith and retired. On television, she hosted the show Those Whiting Girls on CBS, along with her sister, Margaret Whiting.

Other film credits include Centennial Summer (1946), Home, Sweet Homicide (1946), Carnival in Costa Rica (1947), City Across the River (1949), I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951), Beware, My Lovely (1952), Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (1952), Dangerous When Wet (1953), and Paris Follies of 1956 (1955).

Barbara worked with some of the greatest actors and directors in the business throughout her career including George Seaton, Otto Preminger, Charles Walters,Richard Quine, Harry Horner, Michael Gordon, Gregory Ratoff, Lloyd Bacon, Susan Hayward, Tony Curtis, George Sanders, Walter Brennan, Peggy Ann Garner, Randolph Scott, Celeste Holm, Vera-Ellen, Ida Lupino, Dean Stockwell, Constance Bennett, Jeanne Crain, Robert Ryan, Esther Williams, and Jack Carson just to name a few

Television appearances include The Ed Sullivan Show, The Jimmy Durante Show, The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, Starlight Theatre, Walt Disney anthology television series, Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV series), The Bigelow Theatre, Dragnet (TV series), The Public Defender (TV series), Fireside Theatre, TV Reader's Digest, and Men of Annapolis.

Barbara's radio career was what she was most known for during her lifetime. In 1948 she began to star in CBS's extremely popular radio program "Junior Miss" It was one of the most successful radio shows of the time especially with younger audiences.

Other radio roles both starring and guest appearing include Hollywood Star Time, Meet Corliss Archer, The Screen Guild Theater, The Great Gildersleeve, Family Theater, The Bing Crosby Show, Escape, The Railroad Hour, Suspense, Broadway Is My Beat, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, The Line-Up, and You Were There.

Barbara lived a quiet life, dedicated to her son Richard. She could often be found feeding the squirrels while singing and dancing around her kitchen.

Barbara had been treated for breast cancer and other forms of cancer. She died due to cancer, in Pontiac, Michigan, aged 73, in 2004. [Source: Wikipedia]

Meet Corliss ArcherMeet Corliss Archer
Show Count: 8
Broadcast History: 7 January 1943 to 30 September 1956
Cast: Priscilla Lyon, Irvin Lee, Dexter Franklin, Bill Christy, David Hughes, Burt Boyar, Frank Martin, Gloria Holden, Irene Tedrow, Norman Field, Mary Wickes, Janet Waldo, Lugene Sandars, Sam Edwards, Fred Shields, Tommy Bernard, Kenny Godkin, Bebe Young, Barbara Whiting, Dolores Crane
Director: Bert Prager, Helen Mack
Although Meet Corliss Archer was CBS's answer to NBC's popular A Date with Judy, it was also broadcast by NBC in 1948 as a summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show. From October 3, 1952 to June 26, 1953, it aired on ABC, finally returning to CBS. Despite the program's long run, less than 24 episodes are known to exist.
Broadcast: 8th January 1951
Added: Jan 08 2011
Broadcast: 2nd March 1949
Added: Sep 18 2009
Broadcast: 21st February 1950
Added: Sep 12 2005
Broadcast: 3rd February 1954
Added: Feb 03 2013