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Betty Lou Gerson

Show Count: 116
Series Count: 12
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: April 20, 1914, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Died: January 12, 1999, Los Angeles, California, USA

Betty Lou Gerson (April 20, 1914 – January 12, 1999) was an American actress, predominantly in radio, but also in film andtelevision, and as a voice actress.

Biography 

Early life 

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and later migrated to Chicago, Illinois but moved again to New York City.

Radio and Film 

She began her acting career in radio drama in 1935, while still in her 20s, and became a mainstay of soap operas during this period, appearing on Arnold Grimm's Daughter (as the titular daughter Constance in 1938), Road of Life (as Nurse Helen Gowan), and the radio version of The Guiding Light, as Charlotte Wilson in the mid-1940s. She was the resident romantic lead on such romantic anthologies as The First Nighter ProgramCurtain Time, and Grand Hotel.

Moving to Los Angeles with first husband Joe Ainley (who had also directed The Guiding Light) in the 1940s, she soon established herself on such series as The Whistler, I Love Adventure, the historical drama Mr. President (as the presidential secretary), Crime Classics, Escape, and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. She was heard in several episodes of Lux Radio Theater, notably as Glinda the Good Witch in a 1950 dramatization of The Wizard of Oz.

During this period, she was cast as the narrator in Walt Disney's version of Cinderella. Several years later she provided the voice of the villainous, selfish socialite Cruella De Vil in the 1961 Walt Disney animated feature One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Her few on-camera film roles include appearances in The FlyThe Miracle on the Hills, and Mary Poppins (a small cameo as a crone). In television, she made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of murderer Marjory Davis in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll." She also guest starred on The Twilight ZoneThe Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Rifleman.

Later life 

Gerson retired in 1966, though still using her voice, working at the telephone answering service of her second husband, Lou Lauria. She was honored as a Disney Legend in 1996. She returned to films one last time in 1997, providing the voice of Frances the fish in Cats Don't Dance. On January 12, 1999, she died of a massive stroke at the age of 84.

Source: Wikipedia

Curtain TimeCurtain Time
Show Count: 6
Broadcast History: 22 July 1938 to 31 March 1939, 4 July 1945 to 27 June 1946, and 13 July 1946 to 29 March 1950
Sponsor: Kix Cereal
Cast: Olan Soule, Betty Lou Gerson, Louise Fitch, Harry Elders, Nannette Sargent, Betty Winkler, George Cisar, Beryl Vaughn, Sunda Love, Sidney Ellstrom, Maurice Copeland, Michael Romano
Director: Harry Holcomb, Blair Walliser
Host: Patrick Allen
Dangerous AssignmentDangerous Assignment
Show Count: 94
Broadcast History: 9 July 1949 to 20 August 1949, 6 February 1950 to 13 February 1953 and 18 February 1953 to 1 July 1953
Sponsor: Ford Motors, General Mills
Cast: Brian Donlevy, Herb Butterfield, GeGe Pearson, Ken Peters, Betty Lou Gerson, Dan O’Herlihy, Betty Moran, Paul Frees
Director: Don Sharpe
Producer: Don Sharpe
Mr. PresidentMr. President
Show Count: 50
Broadcast History: 26 June 1947 to 1953
Cast: Betty Lou Gerson, Edward Arnold
Director: Dick Woolen
Producer: Dick Woolen
Broadcast: 7th September 1952
Added: May 14 2011
Broadcast: 11th October 1948
Added: Mar 22 2010
Broadcast: 16th July 1947
Starring: Betty Lou Gerson
Added: Jul 19 2009
Broadcast: 25th November 1951
Added: Dec 02 2010
Broadcast: 5th October 1952
Added: Oct 07 2012
Broadcast: 23rd December 1951
Added: Dec 26 2010
Broadcast: 17th August 1952
Added: Aug 17 2010
Broadcast: 20th May 1951
Added: May 21 2006
Broadcast: 11th November 1946
Added: Nov 23 2008
Broadcast: 30th September 1951
Added: Sep 01 2009
Broadcast: 18th May 1952
Added: May 30 2010
Broadcast: 3rd May 1953
Added: Jul 12 2012
Broadcast: 3rd December 1949
Added: Dec 22 2009
Broadcast: 8th October 1950
Added: Oct 08 2006
Broadcast: 12th August 1951
Added: Aug 12 2007
Broadcast: 29th May 1943
Added: Sep 28 2008
Broadcast: 31st December 1947
Added: Jan 02 2009
Broadcast: 20th January 1952
Added: Jul 27 2012
Broadcast: 20th August 1947
Added: Aug 02 2009
Broadcast: 26th November 1950
Added: Aug 13 2009
Broadcast: 23rd January 1949
Added: Apr 26 2010
Broadcast: 30th March 1951
Added: Jun 05 2010
Broadcast: 24th March 1947
Added: Apr 06 2009
Broadcast: 26th March 1950
Added: Mar 28 2010
Broadcast: 3rd December 1950
Added: Dec 03 2006
Broadcast: June 26, 1947
Added: Jun 26 2014
Broadcast: 16th January 1949
Added: Mar 05 2011
Broadcast: 10th February 1952
Added: Feb 13 2011
Broadcast: 1st April 1951
Added: Apr 09 2007
Broadcast: 17th June 1951
Added: Aug 19 2007
Broadcast: 20th March 1950
Added: Jun 19 2011
Broadcast: 7th August 1948
Added: Jan 09 2006
Broadcast: December 7, 1948
Added: Dec 04 2017
Broadcast: 10th March 1947
Added: Mar 30 2009
Broadcast: 19th May 1948
Added: Aug 10 2009
Broadcast: 27th July 1952
Added: Sep 26 2010
Broadcast: 28th January 1948
Added: Nov 10 2009
Broadcast: 29th June 1952
Added: Apr 10 2011
Broadcast: October 10, 1943
Added: Oct 30 2014
Broadcast: 8th October 1949
Added: Nov 26 2005
Broadcast: 9th December 1951
Added: Dec 14 2009
Broadcast: October 14, 1951
Added: Dec 10 2017
Broadcast: 7th October 1946
Added: May 25 2009
Broadcast: 28th June 1948
Added: Aug 12 2008
Broadcast: 22nd June 1954
Added: Mar 14 2010
Broadcast: 19th January 1953
Added: Jan 21 2013
Broadcast: 17th April 1949
Added: Mar 16 2008
Broadcast: 5th April 1948
Added: Apr 04 2006
Broadcast: 26th August 1948
Added: Sep 04 2008
Broadcast: 11th February 1951
Added: Feb 12 2006
Broadcast: 12th March 1950
Added: Oct 03 2010
Broadcast: 15th January 1951
Added: Feb 07 2011
Broadcast: 21st January 1951
Added: Jan 22 2006
Broadcast: 15th April 1951
Added: Apr 15 2007
Broadcast: 6th May 1951
Added: May 07 2006
Broadcast: 30th September 1951
Added: Oct 14 2007
Broadcast: 15th September 1948
Added: Feb 04 2007
Broadcast: December 10, 1947
Added: Nov 16 2009
Broadcast: 10th October 1948
Added: Sep 27 2009
Broadcast: 2nd March 1952
Added: Mar 08 2009
Broadcast: 28th September 1949
Added: Nov 30 2008
Broadcast: 8th July 1951
Added: Jul 15 2006
Broadcast: 17th February 1947
Added: Feb 16 2009
Broadcast: 9th May 1955
Added: Aug 20 2012
Broadcast: 2nd October 1949
Added: Aug 24 2008
Broadcast: 31st August 1953
Added: Jul 25 2005