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Mercedes McCambridge

Mercedes McCambridge

Show Count: 63
Series Count: 6
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: March 16, 1916
Old Time Radio, Joliet, Illinois, USA
Died: March 2, 2004 , La Jolla, California

Carlotta Mercedes Agnes McCambridge - known to most as simply Mercedes McCambridge - was born on 16th March 1916 died on the 2nd of March 2004 at the age of 87. She was born in Joliet, Illinois, USA.

Before she became a successful film star she was a famous radio star and as well as starring in many soap opera’s she played a major contribution as a support actress in a wide variety of old time radio shows. The great Orson Welles apparently referred to her as the world's greatest living radio actress.

From the mid 1930s through to 1939 she had many support roles in Lights Out, whilst at the same time playing in numerous soap operas including the part of Mary Ruthledge, the daughter of Reverend John Ruthledge in Guiding Light (I'll try and get some of those up in April), Betty in Betty and Bob, Midge, the daughter of Charles and Julia Meredith, in Midstream, and Ruth in Big Sister.

Between 1939 and 1952 she was cast in many different roles in the adventure serial drama I Love a Mystery and in several comedies including starring roles in This Is Judy Jones and Abie’s Irish Rose, a situation comedy about a marriage of two cultures, Catholic and Jewish.

In the 1940s she acted alongside many major film stars in Plays For America, which were topical wartime dramas written, produced and directed by Arch Obler, and was a regular in the casts of The Whistler, The Adventures of Bill Lance, Murder at Midnight, a drama anthology called Studio One (I'll do my best to get some of those up in April too), and several episodes of Red Ryder.

In the early 1950s she had the starring role as Martha Ellis Bryant, a defence lawyer, in the crime drama Defence Attorney (I've put one of those up today) and she followed this with the part of Sara Ann Spence in the serial drama Family Skeleton.

In her film career she won an Oscar for her portrayal of Sadie Burke in the 1949 film All the King's Men and in 1973 she provided the voice of the demon-possessed girl in William Friedkin's classic The Exorcist. TV appearances included Magnum PI.

Defense AttorneyDefense Attorney
Show Count: 4
Broadcast History: 31 August 1951 to 30 December 1952
Cast: Mercedes McCambridge, Howard Culver, Tony Barrett, Irene Tedrow, Harry Bartell
Director: Dwight Hauser
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.
Broadcast: May 11, 1946
Added: Aug 21 2016
Broadcast: 29th April 1974
Added: Feb 06 2010
Broadcast: 21st July 1957
Added: Feb 19 2011
Broadcast: 4th December 1950
Added: Oct 31 2007
Broadcast: 19th December 1944
Added: Feb 13 2007
Broadcast: 18th April 1949
Added: Jun 24 2005
Broadcast: 23rd March 1975
Added: Sep 12 2013
Broadcast: 16th January 1975
Added: Mar 05 2011
Broadcast: 4th April 1949
Added: May 03 2005
Broadcast: June 4, 1975
Added: Jun 21 2015
Broadcast: 10th August 1958
Added: Aug 16 2011
Broadcast: 15th January 1946
Added: Mar 05 2010
Broadcast: June 18, 1975
Added: May 04 2014
Broadcast: 23rd December 1974
Added: Oct 22 2013
Broadcast: 16th February 1975
Added: Jan 03 2014
Broadcast: 24th February 1974
Added: Apr 21 2012
Broadcast: 4th November 1947
Added: Apr 24 2009
Broadcast: 11th November 1947
Added: Nov 12 2004
Broadcast: 2nd October 1975
Added: Jul 09 2013
Broadcast: 26th July 1946
Added: Oct 20 2011
Broadcast: September 30, 1974
Added: May 16 2013
Broadcast: 12th July 1946
Added: Oct 17 2011
Broadcast: 16th December
Added: Dec 11 2009
Broadcast: 9th February 1975
Added: Feb 04 2014
Broadcast: 09 January 1949
Added: Jan 04 2010
Broadcast: October 27, 1947
Added: Oct 26 2015
Broadcast: 8th July 1975
Added: Nov 19 2013
Broadcast: October 29, 1976
Added: Jan 27 2015
Broadcast: 24th November 1947
Added: Nov 23 2006
Broadcast: November 22, 1948
Added: Nov 24 2011
Broadcast: 27th June 1974
Added: Feb 26 2013