Anne Whitfield

Anne Whitfield

Show Count: 209
Series Count: 6
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: August 27, 1938
Old Time Radio, Oxford, Mississippi, USA
Died: February 15, 2024, Yakima, Washington, USA

Anne Langham Whitfield (August 27, 1938 – February 15, 2024) was an American actress on old-time radio, television, stage, and film. Her first name is sometimes seen spelled Ann.


Born in Oxford, Mississippi, Whitfield was the daughter of Richard N. Whitfield Jr. and Frances Turner Whitfield. Her father was director of bands at the University of Mississippi, and her mother was a speech teacher. After moving to California, she attended Rosewood Avenue Public School. By the time she was 17, she was studying at the University of California, Los Angeles, scheduling her classes around her work on radio programs.

Whitfield died unexpectedly, after an incident whilst walking in her neighborhood in Washington on February 15, 2024. She was 85.


As a youngster, Whitfield "played child roles on practically every comedy and dramatic series originating in Hollywood". Her radio debut came in September 1945, when she "stepped up on a box before an already lowered microphone in an NBC studio and said, 'I want another slice of bread'" for a commercial. She became a member of the cast of One Man's Family when she was 7 years old.

Whitfield's roles on radio programs include:

She was also heard on Lux Radio Theatre, The Screen Guild Theater, Family Theater, Cavalcade of America, The Cisco Kid, His Honor, the Barber, Phone Again, Dr. Paul, The Harold Peary Show, NBC University Theatre, and The Woman in My House.

Stage, film, and television

In 1949, Whitfield appeared in theatrical productions of Annie Get Your Gun and Show Boat, both in Los Angeles, California. On film, she played Susan Waverly in White Christmas (1954) and appeared in Juvenile Jungle (1958) and Tick, Tick, Tick (1970).

In 1960, she played the role of Trudy (working bar girl in the Long Branch) in the season-six episode "Don Matteo" in the TV Western Gunsmoke; then again in one of its 1966 episodes “Stage Stop” (S12E10) as “Lori Coombs”, an abused wife who later falls in love with a blind man after her husband is killed.

Whitfield played Claudia Barbour in the TV version of One Man's Family. The casting was a change from Whitfield's role in the radio version of the program; in the story, Claudia was the mother of Penny, whom Whitfield played on radio. She played the two roles concurrently during the TV series' single season on the air. Whitfield also was featured in "The Case of the Ugly Duckling", "The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper", and "The Case of the Nautical Knot", episodes of Perry Mason (1964), "The Storm Riders" on Cheyenne (June 24, 1956), and then subsequently in another episode: "The Young Fugitives" (October 23, 1961)  "Judgment at Hondo Seco" on Rawhide (October 20, 1961), and "Harry, the Good Neighbor' on The New Phil Silvers Show (February 22, 1964). In the '60s, she was also active in series such as Adam-12, Emergency!, The New Interns, 77 Sunset Strip, Laramie, Hawaiian Eye, the Untouchables, Ben Casey, The Dakotas, 12 O'clock High, Peter Gunn, Manhunt, and the Johnny Carson Show. She played Jack Nicholson's girlfriend in Wells Fargo and Robert Redford's estranged wife in Tate - both superstars' first TV shows. Whitfield's all-time favorite role was as Sally Ellis, an Arkansas farm girl, in One Step Beyond (1960).



Source: Wikipedia

Baby Snooks ShowBaby Snooks Show
Show Count: 160
Broadcast History: 29 February 1936 to 6 June 1936, 23 December 1937 to 25 July 1940, 5 September 1940 to 15 June 1944, 17 September 1944 to 28 May 1948, and 8 November 1949 to 22 May 1951
Cast: Lois Corbett, Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford, Lalive Brownell, Arlene Harris, Leone Ledoux, Alan Reed, Danny Thomas, Charlie Cantor, Ken Christy, Irene Tedrow, Frank Nelson, Ben Alexander, Lillian Randolph, Elvia Allman, Earl Lee, Sara Berner, Anne Whitfield
Director: Mann Holiner, Al Kaye, Ted Bliss, Walter Bunker, Arthur Stander
Producer: Mann Holiner, Al Kaye, Ted Bliss, Walter Bunker, Arthur Stander
Damon Runyon Theater, TheDamon Runyon Theater, The
Show Count: 52
Broadcast History: 1948 to the mid 1950s
Cast: John Brown, Anne Whitfield, Gerald Mohr, William Conrad, Alan Reed, Herb Vigran, Frank Lovejoy, Sheldon Leonard, Eddie Marr, Luis Van Rooten, Joe DuVal, Willard Waterman, Ed Begley, Jeff Chandler, Sam Edwards, Hans Conried, Parley Baer
Director: Richard Sanville
Producer: Vern Carstensen
Starring John Brown as Broadway, the narrator of Damon Runyon’s dramatic stories of old Manhattan New York and the gangster life in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The stories could be tragic, and often quite sad as you become moved by the strength of the characters.
Fitch BandwagonFitch Bandwagon
Show Count: 11
Broadcast History: 4 September 1938 to 17 June 1945, 23 September 1945 to 16 June 1946, and 29 September 1946 to 23 May 1948
Sponsor: Fitch Shampoo
Cast: Alice Faye, Phil Harris, Eddie Cantor, Andy Devine, Cass Daley, Francis Trout, Henry Russell, Elliott Lewis, Robert North, Jeanine Roose, Anne Whitfield, Walter Tetley
Director: Paul Phillips
Producer: Ward Byron, Bill Lawrence
Host: Dick Powell
One Man's FamilyOne Man's Family
Show Count: 364
Broadcast History: 29th April, 1932 - 8th May, 1959
Cast: J Anthony Smythe, Minetta Ellen, Barton Yarborough, Anne Whitfield
Director: Michael Raffetto
Producer: Carlton E. Morse
There's probably only a handful of radio listeners throughout the United States who are not familiar with the name of Barbour. The Barbour's of Sea Cliff, San Francisco that is.
Broadcast: 10th July 1954
Added: Oct 30 2007
Broadcast: 14th December 1949
Added: Dec 17 2009
Broadcast: 5th September 1951
Added: Sep 04 2011
Broadcast: 8th January 1950
Added: Jan 08 2006
Broadcast: 29th December 1952
Added: Dec 27 2008
Broadcast: 6th October 1949
Added: Dec 13 2011
Broadcast: 25th September 1949
Added: Oct 01 2007
Broadcast: 17th October 1954
Added: Nov 17 2011
Broadcast: 24th January 1951
Added: Jan 16 2011
Broadcast: December 24, 1951
Added: Dec 24 2005