Ginny Simms

Show Count: 42
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: May 13, 1913, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Died: April 4, 1994, Palm Springs, California, USA

Ginny Simms (May 13, 1913 – April 4, 1994; also known as Virginia E. Eastvold) was an American popular singer and film actress. She labeled with Dinah Shore, Peggy Lee,Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford and others.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, she sang with big bands and worked as MGM contract player film actress. She appeared in 11 movies from 1939 to 1951, when she retired. She was married three times, to Hyatt Hotels founder Hyatt von Dehn from 1945 to 1951, to Bob Calhoun from 1951 to 1952, and to Don Eastvold from June 22, 1962 until her death on April 4, 1994. She originally considered studying to become a concert pianist, but enrolled instead at Fresno State Teachers College. While there, she began performing in campus productions, singing with sorority sisters and even forming a popular campus vocal trio.

Shortly afterward, she struck out on her own to establish a solo singing career and by 1932, she had her own program on a local radio station. Also in 1932, she became band vocalist for the Tom Gerun band in San Francisco, working together with other vocalists including a young Tony Martin and Woody Herman. She joined the Kay Kyser Orchestra in 1938, where she received her first national exposure appearing on radio shows and in films with Kyser. She made her first movie with Kyser and Lucille Ball, That’s Right You’re Wrong (1939). She nearly married Kyser but left his orchestra in 1941 to do her own radio show.

She starred in the movies Here We Go Again with Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, and Fibber McGee & Molly (1942), Hit the Ice with Abbott & Costello (1943), as Helen Hoyt inBroadway Rhythm with George Murphy (1944), and as Carole Hill in Cole Porter’s Night and Day (1946) with Cary Grant and Alexis Smith.

In 1951, Simms hosted a local television show on Los Angeles Channel 11, KTTV, which featured dance bands and talent from army, navy, marine, and air force bases around Southern California.

In 1993, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.


She died in 1994 in Palm Springs, aged 80, and is interred in Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.

Source: Wikipedia

Kay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical KnowledgeKay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical Knowledge
Show Count: 11
Broadcast History: 1937 to 1 February 1938, 30 March 1938 to 26 June 1948, and 4 November 1948 to 29 July 1949
Cast: Kay Kyser
Director: Ed Cashman, John Cleary, William Warwick, Harry Saz
Producer: Frank O'Connor
Host: Kay Kyser
Broadcast: Not known
Added: May 27 2010
Broadcast: September 13, 1943
Added: Sep 14 2018
Broadcast: 23rd January 1943
Added: Jan 27 2013
Broadcast: 7th July 1942
Added: May 29 2011
Broadcast: 25th December 1943
Added: Dec 25 2011
Broadcast: December 25, 1944
Added: Dec 21 2014
Broadcast: 27th November 1950
Added: Nov 29 2011
Broadcast: January 26, 1946
Added: Jan 07 2020
Broadcast: 21st April 1946
Added: Apr 12 2003
Broadcast: 20th December 1943
Added: Dec 23 2012
Broadcast: 24th February 1944
Added: Jan 27 2008
Broadcast: November 9, 1947
Added: Jan 05 2016
Broadcast: November 1, 1945
Added: Nov 30 2014
Broadcast: 5th May 1943
Starring: Gene Autry, Ginny Simms
Added: May 02 2011
Broadcast: 19th April 1945
Added: Apr 06 2008
Broadcast: 3rd April 1944
Added: May 03 2012
Broadcast: September 2, 1951
Added: Aug 24 2019
Broadcast: February 11, 1951
Added: Feb 08 2020
Broadcast: 16th April 1951
Added: Feb 13 2012
Broadcast: 5th April 1943
Added: Sep 05 2009
Broadcast: 9th October 1950
Added: Nov 05 2011
Broadcast: 22nd July 1944
Added: May 31 2012
Broadcast: Unknown
Added: Jun 02 2008