Hope Emerson

Hope Emerson

Show Count: 3
Series Count: 4
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: October 29, 1897
Old Time Radio, Hawarden, Iowa, USA
Died: April 25, 1960, Hollywood, California, USA
An American actress born in Hawarden, Iowa. Following her graduation from West High School in Des Moines, in 1916, she moved to New York City, where she performed in vaudeville.
Emerson made her Broadway début in Lysistrata in 1930 when New York theatrical producer Norman Bel Geddes cast Emerson for the role of the amazonian Lamputo.

Emerson made her film début in Smiling Faces (1932) but then returned to the theater. In the 1940s, Emerson became well known as the voice of Elsie the Cow in Borden Milkcommercials on radio.

Standing 6 ft.-2 in. (1.88m), Emerson's most memorable roles were as a circus strongwoman in the film Adam's Rib (1949), lifting actor Spencer Tracy up in the air; a larcenous conspirator in the noirish Cry of the City (1948); and a mail-order bride in Westward the Women (1952). Her most famous role, as sadistic prison matron Evelyn Harper, in Caged(1950) garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

On television, Emerson guest starred on the series finale ("The Housekeeper") of the sitcom, It's a Great Life, playing a bossy housekeeper who temporarily takes charge while Amy Morgan, played by Frances Bavier, goes on vacation. She also had a regular role in Peter Gunn (1958), for which she received an Emmy nomination, and sitcom The Dennis O'Keefe Show (1959).


Emerson died of liver disease in 1960 at age 62 in Hollywood, California. She is interred in Grace Hill Cemetery in her hometown of Hawarden, Iowa. She never married or had children.

Source: Wikipedia

Adventures Of Topper, TheAdventures Of Topper, The
Show Count: 3
Broadcast History: 7 June 1945 to 13 September 1945
Cast: Roland Young, Hope Emerson, Paul Mann, Frances Chaney
Jimmy Durante Show, TheJimmy Durante Show, The
Show Count: 42
Broadcast History: 10 September 1933 to 30 June 1950
Sponsor: Texaco, Camel Cigarettes, Rexall
Cast: Elvia Allman, Hope Emerson, Jimmy Durante, Florence Halop, Arthur Treacher, Victor Moore, Alan Young, Don Ameche
Producer: Phil Cohan
Stars Over HollywoodStars Over Hollywood
Show Count: 72
Broadcast History: 31st May 1941 - 25th September 1954
Sponsor: Dari Rich Products, Armour and Company, Carnation Evaporated Milk
Cast: Hope Emerson, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Crawford, Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, Jane Wyman
Director: Paul Pierce, Les Mitchel
Producer: Paul Pierce, Les Mitchel
Host: Art Gilmore, Art Ballinger
This thirty minute Saturday morning program featured family oriented stories often with a strong moral that were either written especially for the program or were adapted from famous stories such as Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.