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Nila Mack

Show Count: 2
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
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Born: October 24, 1891, Arkansas City, Kansas
Died: January 20, 1953, New York, New York

Nila Mack (October 24, 1891 in Arkansas City, Kansas – January 20, 1953 in New York, New York) was the creator and director of Let's Pretend, the long-running CBS radio series for children. She was the Director of Children's Programs for CBS from 1930 to 1953.

Born Nila Mac, she was an only child. She added a "k" to her name because she felt "Mac" looked like a nickname. However, some sources, including her obituary in The New York Times, said her birth name was Nila MacLoughlin. Her mother, Margaret, was a dance instructor. Her father, Don Carlos, was a railroad engineer who died in a train accident when Nila was very young. After his death, she attended an Illinois finishing school, Ferry Hall in Lake Forest, and later took classes in both Arkansas City and Boston, financing her education by playing piano at her mother’s dance studio.

Source: Wikipedia