Shirley Mitchell

Show Count: 80
Series Count: 4
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: November 4, 1919, Toledo, Ohio, USA

Shirley Mitchell (born November 4, 1919) is an American radio, film, and television actress.



Mitchell was born in Toledo, Ohio, and attended the University of Toledo and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan .

After moving to Chicago, she appeared in the network broadcast of The First Nighter and played small parts in various soap operas including The Story of Mary Marlin and The Road of Life. After she relocated to to Los Angeles, she played opposite Joan Davis in The Sealtest Village Store. She also starred as Louella in The Life of Riley and joined the cast of Fibber McGee and Molly as Alice Darling in 1943. Her most prominent radio role was that of the charismatic Southern belle Leila Ransom on The Great Gildersleeve radio show beginning in September 1942.

In 1953, Mitchell joined the cast of CBS's I Love Lucy playing the part of Lucy Ricardo's friend with the funny laugh, Marion Strong. As of July 2012, she is the only recurring adult cast member still living following the deaths of Doris Singleton in 2012 and Peggy Rea in 2011. In 1962, she played Janet Colton in thirteen episodes of another CBS sitcom, Pete and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams, with Peter Leeds cast as her husband, George Colton.

From 1965 to 1967, she appeared as neighbor Marge Thornton on NBC's Please Don't Eat the Daisies. In the same year she appeared in Episode 13, Season 2 of The Dick Van Dyke Show, when she played Shirley Rogers opposite Bob Crane as Harry Rogers in "Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra." In 1963, she appeared on the television program The Beverly Hillbillies as Opal Clampett (the wife of Jake Clampett, an out-of-work actor). In 1966, she appeared in Green Acres as a nurse and as Oliver Wendell Douglas's old friend, Wanda. Between 1967 and 1968, she portrayed Kate Bradley's cousin, Mae Belle Jennings, on Petticoat Junction. In 1968, she appeared in the Season 1 finale of The Doris Day Show as Mrs. Loomis, a woman who accuses Billy of stealing $5.00 from her purse after she dropped it.

In 1972, she was the voice of Laurie Holiday on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, The Roman Holidays.

In 1994, Mitchell voiced Queen Sneezle-bee in Playtoons No. 4: The Mandarin Prince.

In 2012, she voiced Betty White in MAD episode, "Betty White & the Huntsman / Ancient Greek Mythbusters".

In 2013, she was her guest star in Poetry Contest: Poems in History.

Personal life

In 1992, she married songwriter Jay Livingston and the two remained married until his death in 2001. She was previously married to Julian Frieden with whom she had two children.

Source: Wikipedia

Fibber McGee & MollyFibber McGee & Molly
Show Count: 1143
Broadcast History: 16 April 1935 to 2 June 1935, 8 July 1935 to 7 March 1938, 15 March 1938 to 30 June 1953, 5 October 1953 to 23 March 1956, and 1 June 1957 to 6 September 1959
Sponsor: Johnson's Wax, Pet Milk, Reynolds Aluminum
Cast: Marian Jordan, Jim Jordan, Arthur Q. Bryan, Cliff Arquette, Shirley Mitchell, Hugh Studebaker, Bill Thompson, Marlin Hurt, Isabel Randolph, Ransom Sherman, Gene Carrol, Bea Benaderet, Gale Gordon, Harold Peary
Director: Frank Pittman, Cecil Underwood, Max Hutto
Producer: Frank Pittman, Cecil Underwood, Max Hutto
Fibber McGee & Molly was first broadcast in 1935 and ran in a variety of formats until the final broadcast in 1956. Jim and Marian Jordan played Fibber and his wife Molly in this hilarious domestic comedy.
Broadcast: February 24, 1957
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Broadcast: 18th November 1954
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Broadcast: 20th July 1958
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Broadcast: 21st September 1958
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Broadcast: 8th September 1957
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Broadcast: July 17, 1947
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Broadcast: November 4, 1942
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Broadcast: 16th June 1957
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