Lurene Tuttle

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Lurene Tuttle (August 29, 1907 - May 28, 1986) was a character actress, who made transitions from vaudeville to radio, to films and television. Her most enduring impact was as one of network radio's most versatile actresses. Often appearing in 15 shows a week, comedies, dramas, thrillers, soap operas, and crime dramas, and back she became known as the First Lady of Radio.

She became interested in acting after her family moved to Southern California, appearing in Pasadena Playhouse productions before joining the vaudeville troupe, Murphy's Comedians. By the Great Depression, Tuttle had put her remarkable vocal versatility to work in radio, and within a decade she became one of the most in-demand actresses in the medium.

Radio roles

On radio's The Adventures of Sam Spade she played just about every female role, as well as Spade's man-hungry secretary Effie Perrine. She appeared in such shows as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, a role that testified to her vocal versatility: she played Harriet Nelson's on-air mother at a time when she played, concurrently, a young adult onThe Great Gildersleeve as the niece Marjorie Forrester, a character 20 years her junior. Tuttle also had regular roles in such shows as Brenthouse (a soap opera, as Nancy), Dr. Christian (as nurse Judy Price), Duffy's Tavern (as Dolly Snaffle), One Man's Family (another soap; various roles), The Red Skelton Show (as Junior's mommy and as Daisy June, roles she shared with Harriet Nelson), Hollywood Hotel...
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