Thursday, May 2, 2013
May 2: Happy Birthday Hedda Hopper!
If Hedda Hopper looks like someone who should host a gossip show on the radio, chalk that up to one instance of order in the universe. From 1939-'47 she did that very thing on a couple of networks with a few different sponsors. The former actress and gossip columnist was nimble-tongued and clever, a good fit for the airwaves.
Later, she would turn her show into Hedda Hopper's Hollywood, a variety show with guests such as Bob Hope, Audey Murphy, and Humphrey Bogart.
Hopper's radio gossip began as a series of segments on Rudy Vallee's show.