December 27: Happy Birthday, Cathy Lewis
Cathy Lewis (December 27th, 1916-November 20, 1968) was best known for her numerous radio appearances.
Lewis moved from her hometown of Spokane, Washington to Chicago and found work on The First Nighter Program. Eventually, Lewis moved back across the country to Hollywood, where she had starring roles in the Pasadena Playhouse productions of Stage Door, Winterset, and To Quito and Back.
In 1943, Cathy met and married Elliot Lewis, a radio actor and writer. They both became staples of the vintage radio scene, regulars among the group known as Hollywood’s Radio Row. The pair appeared both together and separately on programs such as The Whistler. Together they co-created the respected anthology series On Stage and helped to steward the popular mystery's program Suspense. Cathy and Elliot began to be billed as “Mr. and Mrs. Radio.”
Cathy is most remembered for her role as Jane Stacy, a sensibly droll woman that roomed with Irma Peterson in the television comedy My Friend Irma. A lot of Lewis’ early film work was uncredited, but she was eventually able to get bigger roles, such as the female lead in Double Trouble and of course the role in My Friend Irma.
Lewis died of cancer on November 20th, 1968.
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April 17: Happy Birthday, Hans ConriedCaptain Hook in the 1953 version of Disney's Peter Pan, Hans Conried was also a show-hopping radio actor.
My Friend Irma, The Burns and Allen Show, and the dramatic programs Suspense and Mercury Theatre on the Air. He made occasional or one-time appearances on Martin and Lewis, Lux Radio Theatre, and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.
A very fun fact about Conried is that his villainous growl caused him to inspire the character "Robot Devil" on the TV show Futurama.
Conried fans will also enjoy this anecdotal story with famed director and author Arch Oboler.