August 5, 1935: MBS aired Backstage Wife for the first time on this day. Mary Noble, Backstage Wife was an American soap opera radio program about the travails of Mary Noble , a girl from a small town in Iowa who came to New York seeking her future. The main role was played by Vivian Fridell from 1935 until the early 1940s. The show was created by Frank and Anne Hummert . Backstage Wife was sponsored by Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder and Procter & Gamble.