Paperback Book Details
- 231 Pages
- Illustrated in B&W Photos
- Released: September 20, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Publisher: BearManor Media
Description by OLDIES.com:
Marie Wilson is best known as the lovable but pea brained Irma Peterson on the long running radio program "My Friend Irma". Irma was so innocent, naive, and well, dumb, to think that flypaper is what is used on airplanes! The real life Marie Wilson was certainly much loved but she certainly wasn't naive or dumb. From an early age she supported her family. She also took advantage of her exceptional good looks to get a foothold in Hollywood. She was the one who came up with her "dumb blonde" persona when she figured she needed a gimmick which would make her stand out at auditions. In the course of a nearly forty-year career Marie appeared in more than 40 films opposite such screen greats as Laurel and Hardy, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Groucho Marx, Rosalind Russell and Jimmy Stewart. During World War Two she was a popular pin up and a star attraction in Ken Murray's famous stage show "Blackouts". The radio version of "My Friend Irma" was so popular that it led to two wildly successful films which are best known today for launching Martin and Lewis in motion pictures. Marie later appeared frequently on television and was a popular nightclub performer. Find out why Marie Wilson was Not so Dumb.
Marie Wilson was one of the best of the "dumb blondes" of the 1930s and 1940s, but what most people don't know is that she was a highly intelligent woman who painstakingly created her persona in movies, on radio, and on television.
This book includes a complete log of the classic American television series episodes in which she appeared, My Friend Irma (1952-1953).
". . . an enjoyable read and something that would be welcomed by casual fans of Wilson, and those who are interested in a serious study of radio comedy and vaudeville since Wilson was a regular in Ken Murray's blackout." ?-Radiogram