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By David C. Tucker
Lots of the vibrant and proficient actresses who made the USA giggle within the Nineteen Fifties are off the air this day, yet their pioneering Hollywood careers irrevocably replaced the face of tv comedy. those clever and sassy girls effectively negotiated the dangers of the male-dominated place of work with classification and humor, and the paintings they did within the Nineteen Fifties is artistic nonetheless through modern criteria. not able to fall again on robust language, surprise worth, or racial and sexual epithets, the feminine sitcom stars of the Nineteen Fifties entertained with natural expertise and reveal savvy. As they did so, they helped to put the basis for the improvement of tv comedy. This e-book can pay tribute to ten sought after tv actresses who performed lead roles in renowned comedy indicates of the Fifties. each one bankruptcy covers the works and personalities of 1 actress: Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy), Gracie Allen (The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show), Eve Arden (Our pass over Brooks), Spring Byington (December Bride), Joan Davis (I Married Joan), Anne Jeffreys (Topper), Donna Reed (The Donna Reed Show), Ann Sothern (Private Secretary and The Ann Sothern Show), Gale typhoon (My Little Margie and The Gale hurricane convey: Oh! Susanna), and Betty White (Life with Elizabeth). for every superstar, a profession comic strip is equipped, concentrating totally on her tv paintings but additionally noting achievements in different parts. Appendices provide solid and group lists, a chronology, and an extra biographical comic strip of 10 much less conventional actresses who deserve popularity.
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Having gained a few of his casting personal tastes, even though, Zinnemann acquiesced the place Reed used to be involved. Her functionality used to be a revelation, enjoying the outwardly difficult personality “so touchingly and so well,”6 as her director later admitted. On March 25, 1954, she used to be named most sensible aiding Actress on the annual Academy Awards. this could have raised her inventory significantly at Columbia, however it didn’t. Reed used to be mystified through the shortcoming of follow-up, and angered via the mediocre Western scripts despatched to her within the wake of her Oscar win. She requested for, and bought, her unlock from the Columbia agreement, yet was once no happier in her next stint at common photographs, the place she undertook criminal complaints after they provided her assisting roles instead of the starring automobiles she’d signed to do. by means of the mid–1950s, Reed may well see her motion picture profession winding down, and used to be giving critical cognizance to tv, tempted mostly by way of the monetary clients linked to a success sequence. together with her husband, Tony Owen, Reed shaped a construction corporation, Todon of California, Inc. , to collect a sequence automobile for her. Owen was once through then a manufacturer in his personal correct, notwithstanding none of his tasks had rather struck hearth. Their first venture jointly for Todon used to be an African event movie, past Mombasa (1956), which did little to reinforce the occupation of both its major woman or manufacturer. yet what could eventually emerge from their specialist partnership stands out as the Donna Reed express, which might be performed in collaboration with reveal gem stones (ironically, the television arm of Columbia images, the place Reed have been upset as a freelance player). She used to be nonetheless a little leery a couple of full-time enterprise into tv. by way of that point, along with her motion picture occupation slowing down, she had already attempted a number of television guest-starring roles, and wasn’t extraordinarily inspired. In overdue 1954, she made her tv appearing debut on Ford tv Theatre, taking part in the name function in “Portrait of Lydia” (12/16/54). Of her 2/24/57 visual appeal on normal electrical Theater, forged as an Amerasian lady in an episode known as “Flight from Tormendero,” Reed later stated, “It’s the worst factor I’ve ever performed, yet I’m instructed it bought one of many sequence’ optimum rankings. in my view, i feel humans have been fascinated with how undesirable it was once, too hypnotized to show it off. ”7 strangely, given the recognition she might in achieving with the quite easy layout of The Donna Reed express, casting the megastar as a spouse and mom wasn’t the slam-dunk one may possibly think. actually, she wasn’t certain the sitcom layout was once for her, telling one of many sequence’ early administrators, “I’m nervous—I can’t do comedy. ”8 yet on community tv within the past due Nineteen Fifties, there appeared few manageable ideas other than sitcoms and Westerns, the latter a style that not often put girls in lead roles. After Owen and Reed had thought of quite a few roles she could play in a weekly sitcom, it used to be an govt at display gemstones, seeing a photograph of the megastar together with her real-life kin, who advised the correct atmosphere for The Donna Reed convey.