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Two-page Billboard broadside announcing the 1952 lineup of M-G-M/MBS programming from January 12 1952
Two-page Billboard broadside announcing the 1952 lineup of M-G-M/MBS programming from January 12 1952


M-G-M recorded an entire run of M-G-M Theatre of The Air transcriptions for syndication, initially over M-G-M's own Radio station WMGM
M-G-M recorded an entire run of M-G-M Theatre of The Air transcriptions for syndication, initially over M-G-M's own Radio station WMGM


Initial announcement of eight-program M-G-M Radio Attractions package from Billboard magazine July 9 1949
Initial announcement of eight-program M-G-M Radio Attractions package from Billboard magazine July 9 1949

Billboard announcement from May 10 1952 cites 625 'co-op' sales of leveraged advertising for the ten-program portfolio of M-G-M Radio Attractions
Billboard announcement from May 10 1952 cites 625 'co-op' sales of leveraged advertising for the ten-program portfolio of M-G-M Radio Attractions

M-G-M's 1942 hit film, 'Woman of the Year,' starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as Tess Harding and Sam Craig.
M-G-M's 1942 hit film, 'Woman of the Year,' starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as Tess Harding and Sam Craig.


Bette Davis and George Brent bring 'Woman of the Year' from M-G-M  Radio Attractions to Mutual Broadcasting System affiliates nationwide.
Bette Davis and George Brent bring 'Woman of the Year' from M-G-M Radio Attractions to Mutual Broadcasting System affiliates nationwide.


Bette Davis and George Brent had been teamed often in film, as here from 1939's The Old Maid
Bette Davis and George Brent had been teamed often in Film, as here from 1939's The Old Maid

Background

The Marcus Loew Booking Agency had owned radio station call sign WHN since 1946. In September of 1948, WHN changed its call sign to WMGM, in part to capitalize on a series of M-G-M radio programming projects that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Radio Attractions was attempting to introduce to a national audience. Programs such as The Adventures of Maisie, Crime Does Not Pay, The Hardy Family, M-G-M Theatre of The Air, and The Story of Dr. Kildare, all drew on material that M-G-M, as a film studio, already had in the can.

Having established Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Radio Attractions for the express purpose of transcribing, then syndicating, this programming, all that remained was for M-G-M to obtain a well-established radio station from which to broadcast their programming packages. The working assumption was that once heard in a wide enough area they'd be picked up nation-wide in due time. The concept seemed to be working for several years, until a change in M-G-M focus made their M-G-M Radio Attractions division redundant. WMGM slowly began changing its format to remain viable to its expanding local audience, and the era of MGM-produced, network-ready, syndicated content dwindled to nothing.

The M-G-M cachet was so persuasive that within days of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Radio Attractions' July 1949 trade announcements, M-G-M Radio Attractions had sold the following initial eight-program 'portfolio' to over 200 outlets in 45 states and Canada:

The package actually came to the air before M-G-M's own WMGM began its initial broadcast run in October 1949. Chicago's Mutual key station, W-G-N, was the first to broadcast M-G-M Theatre of The Air on September 16, 1949, barely a month after the first programs had been recorded.

M-G-M's Maisie, Hardy Family and Dr. Kildare franchises, alone, spanned forty-two feature films over twenty years. Their broad appeal and the feel-good, optimistic values and themes they contained were like a tonic to post-Depression America. When M-G-M spun off its M-G-M Radio Attractions syndicated Radio programming division it seemed only natural to draw upon their proven track record of popular Film features and shorts. M-G-M's Crime Does Not Pay series of short features were another natural candidate for a Radio feature. M-G-M Theatre of The Air was an obvious answer to Lux Radio Theatre, the Screen Guild Theatre series', and NBC's long-running series' of Film adaptations.

Thus, in one master stroke, the newly formed M-G-M Radio Attractions brought a compelling package of four half-hour features, an hour-long film adaptation feature, and three fascinating fifteen-minute features, Hollywood U.S.A., Good News from Hollywood, and At Home With Lionel Barrymore to Radio to compete, head-to-head with the best, then-available Radio programming of the era.

It's easy to see why the package was gobbled up within days of its announcement. Small market Radio outlets, as well as large, highly successful regional Radio broadcasters could obtain a diverse, highly promising package of features from a major studio, starring some of the greatest talent of the era--and at a fraction of the cost to produce and broadcast these features in-house.

Of course by 1949 America had heard literally hundreds of uplifting, 'family values,' small town-oriented situation comedies and serials. But then in 1951, the Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) sought to expand its own feature programming. It seemed natural to turn to M-G-M Radio Attractions for solid, already transcribed programming. Mutual stations had already comprised the majority of subscribers to M-G-M's intial portfolio of eight Radio Attractions features. So it was that, mid-1951, MBS and M-G-M began hammering out a deal for what eventually became a ten-feature package of transcribed, syndicated programming, as follows:

A stunning and compelling lineup to be sure, the package carried forward the half-hour features Crime Does Not Pay, The Hardy Family, The Story of Dr. Kildare, and The Adventures of Maisie, as well as the hour-long feature, M-G-M Theatre of The Air. The MBS package added the half-hour situation comedies, Woman of The Year and The Modern Adventures of Casanova; the half-hour mystery, The Black Museum; the half-hour variety feature, The Gracie Fields Show; and complimented M-G-M's Film adaptation feature, M-G-M Theatre of The Air with The M-G-M Musical Comedy Theatre of The Air.

After months of wrangling and delays, the deal was finally struck in November of 1951 and MBS began 'officially' airing the M-G-M Radio Attractions features the week of January 2-8, 1952. Designed to air in the prime-time spot of 8-10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the package was also structured as a co-op package, similar to competing NBC's 'Tandem Package'. The Mutual package, referred to as 'MBS Plus', offered 'co-operative' advertising spots for multiple sponsors and advertisers. Thus a sponsor or advertiser could purchase any combination of quarter-hour advertising blocks between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., from Monday to Saturday on a daily, weekly, or biweekly basis. The opportunity to leverage their sponsoring expenses held great appeal as Radio entered an era of stiff competition with Television for sponsors' dollars. It also afforded member MBS stations a combination of straight drama, adventure, situation comedy, Film and Musical adaptations, and Variety programming in a package that sold for the approximate cost of three to five weekly half-hour features.

The M-G-M hit Film, 'Woman of the Year" comes to radio

The 1942 big-screen magic of Spencer Tracy and Kate Hepburn in Woman of the Year had already delighted world audiences for nine years, so it was a naturally appealing candidate to include among M-G-M Radio Attractions' package of syndicated programming for the Mutual Broadcasting System.

A natural situation comedy for radio, M-G-M screen star Bette Davis assumed Kate Hepburn's role as Tess Harding and M-G-M contract player George Brent assumed Spencer Tracy's role as Sam Craig.

From the December 31st 1951 edition of the Janesville Gazette:

 51-12-31 Radio Chatter head

     The WCLO-MGM-Mutual series of new programs makes it detut tonight with an outstanding program, "Woman of the Year", starring Bette Davis.
     Miss Davis, briliant actress whose portrayals have earned her two Academy Awards, is to be heard as a columnist on international affairs when her program series starts tonight at 7.  As Tess Harding, Miss Davis presents a new facet of her acting personality.  In this initial program she presents the Harding character as the omniscient, much-quoted columnist who sincerely believes she records the pulse-beats of world affairs.
     But the newspaper woman reconed not with one major activity that is world-wide--romance.  She gets her first lesson from George Brent, co-featured with her as the newspaper's sports columnist, Sam Craig.  Fred MacKaye will direct this series with Peter Rugleo conducting the orchestra in the background music.  An all-star cast is to support these two outstanding players.

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Situation Comedy
Network(s): MBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 51-12-31 01 Title Unknown
Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 51-12-31 to 52-12-22; MBS ; Thirty-nine, 30-minute programs;
Syndication: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Radio Attractions
Sponsors:
Director(s): Fred MacKaye [Director]
Principal Actors: Bette Davis, George Brent,
Recurring Character(s): Tess Harding [Bette Davis]; Sam Craig [George Brent]
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s)
Music Direction: Peter Rugleo
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s):
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
39
Episodes in Circulation: 0
Total Episodes in Collection: 0
Provenances:

Billboard magazine announcement of Mutual and MGM intentions to broadcast a package of MGM Radio Attractions features ove MBS from November 3 1951
Billboard magazine announcement of Mutual and MGM intentions to broadcast a package of MGM Radio Attractions features over MBS from November 3 1951
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Notes on Provenances:

The most helpful provenances were newspaper listings.

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Woman of The Year Radio Program Log

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
51-12-24
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51-12-24 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 10:30 Trimming the Tree
51-12-31
1
Title Unknown
N
51-12-16 Buffalo Courier-Express
Bette Davis will be the first MGM star to appear on Mutual network and WEBR starting December 31st when Woman of the Year is adapted for radio as a regular series.
52-01-07
2
Title Unknown
N
52-01-07 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC):
Bette Davis, George Brent show that separation makes hearts grow fonder.

52-01-07 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER
Bette Davis Will Star in "Woman of the Year"
By RALPH SCHROEDER
Bette Davis, the first lady in radio drama, is the heroine for a long-distance romance when the Woman of the Year program is presented tonight at 7.
Miss Davis is heard as Tess Harding, columnist in international affairs for the New York Chronicle, with George Brent co-featured as Sam Craig, sports colulmnist for the same paper. In this broadcast, l'affaire Harding-Craig is further handicapped when she is assigned to cover a story in St. Louis and he is sent to a Boston sports event. They prove, however, that distance is no obstacle and that separation actually makes some hearts grow fonder.
52-01-14
3
Title Unknown
N
52-01-14 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC): Bette Davis and George Brent;
columist calls on boy friend to help get headline story.

52-01-14 Boston Traveler
Mutual Broadcasting is dedicating Jan. 14 as Bette Davis Day, because it starts her 20th year in films coincident with her new radio series, "Woman of the Year."
52-01-21
4
Title Unknown
N
52-01-21 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC): Bette Davis and George Brent
on snowbound train.

52-01-21 Rockford Register-Republic
Bette Davis and George Brent get an assist in romance from the weather man during the Woman of the Year broadcast over WGN-MBS at 7 o'clock tonight.
52-01-28
5
Title Unknown
N
52-01-28 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC):
columnist's and sportswriter's stories get scrambled in print.
52-02-04
6
Title Unknown
N
52-02-04 Janesville Daily Gazette
Bette Davis does it again.
As famed international columnist Tess Harding, Bette makes a Maine Housewife doff apron and assume some of the responsibilities of running the household during the Woman of the year broadcast at 7 tonight. Meanwhile George Brent, as columnist suitor, stands by--supporting the demoted husband.
52-02-11
7
Title Unknown
N
52-02-11 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC):
romance moves to farmhouse.
52-02-18
8
Title Unknown
N
52-02-18 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC):
Bette Davis traps George Brent into proposal.
52-02-25
9
Title Unknown
N
52-02-25 Janesville Daily Gazette
Marriage is a solemn occasion. But Tess Harding (Bette Davis) famed columnist on international affairs, spparently was never advised of the time-consuming activities of the wedding day. In Woman of the Year, broadcast tonight at 7, Tess is married to sports writer Sam Craig (George Brent). She also manages to keep an interview date that evening--to gather material for her column.
52-03-03
10
Title Unknown
N
52-03-03 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC):
honeymoon vs. columning.
52-03-10
11
Title Unknown
N
52-03-10 Janesville Daily Gazette
Betty Davis as Tess Harding and George Brent as Sam Craig are involved in another comedy adventure tonight at 7 when Woman of the Year is aired over WCLO.
George Brent is the sports colulmnist who finds it hard sledding to keep up with his famous editorial writing spouse. This program is a regular WCLO feature every Monday evening at this time.
52-03-17
12
Title Unknown
N
52-03-17 Janesville Daily Gazette
Author in his own name, or just a faithful husband trailing an illustrious wife. That's the crux of the problem facing sports columnist Sam Craig (George Brent) during the Woman of the Year broadcast tonight at 7. His spouse is Tess Harding (Bette Davis) famed columnist on international affairs. She's a very busy woman--so busy that Sam spends most of his time trying to find her, much less thinking of an outline of the book that he, and every other reporter, plans some day to write.
52-03-24
13
Title Unknown
N
52-03-24 Janesville Daily Gazette
Tess Harding (Bette Davis) and Sam Craig (George Brent) get together for another laugh-provoking session on their popular series of comedy programs in Woman of the Year. These two manage to keep listeners laughing as they have troubles trying to be together with Tess writing her international news column and out after news at all times and Sam trying to write a book and looking for his wife. It all adds up to fun for the family at 7 tonight.
52-03-31
14
Title Unknown
N
52-03-31 Janesville Daily Gazette
There comes a time in the life of every--well, nearly every married woman, when she attempts a surprise birthday party for her spouse. And Tess Harding, the "Woman" of the Woman of the Year, is no exception. The famed columnist, a role portrayed by Bette Davis, tries just that for her broadcast tonight at 7--and is herself surprised. George Brent is heard as her husband, syndicated sports columnist.
52-04-07
15
Title Unknown
N
2-04-07 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER
Honeymoon Problem Solved by "Woman of the Year"
By RALPH SCHROEDER
Tess Harding (Bette Davis) and Sam Craig (George Brent), the husband and wife newspaper career team, are hard put to get away for their honeymoon. But listeners to the tonight at 7 broadcast of the Woman of the Year series will hear Tess' unique solution to the problem. She reasons that if newlyweds can't get away for their honeymoon, why not have the honeymoon come to them? That may seem strange--but it really solves the problem.
52-04-14
16
Title Unknown
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52-04-14 Janesville Daily Gazette
Husbands may think they know how to apply psychology. But, in the final anallysis, wives usually reverse such applications--for a distaff payoff. This is well proven by Tess Harding (Bette Davis) during the Woman of the Year broadcast tonight at 7. Sportswriter Sam Craig (George Brent) is her spouse. His psychological approach to a marital misunderstanding is the silent treatment.
52-04-21
17
Title Unknown
N
52-04-21 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC): overseas assignments get tangled.
52-04-28
18
Title Unknown
N
52-04-28 Janesville Daily Gazette
Saga of Sam - This is the saga of Sam, misunderstood husband of the Woman of the Year. He partially listened to his columnist-wife's (Bette Davis) remarks one evening and joyously hied to his favorite rendezvous to celebrate a forthcoming blessed event. He (George Brent) realizes the error of his way when a tree surgeon visits their penthouse apartment during the broadcast of this hilarious MGM-produced program tonight at 7.
52-05-05
19
Title Unknown
N
52-05-05 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC): Bette Davis plans family get-together.
52-05-12
20
Title Unknown
N
52-05-12 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 10:30 Woman of the Year
52-05-19
21
Title Unknown
N
2-05-19 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 10:30 Woman of the Year
52-05-26
22
Title Unknown
N
52-05-26 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC): George Brent, sports writer, dabbles in international politics and atomic energy and winds up with a headline baseball story.
52-06-02
23
Title Unknown
N
52-06-02 Janesville Daily Gazette
The Woman of the Year faces a major problem in her married life during her broadcast tonight at 7. Should Tess Harding (Bette Davis) or should she not plan for motherhood? That's the puzzler she presents to her sports writing hubby, Sam Craig (George Brent). The manner in which the resolve this situation provides another hilarious comedy for the Hollywood acting team.
52-06-09
24
Title Unknown
N
52-06-09 Janesville Daily Gazette
A child enters the household of the Woman of the Year during the broadcast tonight at 7 of this situational light comedy series completely changing the tenor of ways of international columnist Tess Harding (Bette Davis) and her husband, sportswriter Sam Craig (George Brent). The manner in which this is accomplished backgrounds the broadcast drama for the evening.
52-06-16
25
Title Unknown
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52-06-16 Janesville Daily Gazette
One of the top shows on the Charles Antel series of 7 p.m. programs over WCLO is the Woman of the Year starring Bette Davis and George Brent. Bette, as Tess Harding, and George, as Sam Craig, are both involved with the newspaper business and at the same time try to live in harmony as a married couple. The problems that arise in every marriage are met with humorous solutions by these two stars.
52-06-23
26
Title Unknown
N
52-06-23 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER House Guest Causes Uproar on "Woman of the Year" By RALPH SCHROEDER A house guest causes an uproar in the household of Tess Harding (Bette Davis) and Sam Craig (George Brent), the husband and wife newspaper team, during the Woman of the Year broadcast tonight at 7. The visitor, a gifted pianist, composes a rhapsody and dedicates it to Tess. That starts the fun--with Craig playing the part of the jealous husband.

52-06-18 Canton Repository
Next week the Mutual Broadcasting System starts its summer replacement shows. Monday a program called "Jazz Nocturne" will replace the "Woman of the Year" show which stars Bette Davis.
52-06-30
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52-06-30 Wisconsin State Journal - WISC 10:30 Under Arrest





52-09-22
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52-09-22 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 10:30 E C. Hill; Ed Silvera Show
52-09-29
27
Title Unknown
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52-09-29 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER "Woman of the Year" Will Return to WCLO Tonight By RALPH SCHROEDER A very popular comedy series returns to WCLO when Woman of the Year, starring Bette Davis and George Brent, broadcasts at 7 tonight. A tape recording machine may be a boon to many. But it can be the bane of a couple--particularly if both husband and wife are famed newspaper columnists. They use the machine to dictate their copy and set the stage for a hilarious marital mixup on Woman of the Year tonight. Bette Davis is starred as Tess Harding, columnist on international affairs, and George Brent is co-featured as her sports writing husband, Sam Craig.

52-09-29 Wisconsin State Journal
10:35 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC): Bette Davis, George Brent start new season as pair of columnists.
52-10-06
28
Title Unknown
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52-10-06 Wisconsin State Journal
11:05 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC): Bette Davis, George Brent seek peace and quiet on a farm.
52-10-13
29
Title Unknown
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52-10-13 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER Farm Life Is Harrowing for "Woman of the Year" By RALPH SCHROEDER Tess (Bette Davis) Harding and her spouse, sports writer Sam Craig (George Brent) hie to their farm for peace, quietude and an opportunity for the famed international columnist to finish a series of six magazine articles. Their maid, however, has to rush home. The new girl doesn't believe in cleaning house on any day but Saturday. It becomes a complicated domestic scene for the Woman of the Year during her broadcast tonight at 7 over WCLO.
52-10-20
30
Title Unknown
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52-10-20 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER Times, Perspective Change, But "Woman" Always Wins By RALPH SCHROEDER The wife always wins, even with such an illustrious column-writing couple as Tess (Bette Davis) Harding and Sam (George Brent) Craig. He decides the world's traveling too fast. Miss Harding, famed colullmnist on international affairs, says the world's always moving at the same pace, but perspectives change. The argument, and its unusual climax, backgrounds the amusing adventure for the Woman of hte Year broadcast tonight at 7.

52-10-20 Times-Picayune
Punching a time clock spells trouble for Woman of the Year star Bette Davis and George Brent, as her spportswriter husband, on MBS-WSMB (8 p.m.).
52-10-27
31
Title Unknown
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52-10-27 Wisconsin State Journal
10:35 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC): George Brent explains baseball to Bette Davis.
52-11-03
32
Title Unknown
N
52-11-03 Wisconsin State Journal
7 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WGN): Sam Craig finds he can't vote.
52-11-10
33
Title Unknown
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52-11-10 Janesville Daily Gazette
RADIO CHATTER Spouse of "Woman of Year" Has Credit-Buying Crisis By RALPH SCHROEDER Sports writer Sam Craig (George Brent) is the kind of man who likes to pay cash, money on the barrel-head, for the things he buys. Then came the day when he went on a wife-imposed personal budget, his missus is the Woman of the Year, Tess Harding (Bette Davis), and he asks his bartender for credit. Friends come to an unusual financial rescue for the amusing interlude in the life of the Woman of the Year during the broadcast tonight at 7.
52-11-17
34
Title Unknown
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52-11-17 Wisconsin State Journal
10:30 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC): Bette Davis shows how to make a husband angry.
52-11-24
35
Title Unknown
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52-11-24 Wisconsin State Journal
10:35 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC): George Brent tries to understand Bette Davis' mind.
52-12-01
36
Title Unknown
N
52-12-01 Janesville Daily Gazette
A husband's first gray hair can be a climactic milestone in married life. How a renowned columnist, Tess Harding (Bette Davis), overcomes this antipathy to "getting old" provides the amusing situation for the Woman of the year broadcast tonight at 7. George Brent is the co-star of these situational comedy programs heard every Monday evening at this time over WCLO.
52-12-08
37
Title Unknown
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52-12-08 Janesville Daily Gazette
It's strange how one missing sock can cause international situations and affect turf history. But that's just what happens during the Woman of the Year broadcast tonight at 7. The program stars Bette Davis as columnist Tess Harding and George Brent as her ever-loving, sports-writing spouse, Sam Craig. In tonight's adventure Sam misses one sock, breaks up three conferences on international affairs in quest of same and finally purchases one old, but still optimistic race horse.
52-12-15
38
Title Unknown
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52-12-15 Wisconsin State Journal
10:35 p.m.--Woman of the Year (WISC): husband reveals painful experiences.
52-12-22
39
Title Unknown
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2-12-22 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 10:30 Ed Hill; Woman of the Year
52-12-29
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52-12-29 Wisconsin State Journal
WISC 10:30 E.C. Hill; Ed Silvera Show






Woman of The Year Radio Program Biographies

The 1952 WHo's Who in Radio and Television highlighted Woman of the Year's Bette Davis and George Brent



Ruth Elizabeth 'Bette' Davis
(Hope Winslow)
Radio, Television, Film and Stage Actor
(1908-1989)

Birthplace: New York City

Radiography:
Hollywood On the Air
1935 Shell Chateau
1937 Lux Radio Theatre
1937 Chase and Sanborn Hour
1938 Texaco Star Theater
1938 Silver Theater
1939 Gulf Screen Guild Theater
1941 President Franklin Roosevelt
1941 The Treasury Hour
1942 Hollywood Canteen
1942 Cavalcade Of America
1942 Plays For Americans
1942 Command Performance
1942 The Pepsodent Show
1942 To the President
1942 Treasury Star Parade
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater
1943 First Anniversary Of the Hollywood Canteen
1944 Everything For the Boys
1945 A Tribute To..."President Roosevelt"
1945 Word From the People
1945 Mail Call
1946 Academy Award
1949 Screen Directors' Playhouse
1949 Suspense
1950 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood
1951 Woman of The Year
1951 Hollywood Sound Stage
1958 Whispering Streets
Hollywood Calling
Bette Davis in publicity photo for The Rich Are Always With Us from 1932
Bette Davis in publicity photo for The Rich Are Always With Us from 1932
From the February 26th, 1939 edition of the Ogden Standard-Examiner:

Bette Asks for Publicity
But It's for Worthy Cause
She Tells of Her Work and
Needs In Supplying Dogs to Blind


By MAY MANN
Standard-Examiner Staff


     Bette Davis, whom public and critics alike acclaim as- -the screen's greatest dramatic actress responded to our "Open -Letter" column of recent date with a most interesting letter telling about her famous Tailwaggers Guide Dog Institute.
     World attention is focused on Bette too, just now for she was again a winner of the annual academy award for the best screen performance of 1938.  Already an award winner, the academy considered her role in "Jezebel"
to be the year's finest.  However her artistry in "The Sisters" and "Dark Victory" are equally as great in the opinion of most critics.  Bette has that touch of genius that makes you feel her laughter and her tears—her every emotion on the screen.  She is adept in any role—and so she is a great actress.
               They Didn't Know
     Last November the newspapers and magazines had pictures on every cover and front page announcing Bette's organization of the "Tailwaggers" club.  A benefit ball was held to raise funds and the general impression gained in
many parts of the country was that the organization was another fad of an actress with a lot of pet pooches.  It was said that anyone having a dog who wagged its tail was eligible to join the "Tailwaggers."  But those who said that did not know Bette--far from being frivolous, Bette is fundamentally a serious minded young person.  She spends her time only on worthwhile matters and this new organization is one of the most worthwhile.

     Bette took time off and sat down and wrote a letter personally to the readers of this column telling us all about it--and before  you're through reading  Bette's letter--you'll know that Bette should certainly be commended for her efforts.  Too, her letter gives you a glimpse into the personality of the off-screen Bette.
     "Dear May:
     "Thank you for your letter and it's nice of you to mention me in your column.
     "I would be glad to have you write up a bit about our Guide Dog Institute which I helped to organize last November.  The Tailwaggers is a non-profit corporation to provide trained guide dogs to lead the blind.  This work will be carried on independently of any other similar organization.
     "We have training quarters capable of handling 72 dogs annually and several thoroughly experienced trainers are available.  Approximately three months is required to train a guide dog.  A blind student undergoes from three to four weeks training.  Voluntary contributions and memberships from Tailwagger owners and friends will be used to defray overhead of the school which will approximate $25,000 annually.
               Many Applications
     "We have received numerous applications from blind men and women seeking persons to sponsor them for a guide dog.  A fully paid scholarship entitling a blind student to receive a dog may be arranged for by any person or group so inclined.  The cost of such scholarship is $450.  No charge is made to the blind student for training or living expenses at the school.
     "California alone houses approximately 7,100 deserving blind citizens, many of whom can be successfully rehabilitated through the use of a guide dog.
     "We have just had the good fortune to have Hazel Hurst, the blind girl, about whom there has been so much publicity in connection with her travels abroad and not being able to enter England owing to their quarantine laws regarding dogs.  Hazel is now the vice-president of our institute and lectures in clubs, over the radio, etc., in aid of our work for the blind on the Pacific coast.  I'm mailing you a picture of Hazel, myself and her 'eyes,' Babe, the dog.
     It is so wonderful to see the happiness expressed upon Hazel's countenance, her cheerful outlook upon life.  It surely makes us who have all our opportunities feel ashamed!  I was never so touched as I have been through the opportunity of personally knowing this girl.
     "With best wishes and many thanks, Bette Davis."

From the August 25th, 1942 edition of the Syracuse Herald Journal:
 
By LOUELLA O. PARSONS
 ...I am heartily in favor of the Hollywood Canteen for service men, patterned after the successful Stage Door Canteen in New York.  So many of the boys are in Hollywood for the first time and when they are on leave they have no place to go.  Both the Naval Aid Auxilliary Canteen and the Vac's, at Fort MacArthur, are doing a great work for the Army and Navy in San Pedro.  But there is also room for a canteen in the heart of Hollywood, where this one is to be located.  The Rio Grande Hall, seating 1,000, off Sunset near Cahuenga, accessible to bus and street car, is the site selected.  Bette Davis has done a tremendous amount of work in making the canteen possible.  The proceeds from "The Talk of the Town" next Saturday night go to the maintenance of the canteen...
 From the September 6th, 1942 edition of the Ogden Standard-Examiner:
 By ALICE PARDOE WEST
Standard-Examiner Staff
 
...Bette Davis . . . a live wire as usual . . . is doing a tremendous job of putting over a Hollywood canteen for service men.  This will be located in the Rio Grande hall and will be large enough to accommodate a great number of service men.  Bette, who seems to never stop working . . . is now finishing up her role in "Watch on the Rhine."  She took this part, knowing she would not be top billing . . . as she also did in "The Man Who Came to Dinner."  But she will follow it up with an extra glamorous picture "Old Acquaintance" in which she will wear the most extensive wardrobe and finery of her screen career . . .

From the October 7th, 1989 edition of the Frederick, Maryland News:

Bette Davis dead at 81


     NEW YORK (AP) - Bette Davis, whose soulful eyes inspired song decades after her tough demeanor helped create the film image of the independent woman, has died of cancer, her longtime attorney said today.  The two-time Academy Award winner was 81.
     Miss Davis died Friday night in a Paris hospital, said attorney Harold Schiff.
     The actress, who lived in West Hollywood, Calif., was traveling through Paris on her way home from the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, where she was honored for a lifetime of achievement.
     Miss Davis — who appeared in more than 80 films, including "Jezebel," "All About Eve," and "Of Human Bondage" — died after a battle with breast cancer that began after a 1983 mastectomy, Schiff said.
     "The doctors had told us the cancer had spread, that it was terminal," he said.  "The doctors had said let her go on going about her business."
     French radio reported that Miss Davis died in the American Hospital in Paris.  A spokesman at the hospital declined to confirm the report but said a statement would be issued later.
     "What a loss," said actress Olivia de Havilland, who worked with Miss Davis in four films including the 1964 "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte."
     "She was a remarkable person to work with, highly professional, innovative, brilliant and quick," said Miss de Havilland, 73, who resides in Paris.  "She was very well disciplined.  I thought she had some marvelous personal qualities and I was very fond of her."
     Vincent Price, who worked with Miss Davis on "The Private Lives of Elisabeth and Essex" in 1939 and "Whales of August" in 1987 mourned her as a film genius.
     "There are very few people left who really sum up the motion picture industry, who had that star quality.  It was really rare," Mr. Price said in Los Angeles.  "She had extraordinary energy; she was a genius."
     At a Sept. 21 news conference in San Sebastian, she joked about co-stars James Stewart — "I never should have let him get away" — and Ronald Reagan --"He never had ranch talent but as President he restored patriotism for Americans."
     Of her expressive eyes, she said, "It's my basic facial feature and what communicated to the camera."
     Miss Davis was nominated for Academy Awards 10 times and won two best actress Oscars, for "Dangerous" in 1935 and "Jezebel" in 1938.  She won an Emmy in 1979 for the television production "Strangers -- The Story of a Mother and Daughter."
     Her screen heroines were often strong women — as uncompromising as the actress was off-screen and on the set, according to those who worked with her.
     "The person who wants to make it has to sweat," she said once.  "There are no short cuts.  And you've got to
have the guts to be hated.  That's the hardest part."
     She gave no one credit for her success except Bette Davis.
The most rewarding thing in the world when you've made it," she said, "is that you don't owe nobody nothin'.  The reward is an honest day's work."
     She once suggested the lines for her own epitaph "Bette Davis--She Did It the Hard Way.  That included her
1945 comeback from the mastectomy, a stroke and a broken hip in quick succession.
     Her success story was one of Hollywood's most unlikely tales.  Lacking the looks of a traditional Hollywood glamour girl, the skinny youngster with the huge eyes relied on her acting skill and took roles nobody else wanted, playing nasty women more often than nice ones.
     "My entire career was never based on looks or glamour or sex," she once said."  It was an absolute miracle that people came to watch me act."
     Impressionists copied her mannerisms, and a song, "Bette Davis Eyes," was a rock hit in 1982.  The line most identified with her was "What a dump!" from "Beyond the Forest."
     She sought happiness in marriage, but after four husbands declared that she had failed and would never marry again.  When she wrote her autobiography, she titled it "The Lonely Life."
     She was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis on April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Mass., the elder of two daughters of Harlow and
Ruth Favor Davis. Her parents were descended from early New England settlers — Pilgrims and Huguenots —and Miss Davis was always proud of her heritage.
     A friend of her mother's felt two Ruths in the family were too many.  She suggested the young Miss Davis
be called Bette, after a character in the Balzac novel "La Cousine Bette."
     Miss Davis' parents separated when she was 7, and through her childhood she lived alternately with her mother and in boarding schools.  As a teen-ager she showed talent in school theatrics and decided to become an actress.
     She won a scholarship to study with drama coach John Murray Anderson, ushered at New England theaters in the summer and won small roles in stock company shows before making her New York stage debut in "The Earth Between" in the 1920s.




George Brent [George Brendan Nolan]
(Sam Craig)
Radio, Television, Film and Stage Actor
(1899-1979)

Birthplace:
Shannonbridge, Offaly, Ireland

Radiography:
1938 Lux Radio Theatre
1940 Community Mobilization For Human Needs
1943 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater
1943 Cavalcade Of America
1946 Hollywood Star Time
1949 Hallmark Playhouse
1951 Woman Of the Year
Playhouse 25
Hollywood Calling
Your Movietown Radio Theatre

From the May 28th 1979 edition of the Omaha World-Herald:
Geroge Brent Obit head
 
     San Diego, (AP) -- Actor George Brent, a veteran of more than 100 films and 300 plays, has been found dead in his nearby Solana Beame home.
     Brent, 75, apparently died of natural causes, the San Diego County coroner's office said.  He had suffered from emphysema.
     Brent lived alone.  His wife of 25 years, Janet, died four years ago.
     The coroner's office said Brent's body was found by a friend and that the actor had apparently collapsed while preparing for bed.  The body was found Saturday night.
     Brent, who had starred with Gretta Garbo, Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert and other top actresses, appeared in such films as "Dark Victory," "Jezebel," "The Spiral Staircase" and "The Man Who Talked Too Much."
     He made 11 films with Miss Davis, who won an Oscar for "Dark Victory"
     A native of Dublin, Ireland, Brent was sent to live with an aunt in New York City after his parents died when he was 11.  Five years later, he returned to Ireland.  He attended the University of Dublin and began his career with the Abbey Theater.
     He became a courier for the Irish revolutionary forces and was forced to flee to England where he caught a boat to Canada.  Making his way to New York, Brent, then 19, played in stock companies and Broadway productions.
     His career got a lift when stage star Ruth Chatterton chose him as her leading man in "The Rich Are Always With Us."
 
 And from the May 30th 1979-05 edition of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate: 
Services Held for George Brent head
 
     SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A few close friends attended private services for former motion picture star George Brent, who died at his beach home Saturday at 75.
     "We followed his wishes, that none of his old friends and fellow actors be invited," his daughter Suzanne said after the memorial Monday.
     Brent's ashes were scattered at sea.
     Those present included actor Milburn Stone, who played "Doc" in the "Gunsmoke" television series and who lives near Brent's cottage.  Brent's son, Barry, who attended Palomar College nearby and has moved to Los Angeles to take up acting, was also present.



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