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Gale Storm

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While still a high schooler in her Texas home town, Josephine Cottle won a "Gateway to Hollywood" contest sponsored by film producer Jesse Lasky. Cottle was rechristened "Gale Storm" at the suggestion of a movie-magazine fan, and was promptly cast in 1940's Tom Brown's School Days. A brief RKO contract led nowhere, and soon Gale Storm was the sweetheart of Monogram Pictures, starring in several of that low-budget studio's musical "specials." Towards the end of the 1940s, Gale appeared in a number of Republic westerns opposite Roy Rogers. When actress Wanda Hendrix turned down the opportunity to star in the upcoming TV sitcom My Little Margie in 1951, Gale Storm jumped at the chance; like Hendrix, Gale didn't think much of the project at first, but was convinced that it could only get better. Whether or not My Little Margie ever truly evinced signs of improvement is a moot point: Storm became a bonafide star in the role of spunky 21-year-old Margie Belmont. The series' popularity increased tenfold when it left prime time in 1954 and entered the syndicated-rerun market. Capitalizing on her new-found celebrity, she pursued a successful nightclub career, and in 1955 cut a pair of Top Ten record singles, "Teenage Prayer" and "I Hear You Knocking." One year later, she launched a second successful TV series, Oh, Susanna (aka The Gale Storm Show) in which, for four seasons, she filled the role of Susanna Pomeroy, scatterbrained social director on the luxury liner S.S. Ocean Queen. Following her series' cancellation in 1960, Storm returned to nightclubs and played the straw-hat circuit in such musicals as Annie Get Your Gun and then went into semi-retirement, devoting her time to her husband Lee Bonnell (a fellow "Gateway to Hollywood" winner who had long since abandoned acting for the insurance business) and her children. In the late 1970s, Storm re-emerged in the public's consciousness when she announced that she'd been an alcoholic for several years; this was followed by a return to TV as spokesperson for a substance-abuse rehabilitation center in the Northwest. In 1981, Gale Storm published her biography, I Ain't Down Yet.

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Texas Rangers
  • Helen Fenton
1951
No Score Yet Al Jennings of Oklahoma
  • Margo St. Claire
1951
No Score Yet Between Midnight and Dawn
  • Katharine 'Kate' Mallory
1950
No Score Yet The Underworld Story
  • Cathy Harris
1950
No Score Yet Abandoned
  • Paula Considine
1949
No Score Yet The Dude Goes West
  • Liza Crockett
1948
No Score Yet It Happened on 5th Avenue
  • Trudy O'Connor
1947
No Score Yet Swing Parade of 1946
  • Carol Lawrence
1946
No Score Yet Campus Rhythm (Fraternity Sweetheart )
  • Joan Abbott/Susie Smith
1943
No Score Yet Nearly Eighteen
  • Jane
1943
No Score Yet Revenge of the Zombies
  • Jennifer Rand
1943
No Score Yet Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher
  • Susan Fleming
1943
No Score Yet Rhythm Parade
  • Sally Benson
1943
No Score Yet Foreign Agent
  • Mitzi
1942
No Score Yet Smart Alecks
  • Ruth Stevens
1942
No Score Yet Man from Cheyenne
  • Judy
1942
No Score Yet Freckles Comes Home
  • Jane
1942
No Score Yet Lure of the Islands
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet High School Terrors - Government Shockers
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Jesse James at Bay
  • Jame Fillmore
1941
No Score Yet Let's Go Collegiate
  • Midge Lawrence
1941
No Score Yet City of Missing Girls
  • Mary Phillips
1941
No Score Yet East Side Kids - Smart Alecks
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Red River Valley
  • Kay Sutherland
1941
No Score Yet Uncle Joe
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Tom Brown's School Days
  • Effie
1940

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