Shirley Bell Cole
|Shirley Bell Cole|
|Born||Shirley Adrienne Bell
February 21, 1920
|Died||January 12, 2010 (age 89)|
Shirley Adrienne Bell Cole (February 21, 1920 – January 12, 2010), also known as Shirley Bell, was an American radio actress; best known as the voice of Little Orphan Annie.
Born in Chicago's South Side, she grew up in various apartments as her family endured the Depression, and she was first heard on radio at age six. Beginning when she was ten years old, Bell was the primary voice actress of the character Little Orphan Annie from 1930 to 1940.
She quit acting in 1940 and married businessman Irwin Cole. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, where the couple raised three daughters in the affluent Chicago suburb Glencoe. Irwin Cole died in 1998.
In 1995, Bell was heard in a reenactment of Little Orphan Annie on Chuck Schaden's Those Were the Days radio show.
She authored Acting Her Age: My Ten Years as a Ten-Year-Old: My Memories as Radio’s Little Orphan Annie (Stinehour Press, 2005). Designed by Susan Cox, the book won Best in Show, Crystal Book Award of Excellence at the Chicago Book and Media Show, and a Silver Award in Fine Editions at the Gold Ink Awards.
She died in Arizona in 2010.