Barbra Fuller

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Barbra Fuller (born Barbara Fuller; July 31, 1925) is an American former old-time radio, motion picture, and television actress.

Career[edit]

The Nahant, Massachusetts-born Fuller[1][2] signed a contract with Republic Pictures in 1949.[3]

She appeared frequently in B-movies and television series in the 1950s. She changed her hair color frequently for film roles. Its hue varied from platinum to brunette in her four movies released by Republic Pictures in 1950. She returned to blonde as Laurel Vernon in Lonely Heart Bandits (1950).[4] She appeared with John Eldridge and Dorothy Patrick in this crime drama. Her first screen credit is for The Red Menace (1949). This was followed by roles in Crosswinds and Flame of Youth (1949). In the latter she was the leading lady, acting opposite Ray McDonald and Tony Barret. In The Red Menace she played "Mollie O'Flahery", a character used by the Communist Party as bait. In City of Bad Men (1953), a Western adventure, she played a minor character. Afterward she was mostly involved in television work. Her last parts as a movie actress came in How Sweet It Is! (1968) and The Roommates (1973).

Radio[edit]

Fuller acted in a number of soap operas.[5] She played Claudia in One Man's Family.[6] She did her first radio work in Chicago between the ages of 9 and 11.[2] By age 18 she had appeared in 25 radio serials.[6]

Fuller was heard in Whispering Streets, The Guiding Light, Ma Perkins, Today's Children,[5] Scattergood Baines, Madame Courageous, Road of Life, and Stepmother.[2]

Television[edit]

Fuller's television performances are numerous, beginning with a 1953 episode of Adventures of Superman. Other series in which she participated include Four Star Playhouse (1955–1956), Ford Television Theater (1957), Trackdown (1958), State Trooper (1958), Colgate Theater (1958), My Three Sons (1960), Perry Mason (1960, 1964), and Daniel Boone (1970).

Personal life[edit]

Fuller married Western motion picture star Lash LaRue on February 23, 1951, in Yuma, Arizona. The union was childless and the couple divorced on June 2, 1952.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960, pg. 100, McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2.
  2. ^ a b c Grunwald, Edgar A. (ed) (1940). Variety Radio Directory 1940-1941 (PDF). New York, New York: Variety, Inc. p. 940. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Republic Pact for Radio's Barbara Fuller". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. May 7, 1949. p. 14. Retrieved May 7, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Heyn, Howard C. (September 21, 1949). "Life in Hollywood". The Times. California, San Mateo, CA. p. 16. Retrieved May 7, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ a b Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 245.
  6. ^ a b Parsons, Louella O. (May 7, 1949). "Picture Halts London Trip". The Galveston Daily News. Texas, Galveston. INS. p. 2. Retrieved May 7, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. closed access publication – behind paywall
  7. ^ "Wife, 26, Divorces Movie Cowboy". The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City, Utah. United Press. June 3, 1952. p. 40. Retrieved May 7, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read

Sources[edit]

  • "Broadway Comedienne Joins Hope Picture". Los Angeles Times. June 3, 1949. p. B7.
  • "Red Menace Deals Strong Blow To Communistic Idea". Los Angeles Times. June 10, 1949. p. B6.

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