Claudia Morgan

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Claudia Morgan
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Born Claudia Louise Morgan
(1911-06-12)June 12, 1911
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died September 17, 1974(1974-09-17) (aged 63)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1932–64
Spouse(s) Talbott Cummings (1931-1932; union dissolved)
Robert Shippee (1934-19??)
Charles Hornburg Jr. (May 14, 1937-1938; divorced)
Phil Ormsby (August 2, 1938-19??)
W. Kennneth Loane (19??-1974; her death)
Parent(s) Ralph Morgan and Grace Arnold

Claudia Louise Morgan (June 12, 1911 – September 17, 1974)[1] was an American film, television and radio actress. She was best known for playing the role of Vera Claythorne in the first Broadway production of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians and for her portrayal of Nora Charles on the 1940s radio series, The Adventures of the Thin Man.

Early years[edit]

Claudia Louise Morgan was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1911 to actors Ralph Morgan and Grace Arnold. Actor Frank Morgan was her uncle. She attended Ely Court School in Greenwich, Connecticut.[2]

Stage[edit]

A member of the cast of more than 30 Broadway plays, Morgan starred in The Man Who Came to Dinner and Ten Little Indians.[3] She eventually was fired from her role in Indians because her work in The Adventures of the Thin Man on radio caused a delay in the stage production every Friday night.[4]

She also played in The Apple Cart,[5] and The Sun Field.[6]

Film[edit]

Her first film role was in 1932, and her last performance was a small role in The World of Henry Orient (1964).

Television[edit]

Morgan appeared on Kraft Television Theatre[7] and Robert Montgomery Presents.[8]

Radio[edit]

Morgan was known for playing Nora Charles in The Adventures of the Thin Man.[3] She was married to radio announcer and actor Ernest Chappell, and performed with him on the late 1940s radio program, Quiet Please.[9] In 1941, she joined the cast of The O'Neills, in the role of Laura Penway.[10] She was also a regular on David Harum, Ford Theatre, Joyce Jordan, M.D., Lone Journey,[11] We Love and Learn,[12] and The Right to Happiness.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan was married five times. In 1931, she married Talbott Cummings.[2] They had been married only about a year when she sought a divorce.[14] She wed aviator Robert Shippee on July 22, 1934; that marriage also ended in divorce.[15][16] She married Charles H. Horburg Jr. on May 14, 1937; the couple divorced in 1938. She married Phil Ormsby, an actor and architect on August 2, 1938.[17] She was survived by her fifth husband, Kenneth Loane.

Death[edit]

Morgan died in New York City September 17, 1974,[3] aged 63, from undisclosed causes. She was survived by her mother, who died in 1979.[18]

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1952 Grand Central Station Everything I Longed For[19]
1953 Grand Central Station Count Your Chickens[20]
1953 Grand Central Station The Sly Professor[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Claudia Morgan". Playbill Vault. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Cummings-Morgan". The Indianapolis News. October 21, 1931. p. 10. Retrieved July 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b c "Deaths in News: Claudia Morgan". The Progress. September 18, 1974. p. 15. 
  4. ^ Cox, Jim (2010). Radio Crime Fighters: More Than 300 Programs from the Golden Age. McFarland & Company. p. 36. ISBN 9780786443246. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Gaver, Jack (June 24, 1956). "Up and Down Broadway". The Terre Haute Tribune. p. 4. Retrieved July 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ Burr, Eugene (December 19, 1942). "New Plays on Broadway: The Sun Field". Billboard. p. 11. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Buhrman, Margaret (June 29, 1955). "TV-Radio Highlights". The Kokomo Tribune. p. 43. Retrieved July 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Tops, T.V. (August 23, 1954). "To Be Seen and Heard". The San Bernardion County Sun. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Quiet, Please - Episode". Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Joins "O'Neills"". Harrisburg Telegraph. December 6, 1941. p. 28. Retrieved July 26, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press; ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Pp. 193, 257, 376, 404.
  12. ^ "(KTUC advertisement)". Tucson Daily Citizen. September 28, 1943. p. 8. Retrieved July 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ "(photo caption)". Greenfield Daily Reporter. August 3, 1945. p. 2. Retrieved July 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  14. ^ "Just a Year". The Southeast Missourian. November 28, 1932. p. 3. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Actress to Wed". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. July 22, 1934. p. 16. Retrieved July 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  16. ^ "Actress Weds Aviator". The Evening Sun. July 27, 1934. p. 7. Retrieved July 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  17. ^ "(photo caption)". The Pittsburgh Press. December 16, 1938. p. 38. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Grace Arnold". Retrieved April 19, 2017. 
  19. ^ "(radio listing)". The Decatur Daily Review. June 8, 1952. p. 44. Retrieved July 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  20. ^ "(radio listing)". The Decatur Daily Review. July 19, 1953. p. 44. Retrieved July 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  21. ^ "(radio listing)". The Decatur Daily Review. March 8, 1953. p. 46. Retrieved July 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read

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