Claudia Morgan

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Claudia Morgan
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Born Claudeigh Louise Wuppermann
(1912-06-12)June 12, 1912
Brooklyn, New York
Died September 17, 1974(1974-09-17) (aged 63)
New York City
Occupation Actress
Years active 1932–64
Spouse(s) Talbott Cummings (1931-1932)
Robert Shippee (1934-?)
Phil Ormsby (1938-?)
Ernest Chappell
Parent(s) Ralph Morgan and Grace Arnold

Claudia Morgan (June 12, 1912 – 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]

Born in Brooklyn, New York as Claudeigh Louise Wuppermann, Morgan was the daughter of actors Ralph Morgan and Grace Arnold and the niece of actor Frank Morgan. 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]

In 1931, Morgan married Talbott Cummings.[2] They had been married only about a year when she sought a divorce.[14] Morgan and aviator/explorer Robert Shippee wed July 22, 1934.[15][16] She married Phil Ormsby, an actor and architect, August 2, 1938.[17]

Death[edit]

Morgan died in New York City September 17, 1974,[3] aged 63, from undisclosed causes.

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1952 Grand Central Station Everything I Longed For[18]
1953 Grand Central Station Count Your Chickens[19]
1953 Grand Central Station The Sly Professor[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Claudia Morgan". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 28 July 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. ^ http://www.quietplease.org/index.php?section=episode&id=43
  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 28 July 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 28 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "(radio listing)". The Decatur Daily Review. June 8, 1952. p. 44. Retrieved July 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  19. ^ "(radio listing)". The Decatur Daily Review. July 19, 1953. p. 44. Retrieved July 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  20. ^ "(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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