Gay Seabrook

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Gay Seabrook
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Seabrook from the film Wild Poses
Born Gladys Johnson
(1901-04-01)April 1, 1901
Seattle, Washington
Died April 18, 1970(1970-04-18) (aged 69)
Bedford Hills, New York

Gay Seabrook (April 1, 1901 – April 18, 1970) was a film, Broadway and radio actress.

Early years[edit]

Seabrook was the daughter of Rufus Johnson, a newspaper circulation manager.[1]


In the mid-1920s, Seabrook portrayed Mary Margaret in the play The Fool, which toured the United States for 62 weeks after having been presented "for some time in New York."[2] She appeared in the Broadway productions of Crime Marches On (1935)[3] and Three Men on a Horse (1942).[4]

Seabrook was teamed with comedian Emerson Treacy to form the double-act Treacy and Seabrook. The team was very successful on radio and in theater during the early 1930s, with routines similar to those of real husband-and-wife team Burns and Allen. The two had worked together in 1928, teamed as young lovers in a production of the play Tommy. A newspaper article about the upcoming production described Treacy and Seabrook as "two of the best known portrayors of youthful roles in the country."[5]

Seabrook also appeared as the ditzy mother of Spanky McFarland in the Our Gang short films Bedtime Worries and Wild Poses.[6]

On radio, Seabrook played Susabelle on The Park Avenue Penners[7] and was a member of the cast of Meet Mr. Meek.[8]

In addition to her work with Treacy, Seabrook sometimes supplied the voice of Sniffles, an early character on the Warner Bros. roster created by Chuck Jones, though several other voice actresses, most notably Marjorie Tarlton and Leone Ledoux, are also credited with doing the voice of Sniffles from time to time.


Seabrook died on April 18, 1970.


  1. ^ "Former Utah Girl in Drama". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. Utah, Ogden. May 12, 1924. p. 2. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ "Collegians Appear in Play, 'The Fool,' at Marlow Theater". The Independent Record. Montana, Helena. November 18, 1926. p. 3. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ "Crime Marches On - Cast". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "New Plays on Broadway: Three Men on a Horse". Billboard. October 24, 1942. p. 10. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Noted Stage Play 'Tommy' Coming to Granada". Reno Gazette. Nevada, Reno. September 29, 1928. p. 12. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ Ward, Richard Lewis (2006). A History of the Hal Roach Studios. SIU Press. p. 85. ISBN 0-8093-2727-9. 
  7. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 265.
  8. ^ "Studio Notes". The Evening News. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. August 14, 1941. p. 26. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via  open access publication - free to read

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