Lee and Lyn Wilde
|Lee and Lyn Wilde|
Lyn (left) and Lee Wilde in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
|Born||Marion Lee Wilde
October 10, 1922
East St. Louis, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||September 7, 2015 (aged 92)|
|Spouse(s)||Thomas Matthew Cathcart (1947-2010) (his death)|
|Born||Mary Lyn Wilde
October 11, 1922
East St. Louis, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||September 11, 2016 (aged 93)
Michigan City, Indiana, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jim Cathcart (1942-1970) (his death) 2 children
Dwight Oberlink (1973-1996) (his death)
|Children||Carter & Lee Ann|
Lee and Lyn Wilde, sometimes billed as The Wilde Twins, were twin sisters, who appeared in films of the early to mid-1940s.
Born in East St. Louis, Illinois, Lee is the older of the two, born shortly before midnight of October 10, 1922, with Lyn born in the early hours of the following morning.
They began singing with their siblings in church, and by their teens were singing hymns for their local radio station, as well as performing in Illinois and Kentucky. They graduated from East St. Louis Senior High School in 1939.
By 1940 they were band singers, and in 1942 they made their film debuts, as vocalists for the Charlie Barnet Band, performing one song in the Harriet Hilliard film Juke Box Jenny. They also performed with Bob Crosby for a short while.
The twins' live performances led to another featured film appearance in the Judy Garland film Presenting Lily Mars in 1942. Joe Pasternak was impressed by them and signed them to a seven-year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. They played roles in Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944), followed by Twice Blessed, a film written specifically for them to introduce them to a wider audience.
The sisters appeared in nine films together up until 1949. Lyn briefly continued her film career after that, appearing in six more films until 1953.
The twins married brothers, Jim (who married Lyn in 1942) and Tom Cathcart (who married Lee February 22, 1947, in Michigan City, Indiana). They focused their attentions on family life, rather than continuing in show business, but they retained a love of music.
After leaving show business, Lee pursued many activities, including flying. She earned her pilot's license in 1961. She also attended college in Palm Desert, earning an Associate degree from College of the Desert, and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages from the University of California at Irvine. In 1989, they recorded a reunion album titled Back to Together Once Again and continued to perform occasionally into the 1990s.
Lyn died on September 11, 2016 at the age of 93. Her twin sister Lee predeceased her in 2015.
|1942||Snowtime Serenade||Universal Musical Short, with Gloria Jean and the Sportsmen|
|1942||Juke Box Jenny||Themselves||Universal, singing "Fifty Million Nickels" with the Charlie Barnett Band|
|1943||Reveille with Beverly||Themselves||Columbia, singing "Big Noise From Winetka" with Bob Crosby & His Band|
|1943||Presenting Lily Mars||Themselves||MGM, singing "When You Think of Lovin', Baby, Think of Me" w/Bob Crosby and His Band|
|1944||Two Girls and a Sailor||Themselves||MGM, singing "Take It Easy" w/Lina Romay & Virginia O'Brien|
|1944||Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble||Lyn and Lee Walker||MGM|
|1945||Twice Blessed||Lyn: Stephanie Hale
Lee: Terry Turner
|1946||Till the Clouds Roll By||Themselves||MGM, "She Didn't Say Yes, She Didn't Say No")|
|1947||Campus Honeymoon||Lee: Patricia Hughes
Lyn: Skipper Hughes
|1949||Look for the Silver Lining||Lee: Claire Miller
Lyn: Ruth Miller
|1949||Tucson||Gertie Peck||Lyn only|
|1949||Sheriff of Wichita||Nancy Bishop||Lyn only|
|1951||Show Boat||chorus girl||MGM, Lyn only|
|1952||Singin' in the Rain||chorus girl||MGM, Lyn only|
|1952||Has Anybody Seen My Gal||Charleston Dancer||Lyn only|
|1952||The Belle of New York||one of Frenchie's Girls||Lyn only|
|1953||The Girl Next Door||Peggy||Lyn only|
- "Lee Wilde Bride". The Post-Standard. February 23, 1947. p. 32. Retrieved October 17, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Wilde Twin Seriously Ill". The Oregon Statesman. September 29, 1948. p. 9. Retrieved October 17, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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