Louise Erickson (actress)

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Louise Erickson
Born (1928-02-28) February 28, 1928 (age 89)
Oakland, California, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1942-1951, 1957
Spouse(s) Ben Gazzara (1951-1957; divorced)

Louise Erickson (February 28, 1928) is a former American radio and film actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Erickson was born in Oakland, California. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.[1]


In 1957, Erickson played Tina in the Broadway production of A Hole in the Head.[2]


Erickson began performing on radio at age 6, acting in broadcasts of fairy tales. She also appeared in Drama of Youth and was Emmy Lou on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.[1]

As an actress, she was most active on radio series. Erickson is best known for starring in the 1940s radio teenage sitcom A Date with Judy in the title role, and for the role of Marjorie in The Great Gildersleeve.[3] She also played the girl friend, Mildred, in Meet Corliss Archer, another teenage situation comedy.[4]

She was the third actress to play bobby soxer Judy on the long running radio series that debuted in 1941. Erickson had joined the cast in 1942 as Mitzi, Judy's friend.[5] The following year, she took over the title character from Ann Gillis and would remain in the role for the rest of the series run, which ended in 1950.

Erickson also played Babs on The Life of Riley,[6] Betty on The Alan Young Show and Janice on the radio comedy Granby's Green Acres.[7] She made only a handful of motion pictures.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to actor Ben Gazzara from 1951 until 1957.[8]


  • Three Husbands - Matilda Clegg (1950)
  • Meet Miss Bobby Socks - Susan Tyrell (1944)
  • Rosie the Riveter - Mabel Prouty (1944)
  • Unusual Occupations (documentary short) - Herself (1944)




  1. ^ a b c d "Tops Among Teens". The Chicago Tribune. December 1, 1946. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "A Hole in the Head". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Marjorie". greatgildersleeve.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "(untitled brief)". The Mason City Globe-Gazette. March 10, 1944. p. 2. Retrieved July 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ (John Dunning 1998, pp. 192)
  6. ^ a b "(photo caption)". Chicago Tribune. May 28, 1950. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  7. ^ (John Dunning 1998, pp. 289)
  8. ^ "Ben Gazzara, risk-taking actor, is dead at 81". The New York Times. February 3, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Louise Erickson at Voicechasers.com". Voicechasers.com. 


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