Rolly Bester

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Rolly Bester
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Bester in 1948 ABC Radio publicity shot
Born Rolly Goulko
(1917-12-21)December 21, 1917
New York City, New York, U.S
Died January 12, 1984(1984-01-12) (aged 66)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, Advertising executive
Spouse(s) Alfred Bester (m. 1936)

Rolly Goulko Bester (December 21, 1917, New York City - January 12, 1984, New York City) was an American actress, and later an advertising executive. She was the wife of science fiction author Alfred Bester.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Bester, sometimes credited as Rollie Bester, was born in New York City as Rolly Goulko. She performed in several Broadway productions before World War II.[1] Through 1956, she had numerous roles on radio, including that of Lois Lane on The Adventures of Superman. On that series, which ran from 1940 to 1951, Lois Lane's character debuted in episode seven and was voiced by Bester.[2] After three appearances, she was succeeded in the role by actress Helen Choate. Bester also was heard on The Big Story, The Chase, The Fat Man, The Spinner of Yarns, Tales of Tomorrow, Words at War and X Minus One.

She also appeared in episodes of radio's Cavalcade of America series, including in the role of Mrs. Benny in Us Pilgrims, the story of the first Thanksgiving (airing November 24, 1947) and as Mrs. Jones in The King of Nantucket (airing March 27, 1951).

Films and television[edit]

Bester appeared in the film With These Hands (1950) and a 1954-55 Sherlock Holmes television series, .

Advertising[edit]

She later became a vice president, casting director and supervisor at the advertising agency Ted Bates & Co., located at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bester was married to science fiction author Alfred Bester for 48 years, from September 16, 1936 until her death from cancer in 1984 at the age of 66. After the Besters moved from New York, they lived on Geigel Hill Road in Ottsville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.[3]

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