Louella Parsons OTR Old Time Radio Show MP3 CD 16 Episodes


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Louella Parsons (August 6, 1881 – December 9, 1972) was the first American movie columnist. She was retained by William Randolph Hearst, possibly because she had praised Hearst’s mistress Marion Davies, and her columns were read by 20 million people in 400 newspapers worldwide. She remained Queen of Hollywood until the arrival of flamboyant Hedda Hopper, who displayed similar talents, and with whom she feuded viciously for years. She was born Louella Rose Oettinger in Freeport, Illinois, the daughter of Joshua Oettinger and Helen Stein, both of German Jewish descent. She had two brothers, Edwin and Fred, and a sister, Rae. In 1890, her widowed mother married John H. Edwards. They lived in Dixon, Illinois, later hometown of Ronald Reagan.In her teens, Louella was already a smart and intelligent young woman, but there were few literary outlets for her ambitions. It wasn’t until high school that Louella decided to become a writer or a reporter. On June 4, 1901, at her high school graduation, Louella gave a foretelling speech, entitled “Great Men,” after which her principal announced that she would become a great writer. After high school, Parsons enrolled in a teacher’s course at a local Dixon college. She received a financial contribution from a distant German relative. While still in college, Parsons obtained her first newspaper job as a part-time writer for the Dixon Star. In 1902, she became the first female journalist in Dixon, where she gossiped about Dixon social circles, making a step towards her Hollywood career. She and her first husband, John Parsons, moved to Burlington, Iowa. Her only child, Harriet (1906–1983), who grew up to become a film producer, was born there. While in Burlington, Parsons saw her first motion picture, The Great Train Robbery (1903). When her marriage broke up, Parsons moved to Chicago. In 1912, she had her first taste of the movie industry by selling a script for $25 to the Essanay Company,which would soon be employing Charlie Chaplin. Her small daughter, Harriet, was billed as “Baby Parsons” in several movies, which included The Magic Wand (1912), written by Louella Parsons. She also wrote a book titled How to Write for the Movies. Beginning in 1928, she hosted a weekly radio program featuring movie star interviews that was sponsored by SunKist. A similar program in 1931 was sponsored by Charis Foundation Garment. In 1934, she signed a contract with the Campbell’s Soup Company and began hosting a program titled Hollywood Hotel, which showcased stars in scenes from their upcoming movies.

Includes 16 Episodes! 

Episodes Include:

Louella Parsons 450729 – Plus Hollywood Mystery Hot & Low Down.mp3
Louella Parsons 461103 – Bebe Daniels, Ben Lyons.mp3
Louella Parsons 470309 – Jean Hersholt.mp3
Louella Parsons 470323 – Guest – Spencer Tracy.mp3
Louella Parsons 470713 – Guest – Elizabeth Taylor.mp3
Louella Parsons 471109 – Joan Crawford.mp3
Louella Parsons 480912 – Farley Granger, Edith Head.mp3
Louella Parsons 480926 – George Raft.mp3
Louella Parsons 481205 – Ethel Barrymore.mp3
Louella Parsons 500709 – Shelly Winters.mp3
Louella Parsons 510107 – John Wayne.mp3
Louella Parsons 510729 – Guest – Martin and Lewis.mp3
Louella Parsons 510805 – Dorothy LaMour Subs.mp3
Louella Parsons 510909 – Ida Lupino To Marry.mp3
Louella Parsons 510923 – Ann Blythe.mp3
Louella Parsons 511007 – Vic Damone.mp3


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