Sunday, May 24, 2009

R.I.P, Joan Alexander

I saw this notice on Mark Evanier’s blog this morning (how I missed it yesterday still has me puzzled, since I read it practically every day) that OTR actress Joan Alexander has gone on to her rich reward at the age of 94. Mark points out that her most famous radio role was that of Lois Lane on The Adventures of Superman, and that she also provided the voice for some (but not all) of the entries in the Superman cartoon series from 1941-43. (She later reunited with Superman actor Clayton “Bud” Collier to reprise their Lois Lane/Clark Kent roles in a Saturday morning cartoon series telecast on CBS during the 1960s, The New Adventures of Superman.)

Alexander played so many roles on radio it would be a Herculean task to name every program she was on but a few of the notable series include Bright Horizon, This is Your FBI, Studio One, Crime Club, The Falcon, The Big Story, Mr. President, The Shadow, Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator and X Minus One. Her most permanent radio gigs outside of Superman were as loyal secretary Della Street on Perry Mason, and dependable gal Friday Ellen Deering on Philo Vance.

The only television venue that I remember Alexander actively participating in was the panel show The Name’s the Same (1952-55), a series that also featured some OTR vets in Robert Q. Lewis, Meredith Willson, Clifton Fadiman, Abe Burrows and Bill Stern. Same was at one time prominently featured on The Game Show Network’s black-and-white lineup but it looks as if that novelty has come to pass.
R.I.P, Joan. You will be missed.

1 comment:

Linda said...

Oh! We loved Joan Alexander on The Name's the Same. She was so clever at deducing the names of the contestants.