Gale Storm

Gale Storm

Original Name Josephine Owaissa Cottle
Bloomington, Victoria County, Texas, USA
Death 27 Jun 2009 (aged 87)
Danville, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 38850751 · View Source
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Actress, Singer. She shall probably be best remembered for her leading role in the 1950s television series "My Little Margie". Born Josephine Cottle, she was raised in South Texas and was active in local and school theater; encouraged by her teachers she entered the 1939 CBS-sponsored Gateway to Hollywood contest in which she won an RKO contract and the name "Gale Storm". The male winner was Lee Bonnell (deceased 1986), renamed Terry Belmont, whom Gale married in 1941 and who had a brief film career before becoming an insurance executive. Gale made her silver screen debut with the 1940 "Tom Brown's School Days" and over the next decade was to make roughly three dozen movies in genre including comedy and film noir as well as three westerns with Roy Rogers. In the early 1950s Gale was winding down her career to concentrate on raising her children when she was called by Hal Roach with an offer for "My Little Margie". The show, a summer replacement for "I Love Lucy", ran from 1952 to 1955 and in a 1953 poll Gale was voted the #2 favorite television personality behind Lucille Ball. Having studied voice for five years she began her recording career in 1955 with "I Hear You Knocking" which reached #2 on the Billboard charts then was to have some minor hits including "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?", "Dark Moon", and Ivory Tower" over the next few years while appearing on the "Pat Boone Show" and similar small screen fare of the time. After "Margie" closed Gale had a starring role as cruise ship social director Susanna Pomeroy in "The Gale Storm Show: Oh Susanna" which ran from 1956 until 1960. Though remaining active in summer stock and singing in Las Vegas, Gale faded from view in the 1960s but reemerged in 1980 as spokeswoman for a now-defunct alcohol treatment hospital in which she had undergone detoxification and rehabilitation. She was completely open about her battles with alcohol and her new-found faith in God which helped her beat the addiction. Gale, who has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, published her autobiography, "I Ain't Down Yet", in 1981. She married retired ABC executive Paul Masterson (deceased 1996) in 1988 and was active in South Shores Church in Monarch Beach, California, until declining health forced her into a nursing facility. Of winning her fight with the bottle she said: "It was like God turned it off. That was it. And it was Heaven".

Bio by: Bob Hufford

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  • Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
  • Added: 28 Jun 2009
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