Penny Singleton

Penny Singleton

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 12 Nov 2003 (aged 95)
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section C, Lot 349, space 5
Memorial ID 8083583 · View Source
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Actress. She is best remembered for her role as 'Blondie Bumstead' in the many 'Blondie' movies that were popular from 1938 to 1950, including, "Blondie" (1938), "Blondie Brings Up Baby" (1939), "Blondie In Society" (1941), "Leave It To Blondie" (1945), "Blondie's Lucky Day" (1948), and "Beware Of Blondie" (1950), as well as the voice of 'Jane Jetson' on the classic cartoon series, "The Jetsons" from 1962 to 1988. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she born Mariana Dorothy Agnes Letitia McNulty to a Philadelphia newspaperman named Benny McNulty. She began her career at a young age singing songs at a local silent movie theatre, later touring with a vaudeville act called "The Kiddie Kabaret". She later sang and danced with Milton Berle and Gene Raymond, among others. She moved to Hollywood, California, and was given her first speaking part in Jack Benny's Broadway show "Great Temptations". She later married first to Dr. Laurence Scogga Singleton from 1937 until they divorced in 1939, and then to Robert Sparks from 1941 until his death on July 22, 1963. Singleton went onto appear in many other films including "After The Thin Man" (1936), "Good News" (1930), Vogues Of 1938" (1937), "Racket Busters" (1938), "The Best Man" (1964), and "Go West Young Lady" (1941). Singleton also guest starred on the television shows, "Murder, She Wrote," "The Twilight Zone," "Death Valley Days," and "Pulitzer Prize Playhouse." Although a brunette and not a natural blonde, Singleton dyed her hair for the role of 'Blondie.' In her later years, beginning in 1966, she fought for better working conditions for the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes by leading a strike. In 1969 she was elected President of the American Guild of Variety Artists or the AGVA, and in 1974 she received an Honourary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from St. John's University, as well as also being the first woman President of an AFL-CIO Union.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Penny Singleton (15 Sep 1908–12 Nov 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8083583, citing San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .