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Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Shirley Dinsdale
Born Oct 31, 1926 -May9, 1999 guess this made her a halloweenie baby A vent of the finer kind as well as my first encounter of the first kind with ventriloquism. through the magic of the television set in the 1950s, but before that she was also a radio personality in the 1940s.
She is remembered for her friend, "Judy Splinters", and for the early children's television show that bears that name. In 1948, she received the first ever Emmy award, for Outstanding Television Personality.
Shirley was badly burned in a household accident, she was given a ventriloquist's dummy, by her father as a get well soon gift at an early age, which helped her recvovery. She named her friend 'Judy Splinters'. With the inspiration set in her she made her break into radio. In 1940, at the age of fourteen, she made her start on local San Francisco radio with a show entitled Judy in Wonderland. Two years passed and like many others before her Shirley was given her big break when she met the great Eddie Cantor, who set her up with a spot on his radio show, The Eddie Cantor Radio Program.
During the second world war, she was involved in the Hollywood Victory Committee. When the war ended she tried her hand at the new fangled radio with a picture in it...Television, on Los Angeles's KTLA doing show commercials, birthday announcements and a spot here and there. These spots, while not initially prominent, garnered her critical acclaim and her Emmy award. (The award was given jointly to both her and her puppet.) After receiving the award, she was given her own Western-themed weekly children's show (entitled simply Judy Splinters) which ran from 1949 to 1950. In the years following, she also had shows in both Chicago and New York City. At a short point in her career she was a true rival to Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy, Dinsdale was a true Soprano, but of course she lost out in the end to Bergars talent.

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