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Beatty, Bessie (27 January 1886–06 April 1947), radio broadcaster, journalist, and author, was born Elizabeth M. Beatty in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Thomas Edward Beatty and Jane Mary Boxwell. Her parents had immigrated from Ireland to the Midwest and then to Los Angeles, where Thomas Beatty became a director of the first electric street railroad in the city. In 1903 Bessie Beatty matriculated at the Highland Park campus of Occidental College, determined to be a writer. She was active in campus literary societies and wrote several articles for student publications before taking a position in her senior year as a reporter for the ...

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Joyce Brothers. Dr. Joyce Brothers, half-length portrait, facing slightly left, holding a book she wrote, 1957. Photographic print by Phyllis Twacht. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-117953).

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Brothers, Joyce (20 October 1927–13 May 2013), psychologist, television and radio personality, and columnist, was born Joyce Diane Bauer in Brooklyn, New York, to Morris K. Bauer and Estelle Rappaport Bauer, a Jewish couple who shared a law practice. She and sister, Elaine, were raised in Queens, where Joyce was an honors student at Far Rockaway High School....

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Carrington, Elaine Sterne (14 June 1891–04 May 1958), author and radio scriptwriter, was born in New York City, the daughter of Theodore Sterne, a merchant, and Mary Louise Henriquez. Even as a young child, Elaine displayed a natural talent for storytelling. Before writing her first words she created fanciful tales to tell her grandmother and romantic stories for her father’s dinner guests. In her teens Elaine began writing instead of telling. A deluge of manuscripts arrived at publishing houses from Elaine Sterne, G. A., the initials standing for “Great Author.” A novel, a musical comedy, and many other stories were all rejected until she sold “King of the Christmas Feast” to ...

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Hopper, Hedda (02 May 1885–01 February 1966), actress and gossip columnist, was born Elda Furry in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of David E. Furry, a butcher, and Margaret Miller. The fifth of nine children, Hopper attended school until the eighth grade, after which she stayed home to help her mother with the household. She had an early driving desire to be on the stage, spurred by seeing ...

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Kilgallen, Dorothy (03 July 1913–08 November 1965), journalist and radio and television personality, was born Dorothy Mae Kilgallen in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of James Lawrence Kilgallen, a journalist, and Mae Jane Ahern, a singer. Her father’s work took the family to Laramie, Wyoming, then to Indianapolis, Indiana, and back to Chicago, where he began a long association with the Hearst newspaper syndicate. Dorothy attended grade schools in Indianapolis and Chicago. When the family moved to Brooklyn, New York, she continued school there and graduated from high school in 1930. After her freshman year at the College of New Rochelle, she accepted a summer job in 1931 as a cub reporter for the ...

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Parsons, Louella Oettinger (06 August 1881–09 December 1972), journalist, was born in Freeport, Illinois, the daughter of Joshua Oettinger and Helen Wilcox, clothiers. (Some sources give her mother’s maiden name as Stine.) Her father died when she was eight. Her career of writing for newspapers was launched early when the Freeport ...