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May 6, 2023

Gorgeous Photos of Penny Singleton in the 1930s and ’40s

Born 1908 as Mariana Dorothy McNulty in Philadelphia, American actress and labor leader Penny Singleton had 60-year career on stage, screen, radio and television, Singleton appeared as the comic-strip heroine Blondie Bumstead in a series of 28 motion pictures from 1938 until 1950 and the popular Blondie radio program from 1939 until 1950. She also provided the voice of Jane Jetson in the animated series The Jetsons from 1962 to 1963.

Behind the scenes, Singleton was the first woman to serve as president of an AFL-CIO union, and served two terms as president of the American Guild of Variety Artists. She testified before a Senate subcommittee in 1962 on the union’s treatment of women variety workers, and led a strike of the Radio City Rockettes in 1967.

For her contributions to both radio and the motion-picture industry, in 1960, Singleton was honored with two stars during her induction to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star for radio is located at 6811 Hollywood Boulevard, and her film star is at 6547 Hollywood Boulevard.

Singleton died in 2003 at the age of 95 of respiratory failure in Sherman Oaks, California. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see portraits of young Penny Singleton in the 1930s and 1940s.


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