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Paula Stone
Paula Stone, 1945
Born(1912-01-20)January 20, 1912
New York City, U.S.
DiedDecember 23, 1997(1997-12-23) (aged 85)
OccupationActress
Years active1935-1971
Spouse(s)Michael Sloan (?-?) (2 children)[1]
Duke Daly (1939-1943) (his death)[2][3]
Parent(s)

Paula Stone (January 20, 1912 – December 23, 1997) was an American theater and motion pictures actress from New York City.

Birth

She was the daughter of Fred Stone, a stage actor, dancing comedian, and owner of the Fred Stone theatrical stock company. Her mother, Allene Crater Stone, acted with her father and was a singer. The family had a ranch near Lyme, Connecticut, as well as a home in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.

Theater

Stone made her debut in May 1925, at the Illinois Theater in Chicago, Illinois, in Stepping Stones. She was 13 years old. Her sister Dorothy Stone made her stage debut at 16. Dorothy performed with Fred Stone at the Globe Theater in Manhattan in Criss-Cross in December 1926. Stone was then 14 and training to be a stage actress within two years. Her first ambition was to be a singer like her mother. Another sister, Carol, was 12. She also aspired to go into theater work.

Stone appeared with Fred and Dorothy in Ripples, a show which debuted in New Haven, Connecticut, in January 1930. The first New York show of the same production came at the New Amsterdam Theater in February. Stone and her father teamed in Smiling Faces, produced by the Shubert Theater owners in 1931. Mack Gordon and Harry Revel wrote the music and lyrics. The musical had its first night in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Stone toured in You Can't Take It With You, Idiots Delight, and other plays. In November 1940 she was cast with Marcy Wescott for the Dennis King musical show. It debuted at the Forrest Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

When her husband was reported missing during World War II, Stone began doing camp and canteen shows with her father. The two joined again in a play produced by the Theatre Guild in September 1950.

Stone produced Sweethearts, Carnival in Flanders, Rumple,[4] The Rain Prince and The Red Mill. She and Michael Sloane co-produced the Broadway musical Top Banana (1951).[5]

Films

She signed with RKO Radio for a singing and dancing role in a musical in May 1935. Her second motion picture role features her opposite Dick Foran in Treachery Rides The Range (1936), a Warner Bros. release. The movie sought to illustrate injustices perpetrated by buffalo traders against Cheyenne Indians. Foran and Stone provided the romantic interest. Her first motion picture paired her with William Boyd in Hopalong Cassidy (1935).

She had the role of Mabel, best friend of the leading lady Pearl, in The Girl Said No (1937). The movie was directed by Andrew L. Stone and received an Academy Award nomination. Her final motion picture was Laugh It Off (1939), a musical released by Universal Pictures.

Radio

Stone took singing lessons. She was hired by WNEW in New York City, to broadcast the news and gossip of Broadway to servicemen. She wrote the scripts for this program and later secured her own show on the Mutual Radio Network called Leave It to the Girls, a program that would allow a panel of quick-witted women to discuss problems and issues sent in by listeners. Stone served as moderator, and Girls ran for four years on the Mutual network, finishing its run in 1949.[6] In 1950 she hosted Hollywood USA. The show related entertainment news and she interviewed celebrities.[citation needed] On June 9, 1952, she debuted the Paula Stone Show on the Mutual Broadcasting System. She sought to mix her own knowledge of Hollywood people with interviews of celebrities, including Dennis Morgan, Johnnie Ray, Joan Crawford, Carlton Carpenter, and Debbie Reynolds.[5]

Television

In 1954 Stone worked for Broadway Angels, Inc., in New York City. She was the MC of Angel Auditions, a television show which examined prospective Broadway shows. The plays were tried in summer stock and considered for production on Broadway.

Marriage

Stone announced that she intended to marry cafe owner Walter Mason in 1937, but she did not.[citation needed] She wed orchestra leader Duke Daly (whose real name was Linwood A. Dingley), July 16, 1939 at the Wilshire Methodist Church in Los Angeles.[7] Daly, 30, resided in Miami, Florida before moving to Beverly Hills in June 1939. He joined the Canadian RAF in January 1942 and flew many missions over Germany before he was killed in action on the return leg of a night-time bombing raid over Duisburg, Germany, May 13, 1943. Paula Stone later married Michael Sloane in 1946.

Paula Stone died in Sherman Oaks, California, in 1997.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1935 Hop-Along Cassidy Mary Meeker
1936 Two Against the World Miss Symonds
1936 Treachery Rides the Range Ruth Drummond
1936 The Case of the Velvet Claws Norma Veite
1936 Trailin' West Lucy Blake
1936 Red Lights Ahead Edna Wallace
1937 Swing It, Professor Teddy Ross
1937 Atlantic Flight Gail Strong
1937 The Girl Said No Mabel
1938 Convicts at Large Ruth Porter
1939 Idiot's Delight Les Blondes - Beulah
1939 Laugh It Off Linda Lane

References

  1. ^ Galloway, Doug (February 24, 1998). "Paula Stone Sloan, 85".
  2. ^ "PAULA STONE A BRIDE; Screen Actress Is Married to Duke Daly, Orchestra Leader". July 17, 1939 – via NYTimes.com.
  3. ^ Bryce), Hans J. Wollstein (aka Lightning (October 27, 2011). "Meanwhile... Back at the Ranch: Paula Stone: Hoppy's first leading lady".
  4. ^ "Paula Stone". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on April 11, 2020. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "'Paula Stone Show' Premieres On Mutual". Tampa Bay Times. Florida, St. Petersburg. June 8, 1952. p. 98. Retrieved April 11, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-03-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Orchestra leader weds Paula Stone". The Miami Herald. Florida, Miami. Associated Press. July 17, 1939. p. 2. Retrieved April 11, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.

Notes

  • "Film and Drama". Long Beach Press-Telegram. September 23, 1950. p. 10.
  • "Walter Winchell On Broadway". Nevada State Journal. October 14, 1952. p. 4.
  • "Rialto Gossip". New York Times. May 17, 1925. p. X1.
  • "Some Advantages Of Having Relatives". New York Times. December 5, 1926. p. X9.
  • "Fred Stone Falls In A Solo Flight; Breaks Both Legs". New York Times. August 4, 1928. p. 1.
  • "Fred Stone Bounces Back In Ripples". New York Times. January 29, 1930. p. 30.
  • "Jests Of Airplane Mishap". New York Times. February 12, 1930. p. 29.
  • "Theatrical Notes". New York Times. September 17, 1931. p. 21.
  • "Screen Notes". New York Times. May 25, 1935. p. 12.
  • "The Screen". New York Times. May 30, 1936. p. 7.
  • "News Of The Screen". New York Times. March 1, 1937. p. 15.
  • "Paula Stone To Be Married". New York Times. August 6, 1937. p. 21.
  • "Paula Stone To Be Wed". New York Times. July 13, 1939. p. 22.
  • "Engaged For Dennis King Show". New York Times. November 13, 1940. p. 28.
  • "Paula Stone And Phil Brito Are Heard On KPAC". Port Arthur News. August 28, 1945. p. 28.
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