Full caption: Rosalind Russell (right) and Lurene Tuttle (left) in “The Sisters” on Suspense. Photograph by Wide World. March 16, 1949. Specific Subjects File, Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZ62-91912. Full caption: Rosalind Russell (right) and Lurene Tuttle (left) in “The Sisters” on Suspense. Photograph by Wide World. March 16, 1949. Specific Subjects File, Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZ62-91912.

Lurene Tuttle (1907-1986) was one of the hardest-working and most respected actors in radio. Politically active in her profession as well, Tuttle became the first woman president of the Los Angeles, California, chapter of the American Federation of Radio Artists. A gifted dialectician, Tuttle played a wide variety of characters in theatrical dramas, as shown here, and in continuing series such as The Adventures of Sam Spade and The Red Skelton Show. Though she may have lacked the glamour of a Hollywood leading lady, Tuttle thrived in radio, where she relished her meaty roles. As she observed, “I could play opposite Cary Grant or Gary Cooper . . . and on the air I could be the most glamorous, gorgeous, tall, black-haired female you've ever seen. . . . Whatever I wished to be, I could be with my voice.”

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