Cavalcade of America is an anthology drama series that was sponsored by the DuPont Company. It was initially broadcast on radio from 1935 to 1953, and later on television from 1952 to 1957. Originally on CBS the series pioneered the use of anthology drama for company audio advertising.
See if you can distinguish Agnes’ voice in this radio dramatization of the life Margaret Fuller. Click to learn more about Margaret Fuller. (X)
Agnes Moorehead at the Oscars, 1948.
You can also see her briefly (don’t blink) arriving in the throng of people to the Oscar’s ceremony in the video link below. Her husband, Jack Lee, is by her side.
I’m glad you posted this again, viciousvalentine. A few things..this article reports Agnes stating that she took Sean sight unseen. In the Tranberg book it states that she was visiting a children’s hospital and came across a set of twins, boy and girl, with the boy being the sicklier of the two. I think this was via Tranberg’s interview with Debbie Reynolds. So, just pointing out an inconsistency. I don’t think Agnes took Sean in before seeing him. Seems a bizarre statement.
Also, in this interview Agnes expresses her deep sorrow and in another interview (that I can’t locate) she would flash the interviewer a smile and say, “That’s the way boys are.” in reference to Sean leaving. Over time the explanation that boys will be boys probably helped her accept the fact that he was truly gone and to accept it in such a way as to assuage her sense of guilt. Also, in skimming Tranberg’s book, shortly after Sean left Agnes wrote to Georgia Johnstone saying “I’m only grateful I didn’t adopt him.” And initially one thinks how cold that sounds and you wonder if she had a thousand personalities, but no, I really think it’s just a gamut of emotions that any person would likely go through in similar circumstances. One could consider that initially Agnes might’ve felt a possibility of Sean’s returning added to the fact that he’d been so rebellious and getting into trouble; her anger probably overruled her other emotions. At any rate, far too many emotions are displayed, imo, signifying that Sean’s leaving really hurt her deeply. She also does clearly acknowledge here that “I gave him everything I could”. She even repeats herself with a more telling, “I gave all I could of myself”. She knew herself better than anyone.
A publicity still from 1957 with Brian Donlevy pictured as part of the cast of “The Rivalry” [a play about the Lincoln-Douglas debate]. Donlevy withdrew after failing to memorize his part as Stephen Douglas and was replaced by Martin Gabel.
This footage captures scenes of an awards ceremony where journalist Dan Rather and actress Agnes Moorehead are honored. Governor Preston Smith presents the awards, and also present are politicians Ben Barnes, Lloyd Bentsen Jr., and other members of the Texas House of Representatives. Do you recognize any of the other people in this footage? Please let us know!
This video was initially posted by viciousvalentine here on tumblr and at the time the audio didn’t seem to be working but it has since been fixed if anyone wants to listen.