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Hedda Hopper (May 2, 1885 – February 1, 1966) was one of America's best-known gossip columnists, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons. She had been a moderately successful actress of stage and screen for years before being offered the chance to write the column Hedda Hopper's Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times in 1938. In the McCarthy era she named suspected communists. Hopper continued to write gossip to the end, her work appearing in many magazines and later on radio.
Hopper debuted as host of her own radio program, The Hedda Hopper Show, November 6, 1939. Sponsored by Sunkist, she was heard on CBS three times a week for 15 minutes until October 30, 1942. From October 2, 1944 to September 3, 1945, Armour Treet sponsored a once-a-week program. On September 10, 1945, she moved to ABC, still sponsored by Armour, for a weekly program that continued until June 3, 1946. Hopper moved back to CBS October 5, 1946, with a weekly 15-minute program, This Is Hollywood, sponsored by Procter & Gamble. It ran until June 28, 1947.
Expanding to 30 minutes on NBC, she was host of a variety series, The Hedda Hopper Show, broadcast from October 14, 1950 to November 11, 1950 on Saturdays, then from November 19, 1950 to May 20, 1951 on Sundays, This program featured music, talk and dramatized excerpts from movies with well-known guests, such as Broderick Crawford doing a scene from All the King's Men.
On January 10, 1960, a television special, Hedda Hopper's Hollywood, aired on NBC. Hosted by Hopper, guest interviews included a remarkably eclectic mix of past, current and future stars: Lucille Ball (a longtime friend of Hopper), Francis X. Bushman, Liza Minnelli, John Cassavetes, Robert Cummings, Marion Davies (her last public appearance), Walt Disney, Janet Gaynor, Bob Hope, Hope Lange, Anthony Perkins, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, and Gloria Swanson.
Hopper had several acting roles during the latter part of her career, including brief cameo appearances as herself in the movie Sunset Boulevard (1950) and The Patsy (1964), as well as episodes of The Martha Raye Show, I Love Lucy, The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, and The Beverly Hillbillies, starring Buddy Ebsen. Her autobiography, From Under My Hat (Doubleday, 1952) was followed by The Whole Truth and Nothing But (1962), also published by Doubleday. She remained active as a writer until her death, producing six daily columns and a Sunday column for the Chicago Tribune syndicate, as well as writing articles for celebrity magazines such as Photoplay.
Hopper was a fervent Republican. In 1944, for instance, she spoke before the massive rally organized by David O. Selznick in the Los Angeles Coliseum in support of the Dewey-Bricker ticket as well as Governor Earl Warren of California, who would become Dewey's running mate in 1948 and later the Chief Justice of the United States. The gathering drew 93,000, with Cecil B. DeMille as the master of ceremonies and Walt Disney as one of the speakers. Others in attendance included Ann Sothern, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Adolphe Menjou, Gary Cooper, Eddy Arnold, and William Bendix. Despite the good turnout at the rally, most Hollywood celebrities who took a public position sided with the Roosevelt-Truman ticket.
Hopper strongly supported the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings and was a guest and speaker of the Women's Division at the 1956 Republican National Convention held in San Francisco to renominate the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket.
Hedda Hopper Show 40-12-03 Life Story Of Dorothy Lamour - Pt 1
Hedda Hopper Show 40-12-05 Life Story Of Dorothy Lamour - Pt 2
Hedda Hopper Show 40-12-07 Life Story Of Dorothy Lamour - Pt 3
Hedda Hopper Show 40-12-10 Life Story Of Dorothy Lamour - Pt 4
Hedda Hopper Show 40-12-12 Life Story Of Dorothy Lamour - Pt 5
Hedda Hopper Show 40-12-14 Life Story Of Dorothy Lamour - Pt 6
Hedda Hopper Show 45-04-30 Guest - Charles Laughton
Hedda Hopper Show 50-02-15 Guest - Richard Nixon
Hedda Hopper Show 50-10-14 Guest - Helen Broderick
Hedda Hopper Show 50-10-21 Guest - William Holden
Hedda Hopper Show 50-10-28 Guest - Shelly Winters
Hedda Hopper Show 50-11-04 Guest - Joseph Cotton
Hedda Hopper Show 50-11-11 Guest - Audie Murphy
Hedda Hopper Show 50-11-19 Guest - Andy Devine
Hedda Hopper Show 50-11-26 Guest - Carl Brisson
Hedda Hopper Show 50-12-03 Guest - Dinah Shore
Hedda Hopper Show 50-12-10 Guest - Howard Duff
Hedda Hopper Show 50-12-17 Guest - Raymond Massey
Hedda Hopper Show 50-12-31 Guest - Jean Hersholt
Hedda Hopper Show 51-01-07 Guest - Gordon MacRae, Andre Previn, Richard Conte
Hedda Hopper Show 51-01-14 Guest - Dean Jagger
Hedda Hopper Show 51-01-21 Guest - Fernando Lamas
Hedda Hopper Show 51-01-28 Guest - Mel Torme
Hedda Hopper Show 51-02-04 Guest - Mike Romanoff
Hedda Hopper Show 51-02-11 Guest - Carolina Cotton
Hedda Hopper Show 51-02-18 Guest - Tony Martin
Hedda Hopper Show 51-02-25 Guest - David Nevin
Hedda Hopper Show 51-03-04 Guest - Roy Rogers
Hedda Hopper Show 51-03-18 Guest - J. Carroll Naish
Hedda Hopper Show 51-03-25 Guest - Ethel Barrymore, Robert Merrill
Hedda Hopper Show 51-04-01 Guest - Agnes Moorehead
Hedda Hopper Show 51-04-08 Guest - The Andrews Sisters
Hedda Hopper Show 51-04-15 Guest - Abbott And Costello
Hedda Hopper Show 51-04-22 Guest - William Farum
Hedda Hopper Show 51-04-29 Guest - Mario Lanza
Hedda Hopper Show 51-05-13 Guest - Paulette Goddard
Abbott and Costello 440302 With Hedda Hopper
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