The National Radio Hall of Fame (HOF) announced its list of 2014 inductees this past June. Among those chosen for the honor, which will be officially bestowed on November 9 is Agnes Moorehead (December 6, 1900 – April 30, 1974), “one of radio’s busiest and most versatile actresses.” Indeed, if you’ve never listened to Ms. Moorehead on the radio you’ve hardly an inkling about how effective radio suspense (in particular) can be.
Moorehead was dubbed “the first lady of radio drama” and “the first lady of suspense” thanks to her outstanding work on such series as Orson Welles’ “Mercury Theater on the AIr” on which she appeared as an original cast member, her numerous appearances on “Suspense” and “Mayor of the Town” in the 1940s, which starred Lionel Barrymore. Arguably one of the best actors to ever grace the airwaves, Moorehead no doubt excelled in mystery and suspense, but had a long and illustrious career delivering…
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