FLASHBACK: Helen Wagner 1955

Helen Wagner Talks Her Way To Success

The Tuscaloosa News
February 11, 1955

Helen Wagner talked her way out of a job and into success.

The first time she auditioned for a top singing role in "Sunny River," Oscar Hammerstein II asked her to read instead. He liked what he heard so much that he gave her the only speaking part in the show.

"Why fight it?" asked Helen, who decided to act, instead of sing. Now she is a featured member of TV's top-rated afternoon comedy series, THE WORLD OF MR. SWEENEY.

WBRC, Channel 6 lineup for Thursday, February 17
11:30 SEARCH FOR TOMORROW
11:45 THE GUIDING LIGHT
12:00 PORTIA FACES LIFE
12:15 ROAD OF LIFE
12:30 FARM AND HOME
1:00 VALIANT LADY
1:15 THE LITTLE SHOW
1:30 ART LINKLETTER'S HOUSE PARTY
2:00 THE BIG PAYOFF
2:30 THE BOB CROSBY SHOW
3:00 THE BRIGHTER DAY
3:15 THE SECRET STORM

WABT, CHANNEL 13
3:30 WORLD OF MR. SWEENEY
Helen trained for acting only incidentally. Her major at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill., was music. "By now I've nearly forgotten what I set out to be," she says. Her stage credits include Broadway's "Love of Four Colonels" and "Winter's Tale."

1 comment:

  1. Great article on Helen, Roger. :) She also appeared on Broadway as Kate, one of Laurie's girlfriends, & also understudied the role of Aunt Eller, in the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma in 1943. Thanks for this historic clip on Helen, Roger--Happy New Year! :)

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