Constance Moore

Constance Moore (January 18, 1920[1][2] or January 18, 1921[3][4] – September 16, 2005 in Los Angeles, California) was an American singer and actress. Her most noted work was in wartime musicals such as Show Business and Atlantic City and the classic 1939 movie serial Buck Rogers,[5] in which she played Wilma Deering, the only female character in the serial.

Constance Moore
Moore in 1941
Born(1920-01-18)January 18, 1920 or (1921-01-18)January 18, 1921 (sources differ)
Died(2005-09-16)September 16, 2005 (age 84 or 85)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active1937-1967
Spouse(s)John Maschio (1939-1998)

Life and career

Moore was born in Sioux City, Iowa, but her family moved away when she was aged six months[6] and spent most of her formative years in Dallas, Texas. She had at least two siblings, both sisters.[3] A singer, she got a job in the 1930s with CBS radio. While working on one of their musical series she impressed a scout from Universal Studios and signed a contract with them. Among the stars she worked with was W. C. Fields in You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939). She appeared on Broadway in the musical By Jupiter.[6]

Beginning in mid-1945, Moore starred with Dennis O'Keefe on Hollywood Mystery Time on ABC radio.[7]

She retired from films in 1947 but made sporadic appearances over the next few decades. She appeared on a USO tour with Bob Hope and the Nicholas Brothers in 1951. She painted still lifes and in 1976 was the chairperson for the Braille Institute Auxiliary in Beverly Hills, California.

Moore guest starred as Doris in the episode "Just a Housewife" (1960) on the ABC sitcom, The Donna Reed Show. In the 1961-1962 season, Moore co-starred in ten episodes on CBS as Robert Young's romantic interest in his short-lived nostalgia series, Window on Main Street.[8]

Personal life

Moore at age 18 married her agent, John Maschio, who died in 1998.[3] The couple had two children: son Michael and daughter Gina.[3] Moore was a Republican who campaigned for Thomas Dewey in 1944.[9]

Moore died September 16, 2005, of heart failure following a long illness.[3] She was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles.[10]



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  2. Constance Moore at the Internet Broadway Database (The Broadway League) Archived from the original on September 10, 2016
  3. "Constance Moore, Film Actress, Is Dead at 84". Associated Press. September 26, 2005. Archived from the original on April 23, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2017 via The New York Times. She was 84. Additional Webcitation archive on April 23, 2017.
  4. McLellan, Dennis (September 22, 2005). "Obituaries: Constance Moore, 84; Film, Stage, TV Actress, Singer". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  5. Lentz, Harris M. III (2006). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2005: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 264. ISBN 9780786452101. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  6. Lamparski, Richard (1982). Whatever Became Of ...? Eighth Series. New York: Crown Publishers. pp. 210–11. ISBN 0-517-54855-0.
  7. Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 324. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  8. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 1182.
  9. Critchlow, Donald T. (2013-10-21). When Hollywood Was Right: How Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and Big Business Remade American Politics. ISBN 9781107650282.
  10. Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. pp. 526–527. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
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