Who's who in
Radio - TV

Radio - TV Mirror, September 1952
Page 67.
Gale Gordon beats the Robinson-Raphael [Larry
Robinson and Gerrianne Raphael] entrance into
show business by miles, for he made his first stage
appearance at the age of eight days. The offspring
of a great Vaudeville family (see next column at
right), Gale was born while his parents were on
tour and his proud father insisted on introducing
his son to the audience. Gale always wanted to
follow in his parents’ footsteps and got his first bit
part at fifteen dollars a week in “The Dancers.”
Since then he has been on the stage, screen, and
in radio, now devoting all his time to the
airwaves. Aside from the stage, Gale’s other great
passion is for travel. He spent five years in
London, fourteen in New York, and for the past
fifteen years has lived in Hollywood. In 1948, Gale
joined the U.S. Coast Guard, spending eighteen
months in the Pacific assigned to LST’s. The actor
is a writer of some merit, too. He has published
two books and two one-act plays. Painting is
another of Gale Gordon’s hobbies -- he sold his
first one to Bing Crosby’s guitarist. Gale’s
versatility can be recognized in two of the many
roles he plays. On Our Miss Brooks he is the
bombastic principal of Madison High School, and
in Halls of Ivy he is the lovable Mr. Merriweather of
the college’s Board of Managers. Gale is married
to the former Virginia Curley -- an actress of
Born in Liverpool, England, Gloria Gordon began
studying voice at an early age. She made her
theatrical debut as a mezzo-soprano in Carl Rosa
opera productions. Switching from the more serious
side of the entertainment world to the light-hearted
musical comedy and vaudeville brackets, Gloria
played the famed Coliseum and Hippodrome theatres
in London. It was at the Hippodrome that she met an
American pantomimist and quick-change artist, name
of Charles T. Aldrich. She voyaged to Detroit to be
his bride. From that time on she was an American
citizen, and mighty proud of it. Gloria gave up the
stage for several years to raise her two children,
Gale and Jewell. In 1923, she returned to the stage in
Richard Bennett’s “The Dancers.” Gale appeared in
the same show, and it was then that mother and son
decided to take the same stage name. After
“Dancers” closed, Bennett organized a troupe to tour
the country in a skit called “To Let.” Gloria joined
the cast, made her first trip to Los Angeles in 1928 --
liked it so much she’s been living there ever since.
When she isn’t busy playing My Friend Irma’s landlady
Mrs. O’Reilly, she spends leisure hours making
household gadgets out of tin cans, and distributing
them amongst her many friends. Her companion is
Nuit, a pet spaniel.
Gale Gordon                                             Gloria Gordon