Radio’s Gold-Plated Screwballs
George Burns and Gracie Allen, CBS
Merrymakers, Are Sensible,
Down-to-Earth Folk off the Air
As Gracie Allen she’s a nitwit of the airways, a chirruping, dithering damself of many words and absolutely no sense. But as Mrs. George Burns, Gracie is an intelligent, charming and witty housewife, mistress of a lovely home and the devoted foster mother of two children.
For more than twenty years, George and Gracie lived out of trunks, for they were troupers, ever on the go. But several years ago they settled down to radio and movie work, built a twelve-room house in California and adopted Sandra Jean and Ronnie.
Their new life has been rich and happy. Gracie’s talents easily swung into domestic channels. Like every other homemaker, concerned with the coming generation, Gracie takes the war effort seriously. She and George have toured many Army camps as far from home as the East Coast. They are now making shorter trips to boost the war-bond drive. The American Women’s Voluntary Services recently dedicated the “Gracie Allen Canteen” for servicemen. Gracie privately backs this canteen and serves as a hostess.
Gracie is a serious student of first aid, and spends several nights a week attending Red Cross classes. She practises on the family—usually with better results than those shown in the picture below. Yes, Gracie Allen is doing her part.
GEORGE AND GRACIE, heard on CBS Tuesday nights, are among radio’s most famous and successful zanies. The couple are sensible married folk off the air, proud of home and kids.
-Movie Radio Guide
October 24, 1942 edition