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Great ORIGINAL 3" x 5" autograph card mounted signed in person AUTOGRAPH of longtime popular actress, GALE STORM signed in person, to the original owner of our store, DOUG HART, when the actress stopped into the store in the early 80's when the store was located on SUNSET BLVD.

It is ORIGINAL signed boldly "Best Wishes, Gale Storm" with a blue pen. Gale Storm was well known for her self-titled series as well as the 1950's television series,

My Little Margie

The Delightful Gale Storm and Cute Little Old Lady, Gertrude Hoffman. Gale Storm was playing a 21 year old "taking care" of her "old" father, played by silent screen star, Charles Farrell.

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MORE INFO ON GALE STORM: Josephine Owaissa Cottle (born April 5, 1922), better known as Gale Storm, is an American actress and singer, who starred in two popular television programs of the 1950s, and .

Storm was born in . Her father, William Walter Cottle, died after a year-long illness when she was just 13 months old, and her mother, Minnie Corina Cottle, struggled to raise her five children alone. Josephine was the youngest, with two brothers and two sisters.

A sister gave Josephine her middle name of Owaissa, an American Indian word meaning "bluebird."

Storm's mother Minnie took in sewing, then opened a millinery shop in nearby McDade, which failed, and finally moved the family to .

Josephine learned to be an accomplished dancer and became an excellent ice skater at Houston's Polar Palace. At Albert Sydney Johnston Junior High School and , she performed in the drama club.

When she was a 17-year-old senior, two of her teachers urged her to enter "The Gateway to Hollywood Contest", held at the Radio Studio in . The first prize was a one-year contract with a movie studio. She won and was immediately given the stage name "Gale Storm," while her performing partner, Lee Bonnell from , became "Terry Belmont."

Josephine and Bonnell married two years later, as soon as her mother would allow it. The Bonnells, as they were known to family and friends, had four children (Phillip, Peter, Paul, and Susan). Josephine was widowed after 45 years of marriage. She now has eight grandchildren (Tristan, Alexis, Ryan, Sean, Erin, Brendan, Kimberly, and Kari) and four great-grandchildren (Clay, Shaun, Haylee, and Ty). She was also widowed a second time by the death of her second husband of eight years, Paul Masterson.

Storm now lives in Monarch Beach, California near two of her sons. She remains busy, attending charity benefits and film festivals.

After winning the contest in 1940, Storm made several fims for the studio, ; the first was Tom Brown's School Days. She worked steadily in a number of low-budget films released during this period. In 1941 she sang in several , three-minute musicals produced for "movie jukeboxes."

She acted and sang in ' popular series, and played ingenue roles in other Monogram features with the , , and . Monogram had always relied on established actors with reputations, but in Gale Storm the studio finally had a star of its own. She starred in the studio's most elaborate productions, both musical and dramatic. She shared top billing in Monogram's Cosmo Jones in The Crime Smasher (1943), opposite , , and in the role of Jones, a character derived from network Radio.

American audiences warmed to Storm and her fan mail increased. Altogether, she performed in more than three dozen motion pictures for Monogram. The early exposure from these film appearances paved the way for her success in other media. Gale Storm became an American icon of the 1950s, starring in two highly successful television series, and it was in this decade that her singing career took off.

Storm's television career skyrocketed from 1952 to 1955, with her starring role in . The show, which co-starred former silent film actor , was originally a summer replacement for . It ran for 126 episodes.

Storm's popularity was capitalized upon in (aka Oh! Susanna), featuring another silent movie star, . This show ran for 143 episodes between 1956 and 1960. Both of her series were shown countless times in reruns.

Storm appeared regularly on other television programs in the 1950s and 1960s as well. She was a panelist and one of the "mystery Guests" on the popular Sunday night CBS-TV program What's My Line?

In in 1954, a 10-year-old girl, Linda Wood, was watching Gale Storm on a Sunday night comedy show hosted by , singing one of the popular songs of the day. Linda's father asked her who was singing and was told it was Gale Storm from My Little Margie.

Linda's father was Randy Wood, president of , and he liked Storm so much that he called to sign her before the end of the television show. Her first record, "I Hear You Knockin'", a of a hit by , in turn based on the old standard "The Bucket's Got A Hole In It", sold over a million copies.

It was followed in 1957 by the haunting ballad, "" that went to No. 4 on the . Gale Storm had several top ten songs. She headlined in and appeared in numerous stage plays.

In 1981, Storm published her , I Ain't Down Yet, which described her battle with . More recently, she was interviewed by author David C. Tucker for The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms, published in 2007 by McFarland and Company.

Gale Storm has four stars on the for her contributions to Radio, Music, Television and Motion Pictures.

She continues to make personal appearances and sign autographed photos with her and Charles Farrell from the "My Little Margie" program at conventions. She has attended events such as the Memphis Film Festival, the Friends of Old-Time Radio and the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention.

It is part of our in-store inventory from our shop which is located in the heart of Hollywood where we have been in business for the past 40 years

GALE STORM Original Signed in Person AUTOGRAPH Card
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