The Hostess with the Mostest

March 21st Celebrates Shirley Booth

Today on Day’s to remember, we celebrate how on March 21st 1957, Shirley Booth made her TV acting debut in, “The Hostess with the Mostest,” which aired on CBS on Playhouse 90.

That particular television show was a little bit before my time, but the show was basically about Shirley Booth playing the character, Perle Mesta, who became, first, a renowned society hostess, and then an ambassadress.

Mrs. Mesta’s biography, from her lonely childhood in the oil patch, to her term as Truman’s ambassador to Luxembourg, and along the way, we see her marriage to Steel magnate George Mesta, her accident-prone first party in Washington, and an incident where she tries to help a boy refugee from East Berlin.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name,(Alan Eichler), in the opening theme song on Play house 90 of Shirely Booth starring as “The Hostess with the Mostest,” which aired on March 21st 1957.

I remember the actress Shirley Booth when she played the television show called, “Hazel,” but how did Shirely Booth come about?

Booth was born Marjory Ford in New York City to Albert James and Virginia M. (née Wright) Ford. In the 1905 New York state census, she was listed as Thelma Booth Ford.

Booth began her career onstage as a teenager, acting in stock company productions. She was a prominent actress in Pittsburgh theatre for a time, performing with the Sharp Company.

Her debut on Broadway was in the play, Hell’s Bells, opposite Humphrey Bogart on January 26, 1925.

On November 23, 1929, Booth married Ed Gardner, who later gained fame as the creator and host of the radio series Duffy’s Tavern. They divorced in 1942.

She married United States Army corporal William H. Baker, Jr. the following year. Booth and Baker remained married until Baker’s death from heart disease in 1951. She never remarried and had no children from either marriage.

But what vibrant career she had, and made a few animated Christmas shows doing a voice over. As we celebrate how on March 21st 1957, Shirley Booth made her TV acting debut in, “The Hostess with the Mostest,” which aired on CBS on Playhouse 90.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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