Fran Allison

as Herself - Co-Host in the movie The Mike Douglas Show

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Was born at 20 November 1907 in La Porte City, Iowa, USA . Died at 13 June 1989, Sherman Oaks, California, USA (bone marrow failure)

A lovely and gracious presence amid a couple of scene-stealing puppets,Fran Allison was a shining star of radio and early TV, and enjoyedimmense popularity with children for decades as the sole human elementof the "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" (1947) show. The open-faced blonde singer, actress and comedienne was born onNovember 20, 1907, in La Porte City, Iowa and graduated in the late1920s from Coe College in Cedar Rapids with a teaching degree. Afterspending a couple of years as a rural school instructor, she left herposition after her brother, who was a musician, put together anorchestra and hired her on as a singer. By 1934 she had moved intoradio singing work in Cedar Rapids and later in 1937 became a staffsinger for NBC in Chicago.

Her talents as a comedienne were alsodiscovered and utilized. Most notably, she originated a gossipy radiocharacter called "Aunt Fanny" that was a hit with audiences. Fran met puppeteer 'Burr Tillstrom' during WWII when they touredtogether in hospitals and orphanages on the same bill. Tillstromthought Fran would be ideal as a genteel, prettified and sensible foilfor his Kuklapolitan puppets, and on October 13, 1947, she made herseries debut with "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" (1947) . The showswere, for the most part, done live and Fran was a charming andglamorous delight opposite Kukla, the bald, arch-browed, bulb-nosedleader of the troupe and Ollie, the droll, single-toothed dragon.

Nominated for an Emmy in 1949 as "Most Outstanding Personality", theshow received frequent Emmy nominations during its 1950s run. In 1953it won as the "Best Children's Program". The syndicated version of thepuppet show went off the air in 1976. The threesome also served ashosts for The CBS Children's Film Festival, which introducedinternational children's films, from 1967-1977. In addition, Fran alsowas the official pitchwoman for Whirlpool appliances in the years tocome.

Married to music publisher Archie Levington, the couple had no childrenand eventually settled in Los Angeles. In her own mind, Fran felt likeshe was the mother to the millions of children who tuned in religiouslyto the show. Her husband died in 1978. In later life, Allison lived inVan Nuys, California, and died in 1989 from myelodysplasia, a bonemarrow disease, at the age of 81 in Sherman Oaks. She was buried backin her home state of Iowa, at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.


There is some small facts about Fran Allison:
  • Graduate of Coe College; Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 16-17. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
  • Appears with puppets 'Kukla' and 'Ollie (II)' on a 44ยข USA commemorative postage stamp in the Early TV Memories issue honoring "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" (1947) , issued 11 August 2009.
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There is the list of movies, where Fran Allison was taked part:
1 NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration movie NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 as Herself
2 Ive Got a Secret movie Ive Got a Secret 1952 as Herself - Guest Panelist
3 The Colgate Comedy Hour movie The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950 as Herself - Actress
4 The Mike Douglas Show movie The Mike Douglas Show 1961 as Herself - Co-Host
5 Whats My Line? movie Whats My Line? 1950 as Herself - Guest Panelist
6 Damn Yankees! movie Damn Yankees! 1967 as Meg Boyd
7 Pinocchio movie Pinocchio 1957 as Blue Haired Fairy Queen
8 The 3rd Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards movie The 3rd Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards 1986 as Herself
9 The Esther Williams Aqua Spectacle movie The Esther Williams Aqua Spectacle 1956 as Herself
10 The Mikado movie The Mikado 1954 as Yum-Yum
11 Captain Kangaroo movie Captain Kangaroo 1955 as Herself
12 CBS Childrens Film Festival movie CBS Childrens Film Festival 1967 as Fran
13 Ding Dong School movie Ding Dong School 1952 as Guest Host
14 Down You Go movie Down You Go 1951 as Herself/panelist (1954)
15 Kukla, Fran and Ollie movie Kukla, Fran and Ollie 1947 as Fran
16 Kukla, Fran and Ollie movie Kukla, Fran and Ollie 1969 as Hostess
17 NBC Childrens Theatre movie NBC Childrens Theatre 1963 as Miss Pickerell
18 Ozark Jubilee movie Ozark Jubilee 1955 as Herself
19 Texaco Star Theatre Starring Milton Berle movie Texaco Star Theatre Starring Milton Berle 1948 as Herself - Commerical Spokeswoman
20 The Dave Garroway Show movie The Dave Garroway Show 1953 as Herself
21 The George Gobel Show movie The George Gobel Show 1954 as Herself
22 The Jack Paar Program movie The Jack Paar Program 1962 as Herself/with Kukla and Ollie
23 The Jimmy Dean Show movie The Jimmy Dean Show 1963 as Herself
24 The Match Game movie The Match Game 1962 as Team Captain
25 The Perry Como Show movie The Perry Como Show 1948 as Herself - Guest
26 The Quiz Kids movie The Quiz Kids 1949 as Hostess
27 The Steve Allen Show movie The Steve Allen Show 1956 as Herself - Kukla Fran & Ollie
28 The Tomorrow Show movie The Tomorrow Show 1973 as Herself
29 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson movie The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 as Herself
30 This Is Your Life movie This Is Your Life 1952 as Herself
31 Tonight Starring Jack Paar movie Tonight Starring Jack Paar 1957 as Herself
32 TV Club movie TV Club 1950 as Aunt Fanny
There is the list of some articles of Fran Allison:
  • "The Puppetry Journal" (USA), Fall 1989, Vol. 41, Iss. 1, pg. 13, by: Todd Stockman, "In Memoriam: Fran Allison"
  • "Variety" (USA), 21 June 1989, pg. 68:3, "Fran Allison"
  • "Los Angeles Times" (USA), 14 June 1989, pg. B1:3, "Fran Allison"
  • "New York Times" (USA), 14 June 1989, pg. 108:3, "Fran Allison, 81, the Human Side Of 'Kukla, Fran and Ollie' Show"
There is the list of some quotes of Fran Allison:
  • I just fell into everything that's happened to me. I've worked hard and enjoyed every bit of it.
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