Singer, dancer, trick roper, ventriloquist, martial-arts (jujitsu)expert and deadpan-comedienne Laurie Anders was born and raised on aranch in Casper, Wyoming. She worked as a stenographer and secretary tothe president of a steamfitters and plumbers union there, then startedsinging with a country-and-western combo in Wyoming. Coming toHollywood in the 1940s, she worked as a cigarette girl at Ciro's untilbeing discovered by Ken Murray, who signed her to appear in his "KenMurray's Blackouts" revue in Los Angeles and New York. She was laterfeatured regularly in Murray's television show wearing a cowgirlcostume and looking unsmilingly at the camera while repeating her lineabout the "wide open spaces.
" By 1951, it was put into a song, "I Likethe Wide Open Spaces", with Arthur Godfrey. It sold 500,000 copies. After starring in 1953's "The Marshal's Daughter", she retired. Afterher 1974 marriage to publicist Leslie Raddatz, she took the name LoRayeRaddatz. Besides her husband, she was survived by her stepsons Eric Raddatz ofWake Forest, NC, Paul Raddatz of New London, CO, and Mark Raddatz ofSedona, AZ; stepdaughters Irene Hawkins of Hanford, CA, Mollie Laweryof Venice; Ann Farris of San Mateo, CA, and Lynn Carlson of Oakland,CA; and five step-grandchildren.
The J. T. Oswald Mortuary in Reseda, CA served her family and friends,and she was interred at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery, 11160Stranwood Ave. in Mission Hills, CA. .
|1||Screen Snapshots: Out West in Hollywood||1953||as Herself - Screening Room Guest|
|2||Parade of Stars Auto Show||1952||as Herself|
|3||The Marshals Daughter||1953||as Laurie Dawson|
|4||Kreisler Bandstand||1951||as Herself|
|5||The Bob Cummings Show||1955||as Janice|
|6||The Ken Murray Show||1950||as Regular|
|7||This Is Your Life||1952||as Herself|
|8||Toast of the Town||1948||as Herself|