Edith Meiser

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b. 9 May 1898, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 26 September 1993, New York City, New York, USA. Active on Broadway during five decades, Meiser first appeared in straight plays including Fata Morgana and The…
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b. 9 May 1898, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 26 September 1993, New York City, New York, USA. Active on Broadway during five decades, Meiser first appeared in straight plays including Fata Morgana and The Guardsman (both 1924) and was then in the revue, The Garrick Gaieties (1925 and 1926). Also in the mid-20s she made several more appearances in drama, the she played the role of Dolores Barnes in the musical Peggy-Ann (1926) and was again in The Garrick Gaieties (1930). During the 20s she was active as a writer, working chiefly in radio. There she gained experience working as editor on the popular series The Shadow, and in 1930, as writer, was responsible for an NBC series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes, which starred William Gillette.

Meiser was in more straight plays on Broadway through the 30s and into the early 40s, when she appeared in the long-running Danny Kaye -starring vehicle Let’s Face It! (1941), in which she played the role of Cornelia Abigail Pigeon. Another musical was Mexican Hayride (1944), which starred Bobby Clark, after which came more plays through the late 40s and into the 50s. She was then a replacement cast member in the role of Maud Foley in the musical Happy Hunting (1956) and appeared as Mrs. McGlone in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1960).

Meiser also worked in films, including Go West, Young Lady (1941), It Grows On Trees (1952) and Middle Of The Night (1959), and on television, appearing in episodes of series such as Queen For A Day (1951), I Love Lucy (1952), The Defenders (1961) and Naked City (1963).