Monday, January 19, 2009

Susanna Foster Dies at 84

Singer Susanna Foster, star of the 1943 film version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, has passed away at the age of 84.

Foster was groomed by Universal as a successor to Deanna Durbin, but never achieved Durbin's superstar status, nor the success achieved by sopranos such as MGM's Kathryn Grayson and Jane Powell.

Foster appeared in 11 films between 1939 and 1945. PHANTOM, her best-known film, costarred Claude Rains and Nelson Eddy.

Update: You can read more at The Susanna Foster Chronicles.


Blogger Irene said...

Wow. Sorry to hear this. Growing up Channel 9 in Los Angeles was known as KHJ and they would run old movies. Than same one all week long and one of my favorites was The Climax which starred Susanna Foster and Boris Karloff. Her voice was so clear and high in that movie. Sounds like her later years were rather sad ones.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for sharing your memories, Irene. I think I've only seen her work in clips.

If you're like me, I associate certain old movies with particular L.A. stations (Chs. 5, 9, and 11) which had the right to particular films for years.

Best wishes,

10:59 PM  

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