Saturday, September 16, 2017

"Buck Rogers" Actress Constance Moore 2005 Westwood Village Cemetery

Constance Moore (January 18, 1920[1][2] or January 18, 1921[3][4] — September 16, 2005 in Los Angeles, California) was an American singer and actress. Her most noted work was in wartime musicals such as Show Business and Atlantic City and the classic 1939 movie serial Buck Rogers,[5] in which she played Wilma Deering, the only female character in the serial.

Life and career

Moore was born in Sioux City, Iowa, but her family moved away when she was aged six months[6] and she spent most of her formative years in Dallas, Texas. She had at least two siblings, both sisters.[3] A singer, she got a job in the 1930s with CBS radio. While working on one of their musical series she impressed a scout from Universal Studios and signed a contract with them. Among the stars she worked with was W. C. Fields in You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939). She appeared on Broadway in the musical By Jupiter.[6]

Beginning in mid-1945, Moore starred with Dennis O'Keefe on Hollywood Mystery Time on ABC radio.[7]

She retired from films in 1947 but made sporadic appearances over the next few decades. She appeared on a USO tour with Bob Hope and the Nicholas Brothers in 1951. She painted still lifes and in 1976 was the chairperson for the Braille Institute Auxiliary in Beverly Hills, California.

Moore guest starred as Doris in the episode "Just a Housewife" (1960) on the ABC sitcom, The Donna Reed Show. In the 1961-1962 season, Moore co-starred in ten episodes on CBS as Robert Young's romantic interest in his short-lived nostalgia series, Window on Main Street.[8]

Personal life

Moore at age 18 married her agent, John Maschio, who died in 1998.[3] The couple had two children: son Michael and daughter Gina.[3] Moore was a Republican who campaigned for Thomas Dewey in 1944[9].

Moore died September 16, 2005, of heart failure following a long illness.[3] She was interred at Westwood Village Cemetery in Los Angeles.[10]


Prescription for Romance (1937)
You're a Sweetheart (1937)
Wives Under Suspicion (1938)
Reckless Living (1938)
Border Wolves (1938)
The Crime of Doctor Hallet (1938)

State Police (1938)

The Last Stand (1938)
Prison Break (1938)
Letter of Introduction (1938)
The Missing Guest (1938)
Freshman Year (1938)
Swing That Cheer (1938)

Buck Rogers (1939)

Ex-Champ (1939)
Mutiny on the Blackhawk (1939)
When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

Laugh It Off (1939)

Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939)

You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

Hawaiian Nights (1939)

I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now (1940)

Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me (1940)

Framed (1940)

La Conga Nights (1940)

Argentine Nights (1940)

Las Vegas Nights (1941)
I Wanted Wings (1941)
Buy Me That Town (1941)

Take a Letter, Darling (1942)

Show Business (1944)

Atlantic City (1944)

Mexicana (1945)

Delightfully Dangerous (1945)

Earl Carroll Vanities (1945)

In Old Sacramento (1946)
Earl Carroll Sketchbook (1946)
Hit Parade of 1947 (1947)


1. Bergan, Ronald (October 2, 2005). "Constance Moore". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on September 20, 2014.
2. Constance Moore at the Internet Broadway Database Edit this at Wikidata (The Broadway League)
3. "Constance Moore, Film Actress, Is Dead at 84". Associated Press. September 26, 2005.
4. McLellan, Dennis (September 22, 2005). "Obituaries: Constance Moore, 84; Film, Stage, TV Actress, Singer". Los Angeles Times.
5. Lentz, Harris M. III (2006). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2005: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 264. ISBN 9780786452101.
6. Lamparski, Richard (1982). Whatever Became Of ...? Eighth Series. New York: Crown Publishers. pp. 210–11. ISBN 0-517-54855-0.
7. Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 324. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
8. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 1182.
10. Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. pp. 526–527. ISBN 9781476625997.

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