Anne Seymour And The Story Behind A Woman Of America

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Radio’s first significant western soap opera, A Woman of America told the dramatic story of a young woman’s struggle to find happiness in the frontier West. It starred Anne Seymour as Prudence Dane, who set out from Pennsylvania in 1865 with a group of pioneers in a covered wagon bound for Kansas City. By the time Woman of America took to the air on January 25th, 1943, Anne Seymour was one of radio’s busiest actresses, earning the nickname “Ms. Inner Sanctum” and starring simultaneously in Mary Margaret. The show’s scenarios involved battles with hostile native Americans, schemers and con-artists, as well as braving the harsh elements and disease. Originally broadcast at 10:45AM, the series was shifted to 3PM eastern war time on September 27th, 1943 to allow for greater west-coast exposure. Although the show was a fifteen-minute serial, there was only time for ten minutes of scripted drama, with two-and-a-half minute commercials for Proctor & Gamble’s Ivory Snow opening and closing the broadcast. This episode was from D Day +1 on June 7th, 1944. Ms. Seymour was interviewed by Chuck Schaden on August 3rd, 1976. The full interview can be listened to here - http://www.speakingofradio.com/interviews/seymour-anne/

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