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Lucille Loretta Wall

(1898-01-18)January 18, 1898
DiedJuly 11, 1986(1986-07-11) (aged 88)
OccupationRadio, television actress

Lucille Loretta Wall (January 18, 1898 July 11, 1986) [1] was an American actress who played the role of Lucille March Weeks on the ABC soap opera General Hospital [2] from 1963 to 1976. When Wall was ill in 1975, the role was played by Mary Grace Canfield. Lucille returned to the show for infrequent guest appearances over the years, the last in 1982.

American Broadcasting Company American broadcast television network

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, But the network's second corporate headquarters and News headquarters remains in New York City, New York at their broadcast center on 77 West 66th Street in Lincoln Square in Upper West Side Manhattan.

A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their familial, platonic and intimate relationships. The term soap opera originated from radio dramas being sponsored by soap manufacturers.

<i>General Hospital</i> American daytime television medical drama

General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama. It is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the second longest-running drama in television in American history after Guiding Light. Concurrently, it is the world's third longest-running scripted drama series in production after British serials The Archers and Coronation Street, as well as the world's second-longest-running televised soap opera still in production. General Hospital premiered on the ABC television network on April 1, 1963. General Hospital is the longest-running serial produced in Hollywood, and the longest-running entertainment program in ABC television history. It holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 13 wins.


Early years

Wall was born in Chicago, Illinois. Actress Geraldine Wall was her sister, [3] and she had another sister, Mildred. During her teenage years, Wall leaned toward a career in music, but she eventually turned toward radio for her career. [4]

Geraldine Wall American actress

Geraldine Wall was an American actress who had numerous stage, film and television credits. Her career involved mainly character roles but encompassed a wide range of roles.


Wall was active with a stock theater company headed by actress and playwright Jane Cowl. She also "had several seasons on Broadway." [5]

A repertory theatre can be a Western theatre or opera production in which a resident company presents works from a specified repertoire, usually in alternation or rotation. In the British system, however, it used to be that even quite small towns would support a rep, and the resident company would present a different play every week, either a revival from the full range of classics or, if given the chance, a new play, once the rights had been released after a West End or Broadway run. However, the companies were not known for trying out untried new work. The methods, now seldom seen, would also be used in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Jane Cowl US actress

Jane Cowl was an American film and stage actress and playwright "notorious for playing lachrymose parts". Actress Jane Russell was named in Cowl's honor.


Wall debuted on radio on WJZ in 1927, using the name Polly Preston as she acted on Collier's Hour. [6]

Using her own name, she had the title role on the radio soap opera, Portia Faces Life (1944-1951). [7] :274 She simultaneously played the role of Belle Jones on the radio soap opera Lorenzo Jones . [7] She also portrayed Winifred Wilbur in Your Family and Mine [7] :362 and had the title role in The Adventures of Barbara Wayne. [4] Wall also acted in Pretty Kitty Kelly, Island Boat Club, Sherlock Holmes, True Confessions, The First Nighter and A Tale of Today. [8]

<i>Portia Faces Life</i> American radio and telecast soap opera

Portia Faces Life is an American soap opera first heard on radio from 1940 to 1953, and also telecast for a single season in the mid-1950s. It began in syndication on April 1, 1940, and was broadcast on some stations that carried NBC programs, although it does not seem to have been an official part of that network's programming. The original title was Portia Blake Faces Life.

<i>Lorenzo Jones</i>

Lorenzo Jones was a daytime radio series which aired on NBC in different timeslots over an 18-year span.

<i>Your Family and Mine</i>

Your Family and Mine is an American radio drama series that aired April 25, 1938–April 28, 1939, on NBC, and May 1, 1939–April 26, 1940, on CBS. Sponsored by Sealtest, the 15-minute soap opera program aired weekdays at 5:15 p.m. ET on NBC, and at 2:30 p.m. ET on CBS.


Wall died at a convalescent home in Reno, Nevada, on July 11, 1986, at age 87. [9]

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