Gale Storm dies at 87

Gale Storm, whose wholesome appearance and perky personality made her one of early television’s biggest stars on My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show, has died. She was 87.

LOS ANGELES — Gale Storm, whose wholesome appearance and perky personality made her one of early television’s biggest stars on My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show, has died. She was 87.

Storm, who had been in failing health in recent years, died Saturday at a convalescent hospital in Danville, said her son, Peter Bonnell.

Before landing the starring role in My Little Margie in 1952, Storm starred in numerous B movies opposite such stars as Roy Rogers, Eddie Albert and Jackie Cooper. After her last TV series, The Gale Storm Show, ended in 1960 she went on to a successful singing career while continuing to make occasional TV appearances.

Storm was a Texas high schooler named Josephine Owaissa Cottle when she entered a talent contest for a radio show called Gateway to Hollywood in 1940 and won.

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