Speaking of Radio

Chuck Schaden's Conversations with the Stars Who Made it Golden


Vivian Fridell

Recorded July 20th, 1991 - 23 min

Actress who starred as Mary Noble on Backstage Wife and appeared in many other dramas, including Road of Life from Chicago during the 1930s and early 1940s.  She was born in 1913 and was 78 when we spoke at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.  She died August 20, 1998 at age 85.

Mary Noble Backstage Wife - Episode 11. From 1941

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  1. Bob Verney, Sr. says... comment left on November 14, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I remember so well as a child, born 1939, my mother listening to the AM radio station and listening to Mary Backstage Wife. The radio was all we had at that time, and mom found solace listening as she did her chores. Thanks for the memories.

  2. Ginene Nagel says... comment left on April 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I never got to meet Miss Fridell, but I did know two of her cousins well so it was a thrill for me to hear her voice. Her family was gifted in so many of the arts and were really lovely people.

  3. Barbara Combs says... comment left on November 2, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Vivian Solomon’s husband Ben Solomon was my grandmothers Kathryn Solomon married to Sylvan Solomon they were brothers. They grew up in Chicago and Sylvan was a jewelry owner moved to Rhode Island and met Kathryn Greene and married and had my mother Genevieve was the only child. My grandparents moved to Bristol Va. opening a shop for years and retiring they moved to Ft. Lauderdale where he passed in 1986 and she passed in 2003! They are survived by my parents with 7children and great-grandchildren! My parents said taking them back in time has really brought the memories back about Mary Noble with our family! This is really a treat to listen about her as we were growing up then and now at the age of 85 they both love this!! Thank-You