Speaking of Radio

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


Shirley Mitchell

Recorded October 21st, 1984 - 29 min

She played Leila Ransom on Great Gildersleeve; Alice Darling on Fibber McGee and Molly and Mrs. Willy Lump-Lump on the Red Skelton Show.  She was born November 4, 1919 and was 64 when we chatted in her Beverly Hills, California apartment and talked about her extensive radio career. Shirley Mitchell died on November 11, 2013 at age 94.

Note: some difficult audio problems developed near the end of this tape, but we did not cut the original conversation.

Fibber McGee and Molly - 5/9/44 - Alice and her new boyfriend are entertained at the home of Fibber McGee and Molly.

Did you enjoy the interview? Listen to Shirley Mitchell as she plays the role of Alice Darling on "Fibber McGee and Molly" from May 9th, 1944.


  1. MIke says... comment left on August 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    This interview was great! I really like Shirley Mitchell and her portrayal of Leila on Great Gildersleeve.

  2. Trudy D'Armond says... comment left on November 14, 2013 at 10:11 am

    What a lovely, gracious person! In 1984 she would have been 65. I’m almost 63 and have done some “theater” radio shows. It’s such a wonderful experience to give a script life with the personality of your voice and to delight a live audience with “live” sound effects. Shirley Mitchell was an inspiration to all young women back then and now. What a precious treasure of experience and knowledge. Imagine earning $32 a week, yet knowing you could “make it” on that at 17 years of age. It was an honor to hear this interview. It was remarkable and historic. Thank you!