95 (passed away Nov. 12th, 2003)
Sep. 15th, 1908
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Penny Singleton's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1990 - Jetsons: The Movie
1950 - Blondie's Hero
1950 - Beware of Blondie
1949 - Blondie Hits the Jackpot
1947 - Blondie's Anniversary
1947 - Blondie's Big Moment
1947 - Blondie in the Dough
1946 - Blondie's Lucky Day
1946 - Blondie Knows Best
1945 - Life with Blondie
1943 - It's a Great Life
1943 - Footlight Glamour
1942 - Blondie Goes to College
1942 - Blondie for Victory
1942 - Blondie's Blessed Event
1941 - Blondie in Society
1940 - Blondie Plays Cupid
1940 - Blondie on a Budget
1940 - Blondie Has Servant Trouble
1939 - Blondie Takes a Vacation
1939 - Blondie Brings Up Baby
1939 - Blondie Meets the Boss
1938 - The Mad Miss Manton
1938 - Blondie
1936 - After the Thin Man
Guest TV Roles
Her father was Irish Philadelphian newspaperman, Benny McNulty. He was related to Jim Farley (I) Roosevelt's campaign managers and later Postmaster General. As a child, she sang songs at a silent movie theater. After the sixth grade she joined a touring vaudeville act called "The Kiddie Kabaret." Billed as Penny McNulty, she sang and danced with Milton Berle and Gene Raymond. Her first speaking part was in a Jack Benny Broadway show "Great Temptations".
Moving to Hollywood, she took a new name after marrying dentist Lawrence Singleton. Her first name derived from having saved large amounts of penny coins. She played a tough nightclub dancer in After the Thin Man (1936) and acted/sang/danced in Swing Your Lady (1938), one of the movies Humphrey Bogart regarded as his worst. Though naturally a brunette, she bleached her hair blonde ever since she got the role of Blondie in that long-lived series.
- She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6811 Hollywood Boulevard and for Motion Pictures at 6547 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- Sister of 'Barney McNulty' (qv)
- First woman president of an AFL-CIO union.
- Sister-in-law of cinematographer 'Ray Flin' (qv).
- Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree, St. John's University (1974).
- Despite her prolific film career, she was not included in the Dearly Departed video montage of the 2004 Oscar show.
- Was the voice of Jane Jetson in _"The Jetsons" (1962)_ (qv) and in later Jetson animated movies & specials.
- Elected president of AGVA (American Guild of Variety Artists) in 1969.
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