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Joy Hodges

Joy Hodges, born Frances Eloise Hodges, was an American singer and actress who performed on radio, on film, on Broadway, and with big bands. Winning a contest at a theater took Hodges to Chicago, where her national career began. From there, she traversed the United States, singing on the radio, in night clubs, with orchestras, and in Chautauqua programs. She performed at the Empire Room and the Hotel Sherman, both in Chicago. One of her early jobs was being the lead singer with Carol Loftner and his orchestra. She also sang with Ted Fio Rito, Ben Bernie, Jimmy Grier, Ozzie Nelson, and Abe Lyman and their orchestras, among others. Hodges' Broadway credits include Nellie Bly, The Odds on Mrs. Oakley, Dream with Music, and I'd Rather Be Right. In 1972, she replaced Ruby Keeler in the revival of No, No, Nanette on Broadway. Perhaps the most memorable of Hodges' Broadway performances was singing "Have You Met Miss Jones?" in I'd Rather Be Right. She later said, "I became the toast of Broadway and sang the most recognizable song in America at that time — everyone adored Miss Jones." Her screen debut came in a short, A Night at the Biltmore Bowl, for RKO Pictures, and her first film, after signing with RKO for five years, was Old Man Rhythm. She also made soundies (musical short films) in addition to regular films. During World War II, Hodges sang with Harry James and his orchestra as they entertained military personnel on USO tours in Europe. On old-time radio, Hodges was the female singer on The Joe Penner Show. She left that program to make her stage debut in I'd Rather Be Right. In 1944, she filled in for Arlene Francis as host of the radio version of Blind Date when it was broadcast from Detroit. She also sang and was co-host, with Durward Kirby, on Honeymoon in New York.


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Born:
Jan 29, 1915 In Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
15
First Appeared:
In the movie A Night at the Biltmore Bowl 1935-06-21
Latest Project:
Movie Bell, Bare and Beautiful 1963-09-13
Known For
Poster of Service de Luxe
Poster of Personal Secretary
Poster of Follow the Fleet
Poster of To Beat the Band
Filmography
Movie Bell, Bare and Beautiful Betty 1963-09-13
Movie Laughing at Danger Mary Baker 1940-08-12
Movie Margie Ruth 1940-09-01
Movie The Family Next Door Laura Pierce 1939-03-30
Movie They Asked For It Mary Lou Carroll 1939-05-20
Movie Little Accident Joan Huston 1939-10-26
Movie Unexpected Father Peg - showgirl 1939-06-14
Movie Personal Secretary Gale Rodgers 1938-09-09
Movie Service de Luxe Audrey 1938-10-12
Movie Merry Go Round of 1938 Sally Brown 1937-11-14
Movie Follow the Fleet Singer in Trio (uncredited) 1936-02-20
Movie Special Agent K-7 Peppy 1936-05-04
Movie A Night at the Biltmore Bowl Vocalist 1935-06-21
Movie To Beat the Band Ruth Harper - Girls' Band Leader 1935-11-23
Movie Old Man Rhythm Lois 1935-08-02