Julia Sanderson

Julia Sanderson
Radio: East side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Actress | Radio Personality | Singer
Born Julia Sackett on Aug. 20, 1888 in Springfield, MA
Died Jan. 27, 1975 in Springfield, MA

Julia Sanderson was a star of Broadway musicals in the 1920s and a radio pioneer.

Born Julia Sackett, she entered show business at 15 as a chorus girl in Philadelphia vaudeville. Spotted by the Schuberts, she was taken to New York and given the lead in a 1920 Charles Froman production, "Sunshine Girl," her first big hit.

She acted and sang in more than 20 shows including "The Tangeri," "No, No, Nanette," "The Canary," "Oh, Kay" and "Ziegfield Follies."

After marrying Frank Crumit in 1927, she switched to radio, singing duets with Crumit on "Battle of the Sexes" and other early shows.

The pair met and fell in love when married to other people. A 1922 article in the Los Angeles Times noted Sanderson's husband had filed for divorce on charges of her misconduct with Crumit, by then her leading man. The article called it her "second marital misadventure" because she had been married to Ted Sloan, a famous jockey, a decade earlier.

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