Here are 10 things to know about Arthur Lake, born 115 years ago today. Few, if any, actors have been so identified with not just a particular role or a memorable line of dialogue, but with a single word, delivered at top volume: “Blondie!”
In Herman Raucher‘s coming-of-age novel Summer of ’42, his teen-aged protagonist has a big crush not on Lana Turner, Betty Grable, or Rita Hayworth, but on Penny Singleton, best known for portraying Blondie, wife to Arthur Lake‘s Dagwood in a long series of comic B-pictures.
We have a similar little thing for Una Merkel, whose 114th birthday it is today. Una came to specialize in playing second bananas, but she was certainly not without her own charms, not the least of which was her Southern drawl.
Here are 10 things you should know about Una Merkel…