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Shirley Dinsdale (1926–1999)

Shirley Dinsdale grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. When she was a child, she was severely burned when a kettle tipped over on her and she spent a year in a hospital recovering. During that time a puppet named "Judy Splinters" kept her company. After she returned home, her father bartered for ventriloquist lessons and by the age of 14 was ... See full bio »

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 1949 Judy Splinters (TV Series)
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 1958 To Tell the Truth (TV Series)
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- Episode dated 15 April 1958 (1958) ... Herself - Contestant
 1949 Inaugural Emmy Awards Ceremony (TV Special)

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With her ventriloquist's dummy, Judy Splinters, she was a regular on the Eddie Cantor show during the 1942-43 season. She demonstrated a rare skill - her puppet sang in a rich soprano, not in a falsetto voice typical of ventriloquist vocalists. See more »

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Won an Emmy in 1949 as "Most Outstanding Personality". She didn't want to attend the ceremony because she had a date. See more »

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