RIP Roseanne Murray
By Sandra Quackenbush
On August 14, 2015, Roseanne Murray, of Fountain Valley, CA, was reunited with her family members in Heaven after 94 wonderful years upon God's beautiful earth. She was born on Halloween Day 1920 in Binghamton, New York, the third of nine children born to Clyde and Priscilla Murray. She was a 1938 graduate of Binghamton Central High School where she held the title of class secretary and treasurer. From her earliest memory on, she was quite intrested in making a name for herself in the entertainment industy after seeing how successful fellow Binghamton born actor Hugh 'The Woo Woo Man' Herbert did for himself throughout the several screwball comedies that welcomed popularity during the Great Depression.
After working in amateur theatre and several religious themed productions at the families local Methodist church, she moved from the Southern Tier of New York to Sunny California in 1940 to establish herself as a legitimate actress. Her first professional job was working as stand-in for Myrna Loy followed by her turn as a dress extra in the 1941 motion picture That Night in Rio. After several small parts, and some patience, she finally got her big break and landed her first major talking role in Confirm or Deny (1941).
She later got to see herself in such silver screen gems as Moontide (1941), My Gal Sal (1942), The Magnificent Dope (1942), Springtime in the Rockies (1943), Happy Land (1943), Here Come The Waves (1944), Night In Paradise (1946), The Dark Horse (1946). She could be see alongside some of Hollywood's most renowed legends as Don Ameche, Alice Faye, Merle Oberon, George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, and Cesar Romero. She also had the oppurtunity to lend her talents to radio appearing on various episodes of such well known programs of the era as Suspense, The MGM Theatre of the Air, Author's Playhouse, The Cresta Blanca Hollywood Players, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, and General Electric Theatre.
In 1948, she starred in I Love Trouble in her favorite part as the ditzy waitress 'Miss Phipps' who keeps giving roughed up detective Franchot Tone a list of psudonems as to what he may and may not call her by. She once said that even though the role was somewhat minor she couldn't have been more excited to finally be starring with the matinee idol of her teenage years. Upon completion of I Love Trouble, Roseanne decided to leave the screen and decided to return to her theatric beginnings by performing in California based theatres, venues, and supper clubs, and later became director of the acting group at her church. She enjoyed crafts, shopping, dining out, chess games, collecting charm bracelets,and loved nothing more then to spend time with her family and all the friends she made during her years as a devoted member of The Fountain Valley United Methodist Church, Fountain Valley, CA.
She is survived by her four brothers, Edward and Doris Murray, Montrose, CA, Raymond and Georgianna Murray, Inglewood, CA, Quincy and Fern Murray, Crescent City, CA, Nathaniel and Marigold Murray, Mendocinio, CA, her 3 sisters, Fern M. Galloway, Lancaster, CA, Kendall and Betsy Zaller, Ridgecrest, CA, and Elaine Macchione, Desert Hot Springs, CA. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews as well as a daughter, Bonnie Falconbury, and her beloved golden retriever, Colonel. She was prececeased by her parents, Clyde and Priscilla Murray, and two sisters, Blanche Kalidini and Katharine Massingale, and a fiance, Timithy Hanish, who died while serving honorably in the US Army during WW2 not long after she accepted his engagement proposal.
An exclusive memorial service will be held at the families convience at Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, CA, with a scattering of her ashes in the Rose Garden. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, it is requested that donations be made to the charity or organization of you're choice. It's been said that God sends angels into the world to walk among us and we couldn't have been more grateful to Him for sending us this remarkable woman who know stands within His court.
Born: 10/31/1920, Binghampton, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/14/2015, Fountain Valley, California, U.S.A.
Roseanne Murray’s western – actress:
The Cowboy and the Blonde – 1941 (office worker)