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Also Known As: Died: April 2, 1994
Born: January 3, 1916 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1930:
Became a child model at age 14 (date approximate)
1932:
Began modeling for the John Roberts Powers Agency
1932:
Film debut in "Renegades of the West"
1933:
Signed by RKO
1939:
Ended film career
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Appeared on Broadway stage during the 1940s in "Doughgirls" and "My Sister Eileen"
1949:
Became TV's highest-paid product representative as model/spokeswoman for Westinghouse refrigerators throughout the 1950s on CBS dramatic series "Studio One"
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Hosted TV variety series, "Penhouse Party"
1951:
Starred in her own TV series, "Byline" playing a reporter
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Appeared on CBS-radio in "Dimension of a Woman's World" and "Ask Betty Furness"
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Appointed President Johnson's Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs and chairwoman of the President's Commission on Consumer Affairs
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Served as chairwoman and executive director of New York State Consumer Protection Board
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Was consumer columnist for MCCALL's magazine
1972:
Resumed consumer column in MCCALL'S
1973:
Named New York City Commissioner of Consumer Affairs by Mayor John Lindsay
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Named consumer affairs director and reporter for NBC-TV in New York; also contributed weekly consumer affairs segment to the "Today Show" (1974)
1976:
Was given an on-air tryout as cohost of "Today" after the departure of Barbara Walters; the job went to Jane Pauley
1990:
Successfully battled stomach cancer
1992:
Let go as consumer affairs reporter by NBC; to be replaced by a more aggressive investigative reporter in March

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