Movies That's My Story!
Role Film actress
|Name Claudia Morgan|
Years active 1932–64
Cousins George Morgan
|Full Name Claudeigh Louise Wuppermann|
Born June 12, 1912 (1912-06-12) Brooklyn, New York
Spouse(s) Talbott Cummings (1931-1932) Robert Shippee (1934-?) Phil Ormsby (1938-?) Ernest Chappell
Died September 17, 1974, New York City, New York, United States
Parents Grace Arnold, Ralph Morgan
Grandparents George Wuppermann, Josephine Wuppermann
Similar People Ralph Morgan, Frank Morgan, Grace Arnold, Sidney Salkow
Claudia Louise Morgan (June 12, 1911 – September 17, 1974) was an American film, television and radio actress. She was best known for debuting the role of Vera Claythorne in the first Broadway production of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians and for her portrayal of Nora Charles on the 1940s radio series, The Adventures of the Thin Man.
Claudia Louise Morgan was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1911 to actors Ralph Morgan and Grace Arnold. Actor Frank Morgan was her uncle. She attended Ely Court School in Greenwich, Connecticut.
A member of the cast of more than 30 Broadway plays, Morgan starred in The Man Who Came to Dinner and Ten Little Indians. She eventually was fired from her role in Indians because her work in The Adventures of the Thin Man on radio caused a delay in the stage production every Friday night. She also appeared in The Apple Cart, and The Sun Field.
Morgan's first film role was in 1932, and her last was in 1964 (The World of Henry Orient). She appeared on Kraft Television Theatre and Robert Montgomery Presents.
Morgan was known for playing Nora Charles in The Adventures of the Thin Man. She was married to radio announcer and actor Ernest Chappell, and performed with him on the late 1940s radio program, Quiet Please. In 1941, she joined the cast of The O'Neills, in the role of Laura Penway. She was also a regular on Ford Theatre, David Harum, Joyce Jordan, M.D., Lone Journey, We Love and Learn, and The Right to Happiness.
Morgan was married five times; all of the unions were childless. In 1931, she married Talbott Cummings. They had been married only about a year when she sought a divorce. She wed aviator Robert Shippee on July 22, 1934; that marriage also ended in divorce. She married Charles H. Horburg Jr. on May 14, 1937; the couple divorced in 1938. She married Phil Ormsby, an actor and architect on August 2, 1938. She was survived by her fifth husband, Kenneth Loane.
Morgan died in New York City September 17, 1974, aged 63, from undisclosed causes. She was survived by her mother, who died in 1979.