Julie Gibson, singer and actress from 'The Feminine Touch', dies in her sleep aged 106
Born on September 9, 1913, Gibson was the last surviving actress to have appeared with the Three Stooges
Singer and actor Julie Gibson died October 2 at the age of 106. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer from ‘The Feminine Touch’ died in her sleep in North Hollywood, as per her cousin, James Rogers. Born on September 9, 1913, Gibson was the last surviving actress to have appeared with the Three Stooges.
Gibson’s long career has been an interesting one. She has worked with Preston Sturges, Orson Welles, Ida Lupino, John Huston, Edgar Bergen and The Bowery Boys. Gibson played roles in notable films such as ‘Going My Way’, ‘The Clock’, ‘The Feminine Touch’, ‘Hail the Conquering Hero’, ‘Here We Go Again’, ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Beat the Devil’.
Her first major film role was in 1944 western 'Lucky Cowboy', alongside Eddie Dew. But her contribution to films goes beyond just being on screen. She dubbed singing voices of actresses and became the speaking voice when French and Italian movies were given an English-language version.
Later in her career, she even turned into a "dialogue coach" for many actors. She sang on 'The Joe Penner Show' on national radio. So good was her voice, she even performed at the 10th Academy Awards held in 1938.
Later, she also led her own live weekly CBS radio program on Saturday nights. Rogers also said she ran an acting studio with Agnes Moorehead and two of her students were Sidney Poitier and Maya Angelou. According to The Hollywood Reporter, despite being bedridden for almost three years, Gibson kept singing until a month before she passed.