Faye Margaret Emerson was an American film actress and television interviewer, known as “The First Lady of Television”. She acted in in many Warner Brothers films beginning in 1941. In 1944, she played one of her more memorable roles as Zachary Scott’s ex in The Mask of Dimitrios. She was born to Lawrence and Emma in the tiny community of Elizabeth, Allen Parish in southwestern Louisiana.
In 1948, she made a move to television and began acting in various anthology series including The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre, The Philco Television Playhouse and Goodyear Television Playhouse. She served as host for several short-lived talk shows and musical/variety shows including Paris Cavalcade of Fashions, and The Faye Emerson Show. Although The Faye Emerson Show only lasted one season, it gave her wide exposure because her time slot immediately followed the CBS Evening News and alternated weeknights with the popular The Perry Como Show. According to author Gabe Essoe in The Book of TV Lists, on one the show’s segments, her low-cut gown slipped and “she exposed her ample self coast to coast.” The show was broadcast from a studio CBS built on the sixth floor of the Stork Club building. The studio, a complete replica of the Stork Club’s Cub Room, was built for The Stork Club, also seen on CBS beginning in 1950.
After The Faye Emerson Show she continued in TV with other talk shows including Wonderful Town, U.S.A., Author Meets the Critics and Faye and Skitch. She also made numerous guest appearances on various variety shows and game shows.