Bright Star

Bright Star

Fred MacMurray

Born in Kankakee, Illinois on August 30, 1908

Died in Santa Monica, California on November 5, 1991 from pneumonia, pulmonary edema, Sepsis Syndrome, urinary tract infection, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Irene Dunne

Born on December 20, 1898 in Louisville, Kentucky

Died on September 4, 1990 in Los Angeles, California of heart failure


NBC, 1952-1953

A 30-minute comedy-drama featuring the problems encountered in the daily operation of the financially troubled newspaper, the "Hillsdale Morning Star." Susan Bright, the owner, was played by Irene Dunne and George, the star reporter, was played by Fred MacMurray. Harry Von Zell was the announcer.

Fred MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois, but was raised in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin from the age of 5, eventually graduating from Beaver Dam High School (currently the site of Beaver Dam Middle School), where he was a 3-sport star in football, baseball, and basketball. Fred retained a special place in his heart for his small-town Wisconsin upbringing, referring at any opportunity in magazine articles or interviews to the lifelong friends and cherished memories of Beaver Dam, even including mementos of his childhood in several of his films. In "Pardon my Past" Fred and fellow GI William Demarest are moving to Beaver Dam, WI to start a mink farm.