Actress Gale Storm has passed away at the age of 87.
Storm, born Josephine Owaissa Cottle had a career in movies, television and as a singer. She won her first break in The Gateway to Hollywood Contest when she was 17, landing her a one year movie contract. Storm made several fims for RKO Radio Pictures, and featured in a variety of additional movies during the 1940’s.
Leveraging her fame she moved into television in the 1950’s, starring in My Little Margie then later The Gale Storm Show. Her role as Maggie is still the role she is best remembered for today. Her television appearances saw Storm launch a music career, with her 1957 ballad Dark Moon hitting 4th spot of the Billboard Top 100.
In later years, she made guest appearance on television shows, and wrote an autobiography in 1981. She also was awarded a remarkable four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for her contributions to radio, music, television and motion pictures.
She is survived by her two sons.