Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Betty Furness (1916-1994) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Best remembered for her post-movie career pitching Westinghouse appliances on TV in the 1950s ("You can be sure ... if it’s Westinghouse") before later becoming a consumer advocate and finally a television news personality. Born in Manhattan, Furness did some modelling before she was signed by RKO in 1932. She appeared in over 35 features during the 1930s, some of her more prominent appearances including Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men (1933), The Life of Vergie Winters (1934), Dangerous Corner (1934), Shadow of Doubt (1935), Magnificent Obsession (1935), Swing Time (1936) with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and The President's Mystery (1936). Her final feature film appearance—playing somebody other than herself—came in North of Shanghai (1939). Furness took to the stage in the 1940s, even appearing in a couple of Broadway quickies in 1941, but her true second act began in 1948, when she filled in for another actress to pitch Westinghouse products during TV's Studio One program. Westinghouse hired her, and Furness turned her pitching into a high-paying gig throughout the 1950s. After she was let go she did some work on behalf of the Democratic party, and in 1967 President Johnson named her "Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs." Furness continued in other consumer advocacy roles, and began a brand new television career in the 1970s after appearing on the "Today" show. She also covered consumer affairs on the evening news for NBC, and even won a Peabody Award in 1977. She continued at NBC until she became too ill to do so in 1992. Betty Furness died of stomach cancer at age 78.
Birthday: January 3