Synonymous with chic, the ever-fashionable Faye Emerson certainly qualified as one of the “first ladies” of TV glamor. Bedecked in sweeping, rather low-cut gowns and expensive, dangling jewelry, she was a highly poised and stylish presence on the small screen during its exciting “Golden Age”. An enduring presence throughout the 1950s, she could have lasted much longer in her field of work had she so desired.
Born in 1917 in Elizabeth, Louisiana, her father was both a rancher and court stenographer. The family subsequently lived in Texas and Illinois before settling in California. Her parents divorced after she entered her teens and she went to live with her mother (and new husband) in San Diego where she was subsequently placed in a convent boarding school. Following graduation from high school, she attended San Diego State College and grew interested in acting, performing in several Community Players productions. She made her stage debut with “Russet Mantle” in 1935.