Loretta Clemens Tupper

Loretta Nellie Clemens Tupper (May 6, 1906, in Marblehead, Ohio – September 17, 1990, in The Bronx, New York) was a singer, pianist and vaudevillian and radio actress., who later added television and film appearances to her impressive repertoire. In her early career she was known as Loretta Clemens and in her later career she was known as Loretta Tupper She featured in numerous television commercials and was famous for playing the old lady in the Fruit of the Loom television commercials from the 1980s. She was a character on the PBS Television show Sesame Street called Mrs. Mae Trump in the 1980s. She played small roles in numerous movies.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 6th, 1906 (Marblehead), Died September 16th, 1990 (The Bronx)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, piano

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-07923 10-in. 4/23/1937 Way out West Jack and Loretta Clemens Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-07924 10-in. 4/23/1937 The lady is a tramp Jack and Loretta Clemens Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-055548 10-in. 8/27/1940 Cat's serenade Loretta Clemens Tupper ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Tupper, Loretta Clemens," accessed January 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114441.

Tupper, Loretta Clemens. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114441.

"Tupper, Loretta Clemens." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 January 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114441

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