She made her start in serials, but progressed to features and had a lasting career.

It says something that she is now described as singer-actress rather than the reverse. Born in Iowa in 1920 and raised in Texas, Constance Moore did indeed originally aspire to be a singer. In fact, her first show biz jobs involved big band vocalizing.

The actress part clicked in when Universal signed her to a contract. What helped Moore, of course, was her considerable girl-next-door physical appeal. And that’s where the actress part took over. (There’s Constance as sidekick Wilma Deering in the embrace of Larry (Buster) Crabbe in a 1939 Buck Rogers episode.)

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Early Moore is perhaps best showcased in Republic Pictures’ all-star musical package, 1944’s Show Business, notable for presenting such traditional standards as I Want A Girl, Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad and Dinah …

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On the non-musical side, Moore turned up as W.C. Field’s virginal young daughter in 1939’s You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man.

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And let’s not forget 1944’s Atlantic City where Moore emerges with top billing and solo vocals of After You’ve Gone and On A Sunday Afternoon.

Atlantic City (1944)

In all, Moore rolled up in some 50 movie and tv credits, covering three decades. She retired from the big screen in 1947, but continued working via various tv series and in person night-club appearances — as a singer. (She died in her mid-Eighties in 2005.)

Constance Moore — easy to listen to and easy to look at.

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