Fred Allen And his Wife, Portland Hoffa
It was 48 years ago this evening that legendary radio comedian Fred Allen suffered a fatal heart attack while walking his dog. I'm way too young to remember them myself, but the more I read about them and listen to them on the old-time radio shows, the more I realize this was a really great show-biz couple. I mean, Portland was named for her birthplace in Portland, Oregon, and she had a sister named "Lastone" because she was supposed to be the "last one". How can you not like a family like that?