Judy Canova Refuses to Play Second Fiddle To Dummy, So She Breaks With Edgar Bergen
‘Charlie McCarthy’ Gets Blame for Ending Engagement,
By The United Press
HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 1—Judy Canova, film and radio comedienne, broke her engagement to Edgar Bergen today because, she said, she does not want to play second fiddle to dummy.”
The other side of the “triangle” s “Charlie McCarthy,” the famous wooden dummy Bergen uses in his radio and screen acts.
“We had a quarrel Sunday and now it’s all over,” she said. “I’ve heard nothing but Charlie this and Charlie that. The dummy has become an obsession with Eddie.”
Bergen for years has worked with “CharlieMcCarthy.” His fame spread nationally, however, only recently, when Rudy Vallee put Bergen and “Charlie” on a radio broadcast. Later, the dummy became a favorite in a radio feud with W. C. Fields.
Miss Canova’s hill-billy roles won her radio fame and landed her in pictures.
Though they had kept company for a long time, most of Hollywood was unaware until the breakup that Bergen and Miss Canova were engaged.
“Yes, it was serious,” she said. “We were that way.”