ROMANCE OF HELEN TRENT
For 7,222 episodesmore than any other radio soap operaThe
Romance of Helen Trent followed the titular heroine in her valiant
quest to prove "that because a woman is 35, or older, romance
in life need not be over
that the romance of youth can be
extended into middle life and even beyond
The Romance of Helen Trent debuted over CBS on October 30,
1933 and aired until June 24, 1960. Created by the husband-and-wife
team of Frank and Anne Hummert, Helen Trent was conceived as the
epitome of virtue in a world where behavior was usually judged in
black-and-white terms. Helen Trent never smoked, drank, or sworeeven
her thoughts were pure.
It was estimated that the ageless Helen was pursued by no less
that 28 serious suitors during the run of the show. Regrettably,
her hopes for marriage were perpetually thwarted by the plotting
of former suitors, jealous women and, on some occasions, the hand
Virginia Clark played Helen until 1944, when Julie Stevens assumed
the role of "queen of the soaps."
Frank Hummert died on March 12, 1966. Anne Hummert died on July 5, 1996. Julie Stevens died on August 26, 1984.
The Romance of Helen Trent was inducted into the Radio Hall
of Fame in 1990.
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