Lucille Wall

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Lucille Wall
Wall in 1952
Lucille Loretta Wall

January 18, 1898
DiedJuly 11, 1986 (aged 88)
Other namesPolly Preston
Occupation(s)Radio, television actress
RelativesGeraldine Wall (sister)

Lucille Loretta Wall (January 18, 1898 – July 11, 1986)[1][2] was an American actress who played the role of Lucille March Weeks on the ABC soap opera General Hospital[3] from 1963 to 1976. When Wall was ill in 1975, the role was played by Mary Grace Canfield, who was a quarter-century younger than Wall. Wall returned to the show for infrequent guest appearances over the years, the last in 1982.[citation needed]

Early years[edit]

Wall was born in Chicago, Illinois. Actress Geraldine Wall was her sister,[4] and she had another sister, Mildred. During her teenage years, Wall leaned toward a career in music, but she eventually turned toward radio for her career.[5]


Wall was active with a stock theater company headed by actress and playwright Jane Cowl. She also "had several seasons on Broadway."[6]


Wall debuted on radio on WJZ in 1927, using the name Polly Preston as she acted on Collier's Hour.[7]

Using her own name, she had the title role on the radio soap opera, Portia Faces Life (1944-1951).[8]: 274  She simultaneously played the role of Belle Jones on the radio soap opera Lorenzo Jones.[8] She also portrayed Winifred Wilbur in Your Family and Mine[8]: 362  and had the title role in The Adventures of Barbara Wayne.[5] Wall also acted in Pretty Kitty Kelly, Island Boat Club, Sherlock Holmes, True Confessions, The First Nighter and A Tale of Today.[9]


Wall died at a convalescent home in Reno, Nevada, on July 11, 1986, at age 88.[10]


  1. ^ Cox, Jim (2008). This Day in Network Radio: A Daily Calendar of Births, Debuts, Cancellations and Other Events in Broadcasting History. McFarland & Company, Inc.; ISBN 978-0-7864-3848-8
  2. ^ WALL, LUCILLE was born 18 January 1898, received Social Security number 125-12-4277 (indicating New York) and, Death Master File says, died July 1986 Check for LUCILLE WALL
  3. ^ Folkart, Burt A. (July 16, 1986). "OBITUARIES : Lucille Wall, Star of Radio Show 'Portia'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  4. ^ "Miss Wall 'Mother' of Film Stars, Sister of Radio Star". Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. Ohio, Lancaster. June 4, 1947. p. 1. Retrieved June 19, 2018 – via Open access icon
  5. ^ a b "Music Career a Faded Dream of Lucille Wall, "Love Story Girl"". The Lincoln Star. Nebraska, Lincoln. December 20, 1931. p. 44. Retrieved September 10, 2016 – via Open access icon
  6. ^ Gerhard, Inez (May 15, 1947). "Star Dust". The McHenry Plaindealer. Illinois, McHenry. Western Newspaper Union. p. 4. Retrieved September 7, 2016 – via Open access icon
  7. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. Pp. 273-274.
  8. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 206.
  9. ^ Cox, Jim (1999). The Great Radio Soap Operas. McFarland. p. 184. ISBN 9781476604145. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Radio star Lucille Wall of 'Portia Faces Life'". Bangor Daily News. Associated Press. July 17, 1986. p. 8. Retrieved September 11, 2016.