Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #72

Actress Carol Bruce died last week in California. She played "Mama Carlson" on one of my personal favorites, WKRP in Cincinnati.

Can anyone find her in the 1920 and 1930 censuses, and perhaps find the full names of her parents?


Carol Bruce born (Shirley?) Jeannette Levy,
the daughter of Harry & Beatrice Levy.
1930 NY Kings Co.
Levy, Harry age 33
Levy, Beatrice age 33
Levy, Jeannette age 12
Levy, Ruth age 3 11/12
1920 NY Kings Co
Levy Harry age 23
Levy Harry age 23
Levy, Jennetta age 1 11/12
NY Times Obit 1961
Beatrice Levy, wife of Harry, mother of Carol Bruce Nathanson, & Marilyn Berk.

I'm still looking for the full names of Carol Bruce's parents.


I was wondering if this was the right family. The parents' names are correct, but their daughter's age is more than a year off from Carol Bruce's reported date of birth (Nov. 15, 1919). And every source I've seen online says her name at birth was "Shirley."


I was hesitant as well since the census didn't say "Shirley" but the obit clearly states that Harry & Beatrice are the correct parents of Carol Bruce and her sister Marilyn Berk. I could find no Harry & Beatrice Levy with daughters Shirley & Marilyn, in 1920 or 1930. I haven't checked to see if Marilyn Berk is roughly the age of Ruth listed in the 1930. I'll keep looking.


Some tidbits:
Public records show that Marilyn was born in 1926.
There is a marriage between a Harry Levy and a Beatrice Cohen in Manhattan in 1917.
A Benjamin Cohen died in NY in 1960, age 57, wife Sophia, sister Beatrice Levy.

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