In 1930 radio station WGN asked Irna Phillips, who worked for them as an actress, to create a 15-minute daily show "about a family," to air during the day. Painted Dreams was the result. The show premiered October 20, 1930.
Phillips wrote and acted in the show until 1932 when she asked WGN to sell the show to a national broadcaster. When they refused, Phillips sued, claiming the show was her property. The dispute was finally settled in 1938, and the show was acquired by CBS. Meanwhile, Phillips had left WGN in 1932, creating Today's Children for rival station WMAQ with virtually the same plot premises and characters.
Phillips occasionally played the lead of Mother Moynihan, as did Bess Flynn, who was a member of the show's writing team. Flynn, born August 18, 1899 in Tama. Iowa, went on to script for three other soap operas: We, the Abbotts, Bachelor's Children and Martha Webster (originally titled Life Begins). In addition to doing the title role on Martha Webster, she also portrayed the annoying maid Tilda on The Gumps.
Deer makes a smash at new Stillwater store; But Painted Dreams will be fixed up and ready for grand opening in July.(NEWS)
Jun 27, 1997; The Olson family hoped to make a big splash on Stillwater's Main Street with the opening last week of their new store, Painted...