1 9 5 0 – 1 9 5 4 (USA)
854 x 60 minute episodes
Kate Smith had been one of American radio’s most durable stars when she made her debut on television on 25 September 1950 in The Kate Smith Hour for NBC.
The late afternoon show featured Kate’s songs and pleasant chatting, with news analysis by Ted Collins. In 1952, the show also featured a dramatic section entitled “The House in the Garden” revolving around the Olcott family.
Smith added an evening show to her schedule on 19 September 1951 with The Kate Smith Evening Hour.
The series completed four seasons before it finally left the air on 18 June 1954.
In her later years, Smith suffered terribly from diabetes, undergoing a leg amputation and a mastectomy. She died of respiratory arrest at Raleigh Community Hospital on 17 June 1986, aged 79.