When I was young, I loved watching the movies of Judy Canova. She was a nut and made me laugh. I believe she had a daughter on the TV show Soap. Tell me more about Judy.
—Mable Hayes, Ocoee, Tenn.
A singer-comedian who played a brassy country bumpkin in pigtails and calico, Canova got her start in vaudeville and on radio when she teamed with her brother and sister as the Three Georgia Crackers and went on to be a star on Broadway and in Hollywood. She made about two dozen films between 1935 and 1955, including Hit the Hay, Singin’ in the Corn and Carolina Cannonball, and her Judy Canova Show ran on radio for 12 years. This queen of cornpone, who could yodel up a storm, died of cancer in 1983 at age 69. Daughter Diana played Corinne on TV’s Soap in the late 1970s.