8 x 10 image of the comic actor. Billy DeWolfe entered vaudeville as a musical comedy performer in his teens. He gained fame in several nightclub and Broadway revues of the late 1930s and early 1940s, in which he generally portrayed an over emphatic effeminate character. His best-known routine was 'Mrs. Murgatroyd,' wherein the mustachioed DeWolfe, decked out in a flowery hat and steel-rimmed specs, impersonated a middle-aged lady 'doing lunch' after a shopping spree. He repeated this bit in 1946's Blue Skies, one of several Paramount releases to benefit from DeWolfe's presence between 1943 and 1950. DeWolfe's campy deportment struck a responsive chord with TV audiences in the 1960s and 1970s; he made dozens of appearances on Johnny Carson's late-night talkfest.
$40 No. 1996