Virginia Komiss (July 4,
1912-December 22, 1998) in Chicago, IL, this Northwestern University
alumna (MS, Journalism) was best-known as the hostess of nationally
syndicated TV talk shows "The Virginia Graham Show" (1970-1972), "Talk"
(1963-1969), and "Food for Thought," which are considered by many the
forerunners of today's day-time television.
After beginning her career in radio during the 1930s Under the pseudonym Virginia Gotham, she wrote the soap operas Stella Dallas, based on the novels by Olive Higgins Prouty (1882-1974), and Backstage Wife. She was the host of "Weekday" on radio. She later starred in a number of TV shows, including "The City", "Texas" and "Where Was I?" Her filmography includes The Perils of P.K. (1986) and Slapstick (Of Another Kind) (1983). Ms. Graham was one of the co-founders of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.