Hollace Shaw

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Hollace Shaw
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Hollace Shaw (1947)
Born Hollace Shaw
July 24, 1913
Fresno, California
Died March 2, 1976, age 62
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Pomona College
Occupation Singer
Spouse(s) Major Clarence Turner Foster (1944 - ?)
Dr. Frederick C. Schlumberger (? - 1976, her death)

Hollace Shaw (July 24, 1913 - March 2, 1976) was a coloratura soprano[1] who performed on old-time radio and on the stage.

Early years

Shaw was born in Fresno, California.[2] Her father, Rev. Shirley R. Shaw,[3] was a minister, and her mother was a concert singer.[1] She was the oldest of five children,[4] one of whom was Robert Shaw, who founded the Robert Shaw Chorale and directed symphony orchestras in Atlanta, Georgia, and Cleveland, Ohio.[1]


Shaw was a featured soloist on Blue Velvet Music,[5] Saturday Night Serenade[6] and the featured female soloist on Song Time[7] and was a member of the cast of The Hour of Charm,[8] on which she was known as "Vivian."[4] She also had her own weekly program on CBS.[9]


Shaw's Broadway credits include Higher and Higher (1939) and Very Warm for May (1939).[10] The latter production included her introduction of the song All the Things You Are.[11]

Personal appearances

Shaw sang frequently with symphony orchestras around the United States and at Radio City Music Hall, in New York City.[12] She also performed in night clubs. Eugene Burr wrote about Shaw in a review in Billboard's October 12, 1940, issue: "She has an outstanding voice, one of the few real voices that have been developed in recent years..."[13]

Personal life

On April 12, 1944, Shaw married Clarence Turner Foster, a major in the Air Transport Command, in New York, New York.[14] She later married Dr. Frederick C. Schlumberger, a surgeon.[12]


Shaw died March 2, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, at age 62. She was survived by her husband, two stepchildren, a sister and two brothers.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Soprano will be heard at Claremont Tuesday". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. July 21, 1950. p. 13. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 240.
  3. ^ "Hollace Shaw Wins Radio Talent Contest". Chino Champion. California, Chino. October 2, 1936. p. 1. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ a b Blanck, Katherine (August 27, 1941). "Vivian's Song Has A Purpose in Life". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. p. 11. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ The Columbia Program Book (PDF). New York City: The Columbia Broadcasting System. September 1938. p. 37. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  6. ^ Tull, Thomas B. (ed.) (1947). this is ... WGAR (PDF). Illinois, Peoria: National Radio Personalities. p. 12. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  7. ^ "(radio listing)". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. August 2, 1937. p. 10. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 157.
  9. ^ "(photo caption)" (PDF). Radio Guide. October 8, 1938. p. 18.
  10. ^ "(Hollace Shaw search results)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  11. ^ Paymer, Marvin E.; Post, Don E. (1999). Sentimental Journey: Intimate Portraits of America's Great Popular Songs, 1920-1945. Noble House Publishers. p. 369. ISBN 9781881907091. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  12. ^ a b c "Hollace Shaw, Radio Singer, Symphony Soprano, Is Dead". March 9, 1976. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  13. ^ Burr, Eugene (October 12, 1940). "Coq Rouge, New York" (PDF). Billboard. p. 21. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Hollace Shaw, Army Man Wed". The Fresno Bee The Republican. California, Fresno. April 13, 1944. p. 5. Retrieved August 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
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