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Shirley Dinsdale (1926–1999) was a ventriloquist and television and radio personality of the 1940s and early 1950s. She is best remembered for her dummy, “Judy Splinters”, and for the early 15-minute children’s television show that bears that name.

In 1949, she received the first ever Emmy award (first award in the first presentation) for Outstanding Television Personality while she was still a student at UCLA.

After her television career, she also achieved success in a second career as — are you ready for this? — a cardiopulmonary therapist. (Wikipedia)

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