My Friend Irma tells the story of a extremely dim-witted blonde stenographer named Irma Peterson, played by Marie Wilson, and the daily
high-jinx that she gets into with her screwy friends. One of Irma's best friends was her logical and very dependable roommate, and narrator of the
show, Jane Stacy, played by Cathy Lewis. Irma was so dumb that she believed that flypaper was airline stationery paper! The show's creator Cy
Howard, who also went on to produce Life with Luigi, was hesitant to cast the lead roles because he felt that the show's success depended on the
actresses' awesome portrayal of their characters. His uncertainty flew straight out the window when Cathy Lewis arrived to read the part of 'Jane
Stacy.' At the time, Cathy Lewis, who started as a singer with Kay Kyser and Herbie Kay, was already well-established in the radio community.
With Cathy Lewis on board, the show would soar, giving an average Hooper rating of 20-plus!
They were sponsored by EMMD (breath fresheners), Pepsodent Toothpaste & Lever Bros Swan Beauty Soap.
My Friend Irma became a comic book character when published by Marvel/Atlas Comics in 1950.
|My Friend Irma
|Cathy Lewis and Marie Wilson