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Shirley Dinsdale & Judy Splinters - A 21-year-old female ventriloquist who operated Judy Splinters,  a western cowgirl dummy on the children's program JUDY SPLINTERS/SYN/1949-50. 

Shirley Dinsdale with her dummy Judy Splinters

Judy Splinters wore a cowgirl hat with chin strap, pig tails with bows, plaid shirt and western jeans. Shirley wore a complementary cowgirl hat and costume.

Born on October 31, 1926 in San Francisco, Shirley was burned badly in a childhood accident. To help with her recovery, her father, an artist, created a ventriloquist dummy which she named Judy Splinters.

In 1940, Shirley began her radio career at the age of fourteen on a San Francisco program  called "Judy in Wonderland." In 1942, she and her family moved to Los Angeles where she earned a spot on Eddie Cantor's radio program.

By 1948, Shirley won an Emmy for Children's Entertainment. In 1949 she moved from KTLA-TV in Los Angeles to substitute for the vacationing KUKLA, FRAN AND OLLIE puppet program in Chicago and later moved to her own program in New York. 

In 1953, Dinsdale retired from broadcasting, married and then enrolled in Stony Brook University where she studied to became a respiratory/cardiopulmonary therapist.

From 1973 until 1985, Shirley was head of the respiratory therapy department of John Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson.

On May 9, 1999, Emmy-winning ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale Layburn  from cancer at the age of 72 in Stony Brook, New York

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