Lee and Lyn Wilde

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Lee and Lyn Wilde

Lyn (left) and Lee Wilde in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
 
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Lee and Lyn Wilde

Lyn (left) and Lee Wilde in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Lee Wilde
BornMarion Lee Wilde
(1922-10-10) October 10, 1922 (age 89)
East St. Louis, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1940–1949
Lyn Wilde
BornMary Lyn Wilde
(1922-10-11) October 11, 1922 (age 89)
East St. Louis, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1940–1953

Lee and Lyn Wilde, sometimes billed as The Wilde Twins, are twin sisters, who appeared in films of the early to mid 1940s.

Born in East St. Louis, Illinois, Lee is the older of the two, born shortly before midnight of October 10, 1922, with Lyn born in the early hours of the following morning.

They began singing with their siblings in church, and by their teens were singing hymns for their local radio station, as well as performing in Illinois and Kentucky. By 1940 they were band singers, and in 1942 they made their film debuts, as vocalists for the Charlie Barnet Band, performing one song in the Harriet Hilliard film Juke Box Jenny. They also performed with Bob Crosby for a short while. Further live performances led to another featured film appearance in the Judy Garland film Presenting Lily Mars in 1942. Joe Pasternak was impressed by them and signed them to a seven-year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. They played small roles in Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944), followed by Twice Blessed, a film written specifically for them to introduce them to a wider audience.

The sisters appeared in nine films together up until 1949. Lyn briefly continued her film career after that, appearing in six more films until 1953. They married brothers, Jim and Tom Cathcart, and focused their attentions on family life, rather than continuing in show business, but they retained a love of music. In 1989, they recorded a reunion album titled Back to Together Once Again and continued to perform occasionally into the 1990s.

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