Queen for a Day

NBC (ended 1964)


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Queen for a Day

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Jack Bailey

First Telecast: January 3, 1956
Last Telecast: October 2, 1964

Network History:
NBC Daytime, 1956 - 1960
ABC Daytime, 1960 - 1964

Edward Kranyak

Plot Summary:
"Do YOU want to be Queen for a Day?!" Host Bailey would bellow out those words before each program, to which the audience would reply en masse, "YES!" Four women, each having a sob story to tell, told Bailey why they believed they should be crowned the show's "Queen For a Day". Usually, each contestant asked for a merchandise prize such as a washer and dryer. After all four sad stories were told, the audience chose the winner by applause (determined via the "applause meter"). The winner was awarded her prizes and was bedecked in a sable-trimmed red velvet robe and jeweled crown. Interspersed between the contestants' stories was fashion commentary. Written by Brian Rathjen


"Queen for a Day" was derived from a radio show originally called "Queen For Today".

Prior to being picked up by NBC, this program was shown on local Los Angeles television from 1948 to 1956.

Very few of the NBC and ABC kinescopes survive.

Broadcast from the Moulin Rouge, a theater-restaurant on Sunset Boulevard near Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

From 1969 to 1970, this program was briefly revived in syndication with host Dick Curtis.

Sponsored by Pepsodent Toothpaste.

Hap Weyman

Head Writer:
Bill Lutz

Gene Baker
John Harlan

Fashion Commentator:
Jeanne Cagney (sister of actor James Cagney)

Contestant Escorts:
Bonita Gaylord
Grace Lee Whitney

Barbara Lyon
Beverly Sassoon
Suzanne Alexander
Jolene Brand
Maxine Reeves
Darlene Stuart
Dorene Georgeson
Virginia Bingman
Colette De Meyer
Marie St. John

Queen's Escort:
Ted Wood

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  • Please help Find

    My younger brother has been diagnosed with 4th staged cancer, can use a good lift My youngest brother has not seen his mother on the show. Her name was Bonnie Reynolds, She won the Queen for a day,, I remember washer, dryer, refrigerate. I would like to get a full copy of the episode. Hoping it you .
  • Help with finding information on an actress Jackie or Jacquelyn Tilton

    I am working on a family tree and was told that this actress worked on the show possibly from 1945 to 1948. Her husband( Harry Tilton ) died in a hunting accident in Oregon in 1945. If anyone has any information it would be a Great Help.... Thanks in Advance...
  • Need help

    my mom mary crumrine was a runner up on the show they asked her if she had won what was her said to have her husband home for christmas because he is a motor officer for glendale pd and was hurt i wanted to get her a copie of that christmas eve someone saw your show and had my dad come home in a private email is

    thanks fred

    I am looking for a Queen for a Day winner. Her name was Beatrice and her story was about her mother taking off and leaving. I believe she was a winner. I do not know her last name and this is why I am asking anyone if they have any copies or if a Beatrice (possibly Davis, Curtis, Marshall, Madden) was mentioned. I am specifically looking for her last name. Please help.moreless
  • looking for episode

    I am looking for episode of queen for a day from fen or march 1960. My mother was runner up I think. She was 9 months pregnant at the time and my dad was out to sea in the navy. I really want to surprise my mother for mothers day. I know only 7 episode s remain which scares me hope one is hers. Her name was Nancy Heizer.