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Beloved kid show favorite Carmen the Nurse dies


An obituary for Mary Davies Orfield, 88, appeared in the Sunday Star Tribune. Orfield, known professionally as Mary Davies, portrayed Carmen the Nurse on local television programs for children for more than two decades. She was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2004.

Her obituary said that died peacefully on February 7. "Mary was known and loved for her singing and television careers that spanned over 50 years. Her gift for bringing joy to a generation of baby boomers as Carmen the Nurse on WCCO TV still resonates today," it reads.

MnKidVid website notes that Davies played Carmen from October of 1954 to March of 1977, making the character one of the longest-running in Twin Cities television. The Carmen character began as a featured part of the "Axel and His Dog" program. As Carmen, Davies later became the host of "The Treehouse." Her final show, "Carmen's Cottage" was cancelled by WCCO in 1977 to make way for the Phil Donahue Show.

According to the website for the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, Davies began her career at age four in a production of Madame Butterfly. As an adult performer, she sang on the “Dayton Soda Set Show” with a local orchestra and won a local “Stairway to Stardom” contest. She went on to appear on WCCO Radio and began appearing on WCCO-TV in 1950. The site said that she was featured on “Country Holiday,” the first locally produced color television broadcast.

"A mother of six children, she was able to combine her many talents as an entertainer with the love and understanding that set the standard for children's programming," her biography on the website reads.

MARY DAVIES from Pavek Museum on Vimeo.

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