9 thoughts on “Unidentified celebrities at the Azalea Festival, Wilmington, NC, ca. early 1950s

  1. I think the lady in the fur coat is Kathryn Grayson, movie star and North Carolina native. You might check to see if she was ever Azalea Queen.

  2. You’re right, Ron. Grayson was Queen in 1957. I thought the man next to her might be her husband, so I did some searching — no luck on the ID, but I did see on her Wikipedia bio that “throughout the 1950’s, she carried on an affair with mogul Howard Hughes, and was briefly engaged to him.”

  3. The young lady in the white sweater looks like Debbie Reynolds and the man between her and Grayson is also a movie star but I can’t remember his name.

  4. The man between the two women is Dale Robertson, star of the TV series “Tales of Wells Fargo” (1950’s, I think) and various western movies.

  5. my comment is mr andy griffin played shief taylor wonderfull show want everyone that i sure love to meet my griffin i even seen movies he was in also like to have his email adress want him to know my 90 year old mother know this we just moved here in wilmington nc we on 1233 edgewater club road wilmington nc 28411 hope i get meet mr andy his show matlock good also mother and myself from aiken south carolina my sister jeannie b. evans been in nc for years she wanted us move here here we are i would like explain to mr andy about my life.

  6. Debbie Reynolds, Kathryn Grayson and Dale Robertson sound right to me; I guess Azalea Festival archives could clear that up. What excited me was that at first glance I spotted my mother (Ruth Tillman James) in the white sweater and my father (Elbert James) in the hat. 99% sure of both! We lived in Wilmington at that time (if it’s ’57). But where was I? (at age 2)…home with “Granny”, I guess!

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