Q: I’ve often wondered about Gracie Whitebread. Well, not that often, really, no really! Anyway, I cannot find anything of substance related to her on the Internet. Do you know if she played much of a role on the radio show? Have you heard what became of her?
A: Her real name was Gracie Weisbrot. I got an email from her grandson’s husband, who writes: “She was the voice of Gracie Whitebread on The National Lampoon Radio Hour. Her brother was Lenny Mogel [publisher and president of National Lampoon, Inc. during the 1970s—MS]. Gracie lived to be 106. When the DVD box set came out a few years ago, I purchased it for Gracie and she got a thrill hearing herself again. She would tell stories of working with John Belushi and the cast. Gracie and her husband were married in 1930 and divorced in the early 1970s. She moved back to New York from Los Angeles. She was already in her 60s and since she had time on her hands, Lenny asked her if she’d like to do office work at the Lampoon magazine. That’s how she got the gig to play Gracie Whitebread. Gracie died late Feb of 2015. By the way, Lenny Mogel is still alive and lives in California.” Thanks, Todd!