American TV personality GALE STORM has died, aged 87.
The actress/singer passed away in hospital on Saturday (27Jun09) after battling ill health, according to her son Peter Bonnell.
Storm - born Josephine Owaissa Cottle - shot to fame in 1940 when she entered a talent contest for a radio show called Gateway to Hollywood in 1940.
She won over the radio audience and landed roles in several movies and sang in several Soundies - three-minute musicals.
In 1952 with a starring role in sitcom My Little Margie and went on to bag her own TV series, The Gale Storm Show.
Storm went onto appear in numerous musicals including Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief.
She is survived by her four children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.