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Lois Nettleton


Actress Lois Nettleton was Jean Shepherd's 3rd Wife. They 'met' on the air during one of Sheps overnight shows. She frequently would call into the show and talk with Shep. She became known as the "Listener" to the radio audience. They were married on December 3, 1960 at the Union Church of Pocantico Hills in Tarrytown NY. They divorced sometime around 1967. ---------------------------------------------------------- Lois Nettleton was born August 6, 1927 in Oak Park, Illinois and passed away on January 18, 2008 at age 80 in Woodland Hills, CA. In a 2000 interview with Doug McIntyre, she remembered that one night Shepherd asked listeners to call if they had ever made up a joke, and as she had composed a riddle she called him, speaking to him during a commercial or news break, and told him the riddle. He responded, "That is the worst joke. That is so terrible!" She said that the question became a running joke of his on the air: "What kind of cereal do ghosts eat?" Many people guessed that it was Ghost Toasties, but no one ever guessed the right answer: Shrouded Wheat. A little later he called her back for more talk, and over a period of weeks he began to refer to her as "the listener." Shepherd would say on the air, "Let's see what the listener thinks," and he would call her and they'd talk by phone during his program. She commented: "I think what he was doing was so - it was unique and it was profound and it was real genius!" She muses: "He was a storyteller in the true sense. It just came from inside. It came out differently - a little differently each time." Nettleton says emphatically, "I really want him to be recognized for what he was - a brilliant genius. The wonderful, wonderful unique - the wonderful thing that he was." Thanks to Eugene Bergmann -------------------------------------------------------------- Lois Nettleton appeared on many television series over the years in cameo roles and one of them was an episode of Seinfeld in the sixth season called "The Gymnast" During a commentary for the DVD release of the series Seinfeld made the following remark: "She was married to Jean Shepherd. He's the guy who invented talk radio and really formed my entire comedic sensibility. Yes. I learned how to do comedy from Jean Shepherd."

Links to Further Information:
• Lois is crowned 'Queen of the Bal Caprice at Silvermine guild's annual ball • Letters and Drawings from the Estate
• Shep is one of the judges for Queen
• Rumor of recent wedding to a 'well known tv commentator
• Being a Star Keeps Pair Miles Apart
• Jerry Seinfeld
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Lois and Shep

The Marriage License

Lois on Seinfeld

Heading for the Miss America Pageant - 1948

Miss Chicago 1948

Daily News - 1967

TV Guide 1967

After Dark - November 1972

Daily News - 1973

Newsday - 1977

July 2, 1967 Binghamton Press

Lois Queen of the Ball, costumes judged by Shep, on July 20, 1957 - Bridgeport Post