Gale Storm (April 5, 1922 – June 27, 2009) was an American actress and singer. After winning the contest in 1940, Storm made several films for the RKO Radio Pictures studio. She worked steadily in low-budget films released during this period. American audiences warmed to Storm and her fan mail increased. She performed in more than three dozen motion pictures for Monogram, experience which made possible her success in other media. She became an American icon of the 1950s, starring in two highly successful television series.