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Radio Soap Opera Star of ‘Portia Faces Life’ Dead at 87

July 16, 1986 GMT

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Lucille Wall, who brought the trials and tribulations of Portia Blake to millions of radio soap-opera fans, has died. She was 87.

Miss Wall, best remembered for her portrayal of Portia in the long-running ″Portia Faces Life,″ radio soap opera died Friday in a convalescent home here.

Beginning in 1940, Miss Wall played the supportive wife and then widow of an idealistic young lawyer who fought against the evil elements of the mythical Parkerstown.

Each day it was announced that her story was one ″reflecting the courage, spirit and integrity of American women everywhere.″

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When her husband died, Portia was left to continue her husband’s work and raise her young son, Dickie.

After her series ended in 1952, Portia had made it through World War II, remarriage to a ″brilliant, handsome,″ journalist and accusations she was carrying a child fathered by another man.

Miss Wall also played Belle Jones, the simple wife of ″Lorenzo Jones,″ a garage mechanic in another radio broadcast that preceded her Portia role.

She won a special Emmy for her portrayal of nurse Lucille March on the television soap opera ″General Hospital″ in the early 1970s.

″We got hundreds of letters and calls when she first went on television,″ said Kylie Masterson, a former associate producer of ″General Hospital.″

″People had never seen her face but they recognized her voice from radio and wrote to ask if she had indeed been Portia.″