Her fans were surprised to read in her 1980 autobiography, "I Ain't Down Yet," that she was an alcoholic. "I had hidden it socially, never drank before a performance," she said. After being treated in three hospitals, she found one that helped her break the habit.
Born April 5, 1922, in Bloomington, Tex., Storm was only 13 months when her father died. Her mother supported five children by taking in sewing. She was a lifelong Christian, and she and her husband Lee Bonnell named their sons after the Biblical figures Philip, Peter and Paul and their daughter after her TV character Susanna. Bonnell died in 1987, and in 1988 Storm married former TV executive Paul Masterson. He died in 1996.
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