Bryna Raeburn of Jersey City

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Bryna Raeburn was a remarkable voice over actress who was born and raised in Jersey City. She performed in many radio dramas, The Mad Magazine TV Special (1974) the audio version of Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage and a large number of commercials.

The Jersey City Heights being what it is, Bryna Raeburn is perhaps best remembered here as the Josephine XV who did the follow-up record to They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!

Bryna Raeburn lived one block away from us. One day while waiting for a taxi at Journal Square, my mother noticed Bryna at the end of the line and so suggested that she ride with us. In the cab, my mother asked Bryna Raeburn about her work. What followed was like a daytime seance with a multitude of different voices filling the air.

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Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.
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3 Responses to Bryna Raeburn of Jersey City

  1. Dan in South Jersey says:

    That’s very interesting! Bryna Raeburn was quite a prolific–and talented–voice actress of radio (even into the 1970’s in the CBS Radio Mystery Theater). Did you ever have the opportunity to speak with her again after that one encounter?

    • I don’t believe that I did. Her daughter — Joanne — still lives nearby in Jersey City.

      • Dan in South Jersey says:

        Was “Bryna Raeburn” her actual name or a stage name? Any idea? Not much information seems to exist about her personal life, unfortunately. I have read that she died in 1986, but who even knows if that’s correct?

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