urelle Alexander was born March 28, 1918 in Greenville, Texas. In 1924 at the age of 6, Durelle went with her mother to Hollywood, CA, and made appearences in several silent 'Our Gang' comedies and "Hollywood Junior Follies" . She made her stage debut at 8 years old. A few years later at the age of 12, she moved with her mother to New York and began singing with orchestras and dancing in ight clubs. By the age of 14, she signed a contract with Paul Whiteman and he placed her on his radio program.

File:Eddy Duchin and Durelle Alexander.jpg By 1935, Durelle was appearing as a featured vocalist on Whiteman's radio show "Paul Whiteman's Musical Varieties" and "Kraft Music Hall" on NBC. Throughout this period, she would appear in several "Radio Guide" magazine articles, including the cover in September of 1936. She also made several recordings with other artists like Archie Bleyer and Smith Ballew. The first known recording with Durelle on the vocals was "Animal Crackers In My Soup" with Smith Ballew and his Orchestra, recorded in July of 1935. In 1936, Durelle toured with Paul Whiteman in Billy Roses' Annual Texas Centennial, where she met Edmund Pendleton Van Zandt Jr, who was only two years her senior and was also born in Texas.

Durelle and Edmund were married in 1939, and during their 33 years of marriage, (until his death in 1972), they had three children and lived in Venezuela, London, England, Dallas and Ft. Worth Texas. Durelle continued to perform and moderate public affairs television programs.

In 1972, Edmund Vandt Zandt died. Three years later, in 1975, Durelle Alexander married a widowed family friend, Col. Harry Taylor Eidson and they moved to Austin to be near their children and grandchildren. She and Harry became beloved by their friends and neighbors as they walked in their Baylor St. neighborhood and frequented neighborhood restaurants, and became involved in the historic preservation of the district.

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In October of 1994, Durelle Alexander passed away. Memorial services were held on Memorial Day in Austin, Texas.