May 21, 2024

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Carol Duvall, HGTV’s ‘Queen of Crafts,’ dies at 97

Carol Duvall — a Tv set host dubbed the “Queen of Crafts” by HGTV and considered a forerunner to Martha Stewart — died Monday at age 97 in Traverse Town.

For additional than 50 percent a century, Duvall was a beloved small-display persona who felt like a friend to viewers. Her sunny presence and mild humor were her logos as she shown how to do every little thing from scrapbooking to jewellery building.

Duvall’s vocation stretched from her early days in Grand Rapids and the Detroit television market to national fame, most notably as a result of HGTV’s “The Carol Duvall Show,” which ran on the cable community right until 2005.

Born in 1926 in Milwaukee, Duvall moved to Grand Rapids when she was 11, in accordance to the Traverse Town Document-Eagle.

Just after attending Michigan Condition College, she obtained her start off in broadcasting in 1951 at Wood-Television in Grand Rapids, wherever she auditioned for a career at the new station and wound up internet hosting a children’s application. Back then, according to a 2017 Report-Eagle profile of Duvall, “she ‘kept house’ for her husband, widowed father, invalid uncle, teenage brother and two younger young children.”