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Janis Paige

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Janis Paige (born as Donna Mae Tjaden, September 16, 1922, Tacoma, Washington) is an American film, musical theatre and television actress. She began singing in public from the age of five in local amateur shows. She then moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school and then got a job as a singer at the Hollywood Canteen during World War II. The Canteen, which was a studio-sponsored gathering spot for servicemen, is where Warner Bros. saw her potential and signed her up. She began her film career co-starring in secondary musicals, often paired with either Dennis Morgan or Jack Carson. She later was relegated to rugged adventures and dramas in which she was out of her element. Following her role in the forgettable Two Gals and a Guy released in 1951, she decided to leave the Hollywood scene. She then took to the Broadway boards and scored a huge hit with the 1951 comedy-mystery play, Remains to Be Seen, co-starring Jackie Cooper. She also toured successfully as a cabaret singer, performing everywhere from New York City and Miami to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Stardom came in 1954 with the role of "Babe" in the Broadway musical The Pajama Game. (Doris Day went on to play the role on film.) After a six-year hiatus, Paige returned to films in Silk Stockings (1957), which starred Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, plus the Doris Day comedy Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) followed by a role as a love-starved married neighbor in Bachelor in Paradise with Bob Hope (1961). One of her rare dramatic roles was "Marion," an institutionalized hooker, in the 1963 drama, The Caretakers. Description above from the Wikipedia article Janis Paige, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Sep 16, 1922 In Tacoma, Washington, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Bathing Beauty 1944-07-01
Latest Project:
Movie This Is Bob Hope... 2017-12-29
Known For
Poster of Baby Makes Five
Poster of Lewis & Clark
Poster of Charlie's Angels
Poster of Hollywood Canteen
Movie This Is Bob Hope... Herself (archive footage) 2017-12-29
Movie Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History 2008-10-14
Movie Broadway: The Golden Age Herself 2003-01-01
Series Family Law Unknown 1999-09-20
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Series Shades of L.A. Unknown 1990-10-10
Series Night Court Unknown 1984-01-04
Movie No Man's Land Maggie Hodiak 1984-05-27
Series Gun Shy 1983-03-15
Series Baby Makes Five 1983-04-01
Series Capitol 1982-03-26
Series St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Series Lewis & Clark Unknown 1981-10-29
Series Bret Maverick Unknown 1981-12-01
Movie Angel on My Shoulder Dolly Blaine 1980-05-11
Series Flamingo Road Unknown 1980-05-12
Series Eight Is Enough Unknown 1977-03-15
Series Lanigan's Rabbi Unknown 1977-01-22
Series The Love Boat Unknown 1977-09-24
Series Alice Unknown 1976-08-31
Series All's Fair Unknown 1976-09-20
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Movie The Turning Point of Jim Malloy Lonnie 1975-04-12
Series Happy Days Unknown 1974-01-15
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series All in the Family Unknown 1971-01-12
Series Columbo Goldie Williamson 1971-09-15
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Movie Welcome to Hard Times Adah 1967-04-30
Movie The Caretakers Marion 1963-08-21
Movie Follow the Boys Liz Bradville 1963-01-01
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series 87th Precinct Unknown 1961-09-25
Movie Bachelor in Paradise Dolores Jynson 1961-11-01
Movie Please Don't Eat the Daisies Deborah Vaughn 1960-03-31
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Movie Silk Stockings Peggy Dayton 1957-07-18
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Series It's Always Jan 1955-09-10
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Mister Universe Lorraine 1951-01-10
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Fugitive Lady Barbara Clementi 1950-05-08
Movie This Side of the Law Nadine Taylor 1950-06-17
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie The Younger Brothers Kate Shepherd 1949-05-03
Movie The House Across the Street Kit Williams 1949-09-10
Movie Winter Meeting Peggy Markham 1948-04-07
Movie Wallflower Joy Linnett 1948-06-13
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie One Sunday Afternoon Virginia Brush 1948-12-25
Movie Romance on the High Seas Mrs. Elvira Kent 1948-06-25
Movie Love and Learn Jackie 1947-05-02
Movie Cheyenne Emily Carson 1947-06-06
Movie So You Want to Be in Pictures Herself (uncredited) 1947-06-07
Movie Always Together Polly 1947-12-10
Movie Her Kind of Man Georgia King 1946-05-11
Movie Of Human Bondage Sally Athelny 1946-07-20
Movie Two Guys from Milwaukee Polly 1946-07-26
Movie The Time, The Place and The Girl Sue Jackson 1946-12-28
Movie Bathing Beauty Janis 1944-07-01
Movie Hollywood Canteen Studio Guide 1944-12-31
Movie I Won't Play Kim Karol / Sally 1944-11-11