|Her Kind of Man||Actor||Georgia King||7|
|The House Across the Street||Actor||Kit Williams||7|
|One Sunday Afternoon||Actor||Virginia Brush||7|
|Romance on the High Seas||Actor||Elvira Kent||7|
|The Time, the Place and the Girl||Actor||Sue Jackson||7|
|Angel on My Shoulder||Actor||Dolly Blaine||7|
|Winter Meeting||Actor||Peggy Markham||7|
|Lanigan's Rabbi||Actor||Kate Lanigan; his wife||7|
|The Bob Hope Show (01/16/63)||1963 1962 - 1963||Actor||n/a||19637|
|Please Don't Eat the Daisies||1960||Actor||Deborah Vaughn||19607|
|Lanigan's Rabbi||1976 1975 - 1976||Actor||Kate Lanigan||19767|
|Silk Stockings||1957||Actor||Peggy Dayton||19577|
|Bachelor in Paradise||1961||Actor||Dolores Jynson||19617|
|The Bob Hope Show (01/11/61)||1961 1960 - 1961||Actor||n/a||19617|
|The Bob Hope Show (11/17/53)||1954 1953 - 1954||Actor||guest||19547|
|Roberta||1970 1969 - 1970||Actor||Scharwenka||19707|
|Two Guys From Milwaukee||1946||Actor||n/a||19467|
|Roberta||1959 1958 - 1959||Actor||Scharwenka||19597|
|Follow the Boys||1962||Actor||Liz Bradville||19627|
|Welcome to Hard Times||1967||Actor||Adah||19677|
|Angel on My Shoulder||1980 1979 - 1980||Actor||Dolly Blaine||19807|
|Natural Causes||1994||Actor||Mrs McCarthy||19947|
|The Turning Point of Jim Malloy||Actor||Lonnie||7|
|Baby Makes Five||1983 1982 - 1983||Actor||Blanche Riddle; Eddie's mother||19837|
|Last of the Private Eyes||1963 1962 - 1963||Actor||Lavern||19637|
|The Return of Joe Forrester||Actor||Irene||7|
|Rockhopper||1985 1984 - 1985||Actor||Helen Larabee||19857|
|Lana Turner: Hollywood's Screen Siren||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Interviewee||19997|
|Gun Shy||1983 1982 - 1983||Actor||Nettie McCoy; Homer's ex-wife, manager of the Quake City Hotel||19837|
|The Other Woman||1983 1982 - 1983||Actor||Mrs Barnes||19837|
|Valentine Magic on Love Island||Actor||Madge||7|
|No Man's Land||1984 1983 - 1984||Actor||Maggie Hodiak||19847|
|The Betty White Show||1978 1977 - 1978||Actor||Wilma--Mitzi's Cousin||19787|
|Eight Is Enough||1981 1976 - 1981||Actor||Vivian--||19817|
|You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story||1990 1989 - 1990||Actor||n/a||19907|
|Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||1959 1951 - 1959||Actor||Performer||19597|
|Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love -- Beautiful But Funny||1982 1981 - 1982||Actor||n/a||19827|
|Caroline in the City||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||Loretta Main||19977|
|Legend||1995 1994 - 1995||Actor||Delilah Pratt||19957|
|Family Law||2001 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001||Actor||Ann Fox||20017|
|Santa Barbara||1993 1983 - 1993||Actor||(1990-1993)||19937|
A native of Tacoma, WA, Janis Paige was born Donna Mae Tjaden on Sept. 16, 1922. Gifted with an aptitude for singing, she was performing for audiences by age five and appeared with the Tacoma Opera Company in her teens. Upon finishing high school, Paige's mother moved her daughter to Los Angeles in the hope of establishing an entertainment career for the girl. While showcasing her vocal abilities at the fabled Hollywood Canteen, Paige's talent and beauty impressed a scout and she made her film debut in the Esther Williams vehicle "Bathing Beauty" (1944). A contract with Warner Brothers followed, along with roles in the studio's all-star extravaganza "Hollywood Canteen" (1944), as well as "Her Kind of Man" (1945) and "Of Human Bondage" (1946). Paige was well-utilized in Warner musicals like "The Time, the Place and the Girl" (1946), "Love and Learn" (1947), and "Romance on the High Seas" (1948), and while no match for their glossy counterparts from MGM, they possessed a laid-back appeal that went down well with audiences of the time. While she was a consistently engaging presence and able performer, Paige remained relegated to the studio's second tier productions and after the completion of "The House Across the Street" (1949), her relationship with Warners came to an end.
Entering the 1950s as a freelancer, Paige journeyed to Italy to star in the crime drama "Fugitive Lady" (1950), while also gracing the routine likes of "This Side of the Law" (1950) and "Two Gals and a Guy" (1951). By that point, Paige's movie career was largely going nowhere, but she soon shifted gears and concentrated on live stage work, a move that not only brightened her prospects, but also generated her most lasting fame. Paige made a splashy Broadway debut in the comedy "Remains to be Seen" (1951-52) and really hit her stride as union spitfire Babe Williams in the first year's run of the hugely successful musical farce "The Pajama Game" (1954-56). In 1954, she also began what turned out to be a regular guesting gig on "The Bob Hope Show" (NBC, 1952-1975), appearing in a number of the comedian's specials during his long association with NBC. Capitalizing on her newfound notoriety, Paige accepted an offer to headline her own sitcom, "It's Always Jan" (CBS, 1955-56), but the program was not renewed for a second season. She returned to movies with a memorable part in the Fred Astaire/Cyd Charisse outing "Silk Stockings" (1957), a splendidly colorful musical variation on "Ninotchka," where she nearly stole the show with her "Satin and Silk" number. The same year's film version of "The Pajama Game" gave her role to Doris Day, but no bad blood existed between the two actresses and Paige went on to co-star in Day's comedy hit "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (1960).
Paige's achievements were also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and she became a fixture in Bob Hope's annual globetrotting USO variety shows. She graced the London stage in a local production of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1961) and reunited with Hope in the suburban farce "Bachelor in Paradise" (1961). The following year, she wed her third husband, songwriter Ray Gilbert, best known for the Oscar winning favorite "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" from "Song of the South" (1946), and enjoyed an offbeat dramatic performance as a troubled prostitute in "The Caretakers" (1963). Frequent guest star outings on various television programs kept Paige's small screen profile active during this period and she returned to the Great White Way in "Here's Love" (1963-64), a musical take on "Miracle on 34th Street." The low-grade Western "Welcome to Hard Times" (1967) offered her little of interest, but the following year presented a new engagement on Broadway when Paige took over from Angela Lansbury as the star of the musical-comedy sensation "Mame" (1966-1970). She also continued her live performing in smaller scale efforts, including "The Gingerbread Lady."
After a hiatus from film and television work during the late 1960s and early '70s, Paige was regularly busy, guesting on both sitcoms and dramas, and was a regular on the short-lived crime show "Lanigan's Rabbi" (NBC, 1976-77). In 1976, Gilbert died, leaving Paige with control of the Ipanema Music Corporation, which she continued to supervise. However, Paige also kept her SAG card active via a pair of quickly cancelled sitcoms, "Gun Shy" (CBS, 1983) and "Baby Makes Five" (ABC, 1983), as well as a recurring part on the last season of "Trapper John, M.D." (CBS, 1979-1985). She also made her Broadway bow alongside Kevin McCarthy in "Alone Together" (1984-85) and had a run on the soap opera "Santa Barbara" (NBC, 1984-1993). After a 27-year gap, Paige made a one-shot return to movies with a supporting role in the little seen drama "Natural Causes" (1994). After almost six decades, Paige retired from film and television assignments in 2001. Thanks to an unfortunate health scare, Paige was almost not heard again, period. She enlisted professional help to deal with a break in her voice, but the treatment ended up leaving Paige speechless. With the aid of experts at Vanderbilt University and a new instructor, her abilities returned after several years of work and she took to the stage once again. Her one-woman show featured Paige singing various classic songs and discussing memorable times from her life. Paige was praised for the charm and vitality on display throughout the production, which she first performed in 2010 and continued doing right through her eighties and nineties.
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