Judy Canova

Actor, Comedian, Singer
Known as the 'Queen of the Hillbillies', Canova perfected her act as child performer with her sister Anne and brother Zeke as part of the "Canova Cracker Trio. " Upon graduating from high school, she moved to New York ... Read more »
Born: 11/20/1916 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

Sharma Capri (Actor)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1960 (Movie)

Sheriff's Wife (Actor)

The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950 - 1956 (Tv Show)

Actor

True to the Army 1941 (Movie)

Daisy Hawkins (Actor)

Artists and Models 1936 (Movie)

Toots (Actor)

Going Highbrow (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

In Caliente (Movie)

(Actor)

Joan of Ozark (Movie)

Judy Hull (Actor)

Puddin' Head (Movie)

Judy Goober (Actor)

Sleepytime Gal (Movie)

Bessie Cobb (Actor)

Thrill of a Lifetime (Movie)

Judy Lovelee (Actor)

Biography

Known as the 'Queen of the Hillbillies', Canova perfected her act as child performer with her sister Anne and brother Zeke as part of the "Canova Cracker Trio. " Upon graduating from high school, she moved to New York and developed the basic character that she essayed throughout much of her career: a man-chaser in pigtails, dressed in oversized ankle boots, bobby sox, short plain skirt, checkered blouse and straw hat who was given to produce an "ear-bursting yodel." Canova and her siblings were signed a regulars on the Rudy Vallee radio show in 1933 and the following year, joined by yet another brother Pete, made their Broadway debut in the Ziegfeld revue "Calling All Stars." The quartet were featured in the film "In Caliente" (1935) but Canova had a moment of her own: during a lavish Spanish production number, she emerged from the shadows to parody the leading lady. The success of that number led to a 3 picture deal at Warner Brothers. In "Artists and Models" (1937), she played her first "straight" role. Canova and her siblings became the first "hillbilly" act to appear on TV when they were featured in an experimental NBC broadcast in 1939. She appeared in a number of B-movies produced by Republic Pictures, including "Scatterbrain" (1940), "Puddin' Head" (1941) and "Joan of Ozark" (1942).

Relationships

Juliette England

Daughter

Robert Burns

Husband

Joseph Canova

Father

Henrietta Canova

Mother
died in 1930

Pete Canova

Brother

Zeke Canova

Brother

Anne Canova

Sister

Chester England

Husband

James Ripley

Husband
Marriage annulled October 1941

Filberto Rivero

Husband

Diana Rivero

Daughter
father, Filberto Rivero appeared on sitcoms "Soap", "Throb" and others

EDUCATION

Starke High School

Starke, Florida

Milestones

1976

Final film appearance "Cannonball"

1960

Last major film appearance "The Adventures of Hucklebery Finn"

1947

Made Las Vegas debut

1942

Headlined own radio show "The Judy Canova Show" on CBS; cancelled after less than one year

1940

Signed by Republic Pictures for series of B-movies; received first top billing in "Scatterbrain"

1939

First "hillbilly" act to appear on TV in experimental NBC broadcast

1935

Film acting debut, "In Caliente", performing song parody; brother Pete quit act

1934

Brother Pete joined act; all four made Broadway debut in revue "Calling All Stars" produced by Florenz Ziegfeld

1933

Canova and siblings hired as regulars on Rudy Vallee's radio show

1932

Moved to NYC with Anne and Zeke

1928

Performed with sister Anne and brother Zeke as the "Canova Cracker Trio" (date approximate)

Signed by Columbia Pictures

Headlined "The Judy Canova Show" on NBC; cast included Mel Blanc, Hans Conreid, and Sheldon Leonard

Made numerous appearances in vaudeville in 1930s

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