Janis Paige Biography

Birthday: 1922-09-16
Place of Birth: Tacoma, Washington USA
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Wiki Biography: This joyous scene-stealer started out playing rather bland film ingénues, but never seemed to be comfortable in those roles--she had too much snap, crackle and pop to be confined in such a formulaic way. Born in 1922 in Tacoma, Washington, Janis Paige was singing in public from age 5 in local amateur shows. She moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school and earned a job as a singer at the Hollywood Canteen during the war years. The Canteen, which was a studio-sponsored gathering spot for servicemen, is where she was spotted by a Warner Brothers talent scout, who saw potential in her and signed her up. She began co-starring in secondary musicals that often paired her with either Dennis Morgan or Jack Carson. Later she was relegated to rugged adventures and dramas that just seemed out of her element. Following her role in the forgettable Two Gals and a Guy (1951), she decided to leave the Hollywood scene. She 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 to Miami to Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Definitive stardom came in 1954 with the feisty role of Babe in Broadway's "The Pajama Game" opposite John Raitt. Her old Warner Bros. rival Doris Day, however, was a bigger name and went on to play the role on film (The Pajama Game (1957)) with Raitt. After a six-year hiatus, Janis returned to films in tongue-and-cheek support, all but stealing Silk Stockings (1957) from co-stars Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse. She then grabbed her share of laughs in a flashy role with the comedy Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) opposite Ms. Day. Janis ventured on in summer stock, playing such indomitable roles as Annie Oakley in "Annie Get Your Gun", Margo Channing in "Applause", Mama Rose in "Gypsy" and Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls". From the mid-'50s on, Janis also tapped into TV with such series like "It's Always Jan" (1955), "Lanigan's Rabbi" (1976) and "Trapper John, M.D." (1979). In the 1990s, among other TV appearances, she had recurring roles on the daytime serials "General Hospital" (1963) and "Santa Barbara" (1984). Married three times, she was the widow of Disney composer Ray Gilbert, who wrote the classic children's song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah."

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Wallflower 1948 Comedy
It's Always Jan Jan Stewart 1955 Comedy
Please Don't Eat the Daisies Deborah Vaughn 1960 Comedy
Lanigan's Rabbi Kate Lanigan 1976 Drama
Baby Makes Five 1983 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Romance on the High Seas 1948 0, 0
Silk Stockings 1957 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Please Don't Eat the Daisies Deborah Vaughn 1960 0, 0
The Caretakers 1963 Drama
Natural Causes Mrs. MacCarthy 1994 Action, Drama, Thriller