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Janis Paige
Janis Paige
Janis in recent photo

Birthname

Donna Mae Tjaden

Birthdate

(1922-09-16) September 16, 1922 (age 94)

Birthplace

Tacoma, Washington, U.S.

Occupation

Actress, Singer

Years active

1944–2001

Spouse(s)

Frank Martinelli, Jr.
(m. 1947-1951; divorced)
Arthur Stander
(m. 1956-1957; divorced)
Ray Gilbert
(m. 1962-1976; his death)

All In The Family character

Waitress Denise in 3 episodes in seasons 7 & 9

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Janis Paige (born September 16, 1922) who appeared as Denise, a lovely divorcee who briefly woos Archie in the episodes Archie's Brief Encounter (Part 1) & Archie's Brief Encounter (Part 2) and Return of the Waitress is an American film, musical theatre, and television actress.

Early life and careerEdit

Born Donna Mae Tjaden in Tacoma, Washington, she began singing in public at age five in local amateur shows. She moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school and was hired as a singer at the Hollywood Canteen during World War II]].

The Hollywood Canteen was a studio-sponsored club for members of the military. A Warner Brothers agent saw her potential and signed her to a contract. She began co-starring in low budget musicals, often paired with Dennis Morgan or Jack Carson. She later co-starred in adventures and dramas, in which she felt out of place. Following her role in Two Gals and a Guy (1951), she decided to leave Hollywood.

Paige appeared on Broadway and was a huge hit in a 1951 comedy-mystery play, Remains to Be Seen, co-starring Jackie Cooper. She also toured successfully as a cabaret singer.

Stardom came in 1954 with her role as "Babe" in the Broadway musical The Pajama Game. (Doris Day played the part on film.) After a six years away, Paige returned to Hollywood in Silk Stockings (1957), which starred Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, the Doris Day comedy [[Please Don't Eat the Daisies (film)|Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960), and as a love-starved married neighbor in Bachelor in Paradise (1961) with Bob Hope.

A rare dramatic role was as "Marion," an institutionalized prostitute, in The Caretakers (1963).

Musical theatreEdit

Paige returned to Broadway in 1963 in the short-lived Here's Love, and as one of a succession of actresses playing the title role in the musical Mame. She also appeared in touring productions of musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun, Applause, Ballroom, Gypsy: A Musical Fable, and Guys and Dolls.

TelevisionEdit

In the 1955-1956 television season, Paige starred in her own CBS situation comedy series It's Always Jan, co-starring Merry Anders. The 26-week program preceded the first season of Gunsmoke on the Saturday evening schedule. The plot, set in New York City, centered around Paige as Jan Stewart, a widowed mother, and her two female roommates played by Anders and Patricia Bright.[1]

She appeared as troubadour Hallie Martin in the 1964 "Fugitive" episode "Ballad For a Ghost". Miss Paige had a recurring role as "Auntie V", Tom Bradford's erstwhile sister, in "Eight Is Enough".

She also appeared on 87th Precinct,The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, Trapper John, M.D., Columbo and Caroline in the City. In the 1980s and 1990s, she was seen on soap operas such as General Hospital (as Katharine Delafield's flashy Aunt Iona, a lady counterfeiter; Capitol (as Sam Clegg's first wife, Laureen), and Santa Barbara (replacing the older Dame Judith Anderson as matriarch Minx Lockridge). In 1982 she appeared on St. Elsewhere as a female flasher who stalked the hallways of the hospital to "cheer up" the male patients. Although her character said she was "celebrating her 50th birthday," Ms. Paige was actually 60 at the time of filming.

In 1986, she only appeared with Richard Kline and Bert Convy on Super Password.

MarriagesEdit

Paige has been married to:

  • Frank Louis Martinelli Jr, restaurateur; married 1947, divorced 1950
  • Arthur Stander, television writer and creator of It's Always Jan; married 1956, divorced 1957
  • Ray Gilbert, composer and music publisher; married 1962, died 1976; he wrote the classic song "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah". She has no children.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Wesley Hyatt, "Comedy Time"". tvparty.com. http://www.tvparty.com/50sitcom3.html. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 

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