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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 70

Birthday 1922-09-16

Place of Birth Tacoma, Washington, USA

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Also Known As

  • Janis Page

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 This Is Bob Hope... as Herself (archive footage)
2003 Broadway: The Golden Age as Herself
1999 Family Law (1 episode)
1994 That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1994 Natural Causes as Mrs. MacCarthy
1990 Shades of L.A. (1 episode)
1984 No Man's Land as Maggie Hodiak
1984 Night Court (1 episode)
1983 Baby Makes Five (5 episodes)
1983 Gun Shy (6 episodes)
1982 St. Elsewhere (1 episode)
1982 Matt Houston (1 episode)
1982 Capitol (260 episodes)
1981 Bret Maverick (1 episode)
1981 Lewis & Clark (1 episode)
1980 Valentine Magic on Love Island as Madge
1980 Flamingo Road (1 episode)
1980 Angel on My Shoulder as Dolly Blaine
1977 The Love Boat (1 episode)
1977 Eight Is Enough (5 episodes)
1977 Lanigan's Rabbi (2 episodes)
1976 Charlie's Angels (1 episode)
1976 All's Fair (2 episodes)
1976 Alice (1 episode)
1975 The Turning Point of Jim Malloy as Lonnie
1974 The Rockford Files (1 episode) as Miriam
1974 Happy Days (1 episode)
1973 Police Story (1 episode)
1971 Columbo (1 episode) as Goldie Williamson
1971 All in the Family (2 episodes)
1968 Hawaii Five-O (1 episode)
1967 Mannix (1 episode)
1967 Welcome to Hard Times as Adah
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law (1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive (1 episode)
1963 The Caretakers as Marion
1963 Follow the Boys as Liz Bradville
1961 Bachelor in Paradise as Dolores Jynson
1961 87th Precinct (1 episode)
1960 Please Don't Eat the Daisies as Deborah Vaughn
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1 episode)
1957 Silk Stockings as Peggy Dayton
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (5 episodes)
1955 It's Always Jan (9 episodes)
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 Mister Universe as Lorraine
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (3 episodes)
1950 This Side of the Law as Nadine Taylor
1950 Fugitive Lady as Barbara Clementi
1949 The House Across the Street as Kit Williams
1949 The Younger Brothers as Kate Shepherd
1948 One Sunday Afternoon as Virginia Brush
1948 Romance on the High Seas as Mrs. Elvira Kent
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (3 episodes)
1948 Wallflower as Joy Linnett
1948 Winter Meeting as Peggy Markham
1947 Always Together as Polly
1947 So You Want to Be in Pictures as Herself (uncredited)
1947 Cheyenne as Emily Carson
1947 Love and Learn as Jackie
1946 The Time, The Place and The Girl as Sue Jackson
1946 Two Guys from Milwaukee as Polly
1946 Of Human Bondage as Sally Athelny
1946 Her Kind of Man as Georgia King
1944 Hollywood Canteen as Studio Guide
1944 I Won't Play as Kim Karol / Sally
1944 Bathing Beauty as Janis

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