Janis Paige

Janis Paige

Highest Rated: 100% Silk Stockings (1957)

Lowest Rated: 57% Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)

Birthday: Sep 16, 1922

Birthplace: Not Available

American singer/actress Janis Paige was singing in public from age 5 in local amateur shows. Journeying from her native Washington to Los Angeles after high school, Paige secured a job as vocalist at the Hollywood Canteen, a studio-sponsored gathering spot for servicemen. It was only logical, then, that her first feature film upon being signed by Warner Bros. would be Hollywood Canteen (1944). A few musicals aside, Paige didn't get to sing much in her subsequent films, appearing mostly as ingenues and second leads. She left for Broadway in 1950, where she scored a hit in the popular comedy-mystery Remains to Be Seen, in which she costarred with then-husband Jackie Cooper. A few seasons later, Paige enjoyed her biggest hit in the Tony-Winning musical comedy The Pajama Game. Back in Hollywood, Paige watched as her stage roles went to bigger actresses (the star of the filmization of Pajama Game was her old rival at Warners, Doris Day), but she managed to secure one memorable movie role as an Esther Williams-like aquatic movie star in 1957's Silk Stockings. Janis was permitted one strong number, "Stereophonic Sound," with costar Fred Astaire, and copped most of the film's laughs as she slapped herself in the head to get the water out of her ears during interviews. The actress was a fixture of television from the early '50s onward, starring in the sitcom It's Always Jan and featured in recurring roles on such series as Eight is Enough, Trapper John MD, and Lanigan's Rabbi. Perhaps her most conspicuous prime-time TV role was as the waitress who conducted a brief affair with Archie Bunker on All in the Family. Daytime TV fans have been treated to Paige's talents on such serials as General Hospital, Capitol, and Santa Barbara, while devotees of summer stock theatre will remember the actress as star of straw-hat productions of Gypsy and Pajama Game in the '60s. As busy off-camera as on, Janis Paige was the founder of the Sunset Plaza Civic Association; and after the death of her composer husband Ray Gilbert (who penned "Zip-i-dee-Doo-Dah"), Paige was placed in charge of Gilbert's Ipanema Music Company.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Two Guys From Milwaukee Actor 2015
No Score Yet Natural Causes Mrs. McCarthy 1995
65% Hero Actor 1992
No Score Yet Love at the Top Actor 1986
No Score Yet Columbo: Blueprint for Murder Actor 1972
No Score Yet Welcome to Hard Times (Killer on a Horse) Adah 1967
No Score Yet The Caretakers Marion 1963
No Score Yet Follow The Boys Actor 1963
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise Dolores Jynson 1961
57% Please Don't Eat the Daisies Deborah Vaughn 1960
100% Silk Stockings Peggy Dayton 1957
No Score Yet The Younger Brothers Kate Shepherd 1949
80% Romance on the High Seas Elvira Kent 1948
No Score Yet Winter Meeting Peggy Markham 1948
No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon Virginia Brush 1948
No Score Yet Wyoming Kid Emily Carson 1947
No Score Yet Love and Learn Jackie 1947
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage Sally Athelny 1946
No Score Yet Bathing Beauty Janis 1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen Angela 1944


No Score Yet Family Law
Ann Fox 2001
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
Catherine Hackett 1989
No Score Yet Night Court
Eleanor Brandon 1984
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
No Score Yet Too Close for Comfort
Irene 1982
No Score Yet Happy Days
Waitress 1981
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Marilyn 1978
No Score Yet All in the Family
Denise 1978
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
Joan 1978
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Charlene 1976
No Score Yet Columbo
Goldie 1972
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Hallie Martin 1964


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