13 January 1942 |
East Sheen, London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Peter Brett (1971–1983, div)|
Born in East Sheen, London, she moved to the United States with her mother and U.S. Air Force stepfather at an early age. She was brought up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lubbock, Texas; and later Pasadena, California where she attended John Marshall Junior High School and Pasadena High School. She is a former Miss California Navy and appeared as Miss Teen Queen in MAD Magazine at age 15.
A stage actress and model who had appeared as an extra in The Persuaders!, a secretary in The Saint, and other TV shows and films, she started to appear as an extra in BBC comedy productions, including The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise and Spike Milligan.
This brought her to the attention of the production team of Monty Python's Flying Circus. She appeared in 30 of the 45 episodes in the series, all four Monty Python movies (including the dual roles of Zoot and Dingo, twin leaders of the maidens of Castle Anthrax in Monty Python and the Holy Grail), and was reunited with the other extant Pythons in 2014 for their British stage show Monty Python Live (mostly).
She is sometimes referred to as the "other Python" or "the seventh Python" or even "The Female Python", though she thinks this is too much (the Pythons themselves performed and wrote their own material). She often played an archetypal blonde bombshell. Stage directions for her first sketch described her as "a blonde buxom wench in the full bloom of womanhood". Privately called "Carol Cleavage" by the other Pythons, she called herself the "glamour stooge".
Her mother, Pat Cleveland, appeared in Monty Python on several occasions, once as a mental patient with an axe embedded in her head.
Cleveland was voted number three in Splendor magazine's "100 Most Beautiful Entertainers" list in 1972.
In 1995, Cleveland had a small cameo in a Fist of Fun sketch, a BBC comedy show featuring Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. During a radio interview in Birmingham to promote a British tour of Tom Stoppard's play Dirty Linen in the early 1980s, Cleveland confided an embarrassing incident in dress rehearsal. One scene called for her to climb onto a table and pull off her skirt. It was only when her fellow cast members went suddenly silent that Cleveland realised she'd forgotten to put on any underwear that morning.
Cleveland was married to Peter Brett from 1971 to 1983.
- Strictly for the Birds (1963)
- The Pleasure Girls (1965)
- A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)
- Mister Ten Per Cent (1967)
- The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)
- The Adding Machine (1969)
- And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
- Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
- Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)
- Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) (2009)
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- Carol Cleveland's personal website
- Carol Cleveland at the Internet Movie Database
- 2012 interview, centered on Monty Python and the Holy Grail