Janis Elinore Dremann
October 10, 1913
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||July 30, 1994 (aged 80)|
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
|Resting place||Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, North Carolina|
|Alma mater||Western Reserve University|
|Spouse(s)||Carl Prager (1942–1951) (divorced)|
Julius Stulman (1956–1994) (her death)
Janis Carter (born Janis Elinore Dremann, October 10, 1913 – July 30, 1994) was a film and television actress working in the 1940s and 1950s.
Carter was born Janis Elinore Dremann in Cleveland, Ohio. She changed her last name because people had trouble pronouncing it and spelling it, choosing her grandmother's maiden name as her new last name.
After initial training as a pianist, Carter changed to singing when she was 8 years old. Her elementary and secondary education was provided by schools in East Cleveland, Ohio. After that, she attended Western Reserve University, graduating with two degrees — bachelor of arts and bachelor of music. She also participated in dramatics in college.
After attending Mather College in Cleveland, Ohio, Carter headed to New York in an attempt to start a career in opera. Although that goal was unsuccessful, when she was subsequently working on Broadway she was spotted on stage by Darryl F. Zanuck, who signed her to a movie deal. Her Broadway credits included Du Barry Was a Lady (1939) and Virginia (1937).
After moving to Hollywood, she appeared in over 30 films beginning in 1941 for 20th Century Fox, MGM, Columbia, and RKO. She appeared in the films Night Editor (1946) and Framed (1947) with Glenn Ford, and Flying Leathernecks (1951) with John Wayne. After leaving Los Angeles, Carter returned to New York and found work in television in comedies and dramas and as hostess for the quiz show Feather Your Nest opposite Bud Collyer.
She was married to Carl Prager, a musician and composer, from 1942 to 1951, but the couple divorced. In 1956, she married Julius Stulman, a New York lumber and shipping tycoon, and quit show business. They remained together until her death.
- Cadet Girl (1941) - Mary Moore
- Secret Agent of Japan (1942) - Doris Poole
- Who Is Hope Schuyler? (1942) - Vesta Hadden
- I Married an Angel (1942) - Sufi
- Just Off Broadway (1942) - Lillian Hubbard
- Girl Trouble (1942) - Virginia
- Thunder Birds (1942) - Blonde Red Cross Nurse Trainee
- That Other Woman (1942) - Constance Powell
- Lady of Burlesque (1943) - Janine
- Swing Out the Blues (1943) - Dena Marshall
- The Ghost That Walks Alone (1944) - Enid Turner
- The Girl in the Case (a.k.a. The Silver Key) (1944) - Myra Warner
- The Mark of the Whistler (a.k.a. The Marked Man) (1944) - Patricia Henley
- One Mysterious Night (1944) - Dorothy Anderson
- The Missing Juror (1944) - Alice Hill
- Together Again (1944) - Miss Thorn (uncredited)
- The Power of the Whistler (1945) - Jean Lang
- A Thousand and One Nights (1945) - Harem Girl (uncredited)
- The Fighting Guardsman (1946) - Christine Roualt
- One Way to Love (1946) - Josie Hart
- The Notorious Lone Wolf (1946) - Carla Winter
- Night Editor (a.k.a. The Trespasser) (1946) - Jill Merrill
- Framed (1947) - Paula Craig
- I Love Trouble (1948) - Ligia Caprillo aka Jane Breeger aka Janie Joy
- Slightly French (1949) - Louisa Gayle
- Addio Mimí! (1949) - Jeanette
- Her Wonderful Lie (1948)
- Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949) - Peggy Donato
- I Married a Communist (a.k.a. The Woman on Pier 13) (1949) - Christine Norman
- And Baby Makes Three (1950) - Wanda York
- A Woman of Distinction (1950) - Teddy Evans
- Santa Fe (1951) - Judith Chandler
- My Forbidden Past (1951) - Corinne Lucas
- Flying Leathernecks (1951) - Joan Kirby
- The Half-Breed (1952) - Helen Dowling
- The Sergeant and the Spy (1953) (in German)
- Double Profile (1954) (in German)
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