Jeannie Carson

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Jeannie Carson
Born
Jean Shufflebottom

(1928-05-23) 23 May 1928 (age 94)
Pudsey, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
NationalityBritish
Other namesJean Carson
OccupationActress, singer, dancer
Years active1948–1970
Spouse(s)William Redmond
(m. 1960; died 2021)
[1]

Jeannie Carson (born Jean Shufflebottom; 23 May 1928) is a British-born retired comedian, actress,[2] singer and dancer. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Early life[edit]

Born to show business parents,[3] Carson was born as Jean Shufflebottom in Pudsey, West Riding of Yorkshire.[4] In her early British films, she performed under the name Jean Carson, but later changed her given name to "Jeannie" to avoid confusion with the similarly named American actress Jean Carson.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Carson acted in Love from Judy in London. After producer Max Liebman saw her in that production, he signed her to a contract to appear on television in the United States,[3] starting with a six-episode color version of the Broadway musical Best Foot Forward. In January 1953 she released her first recording on the newly formed Philips label "Barrels And Barrels of Roses".[5] In 1956, she starred in her own series Hey, Jeannie!,[3] which aired on CBS. The series lasted one season before being cancelled in 1957, although six new episodes with a revamped format were broadcast in syndication in 1958 with the title The Jeannie Carson Show, and reruns of Hey, Jeannie! were aired in primetime during the summer of 1960, also under the title The Jeannie Carson Show.[citation needed] She appeared as a guest panelist on the February 24, 1957 telecast of What's My Line?.[6] In 1969, she appeared as Marcy Vincente on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. Oscar-winning actress Anne Revere played her mother and Anthony George played her husband.

Personal life[edit]

In 1960, Carson married her second husband, actor Biff McGuire,[4] while both were starring in the Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow. They toured together in 1961 in Camelot, with McGuire as King Arthur and Carson as Guenevere. Later, they performed at the Seattle Repertory for fifteen years, often together.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Broadway appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barnes, Mike (3 April 2021). "William "Biff" McGuire, Two-Time Tony-Nominated Actor, Dies at 94". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 9 April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Jean Carson". Unsung Heroines. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Gaver, Jack (16 September 1962). "Vivacious Jeannie Carson Is Waiting for New Musical". Tennessee, Kingsport. Kingsport Times-News. p. 30. Retrieved 12 January 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ a b c "British Film Institute Film & TV Database". Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  5. ^ "78 Record: Jean Carson - Barrels And Barrels Of Roses (1953)" – via www.45worlds.com.
  6. ^ "What's My Line? - Robert Wagner; Jeannie Carson [panel] (Feb 24, 1957)" – via www.youtube.com.
  7. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2000). "Television". Margaret O'Brien: A Career Chronicle and Biography. McFarland & Company. p. 205. ISBN 0-7864-2155-X. Retrieved 26 November 2016 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ a b c Profile, playbill.com; accessed 16 March 2022.

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