Jeannie Carson

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Jeannie Carson
Born Jean Shufflebottom
(1928-05-23) 23 May 1928 (age 89)
Pudsey, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Nationality English
Other names Jean Carson
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer
Years active 1948-1970
Spouse(s) Bill Redmond
Biff McGuire (m. 1960)

Jeannie Carson (born 23 May 1928) is a retired English-born comedienne, actress,[1] singer and dancer. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of show business parents,[2] Carson was born Jean Shufflebottom in Pudsey, West Riding of Yorkshire.[3] Her younger brother was stand-up comedian Billy Baxter, born William Shufflebottom. Baxter had great success in both Britain and the US, touring in 1963 with the Beatles as the comedian compere. He made many appearenaces on Television including the Ed Sullivan Show, Johnny Carson and the Dean Martin show. Billy Baxter died in April 2009.

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.[3]


Carson became an overnight star in Love From Judy, a musical by Hugh Martin and Jack Gray, and produced by Emile Littler, which played at the Saville Theatre in London from 1952 to 1953. After producer Max Liebman saw her in that production, he signed her to a contract to appear on television in the United States.[2]


In 1956, Carson starred in her own series Hey, Jeannie!,[2] which aired on CBS. The series lasted one season before being cancelled in 1957. (Although six new episodes of a revamped format were broadcast in 1958). She appeared as a guest panelist on the February 24, 1957 episode on What's My Line?.[4]

In 1969, she appeared as Marcy Vincente on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. Oscar winner Anne Revere portrayed her mother, and Anthony George played her husband.

Personal life[edit]

In 1960, Carson married her second husband, actor Biff McGuire,[3] while both were starring in the Broadway revival of Finian's Rainbow. The couple 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. McGuire and Carson live in Los Angeles.


Broadway appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Jean Carson". Unsung Heroines. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Gaver, Jack (September 16, 1962). "Vivacious Jeannie Carson Is Waiting for New Musical". Tennessee, Kingsport. Kingsport Times-News. p. 30. Retrieved January 12, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b c "British Film Institute Film & TV Database". Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  4. ^ What's My Line? - Robert Wagner; Jeannie Carson (panel) (Feb 24, 1957)
  5. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2000). "Television". Margaret O'Brien: A Career Chronicle and Biography. McFarland & Company. p. 205. ISBN 0-7864-2155-X. Retrieved November 26, 2016 – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ a b c "Jeannie Carson". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 

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