23 May 1928
Pudsey, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Other names||Jean Carson|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer|
(m. 1960; died 2021)
Born to show business parents, Carson was born as Jean Shufflebottom in Pudsey, West Riding of Yorkshire. 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.
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, 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". In 1956, she starred in her own series Hey, Jeannie!, 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. She appeared as a guest panelist on the February 24, 1957 telecast of What's My Line?. 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.
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In 1960, Carson married her second husband, actor Biff McGuire, 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.
- 1948 – A Date with a Dream
- 1953 – Love in Pawn
- 1955 – As Long as They're Happy
- 1955 – An Alligator Named Daisy
- 1957 – Rockets Galore! (US title: Mad Little Island)
- 1958 – Little Women (CBS Musical) (portraying Jo March) is
- 1961 – Seven Keys
- 1964 – My Fair Lady (bit part)
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