23 May 1928
Pudsey, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
|Other names||Jean Carson|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer|
Biff McGuire (m. 1960)
The daughter of show business parents, Carson was born Jean Shufflebottom in Pudsey, West Riding of Yorkshire. 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.
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.
In 1956, Carson 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 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?.
In 1960, Carson married her second husband, actor Biff McGuire, 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.
- 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)
- 1961 - Seven Keys
- 1964 - My Fair Lady (bit part)
- "Jean Carson". Unsung Heroines. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
- 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 Newspapers.com.
- "British Film Institute Film & TV Database". Retrieved 22 December 2008.
- What's My Line? - Robert Wagner; Jeannie Carson (panel) (Feb 24, 1957)
- 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.
- "Jeannie Carson". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- Jeannie Carson on IMDb
- 95412, 95410 Jeannie Carson at the Internet Broadway Database
- Jeannie Carson on What's My Line in 1957
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