Armen (center) in "Hit the Deck" musical
|Birth name||Armenuhi Manoogian|
|Born||November 2, 1915|
|Died||October 3, 2011 (aged 95)|
New York City, New York
Armenuhi Manoogian (Armenian: Արմենուհի Մանուկյան); November 2, 1915 – October 3, 2011), better known by her stage name Kay Armen (Armenian: Քեյ Արմեն), was an American Armenian singer popular during the 1940s and 1950s. Her career in show business spanned almost six decades, as she worked in radio, television, onstage and in film. She wrote multiple songs, performed in nightclubs and recorded many records.
Armen was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Robert Manoogian, Sr., was a professional wrestler billed as "The Terrible Turk". She first appeared on radio at WSM in Nashville, Tennessee, performing on 12 programs per week. In 1947, she had her own weekly 15-minute program, Kay Armen-Songs, on NBC-Blue.
Television and Film
She appeared in a number of roles, notably in the 1959 NBC sitcom Love and Marriage, and on screen in the 1955 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical Hit the Deck and the 1961 film Hey, Let's Twist!. She was also a songwriter with compositions including "Be Good to Yourself", "My Love and I" and "It’s a Sin to Cry Over You".
Her younger brother Robert Manoogian, Jr. (January 4, 1918 – April 3, 2002) was an American professional wrestler who was best known for his work with National Wrestling Alliance in the 1940s as Bobby Managoff.
- 1955: Hit the Deck as Mrs. Ottavio Ferrari
- 1959-1960: Love and Marriage as Sophie (TV series, 18 episodes)
- 1961: Hey, Let's Twist! as Angie
- 1980: Jimmy B. & André as Mama Butsicaris (TV film)
- 1981: Paternity as Claudia Feinstein
- Find-a-Grave profile for Kay Armen
- "Kay Armen dies at 95. Singer appeared in MGM's 'Hit the Deck'". Variety. November 17, 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- "Kay Armen, TV, Radio Singer To Appear At Fair". Pennsylvania, Bedford. The Bedford Gazette. August 1, 1952. p. 1. Retrieved November 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 15.
- Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 37.