Paula Stewart (born April 9, 1929) is an American stage, film and television actress.
Life and career
Born as Dorothy Paula Zürndorfer, her father was Dr. Walter Zürndorfer and her mother, Esther Morris, appeared in the films, Ziegfeld Follies and Lady Be Good. She attended Shimer College in Mount Carroll, Illinois, then a women's junior college, and graduated in 1947. She continued her studies at Northwestern University, and later joined the national touring company of Brigadoon. She was next signed as understudy to Anne Crowley in a production of Seventeen on Broadway in June 1951.
She starred in the George White revue Nice to See You in 1953 at the Versailles Club, a dinner theatre. In September 1955, Stewart, a soprano, began a month-long engagement with Kismet at the Music circus in Lambertville, New Jersey. She has performed in over 35 musicals and plays on Broadway and in major Summer Stock productions around the country. She co-starred with Donald O'Connor in Little Me, Gordon MacRae and Howard Keel in Carousel, and Jack Carter in Operation Mad Ball, Born Yesterday and Critics Choice from 1956 to 1957. She succeeded Jo Sullivan in The Threepenny Opera, and was subsequently recruited by Frank Loesser to star in the revival of The Most Happy Fella in 1959.
In 1960, she was a featured player in the revue, From A to Z, starring Hermione Gingold. Later that year she appeared opposite Lucille Ball as her sister in the musical, Wildcat (1960) at the Alvin Theater. In 1961 she co-starred with George Gobel in the musical Let It Ride at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. In 1965 she succeeded Bernice Massi in What Makes Sammy Run?.
Paula Stewart and Jack Carter performed together in theatres and nightclubs around the country and overseas for the USO in Germany. In New York City they performed at the prestigious #1 Fifth Avenue, The Versailles Club, The Empire Room at the Waldorf Astoria, The Starlight Room at The Americana Hotel; in Las Vegas at The El Rancho Vegas and The Flamingo; in Lake Tahoe at the Harrah’s Hotel; and The La Ronde Room at The Fountainbleu Hotel and The Deauville, both in Miami, Florida.
Stewart did a two-page lingerie layout as a model for Picture Week in May 1956. She also appeared in a number of print ads including an ad for Cashmere Bouquet as well as an ad for Heublein Liquor where she appeared with her then husband Jack Carter.
She appeared on episodes of Route 66 (1963), The Joey Bishop Show (1964), Hogan's Heroes (1965), Perry Mason (1965), My Favorite Martian (1966), The Big Valley (1966), and Love, American Style (1969). She made a television movie, Without Her Consent, in 1990.
Her first motion picture credit is for the role of Carlotta Jones in Diary of a Bachelor (1964). The independent film about a wealthy woman who discovers the diary of her bachelor fiance' stars William Traylor and Dagne Crane. Other films in which she appeared, albeit in bit parts, include Kemek (1970) and Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970)
Paula married Burt Bacharach in 1953 during her run in Nice to See You at the Versailles Club. He was her accompanist and scored arrangements for her night club act. They divorced amicably in 1958. Stewart married comedian Jack Carter in 1961; they divorced in 1970. They have a son, Michael David Carter.
In 1970 Stewart produced the movie Dinah East. The film was directed by Gene Nash and starred unknown actors Jeremy Stockwell and Andy Davis, as well as counterculture diva Ultra Violet.
- Shimer College (2000). Shimer College Faculty & Alum Directory 2000. p. 121.
- Gerald Bordman (2001). American Musical Theater: A Chronicle. Oxford University Press. p. 674. ISBN 019513074X.
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- "California Divorce Without Hollering". Doylestown Daily Intelligencer. March 3, 1970. p. 14.
- "Paula Stewart Files For Divorce". Gettysburg Times. January 8, 1969. p. 9.
- "Kingsley's Drama Ends Engagement". New York Times. June 25, 1951. p. 15.
- "Bacharach-Zurndorfer". New York Times. December 23, 1953. p. 18.
- "Season's Starter Is Catch A Star". New York Times. September 6, 1955. p. 29.
- "Warners In Deal For Tall Story". New York Times. January 16, 1959. p. 35.
- "Actress Signed for Wildcat". New York Times. October 3, 1960. p. 36.
- "Miss Stewart To Join Sammy". New York Times. March 22, 1965. p. 41.
- "Bacharach-No More Promises". New York Times. December 15, 1968. p. D3.
- "Dreamer's Holiday". Picture Week. May 22, 1956. p. 34–35.
- "Earl Wilson Says". Syracuse Herald Journal. July 13, 1970. p. 43.