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Hollywood and Broadway star Janis Paige dies aged 101-Josie Copson-Entertainment – Metro

She danced with the late Fred Astaire.

Hollywood and Broadway star Janis Paige dies aged 101-Josie Copson-Entertainment – Metro

Janis Paige his died after a 60-year-career

Hollywood actress and Broadway star Janis Paige has died aged 101.

One of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood starred in many movies over her 60-year career including The Pajama Game, the Doris Day comedy Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, and Silk Stockings, in which she danced with the late Fred Astaire. The actress continued working into her 80s.

She died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, her friend Stuart Lampert said.

After starring in amateur shows as a child in Washington, Paige moved to Los Angeles.

While performing at the Hollywood canteen in the 1940s, the pin-up model was first discovered. After signing a contract with Warner Brothers, she began starring in films starting with 1944’s Bathing Beauty. Two years later, she got her first lead role in Her Kind of Man playing a singer.

She went on to have parts in Cheyenne, Winter Meeting playing Bette Davis, One Sunday Afternoon, The House Across the Street, Fugitive Lady, Mister Universe and Two Gals and a Guy.

Paige made her first movie in 1944 (Picture: NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Her Kind Of Man was Paige’s first leading role (Picture: LMPC via Getty Images)

In 1951, she was released to pursue theatre and spent much of her career alternating between the two mediums.

Her notable theatre productions include Mame, Guys and Dolls, and Gypsy: A Musical Fable. Her final Broadway performance was in 1984’s Alone Together.

In 1955-1956, she starred in her own television sitcom, It’s Always Jan, playing a widowed nightclub singer trying to take care of her young daughter. Paige also made appearances in All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and soap General Hospital.

Janis Paige and Fred Astaire dancing together(Picture: Shutterstock/Rex)

Paige, who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, spoke about what it was like to perform with Astaire in Silk Stockings. She revealed in a 2016 interview with Miami Herald that he didn’t know she wasn’t a classically trained dancer.

‘Fred never knew it, but he was so great. He would come in in the morning and say, “I have a great idea for a step. You think you can do this?”

‘I never said no to him. I wouldn’t dare say no to Fred Astaire. Especially when we did the end of it, when you have to catch the chandelier and swing out over all those people. He showed me and said, “You think you can do that?” And I said, “Sure, I can do that.” Not knowing if I was going to fall on my face or not. I didn’t.’

Paige was married three times to restauranter Frank Martinelli Jr. between 1947 and 1951, It’s Always Jan writer and producer Arthur Stander, and composer Ray Gilbert from 1962 until his death after open-heart surgery in 1976. 

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