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Janis Paige
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    (September 16, 1922- )
    Born in Tacoma, Washington
    Birth name was Donna Mae Tjaden
    Appeared in the films ‘Hollywood Canteen’ (1944), ‘The Time, the Place, and the Girl’ (1946), ‘Romance on the High Seas’ (1946), ‘Two Gals and a Guy’ (1951), ‘Silk Stockings’ (1957), ‘Please Don’t Eat the Daisies’ (1960), ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ (1961), ‘Follow the Boys’ (1963), ‘Welcome to Hard Times’ (1967), and ‘Natural Causes’ (1994)
    Starred as Jan Stewart in the TV series ‘It’s Always Jan’ (1955-56)
    Had recurring roles as Aunt Vivian in Eight Is Enough,’ Iona Huntington in <30824>General Hospital, and Minx Lockridge in <17436>Santa Barbara
    Appeared on Broadway in ‘The Pajama Game’ (1954-55), ‘Here’s Love’ (1963-64), ‘Mame’ (1968-70), and 'Alone Together' (1984-85)
    She began singing in local amateur shows at age five.
    She was crowned ‘Miss Damsite’ at the groundbreaking ceremony for the McNary Dam (1947).
    She missed three weeks of ‘The Pajama Game’ after contracting poison oak from co-star John Raitt (who had been exposed to it while clearing land).
    She was married three times, divorced twice.
    She was performing at the Hollywood Canteen, a studio-sponsored club for servicemen, when she was spotted by a talent agent and signed to a contract with Warner Brothers.
    She was a World War II pin-up girl known as the ‘Black Widow Girl’ because of her popularity with pilots of the P-61 Black Widow.
    She claimed that Alfred S. Bloomingdale attempted to rape her when she was 22.
    She was a regular fixture in Bob Hope’s USO shows.
    She came close to losing her voice due to growths on her vocal cords, but treatment at the Vanderbilt voice clinic and training with a new vocal coach saved her voice.

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