Legend of Stage, Screen and Television Janis Paige
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With the book Lean In making a splash in 2013, the topic of women and success is just as fresh and current as it was in the 1980s, when Caryl Churchill wrote Top Girls in response to Margaret Thatcher's ambitious rise to power in the UK. Called "the best British play ever from a woman dramatist" by The Guardian, Top Girls follows Marlene, a ruthlessly ambitious career woman, who has seized every opportunity to make it to the top. In the play's famous opening scene, she celebrates her big promotion at a surreal dinner party whose guests are famous women from history and myth. After this celebratory moment, Top Girls changes course to show the cost of Marlene's ambitions. When a young relative shows up unannounced at her workplace, Marlene must examine what the next generations of women will gain (or lose) from the choices she made in her rush to the top. Learn More
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She was just delightful. Almost a full house, the audience gave her a standing ovation upon her entrance. She then launched into ninety minutes of stories mixed with a song or two. She is so captivating that one forgets that she can no longer sing but she never lacked showmanship in her delivery. Great timing, selective storytelling, and most charming, she still radiates that star quality which we all so admire. The afternoon concluded with a birthday cake to help celebrate her 90th birthday which was shared with the audience. Afterwards, she graciously posed for pictures and signed autographs in the lobby of the hotel. What a delight. We all will not soon forget our afternoon with the wonderful Ms. Paige.
Janis Paige debuted in MGM’s Bathing Beauty, but enjoyed her first big role in Warner Bros.’ Hollywood Canteen. Her next role in the drama Of Human Bondage solidified her stardom and during the next five years she became one of the studio’s leading ladies. Ms. Paige’s long film career includes her scene-stealing turn opposite Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in Silk Stockings, a flashy role in the comedy Please Don’t Eat The Daises, as well as starring parts in Bachelor In Paradise, Romance on the High Seas, The Caretakers and Follow the Boys. She worked with film greats such as Bob Hope, Doris Day, Lana Turner, Joan Crawford, David Niven and Henry Fonda.
Her first Broadway hit came in 1951 in Remains to Be Seen, and a few years later she starred in the Tony Award-winning musical The Pajama Game, followed by Meredith Willson’s Here’s Love. She then replaced Angela Lansbury in the hit musical Mame. Several years later she returned to Broadway to star in the comedy, Alone Together.
On television, just a few of her credits include her own series It’s Always Jan, All’s Fair, All In The Family, Lanigan’s Rabbi, Eight is Enough, Baby Makes Five and Trapper John, M.D. In the late 1980s and early ‘90s she appeared in the soap operas Capitol, General Hospital and a two-and-a-half year stint on Santa Barbara. One of her treasured experiences was working and travelling with Bob Hope to entertain our Armed Forces all over the world.