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“The Pajama Game” actress Janis Paige dies

Hollywood is in mourning. The American actress Janis Paige, remembered for her role in the Broadway musical “The Pajama Game”, died on June 2 at the age of 101.

The information was revealed by his friend Stuart Lampert, as highlighted by People en Español magazine. Lampert reported that the artist died at her home in Los Angeles, California, of natural causes.

Donna Mae Tjaden, known artistically as Janis Paige, managed to stand out in well-known theater works including “Gypsy” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” She, too, appeared in musicals alongside Doris Day, including “Romance on the High Seas” and “Please Do n't Eat the Daisies,” which Bob Hope performed on “The Bachelor” in 1961.

Artistic career

Janis Paige was born in Tacoma, Washington, on September 16, 1922. She began as a singer at the famous Hollywood Canteen club during World War II. In 1944 she appeared in the film of the same name, in which Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck fed American soldiers.

As a curious fact, Page personally visited the troops at the Camp Roberts Training Center in Hollywood and was chosen by the pilots as the pin-up “Black Widow Girl” of the Air Force.

On television, she starred in his comedy “It's Always Jan” from 1955 to 1956, playing a widowed nightclub singer. She also appeared as a guest on series such as “The Fugitive,” “Columbo,” “Night Court,” and “The Love Boat.” She had a recurring role on “Eight Is Enough” as Vivian, the older sister of protagonist Tom (Dick Van Patten), and played Minx Lockridge in 106 episodes of the NBC soap opera “Santa Barbara.”

The actress was one of the survivors of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She began co-starring in low-budget musicals, until she caught the attention of several agents and film directors.

Personal life

Janis Paige had three marriages and had no children. The first with San Francisco restaurateur Frank Martinelli and writer and producer Arthur Stander. In 1962, she married composer Ray Gilbert, known for winning an Oscar for the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Da” from Disney's Song of the South. Gilbert died in 1976, and Paige took over management of his music company.

In 2018, at the age of 95, the artist joined the #MeToo movement, revealing a sexual assault she suffered at the age of 22 by Alfred Bloomingdale, who died in 1982.

“I could feel his hands, not just on my breasts, but seemingly everywhere. He was big and strong and I started fighting, kicking, biting and screaming,” Paige wrote, referring to the El Excelsior portal.

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