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Carol Bruce

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Carol Bruce is among the more enduring music (and performing) talents from the 20th hundred years, with a profession running from the first ’40s and the initial solid of Irving Berlin’s Louisiana Buy, through the films of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, towards the 1945 revival of Showboat as well as the 1951 reivival of Pal Joey in music theater with the ’80s and ’90s, and a parallel profession in humor on television. Given birth to Shirley Levy in NY in 1919, she was informed at Erasmus SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Brooklyn and demonstrated herself a talented vocalist while still in her teenagers. Bruce was hardly into her twenties when she was solid in Louisiana Buy, in a job that Irving Berlin apparently wrote designed for her. Through the run from the play she was also operating simultaneously around the Ben Bernie Radio Display, in addition to producing her nightclub debut in NY within the same period. Following a close from the play, she was agreed upon to Universal Images where she co-starred in three films; one of these, Keep ‘Em Traveling starring Abbott & Costello, provided Bruce the opportunity to present the pop regular “I’m Obtaining Sentimental Over You.” Bruce came back to employed in nightclubs, including an effective engagement on the Copacabana in addition to shows on radio; she also sang with Crimson Norvo’s music group, on-stage and in broadcasts, and on several V-Disc releases produced during World Battle II. In 1946, Bruce portrayed the function of Julie within a ensemble that included Jan Clayton and Kenneth Spencer within a revival of Jerome Kern’s Showboat, that was well-received by critics and the general public. Bruce not merely won awards on her behalf work, but noticed her performance conserved on a ensemble album. Bruce eventually made an appearance in revivals of 1 Contact of Venus, Bloomer Female, Annie MAKE YOUR Gun, Lady at night, and Pal Joey, which she afterwards repeated in London (that engagement, subsequently, resulted in her appearance on the London Palladium with Noel Coward). She became a normal guest on tv variety and humor programs through the ’50s, do dramatic jobs on Studio room One and Armstrong Group Theater, and essayed the function of Mom God’damn in Shanghai Gesture. Bruce documented for Columbia Information, RCA-Victor, and Tops Information, and made brand-new musical recordings within the ’90s when she is at her eighth 10 years. She is probably most widely known to pop lifestyle and pop music aficionados, nevertheless, on her behalf portrayal through the ’80s of Mama Carlson, the sharp-tongued, wry-witted owner of the air place on WKRP in Cincinnati.

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Full Name Carol Bruce
Date Of Birth November 15, 1919
Died October 9, 2007, Woodland Hills, Utah, United States
Profession Actor, Singer
Education Erasmus Hall High School
Nationality American
Spouse Milton Nathanson
Children Julie Nathanson
Parents Beatrice Levy, Harry Levy
Music Songs Overture, Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, Cotton Blossom, Why Do I Love You, Bill, Do I Hear a Waltz? : Moon in My Window, Do I Hear a Waltz?: This Week Americans, Do I Hear a Waltz?: Here We Are Again, Do I Hear a Waltz?: No Understand, Do I Hear a Waltz?: Perfectly Lovely Couple, Moon in My Window, No Understand, Do I Hear a Waltz?, Perfectly Lovely Couple, Take Him, Take Me In Your Arms, Act I: Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man, Calypso Blues, The Lord Done Fixed Up My Soul, What Is A Man, I Get the Blues When It Rains, Bewitched, I'll Be Seeing You, Blue Skies, The Glory of Love, St. Louis Blues, This Week Americans, Act I: Ol' Man River, The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else, Something for the Boys, Blue Prelude, Cant Help Lovin Dat Man
Albums Calypso Blues, Thrill to the Fabulous Carol Bruce, The Glory of Love, Blue Classics
Movies The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, American Gigolo, Behind the Eight Ball, Keep 'Em Flying, This Woman Is Mine


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1 Began her singing career as a Montreal nightclub singer before returning to the states and appearing in "George White's Scandals" in Boston in 1938. The show eventually went to Broadway.
2 Won the revered role of Julie in the acclaimed 1946 revival of "Show Boat" opposite Kenneth Spencer and Jan Clayton (of "Lassie" fame). She went on to name her daughter Julie.
3 Some references claim Ms. Bruce earned a Tony nomination for her Broadway work in the musical "Do I Hear a Waltz?" in 1965. Despite her outstanding performance, it was another actress Elizabeth Allen who was given a nomination from the show. Ms. Allen subsequently lost to Liza Minnelli of "Flora, the Red Menace" that year.
4 Made her film debut in the Frank Lloyd seafaring adventure This Woman is Mine (1941). In her second film, Keep 'Em Flying (1941), she sang "I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You." In her third, Behind the Eight Ball (1942), she introduced a Don Raye-Gene DePaul ballad, "You Don't Know What Love Is," which had been dropped from "Keep 'Em Flying" but later became a jazz standard. After these three pictures for Universal, she didn't appear in another film until 1980.
5 The Broadway show "Louisiana Purchase" landed her on the cover of Life Magazine (September 9, 1940).
6 On July 12, 1951, she was involved in a serious auto accident in Pennsylvania when she collided with a truck. The truck driver died and she was deemed at fault.
7 Her last musical stage role was as Madame Armfeldt in a 1994 performance of "A Little Night Music" in San Diego.
8 Mother of one daughter, Julie.
9 Sang at President Franklin D Roosevelt's Birthday Ball, The White House, Washington, D.C., January 1942
10 The role of Mama Carlson was played by Sylvia Sidney in the pilot only and played by Carol Bruce throughout the run of the series WKRP in Cincinnati (1978).


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love of Life 1951 TV Series Amanda Randolph (1969-1970)
Musical Comedy Time 1951 TV Series Maisie Doll
The Silver Theatre 1950 TV Series
Behind the Eight Ball 1942 Joan Barry
Keep 'Em Flying 1941 Linda Joyce
This Woman Is Mine 1941 Julie Morgan
Koo Koo Korrespondance Skool 1937 Short Singer
Profiler 1999 TV Series Petra Strauss
Pacific Palisades 1997 TV Series Mrs. Fitzpatrick
Diagnosis Murder 1997 TV Series Constance Lockwood
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists 1996 Video Old One (voice)
Party of Five 1995 TV Series Sarah's Grandmother
Live Shot 1995 TV Series Shirley
The New WKRP in Cincinnati 1991-1992 TV Series Mama Carlson / Mrs. Carlson
Equal Justice 1991 TV Series Mrs. Thomason
Jake and the Fatman 1991 TV Series Mrs. Clark
The Golden Girls 1991 TV Series Lucille
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1990 TV Series Mrs. Beatrice Portmeyer
Hooperman 1989 TV Series
Perfect Strangers 1987-1988 TV Series Mrs. 'Muffy' Endicott / Margaret
Marblehead Manor 1988 TV Series Margaret Stonehill
Planes, Trains & Automobiles 1987 Joy
Rags to Riches 1987 TV Series
Our House 1986 TV Series Mrs. Findley
The Twilight Zone 1985 TV Series Mrs. Whitford (segment "Wong's Lost and Found Emporium")
Too Close for Comfort 1984 TV Series Sally Ruth
Diff'rent Strokes 1984 TV Series Miss Gilbert
Knots Landing 1981 TV Series Annette Cunningham / Mrs. Cunningham
Charlie's Angels 1980 TV Series Mrs. Pattison
American Gigolo 1980 Mrs. Sloan
The Girl Who Returned 1969 voice
General Hospital 1963 TV Series Jennifer Talbot #1
The Witness 1961 TV Series Mildred Hall
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1954-1957 TV Series Hurricane Diane
Curtain Call 1952 TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood 1951 TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Headline Bands 1946 Short performer: "Stop and Reconsider" - uncredited
Behind the Eight Ball 1942 performer: "Riverboat Jamboree", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "Wasn't It Wonderful?", "Golden Wedding Day"
Keep 'Em Flying 1941 "Let's Keep 'Em Flying" 1941 / performer: "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" uncredited, "The Boy With the Wistful Eyes" 1941
This Woman Is Mine 1941 performer: "Crossing the Bar in the Morning", "I'm Too Young To Marry"
Larry Clinton and His Orchestra 1938 Short performer: "College Humor", "Stop and Reconsider" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Merv Griffin Show 1965 TV Series Herself
Girl Talk 1963 TV Series Herself
Texaco Star Theatre 1952 TV Series Herself
Wonderful Town, U.S.A. 1951 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1949-1951 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer
This Is Show Business 1951 TV Series Herself
Showtime, U.S.A. 1950 TV Series Herself
Cavalcade of Stars 1949 TV Series Herself- Guest Band Vocalist
The Lamb's Gambol 1949 TV Series Herself - Singer
Jazz Concert 1949 TV Series Herself
Swing's the Thing 1942 Short Herself
Larry Clinton and His Orchestra 1938 Short Herself - Vocalist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Headline Bands 1946 Short Herself - 'Larry Clinton and His Orchestra,1938'

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