Hollywood Star Janis Paige Dies Aged 101

(FeaturedHeadlines.com) Both Hollywood and Broadway lost one of their historic stars on June 2, following the death of actress Janis Paige, who lived to the age of 101. Paige spent decades acting behind the camera and on the stage, racking up numerous roles in what have since become classics.

Paige’s death due to natural causes was confirmed by her friend, Stuart Lampert. Paige died at her home in Los Angeles.

Paige was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1922 and began singing at local shows as a young child. Paige moved to Los Angeles after finishing high school and started her career by entertaining troops during the Second World War.

The actress’ birth name was Donna Mae Tjaden, but she changed it to Janis Paige; she took the last name from her grandfather and the first name from Elsie Janis, who was famous for entertaining troops during the First World War.

Paige performed in both Hollywood and Broadway. A producer with MGM saw her on Broadway and cast her opposite Fred Astaire in the 1957 movie “Silk Stockings,” which became well known for a dance sequence featuring the two stars.

Paige’s IMDb page credits her with more than 100 acting roles over the course of her career. Paige received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 to honor her contributions to the industry.

In 2017, Paige came out in support of the so-called MeToo movement and shared her own experience with an alleged assault by businessman Alfred Bloomingdale at the age of 22. Paige said that “even at 95” she remembered everything about the incident.

Paige recalled that she bit Bloomingdale and ran away after he allegedly assaulted her. Paige pondered whether there is a “special place in hell” for people like Bloomingdale and those who aid and deny their behavior.

Considering her illustrious career as an actress, it appears as though at least Paige will be fondly remembered by fans in the wake of her death.

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