Award-winning actress, dancer and choreographer who brought a number of the best-known movies from the 1950s alive. After senior high school she going to Hollywood with dreams of stardom. She earned one Tony prize for her performing, and three even more on her behalf choreography. She wedded TV web host Larry Blyden in 1955. She choreographed a lot of Gene Kelly’s movies, including Out and Singin in the torrential rain.
|1||One of Bob Fosse's favorite dancers, she was his specialty partner in the "From This Moment On" dance sequence in Kiss Me Kate (1953) and absolutely stole the show with her "Steam Heat" number in Fosse's The Pajama Game (1957).|
|2||Won Broadway's 1955 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for "The Pajama Game." She also received three Tony nominations as Best Choreographer: in 1959, for "Flower Drum Song;" in 1963, for "Bravo Giovanni;" and in 1964, posthumously, for "Funny Girl."|
|3||She and husband Larry Blyden had two children: Joshua Blyden (who was named after Joshua Logan) was born in 1957, and 'Ellen Blyden was born in 1960.|
|4||Shirley MacLaine's rise to stardom is pure Hollywood cliché and inadvertently due to Carol. Shirley was a chorus girl in the 1954 Broadway production of "The Pajama Game" and understudying Carol as well. When Carol fractured her ankle, Shirley went on for her. One night producer Hal B. Wallis saw Shirley and signed her to a movie contract. The rest, as they say, is history.|
|5||Awarded a Tony in 1955 for Supporting Actress in the musical, 'The Pajama Game.'|
|Summer in New York||1960||TV Movie|
|The Pajama Game||1957||Gladys Hotchkiss|
|Sunday Spectacular: The Bachelor||1956||TV Movie||Marion|
|Invitation to the Dance||1956||Scheherazade in 'Sinbad the Sailor'|
|Kiss Me Kate||1953||Specialty Dancer|
|Tea for Two||1950||Chorus Girl (uncredited)|
|Summer Stock||1950||Stock Company Member (uncredited)|
|On the Town||1949||Dancer in 'Day in New York' Ballet (uncredited)|
|Ziegfeld Follies||1945||Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)|
|Wonder Man||1945||Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)|
|Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall||1962||TV Series choreographer - 2 episodes|
|The Enchanted Nutcracker||1961||TV Movie choreographer|
|Summer in New York||1960||TV Movie choreographer|
|Invitation to the Dance||1956||assistant: Mr. Kelly / assistant choreographer|
|Singin' in the Rain||1952||assistant dance director - uncredited|
|An American in Paris||1951||assistant dance director - uncredited|
|On the Town||1949||assistant choreographer - uncredited|
|That's Dancing!||1985||Documentary performer: "Sinbad the Sailor"|
|That's Entertainment, Part II||1976||Documentary performer: "From This Moment On" 1951 - uncredited|
|The Pajama Game||1957||performer: "Hernando's Hideaway", "Steam Heat"|
|Invitation to the Dance||1956||performer: "Sinbad the Sailor"|
|On the Town||1949||performer: "A Day in New York"|
|Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall||1962||TV Series||Herself - Guest|
|The Garry Moore Show||1959-1962||TV Series||Herself|
|The Ed Sullivan Show||1954-1960||TV Series||Herself / Singer / Dancer|
|The Arthur Murray Party||1960||TV Series||Herself|
|America Pauses for the Merry Month of May||1959||TV Movie||Herself|
|The Bob Hope Show||1959||TV Series||Herself - Guest|
|The Polly Bergen Show||1958||TV Series||Herself|
|The Patrice Munsel Show||1958||TV Series||Herself|
|The Big Record||1958||TV Series||Herself|
|Person to Person||1955||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|That's Entertainment, Part II||1976||Documentary||Clip from 'Kiss Me Kate' (uncredited)|
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