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Gisele MacKenzie

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Tv and radio superstar who appeared on your own Hit Parade as well as other displays. Having ideal pitch helped her grab the violin quickly. Her most well-known song can be “Hard to Obtain.” She wedded Robert Klein and, after their divorce, she wedded Robert J. Shuttleworth in 1958. She performed many comedic musical duets with Jack port Benny.

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Date Of Birth January 10, 1927
Died September 5, 2003, Burbank, California, United States
Place Of Birth Winnipeg, Canada
Profession Violinist
Education Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music
Nationality American, Canadian
Spouse Robert Klein, Robert J. Shuttleworth
Children Gigi MacKenzie, Gigi Downs, Mac Shuttleworth
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Best Female Singer, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Female Personality Continuing Performance
Movies The Oval Portrait
TV Shows Your Hit Parade, The Gisele MacKenzie Show, The Eddie Fisher Show, The Chey Show (1955)
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Her daughter, vocalist Gigi MacKenzie, included a duet with her mother "Stranger In Paradise" on her 2006 album "Skylark".
2Was a talented violinist, and frequently played duets with her lifelong friend Jack Benny on his show, to great comic effect.
3Was a Canadian of French-Scottish ancestry.
4In 1955, at the height of her Your Hit Parade (1950) fame, had a top-40 hit record with "Hard to Get" (X Records, a division of RCA Victor), which attained the #5 position in June of that year, remaining on the charts for 16 weeks.
5In 1951, changed her last name, LaFleche, to her father's middle name, MacKenzie, lest her name sound "like a striptease artist's."
6Daughter, Gigi Downs; son, Mac Shuttleworth.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Boy Meets World1993-1994TV SeriesNarrator Voice / Loudspeaker Voice
Firestar: First Contact1991Lady on Beach
MacGyver1988TV SeriesSylvia Lang
Murder, She Wrote1987TV SeriesMona
The Young and the Restless1986TV SeriesKatherine Chancellor
Crazy Like a Fox1986TV Series
One Minute Before Death1972Mrs. Warren
Burke's Law1964TV SeriesKeekee Lee
The Sid Caesar Show1963-1964TV Series
The Jack Benny Program1956-1962TV SeriesGisele MacKenzie / Tess MacKenzie / Lucky Strike Commercial
The United States Steel Hour1959TV Series
Lux Playhouse1959TV SeriesConnie Marshall
General Electric Theater1956-1959TV SeriesMatilda Haley / Hope Craddock
Studio One in Hollywood1955-1957TV SeriesPate / Mrs. Abernathy
Justice1955TV Series
Kraft Theatre1955TV Series
Camp Jamboree1953ShortVocalist

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jack Benny Program1955-1962TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1959TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Gisele MacKenzie Show1957TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Your Hit Parade1953-1956TV Series performer - 9 episodes
Camp Jamboree1953Short performer: "Wild Horses"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Biography1996TV Series documentaryHerself
Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom1992TV Movie documentaryHerself
Mario Lanza: The American Caruso1983TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
Family Feud1983TV SeriesHerself
Over Easy1978TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1963-1976TV SeriesHerself
ABC Late Night1975TV SeriesHerself
Dinah!1974-1975TV SeriesHerself
Beat the Clock1974TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1964-1974TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Vocalist
The Vin Scully Show1973TV SeriesHerself
Zenith Presents: A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary1972TV SpecialHerself
The Real Tom Kennedy Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself
Della1969TV SeriesHerself
Stump the Stars1962-1969TV SeriesHerself
The Linkletter Show1967-1969TV SeriesHerself
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHerself
Candid Camera1967TV SeriesHerself
Snap Judgment1967TV SeriesHerself
Reach for the Stars1967TV SeriesHerself
The Dean Martin Show1966TV SeriesHerself
Girl Talk1966TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1965-1966TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Match Game1963-1966TV SeriesHerself - Team Captain
P.D.Q.1965TV SeriesHerself
The Celebrity Game1965TV SeriesHerself
That Regis Philbin Show1964-1965TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co Host / Herself - Co-host
The Bell Telephone Hour1959-1965TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Benny Program1953-1964TV SeriesHerself
The Garry Moore Show1960-1963TV SeriesHerself
Sid Caesar - Edie Adams Together1963TV SpecialHerself
Password All-Stars1963TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Jack Paar Program1962-1963TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1961-1962TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
I've Got a Secret1960TV SeriesHerself - Guest
About Faces1960TV SeriesHerself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1959-1960TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
What's My Line?1960TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1957-1959TV SeriesHerself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1959TV SeriesHerself -Singer / Herself - Singer / Fiddler
The Arthur Murray Party1953-1959TV SeriesHerself
Bachelor Father1959TV SeriesHerself
The Juke Box Jury1959TV SeriesHerself
The George Gobel Show1958TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1956-1958TV SeriesHerself
The Gisele MacKenzie Show1957-1958TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
The Eddie Fisher Show1957-1958TV SeriesHerself
Club Oasis1957TV SeriesHerself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV SeriesHerself
The Steve Allen Show1957TV SeriesHerself
Your Hit Parade1953-1957TV SeriesHerself / Herself .
Spectacular1957TV SeriesHerself
Washington Square1957TV SeriesHerself
The Jonathan Winters Show1956-1957TV SeriesHerself
The Dinah Shore Show1956-1957TV SeriesHerself
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHerself
Home1955TV SeriesHerself
Texaco Star Theatre1955TV SeriesHerself
Who Said That?1955TV SeriesHerself
The Name's the Same1955TV SeriesHerself
Coke Time1953TV SeriesHerself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952-1953TV SeriesHerself
Stars in the Eye1952TV SpecialHerself
Cavalcade of Stars1952TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story2006TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny1995TV Movie documentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1601 Vine Street.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1957Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Female Personality - Continuing Performance
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Female Singer
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Female Singer


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