Janis Paige with Emerson College

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In her hour-and-a-half interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Janis Paige talks about her early life and discovering she had the ability to make people laugh at a young age. She recalls her first feature film, “Hollywood Canteen,” and soon after moving to New York to pursue a career on stage. She describes a stint in vaudeville, which lead to being cast on Broadway in “Remains to be Seen,” and later as the lead in “The Pajama Game.” She recounts appearing in several feature films, including “Silk Stockings” with Fred Astaire, and “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” with Doris Day. Paige speaks of her many roles on television, including playing the lead in the sitcom It’s Always Jan, guest shots on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Happy Days, and an infamous appearance on All in the Family in which she kissed “Archie Bunker,” much to his wife “Edith’s” dismay. She concludes by discussing her stints on the daytime dramas Capitol and Santa Barbara, and how she’d like to be remembered. Robert Fleming conducted the interview on May 27, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA.

"When you go on an audition as an actor, it's not about the job. It's about the privilege of acting. Of working in front of somebody and acting."

Highlights
Janis Paige on appearing in "The Pajama Game" on Broadway
06:41
Janis Paige on guest-starring as "Denise" on All in the Family
03:00
Janis Paige on navigating her acting career through the years
03:11
Janis Paige on appearing in "Silk Stockings" with Fred Astaire
08:47
Janis Paige on her first feature film, "Hollywood Canteen", and on the trajectory of her early career
02:28
Janis Paige on entertaining the troops with Bob Hope
02:58
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On what made her laugh as a child, and on discovering she had the ability to make people laugh; on her childhood and on her training; on her first feature film, "Hollywood Canteen," and on the trajectory of her early career
11:56
On various features she appeared in early in her career, and going to New York to be on the stage; on working in vaudeville; on her first Broadway appearance in "Remains to be Seen," and on her nightclub act
17:20
On appearing in "The Pajama Game" on Broadway; on starring in It's Always Jan; on appearing in "Silk Stockings" with Fred Astaire
19:43
On appearing in the feature film "Don't Eat the Daisies"; on guest-starring as "Denise" on All in the Family; on guest-starring on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Happy Days
13:15
On starring on the daytime drama Capitol, and on appearing in "Of Human Bondage"; on appearing on the series Santa Barbara; on navigating her acting career through the years
13:56
On entertaining the troops with Bob Hope; on how she'd like to be remembered
05:12
Shows

All in the Family

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Janis Paige on guest-starring as "Denise" on All in the Family
03:00

Capitol

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Janis Paige on starring on the daytime drama Capitol, and on appearing in "Of Human Bondage"
03:30

Happy Days

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Janis Paige on guest-starring on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Happy Days
01:36

It's Always Jan

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Janis Paige on starring on It's Always Jan
02:58

Mary Tyler Moore Show, The

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Janis Paige on guest-starring on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Happy Days
01:26

Santa Barbara

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Janis Paige on appearing on the series Santa Barbara
04:26
Professions

Actress

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Janis Paige on navigating her acting career through the years
03:11

Performers

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Janis Paige on navigating her acting career through the years
03:11
Genres

Comedy Series

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Janis Paige on starring in It's Always Jan
03:00
Janis Paige on guest-starring as "Denise" on All in the Family
03:00
Janis Paige on guest-starring on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Happy Days
00:59

Daytime/Primetime Serials

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Janis Paige on starring on the daytime drama Capitol
03:30
Janis Paige on appearing on the series Santa Barbara
04:26
People

Fred Astaire

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Janis Paige on appearing in "Silk Stockings" with Fred Astaire
08:47

Bob Hope

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Janis Paige on entertaining the troops with Bob Hope
02:58

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