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Also known as Judy
Was born on 20 NOV 1913 in Starke/Bradford, Duval County, Florida.
Died on 5 AUG 1983 in Los Angeles, Californiabecause of Cancer.
Was buried on AUG 1983 in Forest Lawn, Glendale, L.A., California.
Judy Canova became famous for her country singing and comedy on radio,
then later bridged this fame to Broadway and movies. Details of Judy
Canova's acting career can be found on the Internet Movie Database.
[Notes by Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide:]
The Florida-born daughter of a cottonbroker father and concert-singer
mother, Judy Canova joined her siblings in a radio singing act in
Jacksonville when she was 10-years old. Judy had hoped to attend the
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, but the exigencies of the Depression
depleted her family's income. Relocating in New York City with her
mother, Judy studied tap-dancing, taught a contortion-dancing class, and
hit the nightclub circuit. Discovered by Rudy Vallee, Judy became a solo
"hillbilly" singer on Vallee's radio show, then worked on bandleader Paul
Whiteman's series, establishing herself as a cornpone comedienne. After
appearing with her brother and sister in a 1934 Hollywood stage revue,
Judy made her movie debut in Warner Bros. In Caliente, singing a comic
reprise of the film's hit song "The Lady in Red." More radio and
vaudeville work followed, and then Judy co-starred with Phil Silvers in
the 1939 Broadway musical Yokel Boy. This led to a 15-year association
with Republic Pictures, where Judy became one of that studio's biggest
moneymakers in such raucous vehicles as Sis Hopkins (1941), Sleepy Lagoon
(1942), Oklahoma Annie (1946) and Carolina Cannonball (1955). Among her
best films were a pair of co-starring stints with Joe E. Brown, Joan of
Ozark (1942) and Chatterbox (1943). In 1943, she inaugurated her own
radio comedy series on CBS, which garnered high ratings for the next
twelve years. After both her radio and movie contracts expired in 1955,
Judy was seen infrequently on television and in nightclubs; her last film
appearances were in 1960's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and 1976's
Cannonball. Married four times, Judy Canova was the mother of TV actress
Diana Canova of Soap fame. ~
Additional biography information can be found on the Internet Movie Database,
however the reference to the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova is incorrect
and has never been established.
DEATH: Death Record for Judy Canova, born 20 November 1913; mother's
maiden name, Perry; born Florida; died Los Angeles (19); 5 August 1983;
Social Security 111-09-2725; 69 years of age; California Dept. of Health,
Sacramento, California. Note: Her sex is shown as male!
References about Judy Canova's grave site are on Find-a-grave.
The photo here is of Judy Canova with siblings Anne, Zeke, and Pete in
the 1935 movie 'In Caliente' which is Judy Canova's first appearance in a
full-length feature film.
The next photo here is Judy Canova and her son-in-law Steve Landesberg in
1979 at a collectors convention in Los Angeles. This photo is collected
and copyright by Phil Johnson.
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