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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 25 September 1936Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Date of Death 14 September 1996Los Angeles, California, USA  (pancreatic cancer)
Birth NameJuliet Anne Prowse
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in India to South African parents, Juliet studied to be a dancer from the age of 4. Attending the Royal Academy of Dance, by the time Juliet was 14, she was deemed too tall at just under six feet to enter the world of ballet. She signed as a chorus dancer with the London Palladium and then pursued a career as a dancer in European nightclubs. While dancing in Paris, she was spotted by Hollywood choreographer Hermes Pan and signed to a role in the movie Can-Can (1960). While rehearsing for the movie, Soviet Premier Khrushchev was invited to watch the then-unknown Prowse and others rehearsing their steps. The next day, he denounced the dance as immoral and it was Prowse's photo that accompanied the news across newspapers worldwide. An instant celebrity, Juliet shot to stardom with her acting and dancing and the tabloids filled with her romance with star Frank Sinatra. That same year, she also appeared with Elvis Presley in G.I. Blues (1960) and again the tabloids followed her.

She appeared in more films the next year but, as her celebrity status waned, so did her movie career. Her engagement to Sinatra in 1962 fueled her nightclub act, but did nothing for her movie career. In 1965, Juliet moved to television with the series Mona McCluskey (1965), playing a nutty Hollywood starlet, but the show soon ended. Her big-screen career ended with Run for Your Wife (1965) (aka Run for Your Wife) and she, thereafter, appeared on the stage and on the nightclub circuit. Some of her stage shows included "Sweet Charity", "Kismet", "Irma La Douce", "Mame" and "The Pajama Game". She also appeared as a guest on Television but, most of the time, she worked in her nightclub act. In 1994, she was diagnosed with cancer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (2)

John McCook (9 September 1972 - 5 September 1979) (divorced) (1 child)
Eddie Frazier (1 June 1969 - 1970) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Her long legs.

Trivia (8)

In 1981 she was singing "Fever" at the Las Vegas Hilton when a fire broke out causing eight fatalities before the inferno could be contained
Her spectacular legs measured a full 39".
Was the guest star on the very first The Muppet Show (1976): The Muppet Show: Juliet Prowse (1977).
After her cancer diagnosis in 1994, she went into remission the next year and was able to perform for a time in Vegas, but the illness returned.
Performed at John F. Kennedy's inaugural gala, organized by Frank Sinatra, in 1961.
In September 1987, she was mauled by an 80-pound leopard while rehearsing for the show Circus of the Stars #12 (1987). She required five stitches. A few months later, she was mauled by the same animal while preparing to go on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) to promote the broadcast of the "Circus" episode. This time, she required 30-40 stitches to reattach part of her left ear.
Was a second cousin of actor Peter Prowse (1924-1976).
Mother, with John McCook, of son Seth McCook.

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