Gisele MacKenzie

Gisele MacKenzie
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Gisele MacKenzie
TV: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Actress | Singer
Born Jan. 10, 1927 in Winnipeg, Canada
Died Sept. 5, 2003 of colon cancer in Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, CA

Gisele MacKenzie, the Canadian-born singer-actress, was a regular on the popular 1950s television musical show "Your Hit Parade" and starred in her own short-lived NBC variety series.

MacKenzie rose to national attention on "Your Hit Parade." During her years on the weekly show, from 1953 to 1957, she joined such vocalists as Snooky Lanson, Russell Arms and Dorothy Collins in singing the seven most popular songs in America each week.

In 1955, MacKenzie made the first of many appearances on Benny's weekly television show; she often performed a violin duet with him.

In 1957, she starred in her own NBC musical variety program, "The Gisele MacKenzie Show," which lasted six months. She later was a regular on "The Sid Caesar Show," a 1963 ABC comedy-variety show.

Over the decades, MacKenzie starred in numerous regional theater productions of "Mame," "Gypsy," "The King and I," "Hello, Dolly!" and other musicals.

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