Janis Paige

Janis Paige was born Donna Mae Jaden in Tacoma, Washington, on September 16, 1922. She was caught up in a bitter fight between her parents. Her father, a paper hanger, left home under a cloud when she was five and her sister four. Her mother (Mrs. Hazel Jaden) worked to supporther daughters. “Wenever had much,” Janis said. “I had a great uselessness as a child. We never went hungry, but we always had to fight to make ends meet. We never had white clothes because cleaning was expensive.”

Donna was a child musical prodigy who began singing and dancing in public at age five at local amateur shows. There was never enough money at home for singing and dancing classes, “so I settled for singing.” Later, when she was a teenager and had a voice oftwo and a half octaves, she was introduced to opera by her mother. For this she paid her a singing teacher with the intention of fulfilling her own...

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Albums featuring Janis Paige

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