Gorgeous Georgia Carroll

Georgia Carroll (1919-2011) was a Texas gal with endowments to please both the eye and the ear. At age 16 she modeled for murals and “The Spirit of the Centennial” statue at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. These works still stand on the former fairgrounds. In her younger years, she worked as a department store model. Later, represented by the Powers Agency, she made the cover of Redbook (1937) and was later featured in Cosmpolitan, Ladies Home Journal, and Vogue).

Fortunately, Carroll could also sing and dance, which led inevitably to a film and radio career. In movies, she either played bit roles or had featured spots as a singer. Films she appears include Maisie Was a Lady (1941), Hitchcock’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), You’re in the Army Now (1941), The Man Who Came To Dinner (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), and Du Barry Was a Lady (1942).

Carroll gained her greatest fame as a singer with Kay Kyser’s big band starting in 1943. Billed as Gorgeous Georgia Carroll, she was a regular on his hit radio show Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge, and sang in the pictures Thousands Cheer (1943), Around the World (1943), and Carolina Blues (1944). She also appeared in Girl Crazy (1943) with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. In 1945, she married Kyser. The radio version of his show was on the air until 1949. Carroll also appeared on the TV version of the show in 1950. She retired shortly after this. The pair moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Kyser’s home country) and were married until his death in 1985.

To learn more about show business history, please see No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous.