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February 11, 2013

Patti Page, Vocalist and Actress Known for Numerous Hit Songs

Page was best known for the songs “Tennessee Waltz” and “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window?”

Patti Page, a popular singer and sometime actress who was best known for the songs “Tennessee Waltz” and “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window?,” January 1 at a nursing home in Encinitas, California. She was 85.

Page, the biggest-selling female vocalist of the 1950s, made the top of the popular singles charts four times from 1950-1953.

She was born Clara Ann Fowler on November 8, 1927, in Claremore, Oklahoma.

In addition to her successful career as a singer, Page had roles in such films as Elmer Gantry and Boys Night Out and such television series as The United States Steel Hour, Bachelor Father and The Bob Hope Show.

Her popularity as a recording artist allowed Page to become the first singer to have television shows on all three major networks: The Patti Page Show aired on NBC during summer 1956; The Big Record, which she hosted, and which aired on CBS from 1957-58; and The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show, which aired on ABC from 1958-59.

In addition, she appeared on dozens of other variety shows, talk shows and specials, including The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, Frankie Laine Time, The Bell Telephone Hour, The Joey Bishop Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Mike Douglas Show and many others.

More about her life and career is available at:

The Hollywood Reporter

The New York Times

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