Carol Bruce Biography (1919-)

Original name, Shirley Levy; born November 15, 1919, in Great Neck, Long Island, NY; daughter of Harry and Beatrice Levy; married Milton Nathanson (a manufacturer's representative), June 17, 1945 (divorced, May, 1963); children: Julie.

Birth Details
November 15, 1919
Great Neck, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Lillian "Mama" Carlson, a recurring role, WKRP in Cincinnati, CBS,1979-1982
  • Mrs. Carlson, The New WKRP in Cincinnati, syndicated, 1991
  • Pilots
  • Voice of Mama Bess, Half 'n' Half (also known as Black and White and Momma's Boys), ABC, 1988
  • Episodic
  • "Happy Marriage," Silver Theater, CBS, 1950
  • "Miss Liberty," Musical Comedy Time, NBC, 1951
  • "The King in Yellow," Studio One, 1951
  • "The Promise," Curtain Call Theater, NBC, 1952
  • "Thief of Diamonds," Armstrong Circle Theater, CBS, 1957
  • Mrs. Pattison, "Three for the Money," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1980
  • Annette Cunningham, "Squeezeplay," Knots Landing, 1981
  • Annette Cunningham, "Moving In," Knots Landing, 1981
  • Annette Cunningham, "The Surprise," Knots Landing, 1981
  • Miss Gilbert, "The Wedding: Part 1," Diff'rent Strokes, 1984
  • Mrs. Whitford, "Wong's Lost and Found Emporium," The Twilight Zone, 1985
  • Mrs. Findley, "Home Again," Our House (also known as My Grandfather's House), NBC, 1986
  • Margaret Milgram, "Tux for Two," Perfect Strangers, ABC, 1987
  • Margaret Stonehill, "Randolph's Mom," Marblehead Manor, syndicated, 1988
  • Mrs. "Muffy" Endicott, "High Society," Perfect Strangers, ABC, 1988
  • "In the Still of My Pants," Hooperman, 1989
  • Mrs. Thomason, "What Color Are My Eyes?," Equal Justice, 1991
  • Lucille (some sources cite Lillian), "Older and Wiser," The Golden Girls, 1991
  • Mrs. Clark, "It Never Entered My Mind," Jake and the Fatman, 1991
  • Shirley Seaborn, "What Price Episode?," Live Shot, UPN, 1995
  • Grandma Sarah Reeves, "Grand Delusions," Party of Five, Fox, 1995
  • Constance Lockwood, "The Murder of Mark Sloan," Diagnosis Murder,CBS, 1997
  • Mrs. Fitzpatrick, "Desperate Measure," Pacific Palisades, Fox, 1997
  • Petra Strauss, "Three Carat Crisis," Profiler, NBC, 1999
  • Mrs. Jacobs, "When Good Ideas Go Bad," That's Life, ABC, 2000
  • Appeared as Mrs. Beatrice Portmeyer in an episode of Doogie Howser, M.D.; also appeared in episodes of General Hospital, Holiday Hotel, Love of Life, Rags to Riches, Too Close for Comfort, and You Can't Take It with You.
  • Specials
  • Hotpoint Holiday, CBS, 1949
  • Vidalia, Sounds of Home, ABC, 1960
  • Film Appearances
  • Larry Clinton and His Orchestra, 1938
  • Julien "Julie" Morgan, This Woman Is Mine (also known as Fury at Sea), Universal, 1941
  • Linda Joyce, Keep 'Em Flying, Universal, 1941
  • Joan Barry, Behind the Eight Ball (also known as Off the BeatenTrack), Universal, 1942
  • Swing's the Thing, 1942
  • Headline Bands, 1946
  • The Messenger, 1970
  • Mrs. Sloan, American Gigolo, Paramount, 1980
  • Joy Page, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Paramount, 1987
  • Voice of the Old One, Land before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving (animated), MCA/Universal Home Video, 1995
  • Voice of the Old One, The Land before Time IV: Journey through the Mists (animated), MCA Home Entertainment, 1996
  • Stage Appearances
  • George White's Scandals of 1939, Boston, MA, then Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1939
  • Nice Goin', Boston, 1939
  • Beatrice, Louisiana Purchase, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1940
  • New Priorities of 1943 (revue), 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1942
  • Julie, Show Boat, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City, 1946
  • Evalina, Bloomer Girl, Starlight Operetta Company, Dallas, TX, 1948
  • Julie, Show Boat, New York City Center, New York City, 1948
  • Along Fifth Avenue (revue), Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1949
  • Liza Elliott, Lady in the Dark, Chapel Playhouse, Guilford, CT, 1949
  • Annie Oakley, Annie Get Your Gun, 1950
  • Venus, One Touch of Venus, Lyric Theatre, Houston, TX, 1950, thenOlney Summer Theatre, 1952
  • Vera Simpson, Pal Joey, Prince's Theatre, London, 1954
  • Showboat, 1955
  • Alice Walten, Anniversary Waltz, 1956
  • Celia, A Hatful of Rain, 1957
  • Vera Simpson, Pal Joey, New York City Center Theatre, New York City, 1961
  • Tilly Siegel, A Family Affair, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City,1962
  • Signora Fioria, Do I Hear a Waltz?, 46th Street Theatre, 1965
  • Verena Talbo, The Grass Harp, Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, RI, 1966
  • Mrs. Boyd, Henry, Sweet Henry, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • Dolly Bloomer, Bloomer Girl, Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT, 1971
  • Madame Serena, The Cooch Dancer, 1975
  • A Little Night Music, San Diego Music Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1994
  • Major Tours
  • Vera Simpson, Pal Joey, U.S. cities, 1953-1954
  • Mother Goddam, The Shanghai Gesture, U.S. cities, 1955
  • Fallen Angels, U.S. cities, 1958
  • Radio Appearances
  • "Al Jolson," The Colgate Radio Show, 1942
  • The Raleigh Carton of Cheer Show, 1944
  • Also appeared on the Ben Bernie radio program, 1940.
  • Albums
  • Thrill with the Fabulous Carol Bruce, Topp, 1958
  • Other recordings include Do I Hear a Waltz?; Henry, Sweet Henry; Louisiana Purchase, Schirmer; Showboat, Columbia; and Showtime Series, RCA Victor; also recorded for the Decca label.

User Contributions:

ted stefan
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Aug 20, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
i saw carol in show boat on broadway i 1946. a wonderful performance had to do an encore of my bill. made some recordings for columbia earlier
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Jan 22, 2014 @ 8:08 am
Carol Bruce recorded How Did He Look for Bluebird records Victor) Is the recording available? Could it be on a video Thank you for your help.

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