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Kaye was born on November 20, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then she has been on the cover of Life magazine, played the Tooth Fairy on Captain Kangaroo, and sipped tea in the Bronx with Mother Teresa. She knew she wanted to perform by the time she was five, and even before graduating high school, began to find work doing imitations of her favorite stars all around Ohio. Kaye performed in both Burlesque and Vaudeville, and before discovering the musical theatre, toured with the Spike Jones Orchestra for two years as featured vocalist and tuba player.

She went on to play every name nightclub that existed throughout the 1950's and '60's including The Bon Soir and The Blue Angel in New York, The Hungry i in San Francisco, and Mr. Kelly's in Chicago. She has appeared on every talk/variety show there ever was including, The Jack Parr Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Steve Allen Show, The Perry Como Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and The Muppet Show.

Film credits include The Girl Most Likely with Jane Powell, A House Is Not A Home with Shelley Winters, Freaky Friday with Jodie Foster, Which Way To The Front? with Jerry Lewis, and The Ritz with Rita Moreno and Jerry Stiller.

Where she really made a name for herself was on Broadway in such shows as The Golden Apple, in which she introduced the standard, "Lazy Afternoon", the original company of Carnival as Rosalie, Molly, as Molly Goldberg, and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance.

Other credits include several record albums, including the first recording of Charles Schultz' Peanuts characters with Arthur Siegel, Ado Annie in a best selling version of Oklahoma! with Nelson Eddy, and several Ben Bagley compilations.

Kaye has also performed Mama Rose in Gypsy with both Jack Cassidy and Gavin MacLeod, and been seen in Over the River and Through the Woods, Quartet, Funny Girl, Papermill's Follies, and two all-star versions of Dan Goggin's Nunsense.

A Kaye Ballard Timeline




1943  First Club Act 
Singer
Chin's Chinese Restaurant
USO Stage Door Canteen
1944 Singer / Comedienne Burlesque Tour
1945 Singer / Comedienne
Singer / Comedienne
Vaudeville, RKO Circuit 
Spike Jones Orchestra
1946 Singer / Comedienne
Three To Make Ready
Spike Jones Orchestra
Broadway Tour
1947-49 Once In A Lifetime  
Look Ma, I'm Dancin!

Annie Get Your Gun
Stock & Regional
     
1950 Touch and Go
Royal Command Performance
Prince Of Wales Theatre, London 
London Palladium 
1951       Two On The Aisle
Henry Morgan's Great Talent
Hunt
The Mel Torme Show
Pre-Broadway Tryout 
Television Guest Appearance
Television Guest Appearance      
1952 Top Banana
Roberta
Oklahoma!
Broadway Tour 
Studio Cast Recording
Studio Cast Recording
1953 The Gershwin Rarities: Vol. 1 Studio Cast Recording
1954 The Golden Apple  
The Golden Apple  
In Other Words / Lazy Afternoon 
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Off Broadway / Broadway 
Original Broadway Cast Recording
45 Recording 
Television Guest Appearance
1955 Lyrics By Lerner  
Triumph of Love / Where Were You  
Don't Tell Pa / In Love And Out Again 
Reuben, Reuben 
Pleasure Dome 
Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town
Studio Cast Recording 
45 Recording
45 Recording 
Pre-Broadway Tryout 
Pre-Broadway Tryout 
Television Guest Appearances (2)
1956 Kraft Television Theatre
Great To Be Alive
Television Guest Appearance
Las Palmas Theatre, Hollywood                  
1957 The Girl Most Likely
The Girl Most Likely
 
Cinderella
Cinderella
Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town
The Ziegfeld Follies
Feature Film
Motion Picture Sound Track
Television Special 
Television Sound Track
Television Guest Appearance
National Tour
1958 The Jack Paar Show
The Garry Moore Show
Fanny Brice Story In Song
Parade Is Passing Me By
/A Difference of Age     
Television Guest Appearance
Television Guest Appearance
Full Length LP Recording 
45 Recording 
1959 The Jack Paar Show
The Garry Moore Show
Television Guest Appearance
Television Guest Appearance
     
1960 Kaye Ballard Swings
The Garry Moore Show
Full Length LP Recording
Television Guest Appearance
1961 Carnival  
Carnival  
The Perry Como Kraft Music Hall 
Play Of The Week 
Kaye Ballard, Live! 
Broadway
Original Broadway Cast Recording
Television Series Regular
Television Guest Appearance
Full Length LP Recording  
1962 Boo Hoo - Ha Ha 
The Best Of Irving Berlin's Songs fr Mr. President
Peanuts
 
Gypsy  
The Perry Como Kraft Music Hall
Full Length LP Recording 
Full Length LP Recording
Full Length LP Recording
Dallas Summer Musicals 
Television Series Regular
1963 Wonderful Town The Beast In Me 
Remember Him / Here And Now 
I Want You To Be The First To Know 
Maybe This Time
Night Club Act
The Perry Como Kraft Music Hall  
The Merv Griffin Show 
The Ed Sullivan Show
New York City Center 
Broadway
45 Recording 
45 Recording
Mr. Kelly's -Chicago/The Plaza Hotel -NY
Television Series Regular 
Television Guest Appearance
Television Guest Appearance
1964 Ben Bagley's Cole Porter Revisited 
Royal Flush 
A House Is Not A Home
Full Length LP Recording
Pre-Broadway Tr-out 
Feature Film
1965 The Decline and Fall...Eyes Of Cole Porter
The Decline and Fall...Eyes Of Cole Porter
My Dog Met Your Dog, An Onion And You  
The Tonight Show w/ Johnny Carson
Off-Broadway 
Original Cast Recording 
45 Recording 
Television Guest Appearance    
1966 The Tonight Show w/ Johnny Carson  
Night Club Act
Television Guest Appearance
Diplomat Hotel, FL
1967 The Mothers-In-Law  
The Hollywood Palace
Television Series Regular 
Television Guest Appearance
1968 The Mothers-In-Law 
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Television Series Regular 
Television Guest Appearances(2)
1969 The Leslie Uggams Show  
The Mike Douglas Show
Television Guest Appearances (2) 
Television Guest Host (3 weeks)
     
1970 The Mike Douglas Show  
Which Way To The Front 
The Doris Day Show 
Love American Style
Television Guest Host (4 weeks)
Feature Film 
Television Series Regular 
Television Guest Appearance
1971 The Doris Day Show  
The Tonight Show w/ Johnny Carson  
Here's Lucy 
Love American Style
Television Series Regular 
Television Guest Appearances (4) 
Television Guest Appearance 
Television Guest Appearance
1972 The Tonight Show w/ Johnny Carson 
The Flip Wilson Show
Television Guest Appearances (5)
Television Guest Appearance
1973 Molly  
The Carol Burnett Show  
Match Game 
Love American Style 
TheTonight Show w / Johnny Carson
Broadway 
Television Guest Appearances (2) 
Television Guest Appearance 
Television Guest Appearance
Television Guest Appearances (3)
1974 Sheba 
Match Game 
Celebrity Sweepstakes
Pre-Broadway Tryout
Television Guest Appearance
Television Guest Appearance 
1975 Night Club Act Persian Room, Plaza Hotel, NYC
1976 Night Club Act  
The Ritz 
Freaky Friday  
The Muppet Show 
Police Story
Persian Room, Plaza Hotel, NYC 
Feature Film
Feature Film
Television Guest Appearance 
Television Guest Appearance
1977 Alice Television Guest Appearance
1978 The Love Boat 
Hello Kaye 
Television Guest Appearance
TV Special (not aired)
1979  The Love Boat  
Fantasy Island
Television Guest Appearance
Television Guest Appearance
     
1980 Falling In Love Again  
The Dream Merchant  
Boomer Television 
The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 
Trapper John, M.D.
Feature Film
Television Movie
Guest Appearance
Television Series Regular
Television Guest Appearance
1981 Pirates of Penzance
The Love Boat
Broadway Salutes NYC Opera
So Long, 174th Street
Trapper John, M.D.
Broadway
Television Appearance
Concert: New York State Theatre
Original Cast Recording
Television Guest Appearance
1982 Night Of 100 Stars
Pandemonium
Television Special
Feature Film
1983 Alice In Wonderland
4 Girls 4
Television Special
National Tour
1984 Hey, Ma . . . Kaye Ballard
Hey, Ma . . . Kaye Ballard
She Stoops To Conquer
Snow White
Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
Promenade Theatre, NY
Off Broadway - Triplex Theatre
The Beverly Theatre, L.A.
1985 The Ladies Who Wrote The Lyrics Full Length LP Recording
1986 Nunsense
The Perils of P.K.
Coconut Grove Playhouse, FL
Feature Film
1987 Hey, Ma . . . Kaye Ballard
The Law And Harry McGraw
In Performance At The White House
The New Wharf Theatre, CA
Television Guest Appearance
PBS, Washington, D.C.
1988 Tiger Warsaw
Working 42nd Street At Last!
The Female Odd Couple
Feature Film
Martin R. Kaufman Theatre, NYC
Pocanos & Bucks County
1989 Eternity
Monsters
Super Mario Bros. Super Show
Feature Film
Television Guest Appearance
Television Guest Appearance
     
1990 What A Dummy 
Fate 
Modern Love
Television Series Regular
Feature Film 
Feature Film
1991 Hey, Ma! CD
1992 Say It With Music Rainbow & Stars, NYC
1993 All My Children 
Then And Again 
There Is Nothing Like A Dame: Broadway's Broads
Television Guest Appearance
CD
CD
1994 Due South  
Ava's Magical Adventure
No, No, Nanette
Television Movie
Feature Film
Long Beach Civic Light Opera
1995 Jaye & Kaye, Long Time Friends  
All My Children
 
Then And Again  
There Is Nothing Like A Dame: Broadway's Broads
CD
Television Guest Appearance
CD
CD
1996 The Rosie O'Donnell Show Television Guest Appearance
1997 No, No, Nanette 
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 
Funny Girl
Papermill Playhouse, NJ
Television Guest Appearance
Long Beach Civic Light Opera
1998 Follies 
The Modern Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
Papermill Playhouse, NJ
Feature Film
1999  Baby Geniuses 
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 
Over The River And Through The Woods
Feature Film
Television Guest Appearance
Off Broadway - John Houseman Theatre
     
2000  The Million Dollar Kid 
Little Insects 
Another Final Farewell Appearance
Feature Film
Feature Film 
Club Date & CD
2001 The Full Monty Broadway Tour
2002 Quartet
Funny Girl  
A & E Biography: Doris Day
Berkshire Theatre Festival, MA 
Actor's Fund Concert, NYC 
Television Interview
2003 Nunsense 
Broadway: The Golden Age
20th Anniversary National Tour 
Feature Film Documentary
2004 The Pool Of Desire Feature Film
2005 Palm Springs Follies
Kaye Ballard Sings Her Favorite Songs 
Palm Springs, CA 
CD
2006 The View Television Guest Appearance
     

Can you believe it? Sixty-four years! In all that time I played more night clubs than I can count and sadly, I can't recall all the dates. Likewise, I couldn't find dates for a few other shows, including: Girl Crazy, Red Hot & Cole, National tours of Minnie's Boys, The Latest Mrs. Adams, and a show called, Apartment 8 Strikes Back. I did Beloved Enemies with my beloved Imogene Coca at the Earl Holliman's Fiesta Dinner Playhouse in San Antonio (no longer there), television movies of The Robber Bridegroom and Lil Abner and appeared several times on Peter Marshall's Hollywood Squares, and Girl Talk with Virginia Graham.

So if some of you saw any of those and can remember WHEN, drop me a line!

By the way, not only am I still here . . . I'm still AVAILABLE.

       
     

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