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Also Known As: Kitty Carlisle, Catherine Conn Died: April 17, 2007
Born: September 3, 1910 Cause of Death: complications from pneumonia
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: actor, singer, game-show panelist, arts administrator

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Although she practically made a career in middle age as one of the ever-curious panelists on the primetime, daytime and syndicated versions of the game show "To Tell the Truth" during the 1950s, 60s, 70s and even a brief 1990 revamp, Kitty Carlisle actually enjoyed a successful stage career before and during her question-posing days. She also made a brief try at film stardom in the 30s, and performed very occasionally in movies and TV over the decades. In recent years, though, Carlisle has done her most important work at charity events and in arts administration, serving as chair of the New York State Council of the Arts for 20 years.

Although she practically made a career in middle age as one of the ever-curious panelists on the primetime, daytime and syndicated versions of the game show "To Tell the Truth" during the 1950s, 60s, 70s and even a brief 1990 revamp, Kitty Carlisle actually enjoyed a successful stage career before and during her question-posing days. She also made a brief try at film stardom in the 30s, and performed very occasionally in movies and TV over the decades. In recent years, though, Carlisle has done her most important work at charity events and in arts administration, serving as chair of the New York State Council of the Arts for 20 years.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Catch Me If You Can (2002) Herself
4.
 Six Degrees Of Separation (1993) Mrs Bannister
5.
 Flowers For Matty (1990) Porter Walthrop
6.
 Radio Days (1987) Radio Singer
7.
8.
 Larceny with Music (1943) Pamela Mason
9.
 A Night at the Opera (1935) Rosa
10.
 She Loves Me Not (1934) Midge Mercer
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1932:
Stage career began when she toured with a company of the hit Broadway operetta, "Rio Rita"
1933:
Broadway debut, "Champagne Sec"
1935:
Performed in best-known feature film, "A Night at the Opera", a Marx Brothers vehicle in which she was teamed opposite Allan Jones; was her last feature film appearance for eight years
1936:
Returned to the New York stage in "White Horse Inn" and "Three Waltzes"
1939:
Toured with a summer stage company of "A Successful Calamity"; also performed on tour with "Tonight or Never", which she repeated in 1946
1943:
Returned to features in "Larceny with Music", in which she was again teamed with Jones
1944:
Last feature film appearance in over 40 years, the all-star wartime fundraising variety revue, "Hollywood Canteen"
1948:
Last NYC stage appearance for a number of years, "The Rape of Lucretia", as Lucretia; thereafter took time off from her career to have and raise her children by Moss Hart
1954:
Was a panelist on the short-lived ABC game show, "What's Going On?"
1954:
Returned to Broadway in "The Anniversary Waltz"
1956:
Played Katherine in a revival of the Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me, Kate" staged at the New York City Center
:
Was a panelist on the CBS primetime (and also daytime, from June, 1962 till September, 1968) game show, "To Tell the Truth"
1967:
Performed with a NY Metropolitan Opera tour of "Die Fledermaus"
:
Was a panelist on a syndicated version of the game show, "To Tell the Truth"
1973:
Performed with the Metropolitan Opera's series of operas in Central Park, NYC
1976:
Appointed chair of New York State's Council on the Arts by Governor Hugh Carey
1987:
Hosted the PBS concert special, "An Evening with Placido Domingo"
1987:
Returned to features with a brief role as a radio singer in Woody Allen's "Radio Days"
1990:
Acted in the TV-movie, "Flowers for Matty"
:
Appeared as a panelist on the NBC daytime revival of the game show, "To Tell the Truth"
1993:
Again returned to features with a supporting role in "Six Degrees of Separation"
1996:
Left position as chair of the New York State Council on the Arts in January
:
Toured in one-woman shows "My Life on the Wicked Stage" and "My Broadway Memories: An Evening with Kitty Carlisle Hart"
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Education

London School of Economics: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: -
Theater de l'Atelier: -
Chateau Mont-Choisi: -

Notes

Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2000

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husband:
Moss Hart. Playwright. Married from August 10, 1946 until his death in 1961.

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father:
Joseph Conn. Physician. Died c. 1926.
mother:
Hortense Conn. German Jew.
son:
Christopher Hart. Playwright, producer, director. Born c. 1948.
daughter:
Cathy Hart. Physician. Born c. 1949.
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