Kaye Ballard Biography – Kaye Ballard Wiki
Kaye Ballard born Catherine Gloria Balotta, was an American musical theatre and television actress, comedian and singer.
Ballard was offered a scholarship to Cleveland Art College, but chose to perform instead in vaudeville. She began her career as a musical comedienne as a member of Spike Jones’ touring revue in the 1940s.
A documentary on Kaye Ballard’s life and career, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On,” premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2019 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.
Kaye Ballard Age
She was born on November 20, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. She died on January 21, 2019 in Rancho Mirage, California, U.S aged 93.
Kaye Ballard Parents
She was born to Italian immigrant parents, Lena and Vincenzo Balotta.
Kaye Ballard Family
She has three siblings: Rosalie Balotta, Jean Balotta and Orlando Balotta.
Kaye Ballard Husband – was Kaye Ballard ever Married
Kaye Ballard was never married. She wrote in her memoir, “I found an emotional connection with women like Liz (Smith, the admittedly bisexual syndicated columnist who was Ballard’s road manager in the 1950s) that I could never find with a man. I don’t know why or how it happened, but I do know it has kept me single my entire life.”
Kaye Ballard Children
Ballard never had children.
Kaye Ballard Death
She died on January 21, 2019 at her home in Rancho Mirage, California.
Kaye Ballard Cause of Death
Ballard cause of death was kidney cancer.
Kaye Ballard Net Worth
She had an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Kaye Ballard Movies and TV Shows
Kaye Ballard made her Broadway debut in the original musical comedy “The Golden Apple” in 1954. She starred with Anna Maria Alberghetti and Jerry Orbach in the puppet-oriented musical comedy “Carnival!” in 1962-63. In 1963 she starred in the musical revue “The Beast in Me” with Bert Convy, among others.
She was a star on Broadway when she was paired with Arden as neighbors whose kids get married on “The Mothers-in-Law,” which ran on NBC from 1967-69 and later in syndication.
From 1970-72 Ballard recurred on “The Doris Day Show” as Angie Pallucci. In Richard Lester’s 1976 feature adaptation of McNally’s Broadway hit “The Ritz,” Ballard played Vivian Proclo, starring along with Jack Weston, Jerry Stiller and Rita Moreno.
Also in 1976 she played Coach Betsy in the Jodie Foster version of “Freaky Friday.” TV work during this time included guesting repeatedly on “Love, American Style” and later “The Love Boat” and appearing on “Alice.” In 1983 Ballard appeared as the Duchess in a PBS “Great Performances” adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland.”
The actress made her last screen appearance in the 2000 film “The Million Dollar Kid,” starring Richard Thomas.
In 1973, Ballard played the title character in the original musical “Molly,” which was based on the seminal radio and TV series “The Goldbergs,” but its run was brief.
She made her screen debut in the early days of television, with appearances on “The Mel Torme Show” and “Henry Morgan’s Great Talent Hunt” in 1951. She guested repeatedly on “The Colgate Comedy Hour,” “The Gary Moore Show,” “The Jack Paar Tonight Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show”
Ballard made her bigscreen debut in Mitchell Leisen’s 1958 musical comedy “The Girl Most Likely,” starring Jane Powell and Cliff Robertson, and also appeared in the 1964 film “A House Is Not a Home,” starring Shelley Winters, and in the Jerry Lewis-directed “Which Way to the Front?” (1970).