Georgia Ann (Carroll) Kyser
of Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Texas


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Georgia Carroll

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Georgia Carroll performs with Kay Kyser's band in Thousands Cheer in 1943. The next year, she married Kyser.
Georgia Carroll performs with Kay Kyser's band in Thousands Cheer in 1943. The next year, she married Kyser.

Georgia Carroll (born November 18, 1919 in Blooming Grove, Texas) is an American singer, fashion model, and actress, best known for her work with Kay Kyser's big band orchestra in the mid-1940s.

Carroll's acting career began in 1941 when she appeared in several uncredited small roles in films such as Maisie Was a Lady with Lew Ayres and Ann Sothern, Ziegfeld Girl with Judy Garland, as well as You're in the Army Now and Navy Blues, in both of which she appeared with the Navy Blues Sextette group.

Possibly her most visible acting role was as Betsy Ross in the James Cagney musical Yankee Doodle Dandy in 1942. She also did modelling during this time, appearing in advertisements for Jewelite hairbrushes, among other products.

In 1943, Carroll joined Kay Kyser's band, known as the "Kollege of Musical Knowledge", as a featured vocalist. Capitalizing on her good looks, she was given the nickname "Gorgeous Georgia Carroll", probably as a joking reference to the professional wrestler George Wagner, who used the name "Gorgeous George". As a member of Kyser's band, Carroll appeared in three films: Around the World, Carolina Blues, and most notably the Second World War-era "morale booster" Thousands Cheer which gave fans a chance to see Kyser and his band in Technicolor. Kyser's band has a featured performance near the end of the film, with Carroll delivering a key solo interlude of the Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown standard, "Should I?"

In 1944, Carroll married Kay Kyser and made no further film appearances, retiring from performing in 1946; Kyser himself retired from performing in 1951. The couple remained married until his death in 1985 and had three children. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is custodian of a large archive of documents and material about Kay Kyser which was donated by Carroll; this archive will not become available to the public until 2008

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Lineage Chart for Georgia Ann CARROLL

          Georgia Ann CARROLL
               b. 18 Nov 1919, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX

          Roger Mills CARROLL  (Father)
               b. 24 Jan 1886, TX
               d. 15 Apr 1953, Navarro Co., TX

          Aileen Crawford  (Mother)
               b. 1895, MS
               d. Unknown

          James Texas Alexander CARROLL  (Grandfather)
               b. 24 Jul 1849, Marshall, Harrison Co., TX
               m. 19 Mar 1868, Navarro Co., TX
               d. 10 Nov 1936, Dresden, Navarro Co., TX

          Alice PEVEHOUSE  (Grandmother)
               b. 10 Apr 1847, TX
               d. 7 Apr 1918, Dresden, Navarro Co., TX

Family info submitted by Jeanna Chowning




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