|Diana & Judy Canova|
The Diana Canova Experience about her mom Judy Canova
Diana Canova made her television acting debut in a 1974 episode of Happy Days portraying Richie's date who is taller than he. She later guest-starred on episodes of Chico and the Man and Starsky and Hutch and appeared in television films before landing the role of Corinne Tate on Soap in 1977, opposite Katherine Helmond. She remained with the series until 1980. In 1979, she made an appearance on Barney Miller as nude dancer/prostitute/graduate student Stephanie Wolf in "Strip Joint" (Season 6, Episode 6.
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Later, in 1980, ABC executives offered Canova her own television series, starring alongside Danny Thomas in I'm a Big Girl Now. The show lasted just one season. She was cast as Sandy Beatty in Throb!, a sitcom which was broadcast in syndication from 1986
to 1988. In 1990, she
played Maggie McCauley in an episode of Murder, She
entitled "Murder: According to Maggie". In 1993, Canova co-starred in the ABC sitcom Home
Since the mid-1990s, she has mainly done voice work for cartoons in video
shorts. In 1995, she played "Jenny" in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's .
Judy Canova (November 20, 1913 – August 5, 1983) born Juliette Canova, (some sources indicate Julietta Canova), was an American comedian, actress, singer, andradio personality. She appeared on Broadway and in films. She hosted her own self-titled network radio program, a popular series broadcast from 1943 to 1955.
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When bandleader Rudy Vallée offered the still-teenaged Canova a guest spot on his radio show in 1931, The Fleischmann Hour, the door opened to a career that spanned more than five decades. The popularity of the Canova family led to numerous performances on radio in the 1930s, and they made their Broadway theater debut in the revue Calling All Stars. An offer from Warner Bros. led to several bit parts before she signed with Republic Pictures. She recorded for the RCA Victorlabel and appeared in more than two dozen Hollywood films, playing leading roles as well as supporting parts, including Scatterbrain (1940), Joan of Ozark (1942), and Lay That Rifle Down (1955).
In 1943, she began her own radio program, The Judy Canova Show, that ran for twelve years—first on CBS and then on NBC. Playing herself as a love-starved Ozark bumpkin dividing her time between home and Southern California, Canova was accompanied by a cast that included voicemaster Mel Blanc as Pedro (using the accented voice he later gave the cartoon character Speedy Gonzales) and Sylvester (using the voice that later became associated with the Looney Tunes character); Ruth Perrott as Aunt Aggie; Ruby Dandridge as Geranium; Joseph Kearns as Benchley Botsford; and Sharon Douglas as Brenda. Gale Gordon, Sheldon Leonard, Gerald Mohr, and Hans Conried also appeared sporadically
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