Georgia Carroll, Kay Kyser’s singer, then wife, dies

She appeared with band in three films, retired young

Georgia Carroll, who was the featured vocalist in Kay Kyser’s big band orchestra and appeared in three films with him and the band, died Jan. 14 in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 91.

Nicknamed “Gorgeous Georgia,” Carroll appeared “Carolina Blues,” as well as “Around the World,” “Carolina Blues” and “Thousands Cheer,” in which she gave a solo titled “Should I.”

Carroll began her career as a fashion model while still in her teens, gracing the cover of Vogue and Redbook among other mags. After moving to New York from Dallas, she appeared in the Irving Berlin musical “Louisiana Purchase” on Broadway. She inked a movie contract with Warner Bros. in 1941 and appeared as Betsy Ross in the James Cagney tuner “Yankee Doodle Dandy” in 1942.

She married Kyser in 1944 and retired from showbiz in 1946.

Kyser died in 1985. Carroll is survived by two daughters and five grandchildren.

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