Janis Carter
Carter in 1940s
Janis Elinore Dremann

(1913-10-10)October 10, 1913
DiedJuly 30, 1994(1994-07-30) (aged 80)
Resting placeMaplewood Cemetery, Durham, North Carolina
Alma materWestern Reserve University
Years active1937–1956
Spouse(s)Carl Prager
(m. 1942—div. 1951)
Julius Stulman
(m. 1956—1994; her death)

Janis Carter (born Janis Elinore Dremann, October 10, 1913 – July 30, 1994) was an American stage and film actress who performed throughout the 1940s and into the 1950s. During the mid-1950s, she began working regularly on television, co-hosting with Bud Collyer the NBC daytime game show Feather Your Nest.[1]

Early years

Carter was born Janis Elinore Dremann[2] in Cleveland, Ohio.[3] She changed her last name because people had trouble pronouncing it and spelling it, choosing her grandmother's maiden name as her new last name.[4]

After initial training as a pianist, Carter changed to singing when she was 8 years old. Her elementary and secondary education was provided by schools in East Cleveland, Ohio. After that, she attended Western Reserve University, graduating with two degrees — bachelor of arts and bachelor of music. She also participated in dramatics in college.[4]


Carter, Janet Blair and Franchot Tone in I Love Trouble (1948)
Carter, Janet Blair and Franchot Tone in I Love Trouble (1948)

After attending Mather College[5] in Cleveland, Ohio, Carter headed to New York in an attempt to start a career in opera. Although that goal was unsuccessful, when she was subsequently working on Broadway she was spotted on stage by Darryl F. Zanuck, who signed her to a movie deal. Her Broadway credits included Du Barry Was a Lady (1939), Virginia (1937),[6] and Panama Hattie (1940).[7]

After moving to Hollywood, she appeared in over 30 films beginning in 1941 for 20th Century Fox, MGM, Columbia, and RKO. She appeared in the films Night Editor (1946) and Framed (1947) with Glenn Ford, and Flying Leathernecks (1951) with John Wayne. After leaving Los Angeles, Carter returned to New York and found work in television in comedies and dramas and as hostess for the quiz show Feather Your Nest opposite Bud Collyer.[8][9]

Personal life and death

Carter married Carl Prager, a musician and composer, in 1942, but they divorced nine years later. In 1956, she wed Julius Stulman, a New York lumber and shipping tycoon. After their marriage, she retired from show business.[3] The couple remained together until 1994, when Carter, at age 80, died from a heart attack in Durham, North Carolina.[10]

Partial filmography


  1. ^ "Janis Carter; Actress Hosted TV Quiz Show", obituary, Los Angeles Times, August 4, 1994, p. A16. ProQuest Historical Newspapers, Ann Arbor, Michigan; subscription access through the University of North Carolina Library at Chapel Hill.
  2. ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 96. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b Vallance, Tom (5 August 1994). "Obituary: Janis Carter". Independent. Archived from the original on 29 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Sings 'Eastertidings'". The Post-Standard. New York, Syracuse. April 7, 1946. p. 31. Retrieved June 29, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ Rose, William Ganson (August 27, 1990). Cleveland: The Making of a City. Kent State University Press. ISBN 9780873384285 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "("Janis Carter" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  7. ^ Morehouse, Ward. "Broadway After Dark." New York Sun, 14 February 1941. (Janis Joyce replacing Carter, "who's gone to Hollywood.")
  8. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 338. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  9. ^ Kenigsberg, Ben (2008). "Movies - The New York Times". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  10. ^ "Janis Carter, 80, Actress and TV Host". NYTimes.com. 1994-08-02. Retrieved 2016-11-02.