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Vivienne Segal

Actress Vivienne Segal was best known for creating the role of Vera Simpson in the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey, for which she sang what would become her signature song, “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered.” Segal studied music and drama at the Sisters of Mercy Academy and performed in amateur productions for the Philadelphia Opera Society before getting her first big break in the Broadway show Blue Paradise in 1915. She went on to perform in a variety of shows, including the 1924 and 1925 Ziegfeld Follies, 1928’s The Three Musketeers, and the lead role in 1938’s No, No, Nanette. As Queen Morgan Le Fay in the 1943 revival of Connecticut Yankee, she performed “To Keep My Love Alive,” a new song written specifically for her. She reprised her role in Pal Joey in 1952, winning the Donaldson Award and New York Drama Critics Award for best actress. She also branched out into other media, performing on film, radio, and even television, with guest appearances on shows like Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She retired in the 1960s.

Vivienne Segal circa 1915
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Vivienne Segal circa 1915.
Date of Birth
April 19, 1897
Place of Birth
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death
December 29, 1992

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Vivienne Segal." (Viewed on December 14, 2018) <>.


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