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Also Known As: Died: December 29, 1992
Born: April 19, 1897 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Profession:

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Trained operatic singer who enjoyed success on Broadway in such famed shows as "No, No, Nanette" (1925) and "The Desert Song" (1926) and, several years later, joined the hordes who were summoned to Hollywood with the coming of sound. Musicals were all the craze for a time, and in 1930 Segal played the female lead in four of them, beginning with "Song of the West". The best known of the quartet is undoubtedly the racist yet hilariously bad camp cult classic "Golden Dawn", with Segal in the title role of a young African who discovers that she is white! When audiences reacted against the glut of musicals, Segal's film career short-circuited. She did, however, play a vamp three years later in support of the one stage operetta star who did catch on, Jeanette MacDonald, in the charming "The Cat and the Fiddle" (1933). The Broadway stage, especially the works of Rodgers and Hart, offered Segal better chances in the successful "I Married an Angel" (1938) and "Pal Joey" (1940).

Trained operatic singer who enjoyed success on Broadway in such famed shows as "No, No, Nanette" (1925) and "The Desert Song" (1926) and, several years later, joined the hordes who were summoned to Hollywood with the coming of sound. Musicals were all the craze for a time, and in 1930 Segal played the female lead in four of them, beginning with "Song of the West". The best known of the quartet is undoubtedly the racist yet hilariously bad camp cult classic "Golden Dawn", with Segal in the title role of a young African who discovers that she is white! When audiences reacted against the glut of musicals, Segal's film career short-circuited. She did, however, play a vamp three years later in support of the one stage operetta star who did catch on, Jeanette MacDonald, in the charming "The Cat and the Fiddle" (1933). The Broadway stage, especially the works of Rodgers and Hart, offered Segal better chances in the successful "I Married an Angel" (1938) and "Pal Joey" (1940).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Cat and the Fiddle (1934) Odette [Brieux]
2.
 Viennese Nights (1931) Elsa
3.
 Golden Dawn (1930) Dawn
4.
 Bride of the Regiment (1930) Countess Anna-Marie
5.
 Song of the West (1930) Virginia
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Notes

Segal was, for a time, a strong contender for the title role in Ernst Lubitsch's musical remake of "The Merry Widow" (1934). It was a part that might have revitalized her film career, but upon Lubitsch's insistence Jeanette MacDonald eventually played the role opposite Maurice Chevalier.

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husband:
Robert D Ames. Actor. First husband; divorced.
husband:
Hubbell Robinson Jr. TV executive. Married 1950 until his death in 1974; worked as a vice president for CBS.

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sister:
Louise Paget Kowalski.

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