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Kay St. Germain; Sang on Radio and in Musicals

November 19, 1994

Kay St. Germain, a featured vocalist of the big-band era, known nationally for her work in radio and locally for musical and dramatic productions at the Golden Theatre in Burbank, has died.

Her longtime friend Ruth Henning said Friday that Miss St. Germain, once married to actor-comedian Jack Carson--was 80 when she died at her daughter's home in Tucson on Nov. 8.

She sang with the Anson Weeks band while still in her teens but settled in Hollywood when she tired of the road in the late 1930s.

She was a featured singer on the radio programs of Eddie Cantor, Meredith Willson and Carson.

She and Carson married in 1940 and she retired after they had two children.

Miss St. Germain began to resume her career after their divorce in 1950. She worked in such musicals as "Annie" and won a Dramalogue Award for her portrayal of Miss Hanagan. She also toured in a one-woman show she called "Love, Laughter and Song."

Most recently she was seen in "Fade to Blue," a musical revue about pre-World War II America.

She also remarried, to businessman Edward Wells, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children Catherine and John, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at the North Hollywood Church of Religious Science.

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