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Juliet Prowse (September 25, 1936 √ September 14, 1996) was a British-American dancer and actress who was born in Bombay, India, to South African parents.
Prowse began studying dance at the age of four. In her early twenties she was dancing at a club in Paris when she was spotted by a talent agent and eventually signed to play the part of Claudine in the 1960 Walter Lang film, Can-Can. Juliet Prowse reached the height of her popularity in the 1960s, appearing alongside Elvis Presley in G.I. Blues.
Juliet Prowse was the first guest on The Muppet Show. She had her own NBC sitcom for one season; 1965's Mona McCluskey (produced by George Burns).
She met Frank Sinatra on the set of Can-Can and for a time the two were engaged, but they split badly and Sinatra ignored her thereafter. It was around this time that Juliet received enormous publicity for her connection with Sinatra, as well as for having Hollywood's most beautiful legs. She would later show off her dancer's legs in a series of commercials for L'Eggs.
She died in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer, two weeks short of her sixtieth birthday in 1996. She was survived by her son and her mother. Her ex-husband, TV actor John McCook, who is the father of her only child, reconciled with her shortly before she died after many years of acrimony.
The film contains some of Cole Porter's most enduring songs, including I Love Paris, It's All Right With Me, C'est Magnifique. Some of the songs from the original Broadway musical were replaced by other Porter songs, including Let's Do It, Just One of Those Things and You Do Something to Me.
Can-Can is a 1960 musical film made by Suffolk-Cummings productions and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Walter Lang, produced by Jack Cummings and Saul Chaplin, from a screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley and Charles Lederer, based on the musical play by Abe Burrows with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Art direction was by Jack Martin Smith and Lyle R. Wheeler, costume design by Irene Sharaff and dance staging by Hermes Pan. The film was photographed in Todd-AO. It was, after Ben-Hur, the top grossing film of 1960.
The film starred Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier and introduced Juliet Prowse in her first film role.
The film received two Academy Awards nominations: for Costume Design: Irene Sharaff and Best Original Music Score: Nelson Riddle.
During the filming, Soviet premier Nikita Kruschev famously visited the 20th Century Fox studios  and was allegedly shocked by the goings-on. He took the opportunity to make propagandistic use of his visit and described the dance, and by extension, American culture as "depraved" and "pornographic"
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