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Born as Hannah Beatrice Kuper, she performed as "Honey Kuper" and "Honey Day" for part of her career in vaudeville, radio, motion pictures, sound recordings, night clubs, and television. Her career began at the age of six as "Little Lord Fauntleroy" in stock theatre. She went on to becoming a headliner at Billy Rose's famed Diamond Horseshoe Nightclub in new York. She was on Mercury Theatre (directed by orson Welles), and eventually hosted a radio show, "The Beatrice Kay Show".
She appeared at top nightclubs including San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel Venetian Room, the Moulin Rouge in Paris, Hollywood's famed Ciro's, and at the El Rancho Hotel in Las vegas. She also recorded several albums, and appeared in a 1945 motion picture about the club where she had performed in her early years - Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (the film starred Betty Grable and Dick Haymes).
She appeared with Cliff Robertson in 1961's Underworld USA and in 1969's part in the film "Ginger in the Morning" (which starred Susan Oliver, Sissy Spacek and Monte Markham).
Songs which she helped popularize include "A Bird in a Gilded Cage", "No! No! A Thousand Times No!", "The Band Played On", "Mention My Name in Sheboygan", and "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay".
as Clemintine Hawkins cap by Chey Over her career, Kay starred in many television shows, including:
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Kay toured on the road in 1972 With "The Big Show of 1936" (co-starring Ben Blue, Jackie Coogan, The Ink Spots, Virginia O'Brien, Ray Bolger, and the Weire Brothers), which played major concert venues including New York's Madison Square Garden.
She retired to operate a holiday resort dude ranch, but returned to show business following a devastating fire that destoyed her home. She died in 1986, having been in poor health after suffering a series of stokes.
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