Kay Armen

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Birth name Armenuhi Manoogian
Birthplace Chicago
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Birth date 2 November 1915
Death date 2011/10/03
Death year 2011
Ethnicities Armenian
Dialects Western Armenian
Awards St. Vartan Award, St. Sahag-St. Mesrob Medal, National Medal of Honor for the Arts, Handel Medallion

In Memoriam: Kay Armen, 95, an accomplished singer

Published: Sunday November 13, 2011

New York - Kay Armen died peacefully on October 3, 2011 after a short illness, at the age of 95.

Born on November 2, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Armen (née Armenuhi Manoogian) was the first of four children born to Armenian parents.

In 2008, Ms. Armen was honored with a pontifical encyclical and the "St. Sahag-St. Mesrob Medal" from the Catholicos of All Armenians, the highest honor bestowed by the worldwide Armenian Church to artists for their significant lifetime advancement in the arts and culture.

In the 1980s, New York's St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral honored her with its "St. Vartan Award" for her longstanding support of the cathedral construction project, and for her continuing contributions to its cultural life.

Affectionately known as "Charmin' Kay Armen," Kay had an illustrious show business career which spanned almost 60 years in the radio, television, stage, screen and recording industries. A singer, actress and composer, she made many records and performed on stage, in night clubs, films and on television.

Her many radio hits include the phenomenally successful "Stop the Music," with Bert Parks, on both radio and later on TV. At one time Armen was heard on all three national radio networks, CBS, NBC and ABC, with various programs. Playwright William Saroyan and her cousin, Ross Bagdasarian (creator of the Chipmunks) wrote "Come on-a My House" for Kay Armen and it was later recorded by many artists, including Rosemary Clooney.

On television, she starred in the hit sitcom "Love and Marriage," and Ray Bolger's "Washington Square," in which she was his singing star, and was a regular guest on many talk-variety shows, including "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson," "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Merv Griffin Show" and "The Mike Douglas Show."

She made her screen debut in the 1955 MGM musical smash, "Hit the Deck," appearing with co-stars Vic Damone, Debbie Reynolds, Tony Martin, Jane Powell and Ann Miller. The production finale from "Hit the Deck" in which Ms. Armen sings "Hallelujah" is featured in the MGM musical retrospective "That's Entertainment!" (1974).

In 1995, President Clinton presented her with the National Medal of Honor for the Arts, and in 2000, she received the prestigious Handel Medallion from New York City.

In October 2005, Ms. Armen was honored by the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The prestigious "Opera News Magazine" called Kay Armen "one of the great pop contraltos of all time."

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Passing of Kay Armen

PRESS RELEASE Diocese of the Armenian Church of America 630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016 Tel: (212) 686-0710 Fax: (212) 779-3558 Web: http://www.armenianchurch.org/ Email: prl@armeniandiocese.org

Philip Mealey, ASCAP, (973) 375-5307 George Maksian, (201) 569-0289 Chris Zakian, (212) 686-0710

Family, Friends and Fans Mourn the Passing of Kay Armen and Celebrate Her Lifetime of Achievement

October 12, 2011 - New York Kay Armen died peacefully on October 3, 2011 after a short illness, at the age of 95. Born on November 2, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Armen (née Armenuhi Manoogian) was the first of four children born to Armenian parents.

In 2008, Ms. Armen was honored with a pontifical encyclical and the `St. Sahag-St. Mesrob Medal' from the Catholicos of All Armenians, the highest honor bestowed by the worldwide Armenian Church to artists for their significant lifetime advancement in the arts and culture.

In the 1980s, New York's St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral honored her with its `St. Vartan Award' for her longstanding support of the cathedral construction project, and for her continuing contributions to its cultural life.

Affectionately known as `Charmin' Kay Armen,' Kay had an illustrious show business career which spanned almost 60 years in the radio, television, stage, screen and recording industries. A singer, actress and composer, she made many records and performed on stage, in night clubs, films and on television.

Her many radio hits include the phenomenally successful `Stop the Music,' with Bert Parks, on both radio and later on TV. At one time Armen was heard on all three national radio networks, CBS, NBC and ABC, with various programs. PlaywrightWilliam Saroyan and her cousin, Ross Bagdasarian (creator of the Chipmunks) wrote `Come on-a My House' for Kay Armen and it was later recorded by many artists, including Rosemary Clooney.

On television, she starred in the hit sitcom `Love and Marriage,' and Ray Bolger's `Washington Square,' in which she was his singing star, and was a regular guest on many talk-variety shows, including `The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson,' `The Ed Sullivan Show,' `The Merv Griffin Show' and `The Mike Douglas Show.'

She made her screen debut in the 1955 MGM musical smash, `Hit the Deck,' appearing with co-stars Vic Damone, Debbie Reynolds, Tony Martin, Jane Powell and Ann Miller. The production finale from `Hit the Deck' in which Ms. Armen sings `Hallelujah' is featured in the MGM musical retrospective `That's Entertainment!' (1974).

In 1995, President Clinton presented her with the National Medal of Honor for the Arts, and in 2000, she received the prestigious Handel Medallion from New York City.

In October 2005, Ms. Armen was honored by the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The prestigious `Opera News Magazine' called Kay Armen `one of the great pop contraltos of all time.'

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Facts about "Kay Armen"
Armenian dialectsWestern Armenian +
AwardsSt. Vartan Award +, St. Sahag-St. Mesrob Medal +, National Medal of Honor for the Arts + and Handel Medallion +
Birth dateNovember 2, 1915 +
Birth day2 +
Birth monthNovember +
Birth year1,915 +
Birthplace coordinates41° 52' 41", -87° 37' 47"Latitude: 41.8781136
Longitude: -87.6297982
+
Birthplace nameChicago +
Death dateOctober 3, 2011 +
Death year2,011 +
EthnicitiesArmenian +
Person nameKay Armen +