In terms of the Hollywood-&-Vine axis, Paige was a B star, actually a co-star. Yeah, maybe on paper. But in reality, on the big screen, whatever film she was in, she commanded as only a Star can.
For all intents and purposes, she had what I call the Kay Thompson role in Rouben Mamoulian's film of Cole Porter's "Silk Stockings" (1975). Surely you remember her one big scene, belting out and dancing with antic glee with Fred Astaire in the "Stereophonic Sound" number (choreographed by Hermès Pan, with an assisst from Eugene Loring). She was no substitute here. In "Silk Stockings," Paige pretty much out-Thompsons Thompson.
It was a crap shoot - literally - if either Paige or Raitt would be in the film. Frank Sinatra was approached for the Raitt role - he would have played opposite Paige - but he declined. Enter Doris Day, who accepted the female lead and played opposite Raitt in the 1957 film.
Oddly enough, Paige had starred with Day in the latter's first film, Michael Curtiz' 1948 "Romance on the High Seas," and went on to appear with her in the aforementioned "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," in which they played rivals.
Notes in Passing: Doris Day was 97 when she passed. She is survived by at least one former co-star, Janis Paige whose birthday is September 16th. She'll be ... 97. Her last theatrical film was Burt Kennedy's "Welcome to Hard Times," released in 1967 and starring Henry Fonda, Warren Oates and Janice Rule. After that, she became a fixture in some 50 TV movies and series (often as a recurring character). Her final acting role came on "Family Law" in 2001.
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~Publicity still of Paige for "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"
~Paige in "The Caretakers"
~A typical pose for "Silk Stockings"