Singer Gisele MacKenzie

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 4, 2004

I was a teenager in the late 1940s and Gisele MacKenzie was my favorite female singer. I would appreciate anything you could tell me about her.

—Arthur W., Arkansas

The singer/actress who made a name for herself on the TV show Your Hit Parade died in September 2003 at age 76. MacKenzie, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, showed an affinity for music as a child. She sang, played the violin and the piano, and studied music formally at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. She had her own radio show with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. by age 19, and soon thereafter moved to Hollywood. She immediately found work at radio, eventually landing a spot as a featured singer on The Mario Lanza Show. Jack Benny became a fan, and she appeared regularly on his TV show in the early 1950s. He recommended her for the show Your Hit Parade, which featured a cast of singers performing the top pop songs of the day. MacKenzie had her own hit, Hard To Get, in 1955. She continued to perform through the years, appearing on TV shows such as Murder, She Wrote and Boy Meets World. Married and divorced twice, she is survived by her daughter, Gigi, and son, Mac.