Carol Cleveland

Carol Cleveland

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Carol Cleveland (born 13 January, 1942, London) is an English comic actress, most notable for her appearances as the only significant female performer on "Monty Python's Flying Circus".

Early life

Born in London, she moved to the United States with her mother and stepfather at an early age and was raised in Philadelphia, San Antonio, Texas, and later Pasadena, California, where she attended John Marshall Junior High School and Pasadena High School. She returned to London with her family in 1960. [ [ Biography from Carol Cleveland's official website] ] She is a former Miss California Navy and appeared as Miss Teen Queen in "MAD Magazine" at age 15. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Her mother, Pat, appeared in "Monty Python" on several occasions, once as a mental patient with an axe embedded in her head.


Aside from her multiple performances on "Monty Python's Flying Circus", she also appeared with Spike Milligan and on "The Two Ronnies", "The Persuaders!", and other TV shows and films. She appeared in thirty of the forty five episodes of the series" Monty Python's Flying Circus" (including the very first) and all four of the "Monty Python" movies, including the dual roles of Zoot and Dingo, of the maidens in the Castle Anthrax, in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".

Privately called "Carol Cleavage" by the other Pythons, she played an archetypal blonde bombshell. Stage directions for her first sketch described her as "a blonde buxom wench in the full bloom of womanhood." She called herself the "glamour stooge".

In 1995, Cleveland had a small cameo in a "Fist of Fun" sketch. This BBC comedy show featured Stewart Lee and Richard Herring.

Cleveland was voted number three in "Splendor" magazine's "100 Most Beautiful Entertainers" list in 1972.

She now performs in a one-woman show, "Carol Cleveland Reveals All".


During a radio interview in Birmingham to promote a British tour of Tom Stoppard's play "Dirty Linen" in the early 1980s, Cleveland confided an embarrassing incident in dress rehearsal. One scene called for her to climb onto a table and pull off her skirt. It was only when her fellow cast-members went suddenly silent that Cleveland realised she'd forgotten to put on any underwear that morning.

At age 15, "Mad" gave her measurements as 36-24-34. At age 24, according to another press clipping on her website, they were 36-22-35.

A side project of indie rock group The Spinto Band was named Carol Cleveland Sings.


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