For 10 years, Juliette Cavazzi was a fixture of Saturday-night television and became a true Canadian star.
She was born, Juliette Augustina Sysak, in St. Vidal, Manitoba, but grew up in Vancouver, where she began singing at age 13 with the Dal Richards band at the Hotel Vancouver. In 1954, she moved to Toronto, finding success on CBC radio and television, where she made guest appearances on Holiday Ranch before being hired as a featured vocalist on the Billy O'Connor Show. After her break with the Billy O'Connor Show, she took the Saturday night time slot and her popularity led to her own show. While the theme song of "Love and Marriage" played, announcer Gil Christie would say the famous introduction: "Now here's your pet ... Ju-u-liette."
Her easy rapport with the audience made Juliette one of the most popular shows produced by the CBC -- only Hockey Night in Canada and the National news out-drew her. She also starred in several TV specials and was a regular in many CBC -TV performances. In 1978, she received the Order of Canada.
She married a musician, Tony Cavazzi, who also became her manager. Now retired, Juliette lives in Vancouver, still sings with the Dal Richards Orchestra, and takes care of her gorgeous geraniums.
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