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Carol Cleveland in 2009
(m. 1971; div. 1983)
Born in East Sheen, London, she moved to the United States with her mother and U.S. Air Force stepfather at an early age. She was brought up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lubbock, Texas; and later Pasadena, California, where she attended John Marshall Junior High School and Pasadena High School. She is a former Miss California Navy and appeared as Miss Teen Queen in MAD Magazine at age 15. Carol was Miss Teen in the August 1958 issue of Dig magazine.
A stage actress and model who had appeared as an extra in The Persuaders!, a secretary in The Saint, and other TV shows and films, she started to appear as an extra in BBC comedy productions, including The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise and various vehicles for Spike Milligan.
That brought her to the attention of the production team of Monty Python's Flying Circus. She appeared in 30 of the 45 episodes in the series, plus all four Monty Python movies. Cleveland has contributed to many post-Python projects including the Concert for George and Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy). She has also appeared in many documentaries about the group's history, including Monty Python: Almost the Truth (Lawyers Cut).
Cleveland was voted number three in Splendor magazine's "100 Most Beautiful Entertainers" list in 1972.
In 1986, Cleveland played an American television journalist in Only Fools and Horses, in the episode "The Miracle of Peckham"; then in 1995, Cleveland had a small cameo in a sketch within Fist of Fun, a BBC comedy show featuring Stewart Lee and Richard Herring.
- Strictly for the Birds (1963)
- The Pleasure Girls (1965)
- A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)
- Mister Ten Per Cent (1967)
- The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)
- The Adding Machine (1969)
- Moon Zero Two (1969)
- And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)
- All I Want Is You... and You... and You... (1974)
- Vampira (1974)
- The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
- The Brute (1977)
- Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
- Funny Money (1983)
- Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)
- Annie: A Royal Adventure! (1995)
- Concert for George (2002)
- Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) (2009)
- A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012, voice role)
- Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014)
- "Carol Cleveland Press Article". Carolcleveland.com. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
- "Carol Cleveland's Bio Page". Carolcleveland.com. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
- Hogan, Michael (22 June 2014). "Carol Cleveland interview: 'I loved every minute of Python, but in some respects, it has been a ball and chain'". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2020.