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Gisèle MacKenzie (January 10, 1927–September 5, 2003) was a Canadianmarker-American singer, most famous for her performances on the popular television program Your Hit Parade.

She was born Gisèle Marie-Louise Marguerite LaFlèche in Winnipeg, Manitobamarker, and studied violin and voice at The Royal Conservatory of Musicmarker in Toronto, Ontariomarker. She had her own Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio program, Meet Gisèle, before moving to Los Angeles, Californiamarker in 1951. She became a naturalized US citizen in 1955.

MacKenzie possessed a crystalline, resonant singing voice. She had perfect pitch. It has been said that she was one of the greatest female vocalists of her generation. She recorded album and 45rpm single on various record labels, most notably Capitolmarker and RCA. Her biggest selling song was "Hard To Get" in 1955.

MacKenzie was an accomplished violinist and performed many comedic musical duets with mentor Jack Benny. She remarked that Benny was so enthusiastic about his own violin playing that at each break in rehearsal he would get his violin and they'd play duets. In an often-played clip, she and Benny perform a violin duet of Getting To Know You, in which she breaks their synchronization several times to add some extra musical flourishes, to his mock irritation. Finally, he breaks in with a lengthy (and stereotypically mediocre) flourish of his own, and evokes audience laughter with mock indignation: "Fool around with ME, sister!"

She sang frequently on early television shows such as The Jack Benny Program, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, and The Ed Sullivan Show. She appeared often at Las Vegasmarker venues and in numerous North America concerts.

In the U.S., she appeared on radio on such stars' programs as Bob Crosby and Mario Lanza. She also hosted a radio show entitled Airtime.

In 1952 and 1953 she toured with Benny, who recommended her for Your Hit Parade. During her tenure on that show, "Hard to Get" became a hit. MacKenzie appeared on the show for several years, finally leaving in 1957 to head her own short-lived variety program, The Gisele MacKenzie Show. She returned to television in 1963 on The Sid Caesar Show and was a panelist on many quiz programs.

In later years MacKenzie performed widely in musical theater in such shows as Mame, Gypsy,The Sound of Music, and Hello, Dolly! She turned to acting in the 1990s, making guest appearances on television series including Murder, She Wrote and MacGyver.

MacKenzie has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Famemarker at 1601 Vine.

She died from colon cancer, aged 76, in 2003. Her daughter is contemporary jazz artist Gigi MacKenzie.

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