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Carol (Swiedler) Richards

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RICHARDS , Carol (Swiedler)
Carol Richards (Swiedler), singer, radio and television performer, well-remembered for her duet with Bing Crosby on the hit single “Silver Bells”, died Friday in Vero Beach, Florida. She was 84.
Born on June 6, 1922, Richards won a Bob Hope talent contest in her early 20s, moved to Hollywood and made numerous TV appearances including I Love Lucy, Name That Tune, The Saturday Night Review, and variety shows hosted by Ralph Edwards, Dennis Day, Pinky Lee, Edgar Bergen, and Ezio Pinza. For four years (1953-1957), she was a regular cast member on the Bob Crosby Show. She was the movie singing voice for Vera Ellen in Call Me Madam, for Cyd Charisse in Silk Stockings, Brigadoon, Deep in my Heart, and It's Always Fair Weather, and for Betta St. John in The Robe. She worked frequently with Danny Kaye, Jerry Lewis, and Bob Hope, and sang with the Russ Morgan and Desi Arnez Bands.
In the 1960s, after moving to Chicago to raise a growing family, Richards performed at numerous club dates, and appeared frequently on Don McNeil's famous radio show, The Breakfast Club.
She was the loving mother of 15 children, 19 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Edward Swiedler.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 18, 2007
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