The Untold Story of Clarice

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Do you remember Clarice from the 1964 Christmas movie “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”? Of course you do. You probably remember the song she sang too “There’s  Always Tomorrow.” Have you ever wondered who sang that song? I have. The woman who did certainly had a very clear and amazing voice. So of course me being me I had to find out. Not so easy of a task as you might suspect. You’d think that kind of information would be readily available on the internet given the over 50 years (holy crap) that this short children’s movie has been absolutely adored by people around the globe right?

Well apparently having a lovely voice in 1964 and costarring in an epic film (she sang the song and played Clarice) doesn’t mean anyone is going to remember who you are.

After more effort than I care to admit or had planned when I fist decided to find out, I discovered that the woman who played Clarice was soprano Janis Orenstein. The movie credits incorrectly list her as Janet Orenstein (unless you’re saying that Janet is English for Janis and if so …. that’s right Esteban you’re name is Steveo, beeotch).

Janis Orenstein was born on July 1, 1948. She was an actress, known for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), The Labyrinth (1963) and Festival (1960). Janis began her vocal studies at age six at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. After further studies at the Julliard School of Music in New York and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in England, she graduated from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. As an opera singer she has performed extensively in Canada and Germany. She died on December 30, 2010 in Ontario, Canada.

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This is as much of a bio as I could get my hands on. I think she deserves better. In the photo above she is 15 years old and sung at the Worlds Fair in New York City. In the photo below she is an old lady holding her copy of the Rudolph scrip. Rest in peace Janis we may have forgotten your name but your voice will warm the hearts of kids of every age for years to come.

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