Born 1936 in Bombay, British India to an English father and South African mother, Juliet Prowse began studying dance at the age of four. In her early twenties, she was dancing at a club in Paris when she was spotted by a talent agent and eventually signed to play the role of Claudine in the Walter Lang film Can-Can (1960).
Prowse co-starred alongside Elvis Presley in G.I. Blues (1960). During shooting of the film, they had a short and intense fling. “Elvis and I had an affair. … We had a sexual attraction like two healthy young people, but he was already a victim of his fans. We always met in his room and never went out.”
Although her film and television career did not make her as big a star as predicted, Prowse had a rather philosophical way of looking at it. “Things generally happen for the best. … I never worry about what happens in my career, because I can always do something else.”
In 1994, Prowse was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In 1995, she went into remission and was well enough to tour with Mickey Rooney in Sugar Babies. The cancer subsequently returned and she died on September 14, 1996, eleven days short of her 60th birthday.
Known for her attractive legs, she was described after her death as having “… arguably the best legs since Betty Grable.”