Carol ClevelandCarol Cleveland
-) is a British
, most notable for her appearances as the only significant woman performer on Monty Python's Flying Circus
. She also appeared with Spike Milligan
and on The Benny Hill Show
, The Two Ronnies
, and other TV shows and films. She appeared in all four Monty Python
TV series and all four of the Monty Python
Privately called Carol Cleavage
by the other Pythons, Carol played a caricature
of the blonde bombshell stereotype
. Stage directions for her first sketch described her as "a blonde buxome wench in the full bloom of womanhood". Although she did not really enjoy being restricted this way, her performances were brilliant and hilarious. She called herself the glamour stooge
She is a former Miss California Navy and appeared as Miss Teen Queen in MAD Magazine at age 15. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and now performs in a one-woman show, Carol Cleveland Reveals All.
Her mother, Pat, appeared in Monty Python on several occasions, once as a mental patient with an axe embedded in her head.
- "But it was my only line!" -- punchline of numerous Python sketches in which her part was cut.