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10/27/2017 18:07 EDT | Updated 10/27/2017 18:20 EDT

Canadian television pioneer 'Your pet Juliette' dies at 91 in Vancouver

VANCOUVER — The CBC has reported that one of its pioneering performers on Canadian television in the 1950s and '60s has died.

Juliette Cavazzi — who performed professionally under only her first name — was 91.

The CBC reported on Friday that friends and family confirmed Cavazzi died overnight Thursday.

Cavazzi, born in St. Vital, Man., headlined the wholesome CBC musical variety program "The Juliette Show" for 10 years beginning in 1956, where she was introduced as "your pet, Juliette."

The Canadian Encyclopedia called it "one of Canada's most popular television shows" of the day, regularly ranking just behind "Hockey Night in Canada" and the national news, thanks in large part to Cavazzi's "folksy pop style and easy rapport with an audience."

She was named a member of the Order of Canada and was honoured on Canada's Walk of Fame.

Her career began in Vancouver, where she had moved with her family when she was 10, and continued in Toronto where appeared on CBC radio and television.

After the cancellation of "The Juliette Show," Cavazzi hosted a CBC afternoon talk show and another short-lived variety show in the 1970s.

She retired to Vancouver.