Jane Norman – better known
as Philadelphia kid show host Pixanne – was, and is, so much
more than just another pretty face. She was one of the brightest,
most talented and most popular kid show hosts anywhere, ever.
Jane was born in Philadelphia’s East Oak
Lane section and by the age of 3 was a Mozart-like musical prodigy
who played classical
piano and composed. At the age of 8, she wrote a piece that was
performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. By her mid-teens, she
was acting in and directing professional theater.
graduating from Olney High School and Temple University, Jane
became a kindergarten teacher whose innovative
musical/theatrical teaching style delighted children and parents
alike, and eventually caught the eye of a TV producer. “The
Pixanne Show” began in Philadelphia and was later nationally
syndicated. At its peak, the show pulled in higher ratings than
Captain Kangaroo, the early evening news, and nearly every other
show on network television. Children loved the way Pixanne flew
through the air at the beginning and end of each show. They loved
her songs and her stories. Parents loved the show’s wholesomeness,
and teachers happily recognized its educational value.
When “Pixanne” ended its 17-year run, Jane refused
to sit around and collect pixie dust. She traveled down not one
but many exciting new career paths – author, home repairs
guru, producer, motivational speaker, talk show host, and of course
musician. Now a successful recording artist and cabaret performer,
Philadelphia’s favorite former pixie is showing the world
she has plenty of magic in her yet.
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