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Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Death
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death
Show Tunes, Vocal Pop, Cast Recordings, Stage & Screen, Traditional Pop
Soothing, Laid-Back/Mellow, Poignant, Calm/Peaceful, Sentimental, Romantic, Stylish, Intimate, Refined/Mannered
Claim to Fame
Las Vegas Legend
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He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the son of Joseph and Jeannette Goulet. After hearing his son sing "Lead Kindly Light", in their church hall, his father told him, "I`m proud of you, son". A few weeks later his father, lying on his death bed, called Robert to his side and told him the Lord had given him a beautiful voice and he must go and sing. His father died when he was 13 and he moved to Edmonton, Canada, a year later. Goulet won a singing scholarship to the Royal Conservatory of music in Toronto and in 1951 made his concert debut at Edmonton in Handel`s Messiah. Goulet was also a DJ on Canada`s CKUA in Edmonton for two years. In 1960 he landed one of his biggest roles as Lancelot in Broadway`s Camelot opposite Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. He received a Tony award in 1968 for his role in "Happy Time". He and first wife Louise Longmore had one daughter, Nikki. His second wife, actress and singer Carol Lawrence, produced two sons, Christopher and Michael. In 1982, with Glenn Ford giving the bride away, he was married in Las Vegas to Vera Novak, a Yugoslavian-born writer, photographer and artist. When not living at their home in Las Vegas, they reside on their yacht "Rogo" in Los Angeles. Goulet has performed at the White House for three presidents as well as a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II.
On September 30, 2007, he was hospitalized in Las Vegas, where he was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, "a rare but rapidly progressive and potentially fatal condition." On October 13 he was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after it was determined he "would not survive without an emergency lung transplant." Goulet died on October 30, 2007 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, while awaiting a transplant. He is survived by his wife and three children, sons Christopher and Michael, and daughter Nicolette, who is the mother of his grandchildren, Jordan Gerard and Solange.
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Robert Gerard Goulet
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Robert Gerard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was an American singer and actor of French-Canadian ancestry. Goulet was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Cast as Sir Lancelot and originating the role in the 1960 Broadway musical Camelot starring opposite theater giants Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, he took Broadway by storm and achieved instant recognition with his performance and interpretation of the show-stopping song “If Ever I Would Leave You” which became his signature song.
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Joseph Georges André Goulet
Jeannette Gauthier Goulet
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