Eddie Anderson
Comedian, actor
Eddie Anderson
Edmund Lincoln Anderson, also known as Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, was an American comedian and actor. His most famous role was that of Rochester van Jones, usually known simply as "Rochester", the valet of Jack Benny, on his radio and television shows.
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Is An Art-Form Racist Or Is The Person Who Uses An Art-Form To Communicate A ... - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In the early days of the medium there were servant roles like that of Rochester (Eddie Anderson) on The Jack Benny Show and the multiple black actresses (Ethel Waters, Hattie McDaniel, Louise Beavers) that tackled the show Beulah about a maid who was
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Linden All-Stars fourth in World Series - Longview News-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Assist coaches are Eddie Anderson, Trey Schuler and Jason Neville. "This unique group of boys has made a great name for our community, our region, and themselves," Cave said. The World Series adventure started Friday, July 29 as they pulled out of the
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Cops: 4 Women Arrested In Marina Brawl - KSBW The Central Coast
Google News - over 5 years
Just before 1 am on Sunday, police received a 911 call reporting a large fight on the 2100 block of Lake Drive in Marina, police Sgt. Eddie Anderson said. A woman with facial injuries told police that during the brawl she was attacked by several women
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West, Oak Ridge have solid bases - Knoxville News Sentinel
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West High School's Mike Crockett and Oak Ridge's Eddie Anderson, the respective girls' and boys' PrepXtra track and field coaches of the year, used similar formulas for success this season. Crockett's Lady Rebels repeated as Class AAA
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Oakland Raiders' Top 10 Teams in Franchise History - Bleacher Report
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The defense had Howie Long, Terry McDaniel and Eddie Anderson to go along with the Pro Bowler Townsend. On offense, Tim Brown was at receiver with Willie Gault while Marcus Allen was in the backfield with Jackson to go along with Wisniewski and Mosebar
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Patriots, Holy Cross to honor Jon Morris - Worcester Telegram
Google News - over 5 years
Morris, who played for the legendary Dr. Eddie Anderson at HC, was a three-year starting center and linebacker for the Crusaders and a two-time All-New England honoree. He was inducted to the Holy Cross Varsity Hall of Fame in 1973
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2011 NAIA-SIDA Annual Convention Set For June 25 at Ave Maria University - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Google News - over 5 years
A special thanks to Eddie Anderson, Sports Information Director at Ave Maria and his staff for equipment and entire production. The video link can be accessed here. You may post discussion questions and comments prior to and throughout the convention
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RHA welcomes Aberdeen lorry traffic plan - HGV UK
Google News - over 5 years
Vice-chairman is Eddie Anderson, managing director of ARR Craib, a leading Aberdeen-based haulier and an RHA member company. Anderson said: “The way local authorities provide and manage the road infrastructure has a big impact on the transport industry
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Tourism commission presents successes, 2012 budget to city - State Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
Other members of the TED Commission include: Abe Hawatt (Abe's Steak House), Eddie Anderson (Anderson Farms), and Tina Christian (Hampton Inn) who all serve as commissioners. Hester and Mayor John Holden serve as ex officio members
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LA cemetary seeking living, breathing bodies - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Some Hollywood celebrities buried at Evergreen Cemetery include comedic actor Eddie Anderson (Rochester, The Jack Benny Program); actor Louise Beavers (Delilah, "Imitation of Life"); actor Matthew Beard (Stymie, "Our Gang"); and singer Bobby Nunn ("The
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City Board to meet Monday - State Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
The board will also discuss the reappointment of Walt Bradshaw and Eddie Anderson to the TED Committee. * Alderman Kevin Chaney will present the finance committee minutes to the board. * The board will discuss the reappointment of Rawlin Fowlkes to the
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Nashville Pickers - Nashville Ledger newspaper
Google News - over 5 years
There are autographed items from Jack Benny and his comic foil and friend Rochester (Eddie Anderson.) “Look at this,” says Clark, leading the way to an old, kid-sized electric car that has been used by Music City royalty. “It still works
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Authority decides not to change county's Xpress routes - Cherokee Tribune
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Eddie Anderson, who lives in downtown Canton, said he was also relieved to see no changes made to both routes in Cherokee. Anderson, who works with Johnston, takes Route 490 about three times a week. He said he loves "not having to drive myself" into
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'Cats drive for five - Oak Ridger
Google News - over 5 years
"We thought maybe 40 points was the maximum we could possibly do so we came close to that," Oak Ridge track coach Eddie Anderson said. "Card, with his three personal bests in the discus was the big surprise."
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Apollo to screen 'Gone with the Wind' - Peoria Journal Star
Google News - almost 6 years
Co-starring Clark Gable as one of Hollywood's great rogues, Rhett Butler, the movie also features Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Jane Darwell, Ward Bond, George Reeves, Rand Brooks, Eddie Anderson, Frank Faylen and Victor Jory
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C-Jugend-Handballer der TGW und aus Rimpar eine Runde weiter - Main Post
Google News - almost 6 years
Einzelergebnisse, Veitshöchheim: Andreas Pfaff 1383 Pins (231 Schnitt), Gerhard Günther 1247 (208), Eddie Anderson 1165 (194). Rottendorf: Armin Summa 1142 (190), Janis Briksis 1091 (182), Sven Bausenwein 1033 (172). Der Gerbrunner Mountainbiker
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Eddie Van Halen in pictures - Rock AAA
Google News - almost 6 years
Van Halen insiders who contributed text include Eddie Anderson (director of security 1980-84), Pete Angelus (creative consultant, production/lighting designer), Marshall Berle (personal manager 1977-78), Bill Gazzarri (owner: Gazzarri's nighclub),
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NYTimes - almost 6 years
Movies Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'African Cats' (G, 1:29) About lions and cheetahs, this film's focus on mother love and its impulse to treat nature like a storybook should come as no surprise:
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eddie Anderson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 71
    Anderson died of heart disease on February 28, 1977 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Los Angeles, California.
    More Details Hide Details He was buried in Los Angeles in historic Evergreen Cemetery, the oldest existing cemetery in the city. In a last philanthropic gesture, it was his intention to will his sizable home after his death. The house at 1932 Rochester Cir. in Los Angeles, was to be used to house at-risk substance sober-living residence for homeless substance abusers. Three decades after his death, The Eddie Rochester Anderson Foundation in Los Angeles ("The Rochester House"), helps troubled men transition into society. The Rochester House opened its doors in 1989, and is dedicated in memory of Eddie Anderson. Anderson's son, Eddie, Jr. later established The Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Foundation. Eddie "Rochester" Anderson earned a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio, at 6513 Hollywood Blvd, in Hollywood, and in 2001 Anderson was posthumously inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
  • 1975
    Age 69
    Anderson was elected into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975.
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  • 1972
    Age 66
    By 1972, he attempted a comeback with a nightclub act in Houston which led to being cast in Broadway revival of Good News but was forced to resign due to bad health.
    More Details Hide Details During World War II, Anderson was the owner of the Pacific Parachute Company, an African-American owned and operated business that made parachutes for the Army and Navy. He also managed a boxer in the 1940s. Anderson was the owner of racehorses. The best known of them was Burnt Cork, a Thoroughbred that ran in the 1943 Kentucky Derby, making him the first African-American owner of a horse entered into the Derby. Having been given the following day off by Benny, Anderson and his wife, Mamie, traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to see their horse run in the Derby. Since segregation in public accommodations was practiced there, the Andersons were invited to be guests at the home of Mae Street Kidd, a noted female African-American Kentucky politician. Both before and after the race, Anderson was accused of entering his horse in the race strictly for publicity purposes for himself, especially after Burnt Cork finished last. Those making the statements believed this tarnished the name and history of the race. Jack Cuddy, a United Press International sports columnist, pointed out in his column that around the same time Burnt Cork ran last for Anderson, King George VI's horse, Tipstaff, finished last at Ascot without any of the comments that surrounded Anderson.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 57
    Anderson's last feature film performance was as one of the taxi drivers in Stanley Kramer's 1963 classic comedy, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, in which Benny made a cameo appearance (though they did not appear together).
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  • 1959
    Age 53
    Anderson, Benny, and the remaining cast members of The Jack Benny Program (Mary Livingstone, Don Wilson, and Mel Blanc) also provided their voices to the 1959 Warner Bros. cartoon The Mouse that Jack Built, directed by Robert McKimson.
    More Details Hide Details This cartoon portrays rodent versions of the show's characters. The real Jack Benny appears as himself at the end.
  • 1958
    Age 52
    The high esteem in which the two actors held each other was evident. During a February 1958 taping of a Shower of Stars special which was to celebrate Benny's "40th birthday", Anderson suffered a mild heart attack.
    More Details Hide Details A Life magazine photo taken at the rehearsal after Anderson was taken to the hospital, shows a clearly concerned Benny, whose thoughts were not about the television show, but about his friend. After the television show went off the air, it was four years before the pair worked together again. Though Benny was frequently working out of town during that time, he and Anderson still kept in touch; Anderson said, "We always exchange Christmas gifts and he's not as stingy as he pretends to be." On the 1968 special, Benny asked Anderson to work with him on a new television series. The plots brought up by Benny were of recent or current television shows, with Anderson reminding him that this had already been done. Benny then asked Anderson about coming back to work for him as his valet. Anderson replied, "Blue Eyes, we don't do that any more." Benny's response to Anderson was, "Oh, that's right. Come on, let's go get a hamburger." Upon Benny's death in 1974, a tearful Anderson, interviewed for television, spoke of Benny with admiration and respect.
  • 1956
    Age 50
    Eddie Anderson married beauty Evangela 'Eva' Simon in Kingman, Arizona on February 8, 1956; the couple had three children: daughters Stephanie and Evangela Jr. ("Eva"), and son Edmund Jr. Eva and Anderson divorced in 1973 with Anderson retaining custody of his minor son and daughter.
    More Details Hide Details After the Benny television show had left the air, Anderson turned back to his love of horses and racing, working as a trainer at the Hollywood Park Racetrack until shortly before his death. He acquired much of his knowledge when one of his racing horses, Up and Over, was injured in a fall; it was suggested that the horse be euthanized due to the extent of those injuries. Anderson refused this and said he would take care of his injured animal. He spent extensive periods of time at the Paramount Pictures studio library, reading everything in their collection on equine anatomy. This led Anderson to a veterinary surgeon who was interested in helping Up and Over; together the two men brought the thoroughbred back on his feet again.
  • FORTIES
  • 1953
    Age 47
    In 1953, Anderson appeared as Rochester in an episode of Milton Berle's television show with the storyline being that Berle wanted to hire him away from Benny.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared on an episode of Bachelor Father in 1962 again as Rochester, where the story was that the Gregg household had borrowed him, hoping some of the thrifty habits he learned working for Benny might cut their own expenses.
  • 1951
    Age 45
    When Benny brought his show to television in 1951, Anderson as Rochester remained part of the cast until the television show left the air after the 1964-1965 season.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1943
    Age 37
    He had a rare lead role in the all-star black Hollywood musical, Vincente Minnelli's 1943 debut film, Cabin in the Sky, giving a memorable performance as Joseph 'Little Joe' Jackson.
    More Details Hide Details The 1945 version of the film Brewster's Millions, in which Anderson was one of the stars, was banned in some Southern areas. The Memphis Board of Motion Picture Censors banned the film from being shown there, saying about Anderson, "(he) has an important role and has too familiar a way about him.", and about the film itself, "(it) presents too much social equality and racial mixture."
    In 1943, when Benny brought his entire radio show cast to Canada at his own expense to perform for those in the various branches of the Canadian services, Anderson and his wife received a warm welcome.
    More Details Hide Details Stateside, an incident was defused by Benny when, according to reporter Fredric W. Slater, Rochester was denied a room at the hotel where Benny and his staff were planning to stay in Saint Joseph, Missouri. When it was announced that Anderson could not stay there, Benny replied: "If he doesn't stay here, neither do I." The hotel eventually allowed Anderson to remain as a guest. It was not the only time a hotel refused Anderson a room. Soon after he became part of the permanent show cast, the program went on location to New York. When a couple from the South complained about staying in the same hotel as Anderson, the hotel manager tried to get him to find a room somewhere else. Hilliard Marks, the show's producer and also Jack Benny's brother-in-law, told the manager that Anderson would leave the hotel the next day. When he did, the entire radio show cast and crew totaling 44 people, joined Anderson in checking out of the hotel.
  • 1940
    Age 34
    California Eagle readers opened their newspapers on May 23, 1940 to find Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson asking for their votes for Mayor of Central Avenue.
    More Details Hide Details From his headquarters at the Dunbar Hotel, Anderson conducted his campaign mainly based on real issues, one of them being a need for African-Americans to serve their country as aviators. He was deeply committed to this issue, taking flying lessons and lecturing with a Tuskegee Institute representative about this need. After Anderson announced his run for mayor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt also addressed the aviation issue, asking that the nation commit itself to building an air force. On Election Day, Anderson won the right to claim the title. Anderson's role as a servant was common for black leads in the popular media of that era, such as Ethel Waters in Beulah. The stereotyping of black characters was a standard practice in the entertainment business for generations, referencing minstrel shows, where white actors in blackface reinforced low stereotypes of laziness, ignorance, illiteracy, weakness for drinking, gambling, and carousing, and general unfitness for any position of responsibility. Jack Benny’s November 1, 1936 broadcast was entitled Doc Benny's Minstrel Show, in which the entire cast performed a minstrel show in a "black" dialect. They redid Doc Benny's Minstrel Show on March 3, 1942; the subsequent performance demonstrates the progression of race relations.
    The Rochester character became immensely popular. In 1940, Anderson was invited to a Harvard University smoker; students from rival Massachusetts Institute of Technology detained him.
    More Details Hide Details The comedian was met at the airport by MIT students who claimed they were on the Harvard committee. When it was discovered why Anderson was late to the Harvard gathering, a riot broke out as students from the two schools began fighting over the incident. Especially after World War II Rochester was second only to Benny himself in popularity and almost always received the most enthusiastic applause on his entrances and exits. Although he usually did not appear in the opening minutes of the shows, he began to surpass Mary Livingstone as Jack Benny’s main foil, especially as Livingstone began to appear less frequently due to stage fright. The Jack Benny Program explicitly referenced Rochester’s popularity on its first show on CBS: Amos: That Mr. Benny is supposed to be a big comedian... He didn’t say nothin’ funny. – Applause –
  • 1937
    Age 31
    Anderson's first appearance on The Jack Benny Program was on March 28, 1937.
    More Details Hide Details He was originally hired to play the one-time role of a redcap on the Benny program for a storyline of the show traveling from Chicago to California by train, which coincided with the radio show's actual move from New York to NBC's Radio City West in Hollywood. When Benny and cast were preparing to board the train, Anderson and Benny had their first lines together with Benny saying: "Here you are, redcap, here's fifty cents." Anderson replied, "This is a dime!" and Benny replied, "Look at your script, not the coin!" Benny later had an interaction with him as the train porter, who laughed when Jack asked about when they would arrive in Albuquerque (indicating he had never heard of the place). About a month after Anderson's first appearance on the Benny program, he was called for another radio role on the show, this time as a waiter in a restaurant serving Benny. In this conversation, Benny asked Anderson if he was not formerly a train porter; Anderson answered in the affirmative, and then asked Benny if he would ever forget about Albuquerque. During this appearance, Anderson made himself at home on the program, joining in the Jell-O commercial with the regulars of the cast. A few weeks later, Anderson was called back once more, now for the part of a "colored fellow" who had a financial disagreement with Benny.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1932
    Age 26
    In 1932 Anderson married Mamie Wiggins Nelson.
    More Details Hide Details After 22 years of marriage, Mamie died August 5, 1954, after a two-year battle with cancer. Mamie was 43. At the time of her death, her son Billy (whom Eddie had adopted) was playing professional football for the Chicago Bears. Like many of the African-Americans in the entertainment industry, Anderson made his home in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. In previous times, the district had been home to doctors, lawyers, and railroad barons. In the Depression era, the area had fallen into hard times, with many residents needing to either sell their homes or rent out rooms in them. By the 1940s, the African-American entertainment community began purchasing homes in the district, nicknaming it "Sugar Hill". Some property owners reacted to their new neighbors by adding restrictive covenants to their deeds. The covenants either prohibited African-Americans from purchasing a property or inhabiting it once purchased. The practice was declared illegal by the US Supreme Court in 1948.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1905
    Born
    Born on September 18, 1905.
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