George Jessel

Born Apr 3, 1898

George Albert Jessel, sometimes called "Georgie" Jessel, was an American illustrated song "model," actor, singer, songwriter, and Academy Award-winning movie producer. He was famous in his lifetime as a multitalented comedic entertainer, achieving a level of recognition that transcended his limited roles in movies.… Read More

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1898 Birth Born on April 3, 1898.


1919 21 Years Old His most famous comedy skit was called "Hello Mama" or "Phone Call from Mama," which portrayed a one-sided telephone conversation. In 1919 he produced his own solo show, "George Jessel's Troubles" and appeared in his first motion picture, the silent movie The Other Man's Wife. … Read More
1921 23 Years Old In 1921 he recorded a hit single, "The Toastmaster." … Read More
1924 26 Years Old In 1924, he appeared in a brief comedy sketch, possibly the telephone sketch described above, in a short film made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process.
1925 27 Years Old In 1925, he emerged as one of the most popular leading men on Broadway with the starring role in the stage production of The Jazz Singer. … Read More
1926 28 Years Old His next movie role was in 1926 in Private Izzy Murphy.
1927 29 Years Old Whereas Jolson's film career skyrocketed after the 1927 release of The Jazz Singer, Jessel remained in smaller movie roles, often intended for audiences fond of Jewish and other "ethnic" humor. … Read More


1930 32 Years Old …  On May 2, 1930, Jessel married Florence Courtney in Chicago. She divorced him on October 24, 1932, on the grounds of cruelty.
1934 36 Years Old On April 23, 1934, Jessel married silent movie star Norma Talmadge, causing a scandal because Talmadge was married at the time that they started their affair, and she obtained a Mexican divorce only 10 days earlier.


1939 41 Years Old After their divorce on August 11, 1939, he caused another scandal by breaking into her house with a pistol and firing shots at her current lover.In 1940, he married a 16-year old showgirl when he was 42. … Read More
1946 48 Years Old In 1946, he was one of the founding members of the California branch of the Friars Club. (A recording exists of an example of his "blue" work in front of a stag audience, although it was actually recorded at a roast hosted by the Friars' rival, the Masquers Club.) He also traveled widely overseas with the USO entertaining troops. … Read More


1953 55 Years Old In the early 1950s, he performed on the radio in The George Jessel Show, which became a television series of the same name from 1953 to 1954.
1954 56 Years Old Jessel was the emcee on the short-lived The Comeback Story, a 1954 reality show on ABC in which mostly celebrities shared stories of having overcome adversities in their personal lives. … Read More


1968 70 Years Old Thereafter, Jessel guest starred on NBC's The Jimmy Durante Show. In 1968, he starred in Here Come the Stars, a syndicated variety show. … Read More
1971 73 Years Old In 1971, while being interviewed by Edwin Newman on The Today Show on NBC, he repeatedly referred to The New York Times as "Pravda", the house organ of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, and was ejected from the show. … Read More
1981 83 Years Old 1 More Event
Jessel was included as one of the "witnesses" interviewed in the 1981 film Reds by Warren Beatty. … Read More
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