George Jessel
George Jessel
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.
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Paramount’s Last Picture Show - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
Gracing its ornate stage during its reign as the mecca of Brooklyn entertainment were such celebrities as Frank Sinatra, Liberace, Rudy Vallee, Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Eddie Cantor, George Jessel, Mae West and most of the big band era orchestras
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The pillaging of Camp Sussex - Advertiser-News
Google News - over 5 years
The camp was funded by well-to-do Brooklyn, NY, residents, most of them Jewish, and a number of prominent people were associated with it, including entertainer George Jessel, who was a trustee of the camp for many years. The camp was non-sectarian,
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Oprah's honorary Oscar: Does she deserve it? - Entertainment Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
The other 14 recipients are best known as performers of some sort: Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Martha Raye, George Jessel, Frank Sinatra, Rosalind Russell, Charlton Heston, Danny Kaye, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman,
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Small Bites: Author Judy Bennett on Bloody Marys; dinners for Our House of ... - OregonLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
Bloody Marys have been around since 1925, and have been associated with the likes of George Jessel, Ernest Hemingway and The Rat Pack, to name just a few. They've become known far and wide as THE hangover remedy. And it's not that some are bad or
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Zeiterion Talk Delights Movie Buffs - Wanderer (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Mr. Shire had a framed original opening ad and program from the very first show, entitled Troubles of 1922, starring George Jessel and Courtney Sisters. “The show laid an egg,” said Mr. Shire. Shortly after that, the name of the theater was changed to
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Silent Discoveries: 'Yesterday & Today'/ 'After Six Days' - PopMatters
Google News - over 5 years
A bonus is the one-hour Yesterday and Today (1953), a documentary consisting of extended clips from silent films with humorous commentary by George Jessel. The clips were actually culled from two earlier British compilations. In some cases, these clips
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Soldiers Home District gets "Endangered" designation - OnMilwaukee.com
Google News - over 5 years
Famous entertainers like Will Rogers, Bob Hope, George Jessel, Burns and Allen, Sophie Tucker, Ethel Merman, Nat King Cole and Liberace all performed at the theater, which remained in operation until the mid-20th Century. Currently, there is no price
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Tributan a Garland en teatro de Argentina, a 89 años de su natalicio - SDP Noticias
Google News - over 5 years
En los años 30, ya con el nombre de Judy Garland -a sugerencia del comediante y productor George Jessel-, actuó en películas como "Every sunday" y "Pigskin parade" (1936); así como en "Listen, darling" (1937) y "Broadway melody of 1938" (1937),
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Speaking of … Speaking: Lessons Learned from Hundreds of Presentations - Business 2 Community
Google News - over 5 years
And remember that 99% of the population is challenged by public speaking. Do not take it too seriously and take comfort from George Jessel who said, “The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in
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The Good Word: Who exactly are Boehner's and Snyder's job creators? - Dearborn Press and Guide
Google News - over 5 years
The vaudeville comedian George Jessel joked: “I've been rich, and I've been poor. Rich is better.” The nation had higher tax rates under President Clinton, and the economy boomed. The nation had lower tax rates under President Bush (and 2 unpaid wars
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YOUR VIEW: Put Prize2thefuture money into historic theaters - The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The Lyric was the home of the BF Keith Vaudeville, featuring such names as Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor, George Jessel, Buster Keyton, the Marx Brothers, Mae West and Milton Berle. In the 1950s, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were on stage at the Lyric
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The Bloody Mary Makeover - Wall Street Journal
Google News - almost 6 years
The comic actor George Jessel claimed he invented the drink one groggy morning at his home in Palm Beach. The great King Cole Bar in New York's St. Regis Hotel also claims paternity. The basic recipe, though, is said to have originated out of Harry's
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La Mirada Theater Presents Mitzi Gaynor In RAZZLE DAZZLE! - Broadway World
Google News - almost 6 years
Mitzi's vibrant performances were capturing the attention of composers including Cole Porter and Irving Berlin when noted film director Henry Koster and producers Sol Siegel and George Jessel arranged a screen test that resulted in a contract at 20th
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Margaret Whiting, Fresh-Faced Singer of Jazz and Pop Standards, Dies at 86
NYTimes - about 6 years
Margaret Whiting, a songwriter's daughter who as a bright-eyed teenage singer captivated wartime America and then went on to a long, acclaimed career recording hit songs and performing in nightclubs and on television, died on Monday in Englewood, N.J. She was 86. Her daughter and only survivor, Deborah Whiting, said Ms. Whiting died of natural
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Hand-Me-Down Humor
NYTimes - about 7 years
Abby Elliott claims that she dropped out of college because mice were urinating on her eyeballs. After graduating from high school in Danbury, Conn., in 2005, she enrolled at a college in New York City, where she was so unhappy to find mice in her dormitory -- mice she blamed for giving her a case of conjunctivitis (via said urine) -- that she quit
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The Listings
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Approximate running times are in parentheses. Theaters are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of current shows, additional listings, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/theater. Previews and Openings 'ACCENT ON YOUTH' In previews; opens on Wednesday. David Hyde Pierce stars as a successful playwright who discovers inspiration in the
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The Listings
NYTimes - almost 8 years
THEATER Approximate running times are in parentheses. Theaters are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of current shows, additional listings, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/theater. Previews and Openings 'DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS' Previews start on Tuesday. Opens on April 27. Coming from Chicago, the Goodman Theater production of
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The Listings
NYTimes - almost 8 years
THEATER Approximate running times are in parentheses. Theaters are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of current shows, additional listings, showtimes and tickets: nytimes.com/theater. Previews and Openings 'CHASING MANET' In previews; opens on Thursday. Jane Alexander and Lynn Cohen star in Tina Howe's drama about two women plotting
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Jessel
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 82
    Jessel was included as one of the "witnesses" interviewed in the 1981 film Reds by Warren Beatty.
    More Details Hide Details To gain perspective on the lives of Jack Reed and Louise Bryant, the two protagonists of the movie, Beatty began filming the "witnesses" as early as 1971. Jessel famously confused the name of Emma Goldman, referring to her first as "Emma Goldberg" and then "Emma Goldfarb" before correcting himself.
  • 1971
    Age 72
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His later film roles included a cameo as himself in Valley of the Dolls (1967), The Busy Body (1967) opposite Sid Caesar, and the controversial musical Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969) directed by and starring Anthony Newley. He also played cameos in other all-star films such as The Phynx (1970) and Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976).
  • 1968
    Age 69
    Thereafter, Jessel guest starred on NBC's The Jimmy Durante Show. In 1968, he starred in Here Come the Stars, a syndicated variety show.
    More Details Hide Details However, his attempt to extend his career was undermined by a perception that his style of comedy was outdated, as well as by his outspoken support of the American entry into the Vietnam War and of conservative political causes. He often crossed the era's stereotypical political lines with his support for the Civil Rights movement and criticism of racism and anti-Semitism. His outspokenness regarding his political opinions could sometimes get him into trouble.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1954
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced as emcee by Arlene Francis, but the program soon folded.
  • 1953
    Age 54
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1946
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As he grew older, he wrote eulogies for many of his contemporaries in Hollywood. He wrote three volumes of memoirs, So Help Me (1943), This Way, Miss (1955) and The World I Lived In (1975).
  • 1939
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had notorious affairs with actresses Pola Negri, Helen Morgan and Lupe Vélez (all detailed in his 1975 autobiography The World I Lived In). In 1934, while emceeing a vaudeville show in Chicago, he decided to introduce a sister act, The Gumm Sisters, to laughs from the audience. According to Jessel while guesting on Judy Garland's 1963 TV series, he had just sent a telegram to Dame Judith Anderson who was opening in a Broadway show. Jessel had the telegram say "Judith may this succes sic? bring you a garland of roses," and shortly thereafter introduced Judy on stage as Judy Garland. Other sources say that when he reintroduced the singing trio as The Garland Sisters (after Carole Lombard's character in the film Twentieth Century) the name stuck. Youngest sister Frances named herself Judy after a popular Rudy Vallee song and became the legendary Judy Garland.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1934
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1930
    Age 31
    On May 2, 1930, Jessel married Florence Courtney in Chicago. She divorced him on October 24, 1932, on the grounds of cruelty.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1927
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the middle 1940s, he began producing musicals for 20th Century Fox, producing 24 films in all in a career that lasted through the 1950s and 1960s. At the same time he became known as a host on the banquet circuit, famous for his good-natured wit aimed at his fellow celebrities.
  • 1926
    Age 27
    His next movie role was in 1926 in Private Izzy Murphy.
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  • 1925
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The success of the show prompted Warner Bros. —after their success with Don Juan (1926) with music and sound effects only—to adapt the The Jazz Singer as the first "talkie" with dialogue and to cast Jessel in the lead role. However, when the studio refused his salary demands, Jessel turned down the movie role, which was eventually played by Al Jolson. According to Jessel during an interview around 1980, Warner Brothers still owed Jessel money for earlier roles and lacked enough funds to produce this movie with a leading star. Jolson, the biographical inspiration for the movie, became the movie's main financial backer.
  • 1924
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1921
    Age 22
    In 1921 he recorded a hit single, "The Toastmaster."
    More Details Hide Details He sometimes appeared in blackface in his vaudeville shows.
  • 1919
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He co-wrote the lyrics for a hit tune, "Oh How I Laugh When I Think How I Cried About You," and performed in several successful comedy stage shows in the early 1920s.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1898
    Born
    Born on April 3, 1898.
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