Oscar Levant
American comedian, composer, pianist and actor
Oscar Levant
Oscar Levant was an American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor. He was as famous for his mordant character and witticisms, on the radio and in movies and television, as for his music.
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'Romance On The High Seas' With Doris Day at New Britain Library - Hartford Courant
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The movie also starrs Janis Paige, Jack Carson and Oscar Levant, and has eight songs by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn. It wiill be shown Wednesday, August 31, at noon at New Britain Public Library, 20 High St
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Will Gordon be signing Neal Lawson's petition against the feral elite? - Daily Mail
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Day, now a deeply reclusive figure at the animal sanctuary she runs in Carmel, California, got typecast with a goody-goody image after Oscar Levant's famous crack: 'I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.' But her real character is more complex
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Original girl next door is back in the spotlight with new album - Montreal Gazette
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Musician and comedian Oscar Levant famously joked: "I knew Doris Day before she became a virgin." She was married four times, with a colourful private life that included adulterous affairs, nervous breakdowns and physical abuse, all hinted at in her
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Musical review: A Sentimental Journey - The Story of Doris Day - Edinburgh Festivals
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So said raconteur Oscar Levant, but it wasn't necessarily an insult - Day herself was irked by her snow white image, as she tells us at the beginning of this musical biography. A cut-down version of Adam Rolston's play, it speeds through the legend's
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Saya Zamurai, una fiaba dalla comicità esilarante - ticinolibero.ch
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Nella Parigi del secondo dopoguerra si incontrano nel quartiere degli artisti di Montmartre il pittore Jerry (Gene Kelly), il pianista Adam, interpretato da Oscar Levant e il cantante Henri (George Guetary). Jerry si innamora della bella Lise,
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Jayne Dawson: Doris, you have had your day - Yorkshire Evening Post
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It was these films which led to a delicious quote about Doris, which I feel it is my duty to share once more, made by either a man called Oscar Levant or Groucho Marx, depending on who you believe. He said: “I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin”,
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The beauty of sarcasm - Bangor Daily News (blog)
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If I wasn't born sarcastic, I certainly fell to it early, watching those early black and white movies when Oscar Levant used his piano playing as a masquerade while he skewered everyone in the room. Oscar once quipped, “Every time I look at you I get a
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Infinito cine presenta "Un americano en París" - TiempoSur Diario Digital
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... vive en un edificio del barrio de Montmartre en el cual también vive su amigo Adam Cook (Oscar Levant) un pianista desempleado que llegó a París becado, es amigo de Henri Baurel (Georges Guétary), un famoso cantante francés, con el que trabajó
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Hoy, con entrada gratuita, "Rapsodia en azul" - El Tribuno.com.ar
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“Rapsodia en azul” cuenta con la dirección de Irving Rapper, y las actuaciones de Robert Alda, Joan Leslie, Alexis Smith, Charles Coburn, Oscar Levant y Al Jonson. Robert Alda personifica a George Gershwin en este pródigo relato de la vida del
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Stop the music: Caruso family pulls plug on Brookhaven business - Delaware County Daily Times
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He performed under the batons of Oscar Levant and Sigmund Romberg, among other celebrated conductor/composers. Caruso was a member of the WCAU and KYW radio orchestras and performed at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. He performed and booked talent for
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Sleepy Kitty's Infinity City Release Party - Riverfront Times (blog)
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Forgotten gems like Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Oscar Levant. This one time Gabe Doiron gave us a wink from onstage, mid-guitar solo: that was a pretty big influence. Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis. Gerschwin, Paul Auster, Jean-Luc Godard,
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Fran Lebowitz speaks her mind in new Scorsese documentary - Detroit Free Press
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... wildly creative in their approach, with Scorsese randomly inserting interviews with other refreshingly abrasive personalities from the past, including Dorothy Parker (whom Lebowitz is often compared to), Gore Vidal, Truman Capote and Oscar Levant
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Gershwin, una razón para vivir - Diario de Sevilla
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interpretada por la orquesta de Paul Whiteman con Gershwin al piano; las bandas sonoras de Girl Crazy o Shall We Dance con sus canciones interpretadas por Judy Garland, Tommy Dorsey, Oscar Levant, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Artie Shaw,
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CITY ROOM; Graduates of Yore Return to City College
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The Stanley Feingold Luncheon Group meets every other month - an argumentative gathering of City College graduates and the provocative political science professor who taught them a half-century ago. The meetings are usually held in the sky-view conference rooms of prestigious law firms, where some of Mr. Feingold's former students now toil. But on
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Michael Feinstein loves to make old songs new again - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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As he walks around, he's also reminded of two of his heroes -- Gene Kelly and Oscar Levant -- who were born in the Steel City. Even though "The Sinatra Project" will continue to tour the country, Mr. Feinstein hasn't put new endeavors on the back
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Lynn Barber, Sunday Times - Ubi Tennis
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Oscar Levant ha svelato il gioco quando ha dichiarato “Conoscevo Doris Day prima che fosse vergine”, cioè prima che gli studios mettessero le zampe su di lei. E il povero vecchio Rock Hudson è dovuto morire di Aids prima che si potesse ammettere che
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Nadal makes winning start at Queen's Club - Tennistalk.com
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The game was exposed in Oscar Levant?s remark, ?I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin,? ie, before the studio got their mitts on her. And poor old Rock Hudson had to die of Aids before anyone could admit he was gay. Anyway, it means that sports
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Oscar Levant
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1972
    Age 65
    A lifelong heavy smoker, Levant died in Beverly Hills, California, of a heart attack in 1972 at age 65.
    More Details Hide Details His death was discovered by his wife June when she called him from their bedroom to meet for an interview with Candice Bergen, a photojournalist at the time. He is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. In citing an old joke, comics tell an apocryphal story about Levant: that his epitaph reads, "I told them I was ill."
  • FIFTIES
  • 1958
    Age 51
    Between 1958 and 1960, Levant hosted a television talk show on KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, The Oscar Levant Show, which later became syndicated.
    More Details Hide Details It featured his piano playing along with monologues and interviews with top-name guests such as Fred Astaire and Linus Pauling. A full recording of only two shows is known to exist, one with Astaire, who paid to have a kinescope recording of the broadcast made so that he could assess his performance.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1939
    Age 32
    In 1939, Levant married for the second time, to singer and actress June Gale (née Doris Gilmartin), one of the Gale Sisters.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1932
    Age 25
    Levant was briefly married to actress Barbara Woodell; they divorced in 1932.
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    Around 1932, Levant began composing seriously.
    More Details Hide Details He studied under Arnold Schoenberg and impressed him sufficiently to be offered an assistantship (which he turned down, considering himself unqualified). His formal studies led to a request by Aaron Copland to play at the Yaddo Festival of contemporary American music on April 30 of that year. Successful, Levant began composing a new orchestral work, a sinfonietta. At this time, Levant was perhaps best known to American audiences as one of the regular panelists on the radio quiz show Information Please. Originally scheduled as a guest panelist, Levant proved so quick-witted and popular that he became a regular fixture on the show in the late 1930s and 1940s, along with fellow panelists Franklin P. Adams and John Kieran, and moderator Clifton Fadiman. "Mr. Levant", as he was always called, was often challenged with musical questions, and he impressed audiences with his depth of knowledge and facility with a joke. Kieran praised Levant as having a "positive genius for making offhand cutting remarks that couldn't have been sharper if he'd honed them a week in his mind. Oscar was always good for a bright response edged with acid." Examples include "I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin," "I think a lot of Bernstein — but not as much as he does," and (after Marilyn converted to Judaism when she married playwright Arthur Miller), "Now that Marilyn Monroe is kosher, Arthur Miller can eat her."
  • 1929
    Age 22
    From 1929 to 1948 he composed the music for more than twenty movies.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, he also wrote or co-wrote numerous popular songs that made the Hit Parade, the most noteworthy being "Blame It on My Youth" (1934), now considered a standard.
  • 1928
    Age 21
    In 1928, Levant traveled to Hollywood, where his career took a turn for the better.
    More Details Hide Details During his stay, he met and befriended George Gershwin.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1924
    Age 17
    In 1924, aged 18, he appeared with Ben Bernie in a short film, Ben Bernie and All the Lads, made in New York City in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film system.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1906
    Born
    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, in 1906, to an Orthodox Jewish family from Russia, Levant moved to New York in 1922, following the death of his father, Max.
    More Details Hide Details He began studying under Zygmunt Stojowski, a well-established piano pedagogue.
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