Zeppo Marx
comedian
Zeppo Marx
Herbert Manfred "Zeppo" Marx was an American film star, musician, engineer, theatrical agent and businessman. He was the youngest of the five Marx Brothers. He appeared in the first five Marx Brothers feature films, from 1929 to 1933, but then left the act to start his second career as an engineer and theatrical agent. Zeppo Marx was a multi-millionaire due to his engineering efforts.
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BOOK REVIEW: 'Lady Blue Eyes' - Washington Times
Google News - over 5 years
Enter the rich and understanding older man - Zeppo Marx, Groucho's brother, offering stability and security. The marriage is safe but unsatisfying. And then, enter the romantic lead - Frank Sinatra, who with a song sweeps her off her feet,
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Barbara Sinatra recalls marriage to Zeppo Marx - The Desert Sun
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Courtesy of Crown Archetype When Barbara Blakely Oliver was broke in Long Beach with no one to turn to, she accepted Zeppo Marx's offer to take care of her and her son, Bobby, at Tamarisk Country Club. Their relationship turned to love and Barbara
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Beach Reads > July 22, 2011 edition - Shore News Today
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It begins with Barbara Blakely's rise from Missouri farm girl to showgirl to wife of Zeppo Marx (the straight man of the four Marx Brothers), and finally her union with Sinatra. Like all good celebrity bios, it's got juicy details about their
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Fantasy Sports; Toronto's Travis Snider making most out of second chance - Worcester Telegram
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The Toronto Blue Jays are destined to play the Zeppo Marx role in the American League East — the marquee says they are present, but rarely noticed and rather insignificant. (And thus starts a column with cultural references at least 30 years out of
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The brawds who tamed Sinatra - Irish Independent
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The incident is revealed in a new memoir by the former model and Las Vegas showgirl who caught Sinatra's eye across a Palm Springs golf course while married to Zeppo Marx, of Marx Brothers fame. Knowing the singer's reputation (exes included Ava
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Fame writes a passage for Billy Steinberg into Songwriters Hall of Fame - The Desert Sun
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Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo Marx all had homes at Tamarisk. / Richard Lui The Desert Sun The Songwriters Hall of Fame may be the most prestigious club a songsmith can join. Dylan, Lennon & McCartney and Gershwin are just a few of the cornerstones
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Conan O'Brien to serve as Turner Classic Movies' Guest Programmer on July 4 - TVbytheNumbers
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... happens when diminutive country Freedonia declares war on neighboring Sylvania for no real reason. Harpo Marx's famous mirror sequence is one of the many classic gags in this film, which marked brother Zeppo Marx's final film as a member of the troupe
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Living, loving Frank Sinatra - Chicago Sun-Times
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There are the failed marriages, including one to comedian Zeppo Marx during which she encounters the ultimately irresistible wiles of Sinatra. Barbara freely recounts Sinatra's jet-setting life, the endless parties, the late nights with close pals that
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Classic Pop, Rock & Country Music News, June 10: New Shania Twain record - Pasadena Star-News
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The couple began an affair when former Las Vegas showgirl Barbara was married to Sinatra's next door neighbor in Palm Spring, a much older Zeppo Marx, the straight-man in the comedy team of brothers. Zeppo eventually caught on to what was going on and
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Excess Blather: The Barbara Sinatra Story - JazzTimes Magazine
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The saga starts to fall apart around chapter four when, having charmed and wed Zeppo Marx (the least well known of the Marx Brothers, yet one of the wealthiest of the siblings, thanks to shrewd investments and a strong head for business),
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TALK; BARBARA SINATRA'S WAY
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In your new book, ''Lady Blue Eyes,'' you describe one of your earliest visits to Frank Sinatra's Palm Springs home, when you were still married to his neighbor, Zeppo Marx. You were keeping time for a charades game, and when you called time on Sinatra, he grabbed a clock from your hands and smashed it against a door. You never thought, Wow,
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Barbara Sinatra's Way - New York Times
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In your new book, “Lady Blue Eyes,” you describe one of your earliest visits to Frank Sinatra's Palm Springs home, when you were still married to his neighbor, Zeppo Marx. You were keeping time for a charades game, and when you called
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Povestea lui Frank Sinatra: cântăreţul cu temperament coleric, obsedat de ... - Gândul
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Curtată de vedete şi politicieni, inclusiv de John F. Kennedy, Barbara sa căsătorit în septembrie 1959 cu Zeppo Marx, cel mai tânăr dintre fraţii Marx, care era însă cu 26 de ani mai în vârstă ca ea. Cei doi s-au mutat în Palm Springs din California,
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Barbara Sinatra tells about her life with Frank - USA Today
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Model, Vegas showgirl, wife of Zeppo Marx, Barbara had been out and about before she met Sinatra. He quickly won her over, but their long-term affair before their marriage did not please Sinatra's feisty mother, Dolly, who asked him, "Aren't there ... - -
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A Watch Created In 1969 Could Sense Heart Attacks… But Wait, There's - CrunchGear
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The inventor of this device was Herbert Zeppo Marx AKA “The Handsome Marx Brother.” After Zeppo left the group he became an engineer and began a company called Marman Products that, in addition to the watch, made the clamp that held the Fat Man nuclear
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Cary Grant gave his daughter a legacy of memories - The Desert Sun
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Famous names: Zeppo Marx, who was Barbara's pre-Frank spouse. The rundown: Chastity Bono first captured the public's heart as Sonny and Cher's adorable blond tyke. In 2008, Bono began a gender transition, and now is known as Chaz Bono
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Summer books: Deluge of celebrity books - AZ Central.com
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Famous names: Zeppo Marx, who was Barbara's pre-Frank spouse. Available: May 31. "Found: A Daughter's Journey Home," Tatum O'Neal The rundown: The Oscar winner previously opened the closet on her past in "Paper Life." Now, she returns to write about
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When Groucho's onstage, 'Animal' crackles - Boston Globe
Google News - almost 6 years
This version of “Animal Crackers'' is seen through a kind of double lens: We are watching actors play characters in a musical comedy while they also, in effect, play the actors (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo Marx; Margaret Dumont) who played those
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Zeppo Marx
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  • 1979
    Age 77
    In a eulogy for Zeppo written in 1979 for The Washington Post, columnist Tom Zito wrote:
    More Details Hide Details Thank goodness for Zeppo, who never really cracked a joke on screen. At least not directly. He just took it from Groucho, in more ways than one.... If Groucho, Chico and Harpo were the funny guys, Zeppo was the Everyman, the loser who'd come running out of the grocery store only to find the meter maid sticking the parking ticket on his Hungadunga. Zeppo performances produced this tribute from a prominent fan, written in Marc Eliot's 2005 biography of Cary Grant. Grant, a teenager performing in vaudeville under his real name, Archie Leach, loved the Marx Brothers. And as Eliot put it, While the rest of the country preferred Groucho, Zeppo, the good-looking straight man and romantic lead, was Archie's favorite, the one whose foil timing he believed was the real key to the act's success.
  • 1978
    Age 76
    Zeppo became ill with cancer in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details He sold his home, and moved to a house on the fairway off Frank Sinatra Drive. The doctors thought the cancer had gone into remission, but it returned. Zeppo called Blakeley, who accompanied him to doctor's appointments. Zeppo spent his last days with Blakeley's family.
  • 1976
    Age 74
    Blakeley and Sinatra were married in 1976.
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  • 1973
    Age 71
    Zeppo and Blakeley divorced in 1973.
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  • 1969
    Age 67
    Zeppo let Blakeley keep the 1969 Jaguar he had bought her, and agreed to pay her $1,500 a month for ten years.
    More Details Hide Details Sinatra upgraded Blakeley's Jaguar to the latest model. Sinatra also gave her a house to live in. The house had belonged to Eden Hartford, Groucho Marx's third wife. Blakeley and Sinatra continued to date, and were constantly hounded by the press until the divorce between Zeppo and Blakeley became final.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1959
    Age 57
    On September 18, 1959, Marx married Barbara Blakeley, whose son, Bobby Oliver, he wanted to adopt and give his surname, but Bobby's father would not allow it.
    More Details Hide Details Bobby simply started using the last name "Marx". Blakeley claimed in her book, Lady Blue Eyes, that Zeppo never made her convert to Judaism. Blakeley was of Methodist faith and claimed that Zeppo told her she became Jewish by "injection". Blakeley also claimed in her book that Zeppo wanted to keep her son out of the picture, adding a room for him onto his estate, which was more of a guest house as it was separated from the main residence. It was also decided that Blakeley's son would go to military school which, according to Blakeley, pleased Zeppo. Zeppo owned a house on Halper Lake Drive in Rancho Mirage, California, which was built off the fairway of the Tamarisk Country Club. The Tamarisk Club had been set up by the Jewish community, which rivaled the gentile club called "The Thunderbird". His neighbor happened to be Frank Sinatra. Zeppo later attended the Hillcrest Country Club with friends like Sinatra, George Burns, Jack Benny, Danny Kaye, and Milton Berle.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1927
    Age 25
    On April 12, 1927, Zeppo married Marion Bimberg Benda. The couple adopted two children, Timothy and Thomas, in 1944 and 1945, and later divorced on May 12, 1954.
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  • 1925
    Age 23
    Zeppo appeared in the first five Marx Brothers movies, as a straight man and romantic lead, before leaving the team. According to a 1925 newspaper article, he also made a solo appearance in the Adolphe Menjou comedy A Kiss in the Dark.
    More Details Hide Details Although no copy of the film is known to exist, according to newspaper reviews, he appeared in a minor role. In Lady Blue Eyes, Barbara Sinatra claimed that Zeppo was considered too young to perform with his brothers, and it wasn't until Gummo joined the Army that Zeppo was asked to join the act as a last-minute stand-in at a show in Texas. Zeppo was supposed to go out that night with a Jewish friend of his. They were supposed to take out two Irish girls, but Zeppo had to cancel to board the train to Texas. His friend went ahead and went on the date, and was shot a few hours later when he was attacked by an Irish gang that disapproved of a Jew dating an Irish girl. However, a comic persona of his own that could stand up against those of his brothers did not emerge. As critic Percy Hammond wrote, sympathetically, in 1928:
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1901
    Born
    Born on February 25, 1901.
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