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Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(born Edward Israel Itzkowitz[1][2], January 31, 1892[3] – October 10, 1964) was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter.[4] Familiar to Broadway, radio, movie, and early television audiences, this "Apostle of Pep" was regarded almost as a family member by millions because his top-rated radio shows revealed intimate stories and amusing anecdotes about his wife Ida and five daughters. Some of his hits include "Makin' Whoopee", "Ida", "If You Knew Susie", "Ma! He's Makin' Eyes at Me", "Baby", "Margie", and "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)?" He also wrote a few songs, including "Merrily We Roll Along", the Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
cartoon theme. His eye-rolling song-and-dance routines eventually led to his nickname, " Banjo
Banjo
Eyes". In 1933, artist Frederick J. Garner caricatured Cantor with large round eyes resembling the drum-like pot of a banjo. Cantor's eyes became his trademark, often exaggerated in illustrations, and leading to his appearance on Broadway in the musical Banjo
Banjo
Eyes (1941). His charity and humanitarian work was extensive, and he is credited with coining the phrase, and helping to develop the March of Dimes. He was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 1956 for distinguished service to the film industry.

Contents

1 Biography 2 Stage

2.1 Saloon songs to vaudeville 2.2 Broadway

3 Radio and recordings

3.1 Radio 3.2 Recordings

4 Film and television 5 Filmography

5.1 Television 5.2 Animation

6 Books and merchandising

6.1 Bibliography

7 Tributes 8 Further information 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Biography[edit] Cantor was born in 1892 in New York City, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Meta and Mechel Itzkowitz. The precise date of his birth is unknown.[5] His mother died in childbirth one year after his birth, and his father died of pneumonia when Eddie was two, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother, Esther Kantrowitz.[6] As a child, he attended Surprise Lake Camp.[7] A misunderstanding when his grandmother signed him into school gave him her last name of Kantrowitz (shortened by the clerk to "Kanter"). Esther died on January 29, 1917, two days before Cantor signed a long-term contract with Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., to appear in his Follies.

The Cantors in 1952

Cantor had adopted the first name "Eddie" when he met his future wife Ida Tobias in 1913, because she felt that "Izzy" was not the right name for an actor. Cantor and Ida were married in 1914. They had five daughters, Marjorie, Natalie, Edna, Marilyn, and Janet, who provided comic fodder for Cantor's longtime running gag, especially on radio, about his five unmarriageable daughters. Several radio historians, including Gerald Nachman (Raised on Radio), have said that this gag did not always sit well with the girls. Natalie's second husband was the actor Robert Clary
Robert Clary
and Janet married the actor Roberto Gari.[8] Cantor was the second president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving from 1933 to 1935. He invented the title "The March of Dimes" for the donation campaigns of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which was organized to combat polio. It was a play on The March of Time newsreels popular at the time. He began the first campaign on his radio show in January 1938, asking listeners to mail a dime to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. At that time, Roosevelt was the most notable American victim of polio. Other entertainers joined in the appeal via their own shows, and the White House
White House
mail room was deluged with 2,680,000 dimes—a large sum at the time. Following the death of their daughter Marjorie at the age of 44, both Eddie and Ida's health declined rapidly. Ida died on August 9, 1962 at age 70 of "cardiac insufficiency",[6][9] and Eddie died on October 10, 1964, in Beverly Hills, California, after suffering his second heart attack at age 72.[6] He is interred in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.[10] Stage[edit] Saloon songs to vaudeville[edit] By his early teens, Cantor began winning talent contests at local theaters and started appearing on stage. One of his earliest paying jobs was doubling as a waiter and performer, singing for tips at Carey Walsh's Coney Island
Coney Island
saloon, where a young Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante
accompanied him on piano. He made his first public appearance in Vaudeville
Vaudeville
in 1907 at New York's Clinton Music Hall. In 1912, he was the only performer over the age of 20 to appear in Gus Edwards's Kid Kabaret, where he created his first blackface character, "Jefferson". He later toured with Al Lee as the team "Cantor and Lee". Critical praise from that show got the attention of Broadway's top producer, Florenz Ziegfeld, who gave Cantor a spot in the Ziegfeld rooftop post-show, Midnight Frolic (1917).[6] Broadway[edit] A year later, Cantor made his Broadway debut in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917. He continued in the Follies until 1927,[11] a period considered the best years of the long-running revue. For several years, Cantor co-starred in an act with pioneer comedian Bert Williams, both appearing in blackface; Cantor played Williams's fresh-talking son. Other co-stars with Cantor during his time in the Follies included Will Rogers, Marilyn Miller, Fanny Brice, and W.C. Fields.[12] He moved on to stardom in book musicals, starting with Kid Boots (1923) and Whoopee!
Whoopee!
(1928).[11] On tour with Banjo
Banjo
Eyes, he romanced the unknown Jacqueline Susann, who had a small part in the show, and went on to become the best-selling author of Valley of the Dolls.

Flyer for Midnight Rounders

Ziegfeld Follies
Ziegfeld Follies
of 1917 – revue – performer Ziegfeld Follies
Ziegfeld Follies
of 1918 – revue – performer, co-composer and co-lyricist for "Broadway's Not a Bad Place After All" with Harry Ruby Ziegfeld Follies
Ziegfeld Follies
of 1919 – revue – performer, lyricist for "(Oh! She's the) Last Rose of Summer" Ziegfeld Follies
Ziegfeld Follies
of 1920 – revue – composer for "Green River", composer and lyricist for "Every Blossom I See Reminds Me of You" and "I Found a Baby on My Door Step" The Midnight Rounders of 1920 – revue – performer Broadway Brevities of 1920 – revue – performer Make It Snappy
Make It Snappy
(1922) – revue – performer, co-bookwriter Ziegfeld Follies
Ziegfeld Follies
of 1923 – revue – sketch writer Kid Boots
Kid Boots
(1923) – musical comedy – actor in the role of "Kid Boots" (the Caddie Master) Ziegfeld Follies
Ziegfeld Follies
of 1927 – revue – performer, co-bookwriter Whoopee!
Whoopee!
(1928) – musical comedy – actor in the role of "Henry Williams" Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
at the Palace (1931) – solo performance Banjo
Banjo
Eyes (1941) – musical comedy – actor in the role of "Erwin Trowbridge" Nellie Bly
Nellie Bly
(1946) – musical comedy – co-producer

Radio and recordings[edit] Radio[edit] Cantor appeared on radio as early as February 3, 1922, as indicated by this news item from Connecticut's Bridgeport Telegram:

Local radio operators listened to one of the finest programs, yet produced over the radiophone last night. The program of entertainment which included some of the stars of Broadway musical comedy and vaudeville was broadcast from the Newark, N. J.
Newark, N. J.
station WDY
WDY
and the Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
station KDKA, both of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. The Newark entertainment started at 7 o'clock: a children's half-hour of music and fairy stories; 7:[35?], Hawaiian airs and violin solo; 8:00, news of the day; and at 8:20, a radio party with nationally known comedians participating; 9:55, Arlington time signals and 10:01, a government weather report. G. E. Nothnagle, who conducts a radiophone station at his home 176 Waldemere Avenue said last night that he was delighted with the program, especially with the numbers sung by Eddie Cantor. The weather conditions are excellent for receiving, he continued, the tone and the quality of the messages was fine.[13]

Cantor (right) with Bert Gordon, aka "the Mad Russian".

Cantor's appearance with Rudy Vallee
Rudy Vallee
on Vallee's The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour on February 5, 1931 led to a four-week tryout with NBC's The Chase and Sanborn Hour. Replacing Maurice Chevalier, who was returning to Paris, Cantor joined Chase and Sanborn on September 13, 1931. This hour-long Sunday evening variety series teamed Cantor with announcer Jimmy Wallington and violinist Dave Rubinoff. The show established Cantor as a leading comedian, and his scriptwriter, David Freedman, as “the Captain of Comedy.” Freedman's team included, among others, Samuel "Doc" Kurtzman, who also wrote for song-and-dance man, Al Jolson, and the comedian Jack Benny. Cantor soon became the world's highest-paid radio star. His shows began with a crowd chanting "We want Can-tor! We want Can-tor!", a phrase said to have originated in vaudeville, when the audience chanted to chase off an act on the bill before Cantor. Cantor's theme song was his own lyric to the Leo Robin/Richard Whiting song, "One Hour with You". His radio sidekicks included Bert Gordon, (comic Barney Gorodetsky, aka "The Mad Russian") and Harry Parke
Harry Parke
(better known as "Parkyakarkus"). Cantor also discovered and helped guide the career of singer Dinah Shore, first featuring her on his radio show in 1940, as well as other performers, including Deanna Durbin, Bobby Breen
Bobby Breen
in 1936 and Eddie Fisher in 1949. Indicative of his effect on the mass audience, he agreed in November 1934 to introduce a new song by the songwriters J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie that other well-known artists had rejected as being "silly" and "childish". The song, "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town", immediately had orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day. It sold 400,000 copies by Christmas of that year.[14] His NBC
NBC
radio show, Time to Smile, was broadcast from 1940 to 1946, followed by his Pabst Blue Ribbon
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Show from 1946 through 1949. He also served as emcee of The $64 Question during 1949–50, and hosted a weekly disc jockey program for Philip Morris during the 1952–53 season. In addition to film and radio, Cantor recorded for Hit of the Week Records, then again for Columbia, for Banner and Decca and various small labels. His heavy political involvement began early in his career, including his participation in the strike to form Actors Equity in 1919, provoking the anger of father figure and producer, Florenz Ziegfeld. At the 1939 New York World's Fair, Cantor publicly denounced antisemitic radio personality Father Charles Coughlin
Father Charles Coughlin
and Cantor was dropped by his sponsor, Camel cigarettes. A year and a half later, Eddie's friend Jack Benny
Jack Benny
was able to get him back on the air. Recordings[edit] Cantor began making phonograph records in 1917, recording both comedy songs and routines and popular songs of the day, first for Victor, then for Aeoleon-Vocalion, Pathé, and Emerson. From 1921 through 1925, he had an exclusive contract with Columbia Records, returning to Victor for the remainder of the decade. Cantor was one of the era's most successful entertainers, but the 1929 stock market crash took away his multimillionaire status and left him deeply in debt. However, Cantor's relentless attention to his own earnings to avoid the poverty he knew growing up caused him to use his writing talent, quickly building a new bank account with his highly popular, bestselling books of humor and cartoons about his experience, Caught Short! A Saga of Wailing Wall Street [15] in 1929 "A.C." (After Crash), and Yoo-Hoo, Prosperity! Cantor was also a composer, with his most famous song seldom attributed to him. In 1935, along with Charles Tobias and Murray Mencher, Cantor wrote "Merrily We Roll Along", which he recorded in the 1950s. It was adapted as the themesong for the Merrie Melodies series of animated cartoons, distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures between 1937 and 1964. Cantor himself was frequently caricatured in Warner cartoons of the period, (see Film and television: Animation). Film and television[edit]

in Roman Scandals
Roman Scandals
(1933)

Cantor also bounced back between movies and radio. He had previously appeared in a number of short films, performing his Follies songs and comedy routines, and two silent features ( Special
Special
Delivery and Kid Boots) in the 1920s. He was offered the lead in The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer
after it was turned down by George Jessel. Cantor also turned the role down (so it went to Al Jolson), but he became a leading Hollywood star in 1930 with the film version of Whoopee!, shot in two-color Technicolor. He continued making films over the next two decades until his last starring role in If You Knew Susie (1948). Filmography[edit]

A Few Moments With Eddie Cantor, Star of "Kid Boots" (1923) (DeForest Phonofilm
Phonofilm
sound-on-film short film) Kid Boots
Kid Boots
(1926) Special
Special
Delivery (1927) A Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (1929) (short) Glorifying the American Girl
Glorifying the American Girl
(1929) That Party in Person (1928) (short) Insurance (1930) (short) Getting a Ticket (1930) (short) Whoopee!
Whoopee!
(1930) Palmy Days
Palmy Days
(1931) Talking Screen Snapshots (1932) (short) The Kid from Spain
The Kid from Spain
(1932) Roman Scandals
Roman Scandals
(1933) The Hollywood Gad-About (1934) (short) Kid Millions
Kid Millions
(1934) Strike Me Pink (1936) Ali Baba Goes to Town
Ali Baba Goes to Town
(1937) The March of Time
The March of Time
Volume IV, Issue 5 (1937) (short) Forty Little Mothers
Forty Little Mothers
(1940) Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) Show Business (1944) (also producer) Hollywood Canteen (1944) Screen Snapshots: Radio Shows (1945) (short) American Creed
American Creed
(1946) (short) Meet Mr. Mischief (1947) (short) (appears on poster) If You Knew Susie (1948) Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Happy Homes (1949) (short) The Story of Will Rogers
Will Rogers
(1952) Screen Snapshots: Memorial to Al Jolson
Al Jolson
(1952) (short) The Eddie Cantor Story (1953) (cameo appearance and singing voice dubbing for Keefe Brasselle)

Television[edit]

Cantor as host of The Colgate Comedy Hour, 1952.

On May 25, 1944, pioneer television station WPTZ (now KYW-TV) in Philadelphia presented a special, all-star telecast which was also seen in New York over WNBT (now WNBC) and featured cut-ins from their Rockefeller Center studios. Cantor, one of the first major stars to agree to appear on television, was to sing "We're Havin' a Baby, My Baby and Me". Arriving shortly before airtime at the New York studios, Cantor was reportedly told to cut the song because the NBC
NBC
New York censors considered some of the lyrics too risqué. Cantor refused, claiming no time to prepare an alternative number. NBC
NBC
relented, but the sound was cut and the picture blurred on certain lines in the song. This is considered the first instance of television censorship.[16] In 1950, he became the first of several hosts alternating on the NBC television variety show The Colgate Comedy Hour, in which he would introduce musical acts, stage and film stars and play comic characters such as "Maxie the Taxi". In the spring of 1952, Cantor landed in an unlikely controversy when a young Sammy Davis, Jr., appeared as a guest performer. Cantor embraced Davis and mopped Davis's brow with his handkerchief after his performance. When worried sponsors led NBC to threaten cancellation of the show, Cantor's response was to book Davis for two more weeks. Cantor suffered a heart attack following a September 1952 Colgate broadcast, and thereafter, curtailed his appearances until his final program in 1954. In 1955, he appeared in a filmed series for syndication and a year later, appeared in two dramatic roles ("George Has A Birthday", on NBC's Matinee Theatre broadcast in color, and "Sizeman and Son" on CBS' Playhouse 90). He continued to appear as a guest on several shows, and was last seen on the NBC
NBC
color broadcast of The Future Lies Ahead on January 22, 1960, which also featured Mort Sahl. Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
was portrayed as a recurring character on HBO's series Boardwalk Empire, beginning with the introduction of the show in 2010, where he is played by Stephen DeRosa. Cantor's character appeared in three episodes of the show's first season, one episode of the second season, two of the third. and one of the fourth season. Animation[edit] Cantor appears in caricature form in numerous Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
cartoons produced for Warner Bros., although he was often voiced by an imitator. Beginning with "I Like Mountain Music" (1933), other animated Cantor cameos include "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" (Harman-Ising, 1933) and "Billboard Frolics" (Friz Freleng, 1935). Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
is one of the four "down on their luck" stars (along with Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, and Jack Benny) snubbed by Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd
in "What’s Up, Doc?" (Bob McKimson, 1950). In "Farm Frolics" (Bob Clampett, 1941), a horse, asked by the narrator to "do a canter", promptly launches into a singing, dancing, eye-rolling impression. The Cantor gag that got the most mileage, however, was his oft-repeated wish for a son after five famous daughters. "Slap-Happy Pappy" (Clampett, 1940) features an “Eddie Cackler” rooster that wants a boy, to little avail. Other references can be found in "Baby Bottleneck" (Clampett, 1946) and "Circus Today" (Tex Avery, 1940). In Merrie Melodies, "The Coo-Coo Nut Grove" Cantor's many daughters are referenced by a group of singing quintuplet girls. In "Porky’s Naughty Nephew" (Clampett, 1938) a swimming Cantor gleefully adopts a "buoy".[17] An animated Cantor also appears prominently in Walt Disney's "Mother Goose Goes Hollywood" (Wilfred Jackson, 1938) as Little Jack Horner, who sings "Sing a Song of Sixpence". Books and merchandising[edit]

Cantor and three of his daughters strike a pose in 1926 to promote his first film, Kid Boots, and children's shoes.

Cantor's popularity led to merchandising of such products as Eddie Cantor's Tell It to the Judge game from Parker Brothers. In 1933, a set of 12 Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
caricatures by Frederick J. Garner was published by Brown and Bigelow. These advertising cards were purchased in bulk as a direct-mail item by such businesses as auto body shops, funeral directors, dental laboratories, and vegetable wholesale dealers. With the full set, companies could mail a single Cantor card each month for a year to their selected special customers as an ongoing promotion. Cantor was often caricatured on the covers of sheet music and in magazines and newspapers. Cantor was depicted as a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,[18] one of the very few balloons based on a real person. In addition to Caught Short!, Cantor wrote or co-wrote at least seven other books, including booklets released by the then-fledgling firm of Simon & Schuster, with Cantor’s name on the cover. (Some were "as told to" or written with David Freedman.) Customers paid a dollar and received the booklet with a penny embedded in the hardcover. They sold well, and H. L. Mencken
H. L. Mencken
asserted that these books did more to pull America out of the Great Depression
Great Depression
than all government measures combined. Bibliography[edit]

My Life Is in Your Hands by Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1928) with David Freedman; Harper & Bros. Caught Short!: A Saga of Wailing Wall Street by Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1929) Simon & Schuster Between the Acts by Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1930) Simon & Schuster Yoo-Hoo, Prosperity!: The Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
Five-Year Plan by Eddie Cantor (1931) with David Freedman; Simon & Schuster The Rise of the Goldbergs by Gertrude Berg (1931) Forward by Eddie Cantor; Barse & Co. Your Next President! by Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1932) with David Freedman, Illus. by S.L. Hydeman; Ray Long & Richard R. Smith, Inc. Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
in An Hour with You: A Big Little Book (1934) Whitman Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
Song and Joke Book (1934) Illus. by Ben Harris; M. Witmark & Sons Ziegfeld: The Great Glorifier by Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1934) with David Freedman; Alfred H. King World's Book of Best Jokes by Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1943) World Publishing Co. Hello, Momma by George Jessel (1946) Forward by Eddie Cantor, Illus. by Carl Rose; World Publishing Co. Take My Life by Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1957) with Jane Kesner Ardmore; Doubleday No Man Stands Alone by Barney Ross (1957) Forward by Eddie Cantor; B. Lippincott Co. The Way I See It by Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1959) with Phyllis Rosenteur, ed.; Prentice-Hall As I Remember Them by Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1963) Duell, Sloan & Pearce Yoo-Hoo, Prosperity! and Caught Short! by Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1969) Greenwood Press "The Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
Story: A Jewish
Jewish
Life in Performance and Politics" by David Weinstein (2017) UPNE/Brandeis University Press The Golden Age of Sound Comedy: Comic Films and Comedians of the Thirties by Donald W. McCaffrey (1973) A.S. Barnes Radio Comedy by Arthur Frank Wertheim (1979) Oxford University Press The Vaudevillians: A Dictionary of Vaudeville
Vaudeville
Performers by Anthony Slide (1981) Arlington House American Vaudeville
Vaudeville
as Seen by Its Contemporaries by Charles W. Stein, ed. (1984) Alfred A. Knopf Eddie Cantor: A Life in Show Business by Gregory Koseluk (1995) McFarland Eddie Cantor: A Bio-Bibliography by James Fisher (1997) Greenwood Press Banjo
Banjo
Eyes: Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
and the Birth of Modern Stardom by Herbert G. Goldman (1997) Oxford University Press The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio's Golden Age by Leonard Maltin (1997) Dutton My Life Is in Your Hands and Take My Life by Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(2000) Cooper Square Press Film Clowns of the Depression: Twelve Defining Comic Performances by Wes D. Gehring (2007) McFarland Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
in Laugh Land by Harold Sherman (2008) Kessinger Publishing Angels We Have Heard: The Christmas Song Stories by James Adam Richliano (2002) Star Of Bethlehem Books (Includes a chapter on Cantor's involvement in the history of "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town").

Tributes[edit] Cantor was profiled on This Is Your Life, the NBC
NBC
program in which an unsuspecting person (usually a celebrity) would be surprised on live television by host Ralph Edwards, with a half-hour tribute. Cantor was the only subject who was told of the surprise in advance; he was recovering from a heart attack and it was felt that the shock might harm him. On October 29, 1995, as part of a nationwide celebration of the 75th anniversary of radio, he was posthumously inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago's Museum of Broadcasting Communication. In 1953, Warner Bros., in an attempt to duplicate the box-office success of The Jolson Story, filmed a big-budget Technicolor
Technicolor
feature film, The Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
Story. The film found an audience, but might have done better with someone else in the leading role. Actor Keefe Brasselle played Cantor as a caricature with high-pressure dialogue and bulging eyes wide open; the fact that Brasselle was considerably taller than Cantor did not lend realism, either. Eddie and Ida Cantor were seen in a brief prologue and epilogue set in a projection room, where they are watching Brasselle in action; at the end of the film, Eddie tells Ida, "I never looked better in my life"... and gives the audience a knowing, incredulous look. George Burns, in his memoir All My Best Friends, claimed that Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
created a miracle producing the movie in that "it made Eddie Cantor's life boring". Something closer to the real Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
story is his self-produced 1944 feature Show Business, a valentine to vaudeville and show folks, which was RKO's top-grossing film that year. Probably the best summary of Cantor's career is on one of the Colgate Comedy Hour shows.[19] Re-issued on DVD as Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
in Person, the hour episode is a virtual video autobiography, with Eddie recounting his career, singing his greatest hits, and recreating his singing-waiter days with another vaudeville legend, his old pal Jimmy Durante. Cantor appears as a recurring character, played by Stephen DeRosa, on the HBO
HBO
series Boardwalk Empire. Further information[edit]

Goldman, Herbert G. (1997). Banjo
Banjo
Eyes: Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
and the Birth of Modern Stardom. New York: Oxford University Press.  A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor, Star of "Kid Boots" (1923) A six-minute film made in Phonofilm
Phonofilm
by Lee De Forest
Lee De Forest
featuring Cantor telling monologues and singing two songs in one of the earliest surviving sound motion pictures. OTR Network Library: The Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
Show (11 1936 – 52 episodes)

See also[edit]

Biography portal

References[edit]

^ Eddie Cantor, with Jane Kesner Ardmore, Take My Life, Mr. Cantor's second autobiography, 1957 ^ Kenrick, John.Who's Who in Musicals: Ca-Cl Musicals101.com, accessed September 5, 2011 ^ [1] New York Times, accessed May 5, 2015 ^ Obituary Variety, October 14, 1964. ^ "The Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
Story". Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
Official Website. Retrieved September 2, 2013.  ^ a b c d " Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
Dead. Comedy Star Was 72. Comedy Star of Vaudeville, Screen, Radio and TV Was a Discoverer of Talent". New York Times. October 11, 1964. Retrieved 2012-08-09. Eddie Cantor, banjo-eyed vaudevillian whose dancing feet and double-takes brought him stardom in movies, radio and television, died of a coronary occlusion today at the age of 72.  ^ Epstein, Lawrence. "The Haunted Smile" (2002). PublicAffairs. ISBN 1-58648-162-2, p.38 ^ The Children of Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
blog article by David Lobosco ^ "Deaths", The New York Times, August 10, 1962, p. 14 ^ Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
at Find a Grave ^ a b " Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
Broadway Credits" Internet Broadway database listing, retrieved December 24, 2009 ^ Cullen, Frank; Hackman, Florence; McNeilly, Donald. "Vaudeville, Old & New: An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers" (2007). Routledge. ISBN 0-415-93853-8, p. 193 ^ "Radio Operators Hear a Good Concert", Bridgeport Telegram, February 4, 1922. ^ Collins, Ace (5 October 2010). "4 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town". Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas. Zondervan. p. 224. ISBN 0310327954. Retrieved 20 August 2014.  ^ "'Caught short! A saga of wailing Wall street', OCLC Number: 381325" worldcat.org, accessed September 5, 2011 ^ "Cantor Censored in Televised Act". The New York Times. May 27, 1944 ^ From "The Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Cartoon Companion", E.O. Costello, ed. Archived October 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ New York Daily News (2008-11-28). "Floating back in time with Macy's balloons, 1940, photo No.11". Retrieved 2008-11-28.  ^ Pondillo, Bob (2005). "Racial Discourse and Censorship on NBC-TV, 1948-60". Journal of Popular Film & Television. 33 (2): 106.  access-date= requires url= (help)

External links[edit]

Wikisource
Wikisource
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Academy Honorary Award

1928–1950

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
/ Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1928) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1932) Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple
(1934) D. W. Griffith
D. W. Griffith
(1935) The March of Time
The March of Time
/ W. Howard Greene and Harold Rosson (1936) Edgar Bergen
Edgar Bergen
/ W. Howard Greene / Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
Film Library / Mack Sennett
Mack Sennett
(1937) J. Arthur Ball / Walt Disney
Walt Disney
/ Deanna Durbin
Deanna Durbin
and Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
/ Gordon Jennings, Jan Domela, Devereaux Jennings, Irmin Roberts, Art Smith, Farciot Edouart, Loyal Griggs, Loren L. Ryder, Harry D. Mills, Louis Mesenkop, Walter Oberst / Oliver T. Marsh and Allen Davey / Harry Warner
Harry Warner
(1938) Douglas Fairbanks
Douglas Fairbanks
/ Judy Garland
Judy Garland
/ William Cameron Menzies / Motion Picture Relief Fund (Jean Hersholt, Ralph Morgan, Ralph Block, Conrad Nagel)/ Technicolor
Technicolor
Company (1939) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
/ Nathan Levinson (1940) Walt Disney, William Garity, John N. A. Hawkins, and the RCA Manufacturing Company / Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski
and his associates / Rey Scott / British Ministry of Information (1941) Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
/ Noël Coward
Noël Coward
/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(1942) George Pal
George Pal
(1943) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
/ Margaret O'Brien
Margaret O'Brien
(1944) Republic Studio, Daniel J. Bloomberg, and the Republic Studio Sound Department / Walter Wanger
Walter Wanger
/ The House I Live In / Peggy Ann Garner (1945) Harold Russell
Harold Russell
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
/ Ernst Lubitsch
Ernst Lubitsch
/ Claude Jarman Jr. (1946) James Baskett
James Baskett
/ Thomas Armat, William Nicholas Selig, Albert E. Smith, and George Kirke Spoor
George Kirke Spoor
/ Bill and Coo / Shoeshine (1947) Walter Wanger
Walter Wanger
/ Monsieur Vincent
Monsieur Vincent
/ Sid Grauman
Sid Grauman
/ Adolph Zukor
Adolph Zukor
(1948) Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
/ Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
/ Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
/ The Bicycle Thief (1949) Louis B. Mayer
Louis B. Mayer
/ George Murphy
George Murphy
/ The Walls of Malapaga (1950)

1951–1975

Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
/ Rashomon
Rashomon
(1951) Merian C. Cooper
Merian C. Cooper
/ Bob Hope
Bob Hope
/ Harold Lloyd
Harold Lloyd
/ George Mitchell / Joseph M. Schenck / Forbidden Games
Forbidden Games
(1952) 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation / Bell & Howell Company / Joseph Breen / Pete Smith (1953) Bausch & Lomb Optical Company / Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye
/ Kemp Niver / Greta Garbo / Jon Whiteley
Jon Whiteley
/ Vincent Winter / Gate of Hell (1954) Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1955) Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1956) Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
/ Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson / Charles Brackett / B. B. Kahane (1957) Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier
(1958) Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton
/ Lee de Forest
Lee de Forest
(1959) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
/ Stan Laurel
Stan Laurel
/ Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills
(1960) William L. Hendricks / Fred L. Metzler / Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
(1961) William J. Tuttle
William J. Tuttle
(1964) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1965) Yakima Canutt
Yakima Canutt
/ Y. Frank Freeman
Y. Frank Freeman
(1966) Arthur Freed (1967) John Chambers / Onna White (1968) Cary Grant
Cary Grant
(1969) Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish
/ Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1970) Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1971) Charles S. Boren / Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
(1972) Henri Langlois
Henri Langlois
/ Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx
(1973) Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks
/ Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir
(1974) Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
(1975)

1976–2000

Margaret Booth (1977) Walter Lantz
Walter Lantz
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
/ King Vidor
King Vidor
/ Museum of Modern Art Department of Film (1978) Hal Elias / Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1979) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1980) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1981) Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1982) Hal Roach
Hal Roach
(1983) James Stewart
James Stewart
/ National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
(1984) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
/ Alex North (1985) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1986) Eastman Kodak
Kodak
Company / National Film Board of Canada
National Film Board of Canada
(1988) Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
(1989) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
/ Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
(1990) Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray
(1991) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1992) Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
(1993) Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni
(1994) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
/ Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
(1995) Michael Kidd
Michael Kidd
(1996) Stanley Donen
Stanley Donen
(1997) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1998) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1999) Jack Cardiff
Jack Cardiff
/ Ernest Lehman (2000)

2001–present

Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
/ Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(2001) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(2002) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
(2003) Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
(2004) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(2005) Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2006) Robert F. Boyle (2007) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
/ Roger Corman
Roger Corman
/ Gordon Willis
Gordon Willis
(2009) Kevin Brownlow / Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
/ Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(2010) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
/ Dick Smith (2011) D. A. Pennebaker
D. A. Pennebaker
/ Hal Needham
Hal Needham
/ George Stevens Jr.
George Stevens Jr.
(2012) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
/ Steve Martin
Steve Martin
/ Piero Tosi (2013) Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean-Claude Carrière
/ Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki
/ Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
(2014) Spike Lee
Spike Lee
/ Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(2015) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
/ Lynn Stalmaster / Anne V. Coates / Frederick Wiseman (2016) Charles Burnett / Owen Roizman / Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
/ Agnès Varda (2017)

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Presidents of the Screen Actors Guild

Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan
(1933) Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor
(1933) Robert Montgomery (1935) Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan
(1938) Edward Arnold (1940) James Cagney
James Cagney
(1942) George Murphy
George Murphy
(1944) Robert Montgomery (1946) Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
(1947) Walter Pidgeon
Walter Pidgeon
(1952) Leon Ames
Leon Ames
(1957) Howard Keel
Howard Keel
(1958) Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
(1959) George Chandler
George Chandler
(1960) Dana Andrews
Dana Andrews
(1963) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1965) John Gavin
John Gavin
(1971) Dennis Weaver
Dennis Weaver
(1973) Kathleen Nolan
Kathleen Nolan
(1975) William Schallert
William Schallert
(1979) Edward Asner (1981) Patty Duke
Patty Duke
(1985) Barry Gordon (1988) Richard Masur
Richard Masur
(1995) William Daniels
William Daniels
(1999) Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Gilbert
(2001) Alan Rosenberg
Alan Rosenberg
(2005) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(2009) Gabrielle Carteris (2016)

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Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Life Achievement Award

1962: Eddie Cantor 1963: Stan Laurel 1965: Bob Hope 1966: Barbara Stanwyck 1967: William Gargan 1968: James Stewart 1969: Edward G. Robinson 1970: Gregory Peck 1971: Charlton Heston 1972: Frank Sinatra 1973: Martha Raye 1974: Walter Pidgeon 1975: Rosalind Russell 1976: Pearl Bailey 1977: James Cagney 1978: Edgar Bergen 1979: Katharine Hepburn 1980: Leon Ames 1982: Danny Kaye 1983: Ralph Bellamy 1984: Iggie Wolfington 1985: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward 1986: Nanette Fabray 1987: Red Skelton 1988: Gene Kelly 1989: Jack Lemmon 1990: Brock Peters 1991: Burt Lancaster 1992: Audrey Hepburn 1993: Ricardo Montalbán 1994: George Burns 1995: Robert Redford 1996: Angela Lansbury 1997: Elizabeth Taylor 1998: Kirk Douglas 1999: Sidney Poitier 2000: Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and Ruby Dee 2001: Ed Asner 2002: Clint Eastwood 2003: Karl Malden 2004: James Garner 2005: Shirley Temple 2006: Julie Andrews 2007: Charles Durning 2008: James Earl Jones 2009: Betty White 2010: Ernest Borgnine 2011: Mary Tyler Moore 2012: Dick Van Dyke 2013: Rita Moreno 2014: Debbie Reynolds 2015: Carol Burnett 2016: Lily Tomlin 2017: Morgan Freeman

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