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George Burns

George Burns
Birth name Nathan Birnbaum
Born January 20, 1896
New York, New York, USA
Died March 9, 1996 (aged 100)
Beverly Hills, California, USA
Other name(s) Nattie
Spouse(s) Gracie Allen (m. Jan. 7 1926, until her death August 27, 1964)
Hannah Siegal (m. ? div. ?)
Official site Official website of George Burns
Notable roles Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys
Academy Awards
Won: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (1975) for The Sunshine Boys
Emmy Awards
Nominated: Outstanding Special in a Comedy-Variety Music (1977) for The George Burns One-Man Show

George Burns[1], born Nathan Birnbaum (January 20, 1896March 9, 1996), was an American comedian and actor. Image File history File links This work is copyrighted. ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_York. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (69th in leap years). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_California. ... Beverly Hills is a city in the western part of Los Angeles County, California. ... Gracie Allen (July 26, 1895[1] – August 27, 1964) was an American comedian who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. ... The Sunshine Boys is a comic play by Neil Simon. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sunshine Boys is a comic play by Neil Simon. ... An Emmy Award. ... Outstanding is a song originally performed by The Gap Band and written by member Raymond Calhoun. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Burns is the name of several people and places: In an international setting Burns most likely refers to: Robert Burns, pioneer of the Romantic movement and Scotlands national poet It can also refer to: // Burns (clan), a Scottish clan Individual people with entries in Wikipedia whose family name is... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (69th in leap years). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ...


His career spanned vaudeville, film, radio, and television, with and without his equally legendary wife, Gracie Allen. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. Enjoying a remarkable career resurrection that began at age 79, and ended shortly before his death at age 100, George Burns was better known in the last two decades of his life than at any other time in his life and career. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Gracie Allen (July 26, 1895[1] – August 27, 1964) was an American comedian who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. ...

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From the cantor's son to the Peewee Quartet

Nathan Birnbaum was the ninth of twelve children born to Louis and Dorothy (Bluth) Birnbaum in New York City. His father was a substitute cantor at the local synagogue but did not work very often. During the flu epidemic of 1903, Louis had his chance to earn some real money but contracted the flu and died. Nattie (as he was known to his family) started working in 1903 after his father's death, shining shoes, running errands, and selling newspapers. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... A hazzan or chazzan (Hebrew for cantor) is a Jewish musician trained in the vocal arts who helps lead the synagogue in songful prayer. ... A synagogue (from Ancient Greek: , transliterated synagogē, assembly; Hebrew: beit knesset, house of assembly; Yiddish: , shul; Ladino: , esnoga) is a Jewish place of religious worship. ... Influenza, commonly known as flu, is an infectious disease of birds and mammals caused by an RNA virus of the family Orthomyxoviridae (the influenza viruses). ... In epidemiology, an epidemic (from [[Latin language] epi- upon + demos people) is a disease that appears as new cases in a given human population, during a given period, at a rate that substantially exceeds what is expected, based on recent experience (the number of new cases in the population during... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ...


When he landed a job as a syrup maker in a local candy shop at age seven, Nattie Birnbaum was discovered, as he recalled many years later:

We were all about the same age, six and seven, and when we were bored making syrup, we used to practice singing harmony in the basement. One day our letter carrier came down to the basement. His name was Lou Farley. Feingold was his real name, but he changed it to Farley. He wanted the whole world to sing harmony. He came down to the basement once to deliver a letter and heard the four of us kids singing harmony. He liked our style, so we sang a couple more songs for him. Then we looked up at the head of the stairs and saw three or four people listening to us and smiling. In fact, they threw down a couple of pennies. So I said to the kids I was working with, 'no more chocolate syrup. It's show business from now on.

We called ourselves the Peewee Quartet. We started out singing on ferryboats, in saloons and on street corners. We'd put our hats down for donations. Sometimes the customers threw something in the hats. Sometimes they took something out of the hats. Sometimes they took the hats.[2] Harmony is the use and study of pitch simultaneity, and therefore chords, actual or implied, in music. ... Chocolate most commonly comes in dark, milk, and white varieties, with cocoa solids contributing to the brown coloration. ... Show business is a vernacular term for the business of entertainment. ... The Pride of Burgundy, a P&O Ferries car ferry on the Dover-Calais route A ferry is a boat or a ship carrying passengers, and possibly their vehicles, on a relatively short-distance, regularly-scheduled service. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Burns quit school in the fourth grade to go into show business full-time. Like many performers of his generation, he tried practically anything he could to entertain, including trick roller skating, teaching dance, singing, and adagio dancing in small-time vaudeville. During these years, he began smoking cigars—which became comic props—and adopted the stage name by which he would be known for the rest of his life. He claimed in a few interviews that the idea of the name originated from fact that two star major league players (George H. Burns and George J. Burns) were playing major league baseball (unrelated) at the time. Both men achieved over 2000 major league hits and hold some major league records. Roller skates are devices worn on the feet to enable the wearer to glide along on wheels propelled by the legs. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


He normally partnered with a girl, sometimes in an adagio dance routine, sometimes comic patter. Though he had an apparent flair for comedy, he never quite clicked with any of his partners, until he met a young Irish Catholic lady in 1923. "And all of a sudden," he said famously (and repeatedly—never failing to get a laugh from it, either), in later years, "the audience realised I had a talent. They were right. I did have a talent—and I was married to her for 38 years." Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Enter Gracie

"I love her—that's why": Gracie Allen, wife and comedy partner. When George flipped the act to make her the laugh-getter, the couple became major stars.

Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen was born into a show business family; after being educated at Star of the Sea Convent School in girlhood, she teamed in vaudeville with her sister, Bessie, in 1909. gracie Allen posted by A. J. Marik on Find a Grave The copyright status of this vintage image is undetermined; it may still be copyrighted. ... Gracie Allen (July 26, 1895[1] – August 27, 1964) was an American comedian who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. ... Gracie Allen (July 26, 1895[1] – August 27, 1964) was an American comedian who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. ...


She met George Burns and the two immediately launched a new partnership, with Gracie asking serious questions and George delivering the punchlines. Burns knew something was wrong when the audience ignored his jokes but snickered at Gracie's questions. Burns cannily flipped the act around: after a Hoboken, New Jersey performance in which they tested the new style for the first time, Burns's hunch proved right. Gracie was the better 'laugh-getter', especially with the "illogical logic" that informed her responses to Burns's prompting comments or questions. Map of New Jersey highlighting Hoboken Image of Hoboken taken by NASA (red line shows where Hoboken is). ...


Allen's half of the act was known generally as a "Dumb Dora" act, named after a very early film of the same name that featured a scatterbrained female protagonist, but her "illogical logic" style was several cuts above the Dumb Dora stereotype, as was Burns's understated straight man. The twosome worked the new style tirelessly on the road, building a following, as well as a reputation for being a reliable "disappointment act"; someone who could fill in for a sick performer on short notice. Burns and Allen were so consistently dependable that vaudeville bookers elevated them to the more secure "standard act" status, and finally to the vaudevillian's dream: the Palace in New York. The Palace Theatre, circa 1920. ...


George and Gracie fell in love along the way and married in Cleveland, Ohio on January 7, 1926, somewhat daring for those times, considering Burns's Jewish and Allen's Irish Catholic upbringing.[3] (For her part, Allen also endeared herself to her in-laws by adopting his mother's favourite phrase, used whenever the older woman needed to bring her son back down to earth: "Nattie, you're a nice boy," using a diminutive of his given name. When Burns's mother died, Allen comforted her grief-stricken husband with the same phrase.) This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... January 7 is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Stage to screen

Getting a start in motion pictures with a series of comic short films, their feature credits in the mid- to late-1930s included The Big Broadcast of 1932; International House in 1933; Six of a Kind in 1934; The Big Broadcast of 1936; The Big Broadcast of 1937; A Damsel in Distress in 1937 and College Swing in 1938, in which Bob Hope made one of his early film appearances. For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... See also: 1931 in film 1932 1933 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events Shirley Temples film career begins Disney released Flowers and Trees their first cartoon in three-strip Technicolor film. ... International House was a comedy film released in 1933, directed by A. Edward Sutherland. ... See also: 1932 in film 1933 1934 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events British Film Institute founded. ... See also: 1933 in film 1934 1935 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January 26 - Samuel Goldwyn (of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) finally purchased the film rights to The Wizard of Oz from Frank J. Baum for $40,000. ... See also: 1935 in film 1936 1937 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January 6 - first Porky Pig animated cartoon September 28 - The Marx Brothers Harpo Marx marries actress Susan Fleming Top grossing films in North America Red River Valley Academy Awards Best Picture: The Great... See also: 1936 in film 1937 category:1937 films 1938 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events April 16 - Way Out West premieres in the US. May 7 - Shall We Dance premieres in the US. Top grossing films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Conquest Damaged Lives... See also: 1937 in film 1937 1939 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January — MGM announces that Judy Garland would be cast in the role of Dorothy in the upcoming Wizard of Oz motion picture. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ...


Burns and Allen were indirectly responsible for the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "Road" pictures. In 1938, William LeBaron, producer and managing director at Paramount, had a script prepared by Don Hartman and Frank Butler. It was to star Burns and Allen with a young crooner named Bing Crosby. The story did not seem to fit George and Gracie, so LeBaron ordered Hartman and Butler to rewrite their script to fit two male co-stars: Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. The script was titled Road to Singapore and it made motion picture history. Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... The Paramount Pictures logo used from 1988 to 1989. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... orchard road This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


Burns and Allen were always praised as having one of the happiest marriages in show business, their friends commenting that they were to marriage what Rogers and Hammerstein were to music: style, dignity, and class all the way.[citation needed] But Burns eventually admitted that even their marriage suffered at least one stressful enough period that he did the unthinkable: after the stress climaxed in an argument over a pricey silver table centerpiece Gracie coveted, he had a very brief affair with a Las Vegas showgirl. To the day he died, he considered it the biggest regret of his life—and considered himself fortunate to have his wife's forgiveness. He also bought her the centerpiece out of guilt. Typically, Burns discovered in an offhand way that his wife knew what he had done, when he overheard what would have sounded anywhere else like a classic Gracie Allen punch line. Shopping with a friend, Gracie remarked, "You know, I really wish George would cheat on me again. I could use a new centerpiece." Rodgers and Hammerstein is the songwriting team consisting of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Rodgers had previously been in a successful partnership with Lorenz Hart (see Rodgers and Hart). ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... A Las Vegas showgirl, from the Folies Bergere. ...


Radio stars

Burns and Allen first made it to radio as the comedy relief for bandleader Guy Lombardo, which did not always sit well with Lombardo's home audience. In his later memoir, The Third Time Around, Burns revealed a college fraternity's protest letter, complaining that they resented their weekly dance parties with their girl friends to "Thirty Minutes of the Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven" had to be broken into by the droll vaudeville team. Guy Lombardo, photographed by William P. Gottlieb, 1947 Gaetano Alberto Guy Lombardo (June 19, 1902 – November 5, 1977) was a Canadian bandleader and violinist. ...


In time, though, Burns and Allen found their own show and radio audience, first airing on February 15, 1932 and concentrating on their classic stage routines plus sketch comedy in which the Burns and Allen style was woven into different little scenes, not unlike the short films they made in Hollywood. They were also good for a clever publicity stunt, none more so than the hunt for Gracie's missing brother; a hunt that included Gracie turning up on other radio shows searching for him as well. They also cooked up a stunt involving Gracie's fictitious run for the U.S. presidency ("Everybody knows a woman is much better than a man at introducing bills into the house," was a typical Gracie 'campaign' crack) which was influential enough that Allen actually received votes in the November 1940 election.[citation needed] February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The couple was portrayed at first as younger singles, with Allen the object of both Burns's and other cast members affections. Most notable bandleaders Ray Noble (known for his phrase, "Gracie this is the first time we've ever been alone") and Artie Shaw played "love" interests to Gracie. While singer Tony Martin, played an unwilling love interest of Gracie in which Gracie "sexually harassed" him, by threatening to fire him if the romantic interest wasn't returned. In time, however, slipping ratings and the difficulty of being portrayed as singles in light of the audience's close familiarity with their real-life marriage, the show adapted in 1940 to present them as the married couple they actually were. For a time, Burns and Allen had a rather distinguished and popular musical director: swing era titan Artie Shaw, who also appeared as a character in some of the show's sketches. A somewhat different Gracie also marked this era as the Gracie character could often found to be mean to George. Ray Noble is a common personal name that can refer to different people: Ray Noble: a baseball player Ray Noble: a musician This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Artie Shaw (May 23, 1910, New York, New York – December 30, 2004, Thousand Oaks, California) was an accomplished American jazz clarinetist, composer, bandleader and author of both fiction and non-fiction. ... Tony Martin (born December 25, 1912) is an American actor and traditional pop singer. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Swing Dancing The term swing dance is commonly used to refer either to a group of dances developing in response to swing music in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, or to lindy hop, a popular partner dance today. ... Artie Shaw (May 23, 1910, New York, New York – December 30, 2004, Thousand Oaks, California) was an accomplished American jazz clarinetist, composer, bandleader and author of both fiction and non-fiction. ...

George) Your mother cut my face out of the picture.
Gracie) Oh George you're being sensitive.
Georgie) I am not! Look at my face! What happened to it?
Gracie) I don't know; it looks like you fell on it.

Or

Census Taker) What do you make?
Gracie) I make cookies and aprons and knit sweaters.
Census Taker) No, I mean what do you earn?
Gracie) George's salary.

As this format grew stale over the years Burns and his fellow writers redeveloped the show as a situation comedy, focusing on the couple's married life and life among various friends, including Elvia Allman as "Tootsie Sagwell," a man-hungry spinster in love with Bill Goodwin, and neighbours, until the characters of Harry and Blanche Morton entered the picture to stay. Like The Jack Benny Program, the new George Burns & Gracie Allen Show portrayed George and Gracie as entertainers with their own weekly radio show. Goodwin remained, his character as "girl-crazy" as ever, and the music was now handled by Meredith Willson (later to be better known for composing the play The Music Man). Willson also played himself on the show as a naive, friendly, girl-shy fellow. The new format's success made it one of the few classic radio comedies to completely re-invent itself and regain major fame. A situation comedy, usually referred to as a sitcom, is a genre of comedy programs which originated in radio. ... Elvia Allman (September 19 1904 - March 6 1992) was a character actress and voice over performer in Hollywood films and television programs for over 50 years. ... Bill Goodwin (July 28, 1910 - 9 May 1958) Goodwin was for many years the announcer and regular character of the Burns and Allen radio program (1950-1951). ... Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ... Robert Meredith Willson (18 May 1902 – 15 June 1984) was an American composer and playwright, best known as the writer of The Music Man. ... This article is about the stage musical. ...


Supporting players

The supporting cast during this phase included Mel Blanc as the melancholy, ironically named "Happy Postman"; Bea Benaderet and Hal March (later more famous as the host of The $64,000 Question) as neighbors Blanche and Harry Morton; and the various members of Gracie's ladies' club, the Beverly Hills Uplift Society. One running gag during this period, stretching into the television era, was Burns's questionable singing voice, as Gracie lovingly referred to her husband as "Sugar Throat." The show received and maintained a top ten rating for the rest of its radio life. Melvin Jerome Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was a prolific American voice actor, performing on radio, in television commercials, and most famously, in hundreds of cartoon shorts for Warner Bros. ... Bea Benaderet (IPA: ) (April 4, 1906—October 13, 1968) was an American actress, born in New York City and raised in San Francisco, California. ... Hal March (born Harold Mendelson, April 22, 1920 - January 19, 1970) was an American comedian. ... The $64,000 Question was a popular United States television game show. ...


New network

They also took the show to CBS in 1948, after having spent their entire radio career to date on NBC. Their good friend Jack Benny reached a negotiating impasse with NBC over the corporation he set up to package his show, the better to put more of his earnings on a capital-gains basis and avoid the punishing 80 percent taxes slapped on very high earners in the World War II era. When CBS czar William S. Paley convinced Benny to move to CBS (Paley, among other things, impressed Benny with his attitude that the performers make the network, not the other way around as NBC chief David Sarnoff reputedly believed), Benny in turn convinced several NBC stars to join him, including Burns and Allen. And thus did CBS reap the benefits when Burns and Allen moved to television in 1950. CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ... William S. Paley (1901-1990) This article is about the broadcast executive. ... David Sarnoff (February 27, 1891–December 12, 1971) led the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in various capacities shortly after its founding in 1919 to his retirement in 1970. ...


Inside and outside the box

George Burns—in the 1950s, at the height of Burns & Allen's fame.

On television, The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show put faces to the radio characters audiences had come to love. A number of significant changes were seen in the show: george Burns posted on Find A Grave, possibly by A. J. Marik This work is copyrighted. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • A parade of actors portrayed Harry Morton: Hal March, The Life Of Riley alumnus John Brown, veteran movie and television character actor Fred Clark, and future Mister Ed co-star Larry Keating.
  • Burns often broke the fourth wall, and chatted with the home audience, telling understated jokes and commenting wryly about what show characters were doing or undoing. At times he would actually turn on a television and watch what the other characters were saying when he wasn't there.
  • When Bill Goodwin left after the earliest episodes, Burns hired veteran radio announcer Harry Von Zell to succeed him. Von Zell was cast as the good-natured, easily-confused Burns and Allen announcer and buddy. He also became one of the show's running gags, when his involvement in yet another one of Gracie's harebrained ideas would get him fired at least once a week by George.
  • The first shows were simply a copy of the radio format, complete with lengthy and integrated commercials for sponsor Carnation Evaporated Milk by Goodwin. However, what worked well on radio appeared forced and plodding on television. The show was changed into the now-standard situation comedy format, with the commercials distinct from the plot.
  • Midway through the show's run, the Burns's two adopted children, Sandra and Ronald, began to feature on the show, Sandy as an occasional drama school classmate of Ronnie, and Ronnie himself as George and Gracie's son who held his parents' comedy style in befuddled contempt and unsuitable to the "serious" drama student. Ironically, then, in one episode Ronnie and Sandy---in a plot centered around their school's staging a vaudeville-style show to raise money---performed a remarkable impersonation of their famous parents' stage and radio comedy routines.

Burns and Allen also took a cue from Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's Desilu Productions and formed a company of their own, McCadden Corporation (named after the street on which Burns's brother lived), headquartered on the General Service Studio lot in the heart of Hollywood, and set up to film television shows and commercials. Besides their own hit show, the couple's company produced such television series as The Bob Cummings Show (also known as Love That Bob); The People's Choice, starring Jackie Cooper; Mona McClusky, starring Juliet Prowse; and Mister Ed, starring Alan Young and a talented "talking" horse. Hal March (born Harold Mendelson, April 22, 1920 - January 19, 1970) was an American comedian. ... Clark in his film debut, The Unsuspected (1947) Frederick Leonard Clark (born March 19, 1914; died December 5, 1968) was an American film character actor. ... Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy that first aired as a syndicated program on January 5, 1961 to July 2, 1961 and then on CBS from October 1, 1961 to February 6, 1966, the first series ever to debut as a midseason replacement, the second before Batman, five... Larry Keating (born in June 13, 1896, in St. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Harry von Zell (11 July, 1906 - 21 November 1981) was a U.S. radio announcer and a film and television actor, best remembered for a verbal slip made as a young announcer, when he referred to U.S. President Herbert Hoover as Hoobert Heever. ... Carnation is the name of a brand of evaporated milk, milk-flavoring mixes, flavored beverages, flavor syrups, hot cocoa mixes, instant breakfasts, and ice cream novelties. ... A situation comedy, usually referred to as a sitcom, is a genre of comedy programs which originated in radio. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American actor, comedian and star of the landmark sitcom I Love Lucy, a four time Emmy Award winner (awarded 1953, 1956, 1967, 1968) and charter member of the Television Hall of Fame. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Desilu Productions was a company jointly owned by American actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. ... The Bob Cummings Show was an American television sitcom which was produced from 1955 to 1959. ... Jackie Cooper (born John Cooper, Jr. ... Juliet meets Kermit the frog on the Muppet Show. ... Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy that first aired as a syndicated program on January 5, 1961 to July 2, 1961 and then on CBS from October 1, 1961 to February 6, 1966, the first series ever to debut as a midseason replacement, the second before Batman, five... Alan Young and singer Olga San Juan at the Armed Forces Radio Service in the 1950s. ...


The George Burns Show

The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show (home of the legendary skit where George says, "Say goodnight, Gracie" and Gracie replies, "Goodnight, Gracie!" - a legend disputed) ran on CBS through 1958, when George at last consented to Gracie's retirement. The onset of heart trouble had caused her to become exhausted from full-time work and she had been anxious to stop for a few years, but couldn't say no to George. Gracie Allen (July 26, 1895[1] – August 27, 1964) was an American comedian who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. ... See also: 1957 in television, other events of 1958, 1959 in television and the list of years in television. // Events July 1 - The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada. ...


Burns attempted to continue the show without her, but without Allen to provide the classic Gracie-isms on cue, the show expired after a year.


Burns subsequently created a situation comedy he co-starred in with Connie Stevens, Wendy & Me, in which he served primarily as the narrator, and secondarily as the advisor to Stevens's Gracie-like character. The show's premise involved the middle-aged Burns watching his gorgeous young upstairs neighbor's activities on his television set, apparently via hidden cameras, then breaking the fourth wall and commenting on them directly to viewers. The series did not last long, as Burns withdrew because of Gracie's health. Connie Stevens Connie Stevens (born August 8, 1938) is an American actress and singer. ...


The Sunshine Boy

Gracie Allen's death of a heart attack in 1964 devastated Burns, who immersed himself in work. McCadden Productions co-produced the television series No Time for Sergeants, based on the hit Broadway play. At the same time, he toured the U.S. playing nightclub and theater engagements with such diverse partners as Carol Channing, Dorothy Provine, Jane Russell, Connie Haines, and Berle Davis. He also performed a series of solo concerts, playing university campuses, New York's Philharmonic Hall and winding up a successful season at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, where he wowed a capacity audience with his show-stopping songs, dances, and jokes. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... No Time for Sergeants was a 1954 best-selling novel by Mac Hyman, which was later adapted into a popular Broadway play and 1958 motion picture (plus a forgettable 1964 television series). ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... Carol Channing, ca. ... Dorothy Provine born in South Dakota on January 20, 1937, is a singer, dancer, actress, and comedian. ... Jane Russell (born June 21, 1921) is an American actress and sex symbol. ... , Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. ... Carnegie Hall Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east stretch of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street. ...


Then, in 1974, Jack Benny signed to play one of the lead roles in the film version of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys. Benny's health had begun to fail, however, and he advised his manager Irving Fein to let longtime friend Burns fill in for him on a series of nightclub dates to which Benny had committed around the U.S. Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ... Neil Simon (1966) Neil Simon (born Marvin Neil Simon July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City), is a Jewish American playwright and screenwriter. ... The Sunshine Boys is a comic play by Neil Simon. ...


Burns, who enjoyed working, accepted the job. As he recalled years later:

"The happiest people I know are the ones that are still working. The saddest are the ones who are retired. Very few performers retire on their own. It's usually because no one wants them. Six years ago Sinatra announced his retirement. He's still working."[4]

But Benny was not even able to work on The Sunshine Boys, as he'd been diagnosed at last with pancreatic cancer and died soon thereafter, on December 26, 1974. Burns, heartbroken, said that the only time he ever wept in his life other than Gracie's death was when Benny died. He was chosen to give one of the eulogies at the funeral and said, "Jack was someone special to all of you but he was so special to me…I cannot imagine my life without Jack Benny and I will miss him so very much." Burns then broke down and had to be helped to his seat. People who knew George said that he never could really come to terms with his beloved friend's death. Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was a jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ... Pancreatic cancer is a malignant tumour within the pancreatic gland. ...


Burns replaced Benny in the film as well as the club tour, a move that turned out to be the one of the biggest breaks of his career: his performance as faded vaudevillian Al Lewis earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and secured his career resurgence for good. At age 80, Burns was the oldest Oscar winner in the history of the Academy Awards, a record that would remain until Jessica Tandy won an Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy in 1989. The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Jessica Tandy, christened Jessie Alice Tandy (June 7, 1909 – September 11, 1994) was a noted Academy Award-winning English theatre, film and TV actress who became an American citizen. ... Driving Miss Daisy is a 1987 play by Alfred Uhry adapted into a 1989 Warner Bros. ...


The Droll Deity

In 1977, Burns made another hit film, Oh, God!, playing the omnipotent title role opposite singer John Denver as an earnest but befuddled supermarket manager, whom God picks at random to revive His message. The image of Burns in a sailor's cap and light springtime jacket as the droll Almighty ("Oh, every now and then I work a little miracle just to keep my hand in. My last miracle was the 1969 Mets. Before that, I think you'd have to go back to the Red Sea—aaahh, that was a beauty") influenced his subsequent comedic work, as well that of other comedians. At a celebrity roast in his honor, former actor and future U.S. president Ronald Reagan adapted a Burns crack: "When George was growing up, the Top Ten were the Ten Commandments." // Events In the Academy Awards, Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight win Best Actor and Actress and Supporting Actress awards for Network. ... Oh God! is a 1977 comedy film directed by Carl Reiner based on a novel by Avery Corman. ... John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 2000... In Black is the traditional Exodus Routes as agreed on by Biblical Scholars, Historians, and Geologists. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981 – 1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967 – 1975). ... A top 10 list is a generic term used to indicate a list of items, usually ten in number, which are considered to be best, worst, or notable in some other way, typically a record chart. ... This 1768 parchment (612x502 mm) by Jekuthiel Sofer emulated the 1675 Decalogue at Amsterdam Esnoga synagogue. ...


Oh, God! inspired two sequels Oh, God! Book Two (in which the Almighty engages a precocious schoolgirl (Louanne Sirota) to spread the word) and Oh, God! You Devil — in which Burns played a dual role as God and the Devil, with the soul of a would-be songwriter (Ted Wass) at stake. Satan frozen at the center of Cocytus, the ninth circle of Hell in Dantes Inferno. ... Ted Wass (born on October 27, 1952 in Lakewood, Ohio) is an American actor and director. ...


Burns also starred in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the ill-advised film based on the Beatles' album of the same name. Billy Preston as . ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. ...


Burns continued to work well into his nineties, writing a number of books and appearing in television and films. One of his last films was 18 Again, based on a half-novelty, country music based hit single he enjoyed, "I Wish I Was 18 Again." ("Why shouldn't I be a country singer?" he deadpanned. "I'm older than most countries.") In this film, he played a self-made millionaire industrialist who switched bodies with his awkward, artistic, eighteen-year-old grandson (played by Charlie Schlatter). Classically, Burns delivered one of his typical droll observations, when he realises he and his grandson have switched bodies: "Oh, David, did you get the short end of this deal!" Charles Schlatter (born May 1, 1966 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American actor. ...


His last feature film role was the cameo role of Milt Lackey, a 100 year old stand-up comedian, in the comedy mystery Radioland Murders. Radioland Murders was a 1994 film directed by Mel Smith, with a screenplay by George Lucas. ...


Author

Burns was also a bestselling author and wrote a total of 10 books. They include:

  • I Love Her, That's Why (1955)
  • Living It Up (1976)
  • The Third Time Around (1980)
  • How to Live to be 100 or More (1983)
  • Dr. Burns' Prescription for Happiness (1984)
  • Dear George (1986)
  • Gracie, A Love Story (1988)
  • All My Best Friends (1989)
  • Wisdom of the 90s (1991)
  • 100 Years 100 Stories (1996)

Final Years

Burns's stage persona in his final phase of professional life was that of an amorous senior citizen ("I'd love to date women my own age — but there are no women my own age") that became a running gag for the rest of his career. He often shared the social company of very attractive young women, but he was never known to be crude or boorish with them and had a reputation for treating them with respect.[citation needed]


Burns never remarried, nor did he elect to perform Burns and Allen-style routines again, with the exception of one such performance he consented to do with Bernadette Peters. According to They Still Love Me in Altoona, he found it impossible to sleep until he decided one night to sleep in the bed that Gracie used during her illness. He also visited her grave at least once a month, professing to talk to her about whatever he was doing at the time — including, he said, trying to decide whether he really should accept the Sunshine Boys role Jack Benny had had to abandon because of his own failing health. Bernadette Peters (born February 28, 1948) is an American Tony Award-winning actress and singer. ...


George Burns received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1988. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


In time, however, the likelihood that Burns would live to see his 100th birthday became a running gag in his (and plenty of other admiring comedians') stage work, but he indeed intended to live that long, even booking himself to play the London Palladium as a 100th birthday celebration. (This supplied another joke for his act, with Burns commenting "I can't die; I'm booked.") The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is one of the most famous of Londons West End theatres. ...


These plans were dashed, however, when he suffered a serious fall in July 1994. Burns had fallen in his bathtub and had suffered injuries to his head. This was the beginning of the end for Burns, as he started to decline in health considerably. In December 1995, Burns attended a Christmas party hosted by Frank Sinatra where he reportedly caught the flu, which weakened Burns even more. Although he reached his one hundredth birthday in 1996, Burns was no longer mobile enough to perform. All of his engagements were cancelled.


On March 9, 1996, just forty-nine days after his milestone birthday, Burns died in his Beverly Hills home. His funeral was held on March 12th at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather church in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale. There are numerous cemeteries named Forest Lawn. Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California; Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California; This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


As much as he looked forward to reaching age 100, Burns also stated that he looked forward to death, saying that the day he died he would be with Gracie again in heaven. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Trivia

  • Burns and Allen were the subjects of Rupert Holmes' play Say Goodnight, Gracie.
  • When Gracie Allen was buried, her tomb marker read "Gracie Allen Burns—Beloved Wife and Mother." After George was interred with her, this was replaced with one saying "Gracie Allen and George Burns—Together Again."
  • In the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the two humpback whales are named George and Gracie after Burns and Allen. Their routine was also referenced by Commander Data in a second season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Outrageous Okona.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons ("Rosebud"), it is implied that the fictional character Montgomery Burns was George Burns's brother since they both have the last name. Alluding caustically to Burns's success in his later life, his character makes a joke and then says "trust me it'll be funny when I'm an old man."
  • A recording exists of Burns and other comedians "working blue" in front of a stag audience at a Masquers Club roast in the mid-1950s.
  • During Burns's lifetime, a Far Side cartoon by Gary Larson depicted a futuristic city with flying cars, space helmets, and a billboard that said "Performing tonight: George Burns"
  • Hooters restaurants have a sign that prior to George's death read "We even card George Burns" and following his death were changed to read "We even carded George Burns".
  • Burns was one of the residents of Hell in the South Park episode, Hell on Earth 2006.
  • Burns was 11 days short of living as long as Bob Hope. Lived 36,573 days, aged 100.131 years.

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Filmography

Features:

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  • Lambchops (1929)
  • Fit to Be Tied (1930)
  • Pulling a Bone (1931)
  • The Antique Shop (1931)
  • Once Over, Light (1931)
  • 100% Service (1931)
  • Oh, My Operation (1932)
  • The Babbling Book (1932)
  • Your Hat (1932)
  • Let's Dance (1933)
  • Hollywood on Parade No. A-9 (1933)
  • Walking the Baby (1933)
  • Screen Snapshots: Famous Fathers and Sons (1946)
  • Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Grows Up (1954)
  • Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Beauty (1955)
  • All About People (1967) (narrator)
  • A Look at the World of Soylent Green (1973)
  • The Lion Roars Again (1975)

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Radio series

In their debut series, George and Gracie shared the bill with Guy Lombardo and his orchestra. The pair launched themselves into national stardom with their first major publicity stunt, Gracie's ongoing search for her missing brother.
This series featured another wildly successful publicity stunt which had Gracie running for President of the United States.
Advertised a brand new product called Spam; this show featured musical numbers by jazz great Artie Shaw.
This series featured a radical format change, in that George and Gracie played themselves as a married couple for the first time, and the show became a full-fledged domestic situation comedy. This was George's response to a marked drop in ratings under the old "Flirtation Act" format.
  • Maxwell House Coffee Time 19451949; NBC
  • The Amm-i-Dent Toothpaste Show 19491950; CBS

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TV series

Broadcast live every other week for the first two seasons, 26 episodes per year. Starting in the third season, all episodes were filmed and broadcast weekly, 40 episodes per year. A total of 291 episodes were created.
  • The George Burns Show 1958–1959; NBC
An unsuccessful attempt to continue the format of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show without Gracie, the rest of the cast intact.
George plays narrator in this short-lived series, just as he had in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, but with far less on-screen time, as the focus is on a young couple played by Connie Stevens and Ron Harper. Stevens is, essentially, playing a version of Gracie's character.
Another short-lived series, a weekly comedy anthology program whose only connecting thread was George's presence as host. He does not appear in any of the actual storylines. He was 89 years old when the series was produced.

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Footnotes

  1. ^ http://www.jrn.columbia.edu/studentwork/cns/2003-03-30/88.asp
  2. ^ http://www.cigaraficionado.com/Cigar/CA_Profiles/People_Profile/0,2540,3,00.html
  3. ^ Burns, George (1988). Gracie: A Love Story. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 64-65. ISBN0399133844. 
  4. ^ http://www.cigaraficionado.com/Cigar/CA_Profiles/People_Profile/0,2540,3,00.html

George Burns by Martin Gottfried, published by Simon & Schuster, 1996 Martin Gottfried on the dust jacket of Balancing Act, his 1999 biography of Angela Lansbury Martin Gottfried is an American critic, columnist, and author. ... Jean-François Millet Le Semeur (The Sower) Simon & Schuster logo, circa 1961. ...


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Awards
Preceded by
Robert De Niro
for The Godfather Part II
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1975
for The Sunshine Boys
Succeeded by
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for All the President's Men

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George Burns (born Nathan Birnbaum January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996) was an Academy Award -winning Jewish-American comedian and actor.
George Burns (1896-1996), American comedian, who began his career in vaudeville as a child and whose career spanned more than 70 years, including appearances in motion pictures, on radio, and on television.
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He was the behind the scenes brains behind Burns and Allen, writing all of their early material, working on Gracie's character until he had honed the act into a well oiled and incredibly successful machine.
Burns suddenly became the darling of the late night talk show circuit (Johnny Carson in particular), regaling audiences with one great show business story and old song-which he would deliberately never finish-after another.
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