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Encyclopedia > The Jolson Story

The Jolson Story is a 1946 autobiographical film which tells the life story of singer and actor Al Jolson. It stars Larry Parks, Evelyn Keyes and William Demarest.


The Columbia Pictures production was written by Sidney Buchman (uncredited), Harry Chandlee, Stephen Longstreet and Andrew Solt. It was directed by Alfred E. Green.


It won Academy Awards for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture and Best Sound, Recording, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Larry Parks), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (William Demarest), Best Cinematography, Color and Best Film Editing.


A sequel, Jolson Sings Again, was released in 1949.


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Al Jolson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (938 words)
Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson in Seredzius, Lithuania on May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950) was an American singer and the son of Jewish immigrants.
The son of a Jewish cantor, Jolson became a popular singer in New York City in 1898, and gradually developed the key elements of his performance: flface makeup; exuberant gestures;operatic-style singing; whistling and directly addressing his audience.
In truth, Jolson's singing was never jazz, indeed his style remained forever rooted in the vaudeville stage at the turn of 20th century.
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