Danny Kaye from Brownsville

Actor/comedian Danny Kaye (David Daniel Kaminsky), a marvelous song-and-dance-and-everything man, died on this date in 1987. Kaye was born in 1911 in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY, to Ukrainian immigrant parents who called him “Duvidelleh.” After getting his start as a Borscht Belt entertainer, he would go on to star in seventeen movies, including The Secret […]

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Choreographing with Gene Kelly

Film director and choreographer Stanley Donen, who with Gene Kelly codirected the movie musicals On the Town (1949) and Singin’ in the Rain (1952), was born in Columbia, South Carolina on this date in 1924. Donen began his career as a Broadway dancer, but by 1943 he was in Hollywood as a film choreographer, and […]

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November 1: Sergeant Bilko

Phil Silvers (Silversmith), a comedian best known for his television role as the fast-talking military con man, Sergeant Ernie Bilko, on “The Phil Silvers Show,” died at 75 in Century City, California on this date in 1985. Born to immigrant Russian Jews in Brooklyn, Silvers entered show biz at the age of 11 by singing […]

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March 3: Danny Kaye

Actor Danny Kaye (David Daniel Kaminsky), a marvelous song-and-dance-and-everything man, died on this date in 1987. Kaye starred in seventeen movies, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), and The Court Jester (1956), where he displayed his tongue-twisting abilities with this explanation of the plot: “The pellet with the poison’s […]

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