George Burns

George Burns (Naftaly — later Nathan — Birnbaum) was born in New York City on this date in 1896 to a family that had immigrated from what is now southeastern Poland. He quit school in the fourth grade to become an entertainer. Burns’ vaudeville career was floundering until he met Gracie Allen in 1923 (they would […]

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April 23: George Burns’ Hit Song

George Burns (Birnbaum), 84, became the oldest person to chart with hit in the Billboard Top Fifty on this date in 1980 when “I Wish I Was 18 Again” peaked at No. 49 — his first hit record since 1933, when he and Gracie Allen had a hit comedy record. The song was written by […]

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January 30: Directing Andy Griffith

Aaron Ruben, who produced (and sometimes wrote and directed) The Andy Griffith Show for its first five seasons, died at 95 in Beverly Hills on this date in 2010. Ruben wrote radio shows for Dinah Shore, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Milton Berle, and Fred Allen, before breaking into television. Among the hit shows he […]

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January 20: George Burns

George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum) was born in New York City on this day in 1896. He quit school in the fourth grade to be an entertainer. His vaudeville career was floundering until he met Gracie Allen in 1923 (they married in 1926) and started playing the cigar-smoking straight man to her silly, literal-minded woman — […]

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