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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April 21: Among the World’s Children

Danny Kaye became UNICEF’s first celebrity Ambassador-at-Large on this date in 1954, and proceeded to become an international voice for poverty relief and worldwide aid. Kaye met UNICEF’s executive director, Maurice Pate, in 1949 on a plane from London to New York that was re-routed to Ireland after it caught fire. They bonded during the fearful […]

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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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