Sunday, April 14, 2019

Eddie Cantor

Eddie Cantor (born Edward Israel Itzkowitz, 1892 –1964) was an American "illustrated song" performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter.
Familiar to Broadway, radio, movie, and early television audiences, this "Apostle of Pep" was regarded almost as a family member by millions because his top-rated radio shows revealed intimate stories and amusing anecdotes about his wife Ida and five daughters.
His eye-rolling song-and-dance routines eventually led to his nickname, "Banjo Eyes". In 1933, artist Frederick J. Garner caricatured Cantor with large round eyes resembling the drum-like pot of a banjo. Cantor's eyes became his trademark, often exaggerated in illustrations, and leading to his appearance on Broadway in the musical Banjo Eyes (1941).
His charity and humanitarian work were extensive, and he is credited with coining the phrase, and helping to develop the March of Dimes.

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