Tuesday, January 27, 2015

George Burns

Actor and comedian GEORGE BURNS (1896 – 1996) was born on this day. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three-quarters of a century. He teamed up with his wife Gracie Allen for long running comedy series on both radio and television. At the age of 79, Burns' career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active old comedian in the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He continued to work until shortly before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100. He was to perform at the London Palladium on his 100th birthday, but was not healthy enough to do so.

My wife and I were taken to see George Burns when he was in his late 90's performing at the Riv here in Las Vegas. He was in fine from, even doing his soft show (from his stool). He performed vaudeville and burlesque all the way to contemporary 80's and early 90's hits.

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