DANNY KAYE AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO


Danny Kaye was born January 18, 1913 – died March 3, 1987. Danny Kaye was an American award-winning actor, singer and comedian. Kaye starred in a radio program of his own, The Danny Kaye Show, on CBS in 1945-1946. Although it had a stellar cast (including Eve Arden, Lionel Stander, and Big Band leader Harry James), and was scripted by radio notables Goodman Ace, Sylvia Fine, and respected playwright-director Abe Burrows, the show failed to make proper use of its star, and never found an audience. It turned out to be a very bitter experience for both Kaye and Ace. Many episodes survive today, and are notable for Kaye’s opening “nonsense” patter. Kaye was sufficiently popular that he inspired imitations: The 1946 Warner Bros. cartoon Book Revue had a lengthy sequence with Daffy Duck impersonating Kaye singing “Carolina in the Morning” with the Russian accent that Kaye would affect from time to time. Satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer’s 1953 song “Lobachevsky” was based on a number that Kaye had done, about the Russian director Konstantin Stanislavski, again with the affected Russian accent. Lehrer mentioned Kaye in the opening monologue, citing him as an “idol since childbirth.” When he appeared at the London Palladium music hall in 1948, he “roused the Royal family to shrieks of laughter and was the first of many performers who have turned English variety into an American preserve.” Life magazine described his reception as “worshipful hysteria” and noted that the royal family, for the first time in history, left the royal box to see the show from the front row of the orchestra. He hosted the 24th Academy Awards in 1952. The program was broadcast only on radio. Telecasts of the Oscar ceremony would come later. He hosted his own variety hour on CBS television, The Danny Kaye Show, from 1963 to 1967. During this period, beginning in 1964, he acted as television host to the annual CBS telecasts of MGM’s The Wizard of Oz.  Kaye also did a stint as one of the What’s My Line? Mystery Guests on the popular Sunday night CBS-TV quiz program. Kaye later served as a guest panelist on that show. He also appeared on the NBC interview program Here’s Hollywood. He guest-starred much later in his career in episodes of The Muppet Show, The Cosby Show and in the 1980s remake of The Twilight Zone. Before his death in 1987, Kaye demonstrated his ability to conduct an orchestra during a comical, but technically sound, series of concerts organized for UNICEF fundraising. Kaye received two Academy Awards: an honorary award in 1955 and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1982. In 1980, Kaye hosted and sang in the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland celebration, and hosted the opening celebration for Epcot in 1982 (EPCOT Center at the time), both of which were aired on prime-time American television. Original Danny Kaye Autographed B&W 8 x 10 Photograph for the Film “A Song is Born” starring Danny Kaye and Virginia Mayo. Regular Price – $ 289.95. / Sale Price – $ 124.95.

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