GEORGE BURNS AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO


George Burns was born on January 20, 1896 – died March 9, 1996. George was born Nathan Birnbaum, he was an American comedian, actor and writer. His career spanned vaudeville, film, radio and television, with and without his wife, Gracie Allen. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. Enjoying a career resurrection that began at age 79, and ended shortly before his death at 100, Burns was as well known in the last two decades of his life as at any other time during his career. Nattie (as he was known to his family) started working in 1903 after his father’s death, shining shoes, running errands, and selling newspapers. The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show ran on CBS Television from 1950 through 1958, when Burns at last consented to Allen’s retirement. The onset of heart trouble in the early 1950s had left her exhausted from full-time work and she had been anxious to stop but couldn’t say no to Burns. Burns attempted to continue the show, but without Allen to provide the classic Gracie-isms, the show expired after a year. Her exact age remains a mystery to this day (Burns set the date as 1902). She was interred in a crypt at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. In his second book, They Still Love Me in Altoona, Burns wrote that he found it impossible to sleep after her death until he decided to sleep in the bed she used during her illness. He also visited her grave once a month, professing to talk to her about whatever he was doing at the time — including, he said, trying to decide whether he really should accept the Sunshine Boys role Jack Benny had had to abandon because of his own failing health. When Burns died thirty-two years later, he was interred beneath Allen because he believed she was entitled to have “top billing”. He also left instructions to have the crypt’s marker changed to read ‘Gracie Allen and George Burns — Together Again’. Original George Burns Autograph, signed on a 8 1/8 x 9 3/4 inch Black & White Photograph. Written: To Pat – Best George Burns. Regular Price – $ 275.00 / Sale Price – $ 125.00.

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