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by Herbert G. Goldman

Author: Herbert G. Goldman
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (November 13, 1997)
Pages: 440 pages
Category: Biographies
Rating: 4.6
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Goldman shows that while the notionof the entertainer as role model and the blurring of the line between an actor's public and private life may be staples of today's celebrity culture, it was Eddie Cantor who first made them so, redefining what it meant to be a star in the process.

Eddie Cantor literally stepped out of the pages somewhere in the middle and stood before me!

His writing has improved. Eddie Cantor literally stepped out of the pages somewhere in the middle and stood before me! 0. Report. An Ok book- oddly written. com User, May 11, 1998. Cantor had a fascinating life but Goldman seems unable to capture the man in words.

The saucer-eyed Eddie Cantor (1892-1964) is all but forgotten today except to historians of the musical stage and . Indeed, as Goldman argues, Cantor's success on radio was unprecedented and pivotal in the rise of that medium.

The saucer-eyed Eddie Cantor (1892-1964) is all but forgotten today except to historians of the musical stage and film, yet he was a master of every medium he attempted, from vaudeville to television, and his variegated career represents a microcosm of 20th-century American show business. Yet his origins were humble indeed. Born on the Manhattan's Lower East Side as Israel Iskowitz, the boy was quickly orphaned and raised by his doting grandma Esther in Dickensian poverty.

Personal Name: Goldman, Herbert G. Publication, Distribution, et. New York. Oxford University Press, (c)1997. Personal Name: Cantor, Eddie, 1892-1964. C26 G65 30112051662747 1. Rubrics: Entertainers United States Biography.

Banjo Eyes: Eddie Cantor and the Birth of Modern Stardom. Jolson: The Legend Comes to Life.

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Banjo Eyes: Eddie Cantor and the Birth of Modern Stardom by Herbert G. Goldman (1997) Oxford University Press. The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio's Golden Age by Leonard Maltin (1997) Dutton. My Life Is in Your Hands and Take My Life by Eddie Cantor (2000) Cooper Square Press.

Eddie Cantor wrote four autobiographical books, and in 1953, Keefe Brasselle played the comedian in a monumentally unsuccessful biopic, The . Goldman, Herbert G. Banjo Eyes: Eddie Cantor and the Birth of Modern Stardom. New York, Oxford University Press, 1997.

Eddie Cantor wrote four autobiographical books, and in 1953, Keefe Brasselle played the comedian in a monumentally unsuccessful biopic, The Eddie Cantor Story. In 1956 the Academy honored him with a special Oscar for "distinguished service to the film industry. In 1962, the year he published the last of four autobiographical books, he was predeceased by his wife, Ida, immortalized in the song, "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider," to whom he was married for 48 years. Eddie Cantor died two years later.

Producer Herbert G. Goldman, the author of books about Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice and perhaps the greatest entertainer of them all, Al Jolson, is presenting Great Entertainers on Broadway with the goal of reviving the glamour and excitement of the Big Apple’s world famous theater district and Times Square.

Cantor was born in 1892 in New York City, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Meta and Mechel . The precise date of his birth is unknown

Cantor was born in 1892 in New York City, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Meta and Mechel Itzkowitz. The precise date of his birth is unknown. His mother died in childbirth, and his father died of pneumonia when Eddie was two, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother, Esther Kantrowitz. As a child, he attended Surprise Lake Camp. A misunderstanding when his grandmother.

W.C. Fields, Will Rogers, Bert Williams, and Fanny Brice were delighted to share the stage with him. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Al Smith, and other eminent politicians admired him and sought his support. He founded the March of Dimes, raised millions for the new state of Israel, and remains the only American entertainer ever to reign successively as the biggest star on Broadway, in the movies, and on radio. But while his name still brings a smile to those old enough to remember his antic energy and big, rolling eyes, few appreciate the far-reaching influence of Eddie Cantor. Banjo Eyes returns the spotlight to the small, unlikely figure who reigned as the clown prince of American musical theatre during a glorious era when New York was the center of the world, and Broadway was the center of New York. Written by acclaimed biographer Herbert G. Goldman, it vividly recreates Cantor's extraordinary journey. Here are the overcrowded tenements and sidewalk scuffles of New York's teeming Lower East Side, where Cantor was born Israel Iskowitz, the only child of penniless Jewish immigrants, in 1892. Here is the dreaded "hook," the cat calls, and the spontaneous ovations of the old burlesque houses in which the teenaged Eddie first made his mark. And here, in riveting detail, is the Broadway of Florenz Ziegfeld and the Shubert brothers, brimming with backstage romances, double dealings, fierce camaraderie and even fiercer rivalries. We follow Cantor west to Hollywood, where he became the first Broadway musical star to sustain a successful film career, then return east for the golden age of radio and, later, the early days of television. It was in radio, Goldman argues, that Cantor achieved lasting influence. Before Eddie, a "star" was merely an actor in the top rung of what was widely regarded as a rather curious profession. Through his repeated on-air references to his wife, Ida, and their five daughters, Cantor made himself a "member of the family" to millions of Americans in a way that no performer had been or had ever sought to be. And through his deep involvement with political and social causes, especially those involving FDR and his own philanthropies, he emerged as a public figure only slightly less revered than Roosevelt himself. Goldman shows that while the notion of the entertainer as role model and the blurring of the line between an actor's public and private life may be staples of today's celebrity culture, it was Eddie Cantor who first made them so, redefining what it meant to be a star in the process. Anyone intrigued by our current cult of celebrity or hungering for an unforgettable look behind the show business curtains of yesteryear will not want to miss this vibrant portrait of a beloved comedian determined to do more than make 'em laugh.