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Jack Benny Fast Facts:
Dropped out of high school to pursue a career playing the violin, an instrument that became a prop in his act.
A far better violinist than he made himself out to be, he owned a real Stradivarius (made in 1724) that he often played in charity events.
Cheapness was another part of the Benny persona, but he was said to be one of Hollywood's biggest tippers.
Hosted the Academy Awards in 1944 and 1947.
Made provisions in his will for his widow, Mary Livingstone, to receive a red rose every day for as long as she lived.
Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame posthumously in 1988.
The California town of Rancho Cucamonga, made famous by Benny in his radio and TV skits, erected a seven-foot bronze memorial statue of him in 1993.
When the price of a U.S. postage stamp was raised to 39 cents, a campaign began to feature Benny on a stamp since the comedian always claimed to be 39 years old throughout his career. Unfortunately, the campaign was unsuccessful.
Jack Benny Relationships:
Meyer Kubelsky - Father
Mary Livingstone - Wife
Emma Kubelsky - Mother
Joan Benny - Daughter
Jack Benny Awards:
1970 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Nominee
1956 Emmy: Best Comedian - Nominee
1959 Emmy: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series - Winner
1958 Golden Globe: Television Achievement - Winner
1957 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance by a Comedian in a Series - Nominee
1949 Peabody: Personal Award - Winner
1958 Emmy: Best Continuing Performance (Male) in a Series by a Comedian, Singer, Host, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any - Winner
1970 Emmy: Outstanding Variety or Musical Program - Nominee
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