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Also Known As: Asa Yoelson Died: October 23, 1950
Born: May 26, 1886 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Lithuania Profession: actor, singer

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Celebrated song-and-dance man who was a major Broadway attraction before gaining worldwide fame as the star of the so-called "first" talking picture, "The Jazz Singer" (1927). Known as both "The World's Greatest Entertainer" and the biggest egomaniac in show business, Jolson got his start as a blackface singer in vaudeville around 1906. By the 1910s, he was starring in both book and variety shows on Broadway, including "The Honeymoon Express" (1913), "Robinson Crusoe Jr." (1916), "Sinbad" (1918) and "Bombo" (1921). His hammy, exuberant singing style and his obvious love of entertaining made him a huge star of both stage and recordings.

Celebrated song-and-dance man who was a major Broadway attraction before gaining worldwide fame as the star of the so-called "first" talking picture, "The Jazz Singer" (1927). Known as both "The World's Greatest Entertainer" and the biggest egomaniac in show business, Jolson got his start as a blackface singer in vaudeville around 1906. By the 1910s, he was starring in both book and variety shows on Broadway, including "The Honeymoon Express" (1913), "Robinson Crusoe Jr." (1916), "Sinbad" (1918) and "Bombo" (1921). His hammy, exuberant singing style and his obvious love of entertaining made him a huge star of both stage and recordings.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 American Lifestyles (1987) ("The Movie Marches On" - "Show Business: The War Years")
2.
 Rhapsody in Blue (1945) Himself
3.
 Swanee River (1940) E. P. Christy
4.
 Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) Himself
5.
 Rose of Washington Square (1939) Ted Cotter
6.
 The Singing Kid (1936) Al Jackson
7.
 Go into Your Dance (1935) Al Howard
8.
 Wonder Bar (1934) Al Wonder
9.
 Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933) Bumper
10.
 Big Boy (1930) Gus
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Milestones close milestones

1894:
Immigrated to USA; settled in Washington, DC
1906:
Made stage debut
1911:
New York stage debut, "La Belle Paree"
1925:
Film debut, a talking short for Warner Bros.
1927:
Made feature debut, "The Jazz Singer"
1933:
Left Warner Bros. for United Artists, made "Hallelujah I'm a Bum"
1934:
Re-signed with Warner Bros.
1949:
Made last film, playing himself in "Jolson Sings Again"
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wife:
Henrietta Keller. Divorced in July 1919.
wife:
Alma Osborn. Actor. Married on August 18, 1922; divorced.
wife:
Ruby Keeler. Actor, dancer. Third wife; married on September 21, 1928; divorced on December 28, 1940; co-starred together in the feature film, "Go Into Your Dance" (1935).

Contributions

jazzsinger ( 2006-04-21 )

Source: al jolson society website (www.jolson.org)

fourth wife: Erle Galbraith,an X-ray technician from Hot Springs, Arkansas. Falling in love with this young girl while recuperating from illness following his visits to the troops in World War II. With Erle, they adopted a son, Asa Jr., and a daughter, Alicia. never devorced.

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