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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: Music ... 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.

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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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