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Eddie Cantor

1892 — 1964

Possibly the most successful entertainer of the first half of the Twentieth Century, Eddie Cantor was a huge success in everything he tried. Not even Jolson could claim that. Cantor starred in the Ziegfeld Follies, several long-running Broadway Shows such as Kid Boots, sold more records than most romantic singers, was the first big comedy star on radio, made a string of top notch comedy movies and had a successful television career  before he fell ill.

Cantor was the Apostle of Pep, the founder of the March of Dimes, an early defender of German Jews and one of the first entertainers to warn of the Nazi menace. Yet, today, he doesn’t receive the respect he should.