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The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers spent thirty years in vaudeville, starting as a singing act, before they changed to comedy and became masters of mayhem on Broadway and in Hollywood. There would have been six brothers had the eldest, Manfred survived, but the five that did live to grow and prosper spent their childhood in various vaudeville acts that their mother Minnie and their uncle Al Shean put together for them before they became enduring screen legends.