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Kelly Macari and son Louie pose with co-owner Paul Noble and the star of the show after Mill Jolson's Gymcrack win
Jolson specialises in contemporary design and describes the end result as very refined materials in a very refined apartment.
ATHE Jolson Story was a 1946 biographical film telling the story of the singer's career.
So here's Jolson, who hobnobbed with the rich and famous, showing up at Yankee Stadium in blackface, presumably to advertise himself and his movie.
We are supposed to be at New York's Winter Garden Theatre in 1949, where Jolson is broadcasting a show about his life in front of a live audience.
Q WHEN I was 10 I was a great fan of Al Jolson. I wrote to his fan club and was sent a photograph signed "Sincerely Al Jolson".
In 1927, Al Jolson (born Al Yoelson) starred in the first "talkie" movie, The Jazz Singer, playing a cantor's son who wanted to sing jazz.
When Jolson Was King: Sittin' On Top Of The World by musical historian and biographer Richard Grudens is the engaging life story of the life and remarkable rise to fame of world famous actor, singer and entertainer Al Jolson.
We used to have regular works dances and I entertained my fellow workers during the intervals, miming to Al Jolson records while blacked up like a minstrel.
Still, it's one of the most in-depth looks at Broadway ever attempted, and cowriter director producer Michael Kantor dutifully covers the high points--if he doesn't speak to stars like Carol Channing, Harvey Fierstein, Ethel Merman, Nathan Lane, Stephen Sondheim, Fred Ebb, Al Jolson, Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, and countless others, you can be certain you'll see clips of them performing.
He, by contrast, had vivid, firsthand memories of seminal stars like Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, and Bert Williams.
Sophie Tucker, Irving Berlin, Walter Winchell, Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, and the Marx Brothers were educated in one "torture-room" or another, and none of them, except Fanny Brice, ever saw the inside of a high school.
Readers might be forgiven for approaching Michael Alexander's Jazz Age Jews with trepidation: the book features a blackface picture of Al Jolson on the cover followed by a dedication page that finds the author declaring his love for his parents through a quotation from Jolson's first big hit song, "Swanee": "I love the old folks at home!" If irony had not already been declared dead in these post-September 11 days it would be possible to imagine that Alexander is kidding--or at least making some statement about his own scholarly distance from this Jewish-authored act of Black travesty.