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JIMMY "SCHNOZZOLA" DURANTE - CONTRACT SIGNED 04/10/1972 - HFSID 262357

JIMMY DURANTE Jimmy Durante signs a contract with Henry Jaffe Enterprises, Inc. to appear on Burl Lives 1972 Special. Contract signed: "Jimmy Durante" in ink as Performer and on last page "JD", 2p, 8½x11, front and verso and 8p, of riders.

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JIMMY DURANTE
Jimmy Durante signs a contract with Henry Jaffe Enterprises, Inc. to appear on Burl Lives 1972 Special.
Contract signed: "Jimmy Durante" in ink as Performer and on last page "JD", 2p, 8½x11, front and verso and 8p, of riders. Beverley Hills, California, 1972 April 10. "Standard AFTRA Engagement Contract" between Henry Jaffe Enterprises and Jimmy Durante for his appearance as a "Principal Performer" on Burl Lives 1972 Special. Durante was to be compensated $7,500 for his appearance to be taped at Greater Los Angles area. Rehearsals were scheduled for April; 12-19, 1972, and the show's scheduled air date was April 19, 1972. Also signed by a representative of Henry Jaffe Enterprises, Inc. Jimmy Durante (1893-1980), known to family, friends and fans as "The Schnozzola", "Schnozzle" or simply "the Schnoz" because of his Cyrano-sized nose, began his career as a piano player on the Lower East Side of New York City. He and his partners, dancers Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, had become overnight sensations on vaudeville, and Durante later lent his talents to films, radio and television as well as being a popular performer in nightclubs and on stage. His act included telling jokes, playing the piano and singing in his raspy voice. Two of his most popular songs were "Inka Dinka Doo" and "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?", and Durante was also well known for his trademark sign off line, "Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." An active life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, he often performed pro bono with the proceeds that would have been his pay, going to the Children's Fund. All he asked in the way of pay was that people, "Help Da Kids". Staple holes at upper left blank corner. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at upper margin. Overall, fine condition.

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