George Jessel Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: April 3, 1898 in New York City, New York
Died: May 24, 1981 in Los Angeles, California
Biography | show moreshow less
GEORGE JESSEL (1898-1981), who became known as the "Toastmaster General of the United States" for his frequent role as Master of Ceremonies at entertainment and political gatherings, appeared in vaudeville (he was a partner of Eddie Cantor at age 11) and on Broadway before having a radio show, That's My Kid. Jessel, who had done several silent films for Warner Bros., starred on Broadway in The Jazz Singer, but when the studio refused to meet his salary demands for the film, he turned down the movie role, which eventually went to Al Jolson. The Jazz Singer, of course, is the first official "talkie". By 1945, Jessel, who was well known for his Broadway and nightclub work, was producing musicals for 20th Century-Fox. One of the original founding members of the California branch of the Friars Club (1946), Jessel also traveled widely to raise funds for various causes and entertained troops overseas as part of the U.S.O. In 1969, he was awarded the Jean Hershold Humanitarian Award, a special Oscar, for his charity work. Jessel, who was married to actress Norma Talmadge from 1934-1939, wrote two volumes of memoirs, So Help Me (1943) and This Way, Miss (1955), and also wrote eulogies for many of his Hollywood contemporaries. From the mid-1920s to the mid-1950s.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
1969 Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True (Performer), 1957 Columbia Musical Travelark: Wonders of New Orleans (Performer), 1969 Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True (Sound), 1960 The Witness (Performer), 2007 Royal Wedding: June, Judy and Jane (Other), 1978 Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee (in person), 1962-1977 The Mike Douglas Show (in person), 1937 The Life of the Party (Sound), 1998 Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (Other), 1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (Other), 1997 Judy Garland's Hollywood (Other), 1951 Golden Girl (Producer), 1951 Meet Me After the Show (Producer), 1949 Dancing in the Dark (Producer), 1949 You're My Everything (Writer), 1935 Professional Soldier (Writer), 1979 Over Easy (in person), 1968 The Joe Franklin Show (in person), 1968 The Pat Boone Show (in person), 1960 About Faces (in person), 1957 A Private Little Party for a Few Chums (in person), 1953-1955 This Is Your Life (in person), 1955 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Beauty (in person), 1954 A Star Is Born World Premiere (in person), 1952-1953 All Star Revue (in person), 1952 Hollywood Fun Festival (in person), 1949 The Actor's Society Benefit Gala (in person), 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (Performer), 1965-1966 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (Performer), 1959 Juke Box Rhythm (Performer), 1931 It Might Be Worse (Performer), 1927 A Theatrical Booking Office (Performer), 1926 Private Izzy Murphy (Performer), 1957-1961 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (in person), 1957 Screen Snapshots: The Wa_lter Winchell Party (in person), 1972 The Other Side of the Wind (Performer), 1977 Diary of a Young Comic (Performer), 1967 The Busy Body (Performer), 1953 Yesterday and Today (Performer), 1929 Happy Days (Performer), 1928 Lucky Boy (Performer), 1952 Bloodhounds of Broadway (Producer), 1945 The Dolly Sisters (Producer), 1945 The Dolly Sisters (Writer), 1953 Yesterday and Today (Writer), 1928 Lucky Boy (Writer), 1928 Lucky Boy (Other), 1981 Reds (in person), 1970 The Real Tom Kennedy Show (in person), 1970 Comedy Tonight (in person), 1970 The Phynx (in person), 1967-1969 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1968 Personality (in person), 1962-1966 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (in person), 1951-1965 What's My Line (in person), 1957-1963 The Jack Benny Program (in person), 1960 Special Gala to Support Kennedy Campaign (in person), 1957 Hollywood Glamour on Ice (in person), 1957 Beau James (in person), 1943 Stage Door Canteen (in person), 1937 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 8 (in person), 1934/II Rambling 'Round Radio Row (in person), 1984 Almonds and Raisins (Other), 1950 Where Danger Lives (Sound), 1948 Screen Snapshots 9860: Hollywood Friars Honor George Jessel (in person), 1938 Vivacious Lady (Sound), 1956 Columbia Musical Travelark: Wonders of Washington, D. C. (in person), 1984 The Great Standups (Other), 1944 Show Business (Sound), 1943 Cinderella Swings It (Sound), 1963 The Jack Benny Program (Sound), 1978 Vega$ (Performer), 1931 George Jessel and His Russian Art Choir (Performer), 1929 Love, Live and Laugh (Performer), 1919 The Other Man's Wife (Performer), 1953 Tonight We Sing (Producer), 1949 Oh, You Beautiful Doll (Producer), 1948 When My Baby Smiles at Me (Producer), 1947 Nightmare Alley (Producer), 1946 Do You Love Me (Producer), 1953-1954 The George Jessel Show (Writer), 1929 Love, Live and Laugh (Writer), 1924 George Jessel (Other), 1924 George Jessel (in person), 1979 Hollywood Greats (in person), 1962-1970 The Merv Griffin Show (in person), 1968-1969 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (in person), 1966 The Eamonn Andrews Show (in person), 1964 The Celebrity Game (in person), 1961 The Million Dollar Incident (in person), 1959 Startime (in person), 1959 Person to Person (in person), 1953 The George Jessel Show (in person), 1952 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (in person), 1944 Four Jills in a Jeep (in person), 1935 Broadway Highlights No. 2 (in person), 1955 Columbia Musical Travelark: Wonders of Manhattan (Performer), 1955-1956 The Milton Berle Show (in person), 1964 Hollywood and the Stars (Other), 1961 Here's Hollywood (in person), 1967 Valley of the Dolls (Performer), 1963 77 Sunset Strip (Performer), 1956 Columbia Musical Travelark: Wonders of Ontario (Performer), 1928 George Washington Cohen (Performer), 1927 Ginsberg the Great (Performer), 1927 Sailor Izzy Murphy (Performer), 1953 The I Don't Care Girl (Producer), 1952 Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (Producer), 1951 Anne of the Indies (Producer), 1947 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now (Producer), 1933 Private Jones (Writer), 1975 The Bob Braun Show (in person), 1969-1970 The David Frost Show (in person), 1970 The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians (in person), 1970 The Dick Cavett Show (in person), 1969 The Jackie Gleason Show (in person), 1968 The Dom DeLuise Show (in person), 1966-1968 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (in person), 1966 The Hollywood Squares (in person), 1966 The Hollywood Palace (in person), 1964 That Regis Philbin Show (in person), 1962-1964 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (in person), 1963 The Judy Garland Show (in person), 1961-1962 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1957-1959 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 1957 Playhouse 90 (in person), 1957 The Mike Wallace Interview (in person), 1955-1956 The Jimmy Durante Show (in person), 1955 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Premiere (in person), 1953 The Comeback Story (in person), 1953 The Colgate Comedy Hour (in person), 1953 The I Don't Care Girl (in person), 1952 Screen Snapshots: Memorial to Al Jolson (in person), 1950 Screen Snapshots: Thirtieth Anniversary Special (in person), 1938 For Auld Lang Syne (in person)
Theater Credits | show moreshow less
The Vigil - Production (May 21, 1948 - May 29, 1948), Run, Little Chillun - Production (August 11, 1943 - August 26, 1943), Show Time - Performer (September 16, 1942 - April 3, 1943), High Kickers - Performer (October 31, 1941 - March 28, 1942), Spring Meeting - Production (December 8, 1938 - March 1939), Schoolhouse on the Lot - Production (March 22, 1938 - May 1938), Sweet and Low - Performer (November 17, 1930 - April 1931), This Man's Town - Production (March 10, 1930 - March 1930), Joseph - Performer (March 12, 1930 - March 1930), The War Song - Performer (September 24, 1928 - December 1928), The Jazz Singer - Performer (April 18, 1927 - May 1927), The Jazz Singer - Performer (September 14, 1925 - June 1926), Helen of Troy, New York - Production (June 19, 1923 - December 1, 1923), The Passing Show of 1923 - Performer (June 14, 1923 - September 15, 1923)

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