Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966

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Born Isaiah Edwin Leopold, Nov. 9, 1886 of European immigrants in Philadelphia; entered show business at 15; became successful NY vaudeville comic headliner by 17; appeared in Ziegfeld follies; wrote and produced his own shows on Broadway in 1920s and 1930s, featuring songs by Rodgers and Hart, Sammy Fain, and other well-known composers, and billing himself as The perfect fool, featuring his lisp, giggle, fluttering hands, outlandish costumes and inventions, and outrageous puns; starred on radio as Texaco fire chief in 1930s; suffered nervous breakdown late 1930s; returned to Broadway in 1940s; appeared in television and films through 1950s and 1960s in both comic and dramatic roles; father of Keenan Wynn; died of cancer in Beverly Hills on June 19, 1966.

From the description of Papers, 1920-1938 bulk 1931-1938. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 37761404

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Born Isaiah Edwin Leopold, November 9, 1886 of European immigrants in Philadelphia; entered show business at 15; became successful New York vaudeville comic headliner by 17; appeared in Ziegfeld follies; wrote and produced his own shows on Broadway in 1920s and 1930s, featuring songs by Rodgers and Hart, Sammy Fain, and other well-known composers, and billing himself as The perfect fool, featuring his lisp, giggle, fluttering hands, outlandish costumes and inventions, and outrageous puns; starred on radio as Texaco fire chief in 1930s; suffered nervous breakdown late 1930s; returned to Broadway in 1940s; appeared in television and films through 1950s and 1960s in both comic and dramatic roles; father of Keenan Wynn; died of cancer in Beverly Hills on June 19, 1966.

From the guide to the Ed Wynn Papers, 1920-1938 bulk 1931-1938, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Stone, Paula. Papers, 1920-1981. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Alfred Bendiner caricatures and related papers, 1929-1992 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Ed Wynn Papers, 1920-1938 bulk 1931-1938 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
creatorOf Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966. Papers, 1920-1938 bulk 1931-1938. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Lawrence and Lee papers, 1917-1974 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library.
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
creatorOf Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966. The Ed Wynn show. [No. 15], The music lovers / story and screenplay by Devery Freeman. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 1921 - 2008. Audio Recordings. 1945 - 1965. THE ADVENTURES OF W. C. FIELDS
referencedIn Bennett Cerf Papers, ca. 1898-1977. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Theatre Arts Monthly, collection of portraits, ca., ca., 1924-1939 (bulk), 1916-1964 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971. Bennett Cerf papers, ca. 1898-1977. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Butterfield, Charles E., 1892-1958. Papers, 1931-1957. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn The Railroad hour, radio program [sound recording], 1948-1954 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949. Frank Murphy autograph book, 1930-1942. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Bendiner, Alfred person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Butterfield, Charles E., 1892-1958. person
associatedWith Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971. person
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Fain, Sammy, 1902-1989. person
associatedWith Hart, Lorenz, 1895-1943. person
associatedWith Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993 person
associatedWith Lawrence, Jerome, 1915-2004 person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949. person
associatedWith Railroad Hour Radio Program corporateBody
associatedWith Rodgers, Richard, 1902- person
associatedWith Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. person
associatedWith Stone, Paula. person
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
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Comedians--Archival resources
Musical theater
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Comedians--United States--Archival resources
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Birth 1886-11-09

Death 1966-06-19

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