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also known as Nathan Birnbaum, Nattie, Nate

actor , comedian , singer , writer

George Burns was a comedian and actor.

Background

George Burns was born on January 20, 1896 in New York City, United States, the ninth of 12 children born to Hadassah "Dorah" (née Bluth; 1857–1927) and Eliezer Birnbaum (1855–1903), known as Louis or Lippe, Jewish immigrants who had come to the United States from Kolbuszowa, Galicia.

Career

By 1923, he was appearing at the Union Theatre as George Burns, comedian, when he met his future partner, Gracie Allen.

Allen, ten years younger than Burns, came from a San Francisco show business family, and had also been performing since she was a child.

Allen was accompanying a friend on a backstage visit at the theater when she was introduced to Burns.

In tune with her scatterbrained image, she confused him with someone else, and called him by the wrong name for several days. Burns and Allen made their performing debut in 1924.

In his previous act, Burns was both the writer and the comedian, while his partner played the straight man.

Throughout the 1980, Burns appeared often on television, hosting 100 Years of America's Popular Music (1981), George Burns and Other Sex Symbols (1982) and George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business (1983).

At 97, Burns was still writing, making stage appearances, and numbering Sharon Stone among his escorts. Burns had planned shows to celebrate his 100th birthday at the London Palladium for January 20, 1996.

Achievements

  • He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, radio, film and television.

    His Gracie: A Love Story, written with David Fisher, became a best-seller in 1988, and he won a Grammy in 1990.

    In 1975 his film The Sunshine Boys won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Connections

His first wife was Hannah Siegel (stage name: Hermosa Jose), one of his dance partners. The marriage, never consummated, lasted 26 weeks and happened because her family would not let them go on tour unless they were married.

He married Gracie Allen on January 7, 1926. They adopted their daughter, Sandra, in 1934 and son, Ronnie, in 1935.

father:
Louis Birnbaum

spouse:
Hannah Siegel (m. 1917; div. 1921)

spouse:
Gracie Allen

Daughter :
Sandra Jean Burns (1934–2010)

partner:
David Fisher

son:
Ronald Jon Burns (1935–2007)