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George Jessel, American actor. Member National Vaudeville Artists (president).


Jessel, George was born on April 3, 1898 in New York City. Son of Joseph Aaron and Charlotte (Schwartz) Jessel.


1 daughter, Jerilynn.


Married 4th, Paula Jacobson, 1960. Began career as nickelodean singer and bat boy for New York Giants. 1st singing partner of Walter Winchell.

Teamed with Eddie Cantor in Gus Edward’s Vaudeville Acts, 1910. 1st Broadway appearance in Shubert Gaieties of 1918. Appeared in dramas The Jazz Singer, Joseph and His Brethren, The War Song.

Co-author with Fannie Brice in musical Sweet and Low. Again teamed with Eddie Cantor for 2-year tour beginning at New York Palace theatre. Wrote and appeared in musical plays High Kickers, Show Time.

Joined 20th Century Fox as producer and author, 1943-1963. Produced several well known stage prodns. Chairman of the Board Israel Hotel Company, Inc.

Toured in That Wonderful World of Vaudeville, 1975. Active City of Hope, Government of Israel, numerous other orgns.


  • Other Work

    • Author: So Help Me (autobiography), 1943, Hello Momma, 1946. Elegy in Manhattan, 1961. This Way, Miss

    • Jessel Anyone.

      You Too Can Make A Speech. The Toastmaster General’s Guide to Successful Public Speaking, 1969. The Toastmaster General’s Favorite Jokes, 1973.

      (with John Austin) The World I Lived In, 1975.


Member National Vaudeville Artists (president). Clubs: Friars of California (abbot).


Married Florence Courtney. Married second, Norma Talmadge.; married 4th, Paula Jacobson, 1960.

Joseph Aaron Jessel

Charlotte (Schwartz) Jessel

Paula Jacobson

Norma Talmadge

Florence Courtney