From his humble beginnings as a Coney Island piano player, Jimmy Durante was one of America's best-loved entertainers for nearly seven decades. Known for his distinctive schnozzle and raspy voice, the multitalented performer became a stage, screen and recording star. Every aspect of Jimmy Durante's career is covered here: his early vaudeville and Broadway days; the 38 movies he made; his radio appearances; the mixture of new and old material he brought to television in the late 1950s; and his work as a singer and composer.The book was by J.P. McEvoy, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and music by Arthur Schwartz. ... In the original script, Durante was Bill, a union organizer, but as the show reached Broadway, he was Bill, an apolitical movie idea man.43 In Act I of Starsanbsp;...
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