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Yoelson, Asa (Jolson, Al)

Born: 1886? AD
Died: 1950 AD.

Nationality: Lithuanian
Categories: Actors, Singer


1886 - Born Asa Yoelson in Srednik, Lithuania on May 26th, the man who was later to be billed as The World’s Greatest Entertainer,  emigrated with his family to America, where the Yoelsons set up home in Washington DC at the end of the 19th century.

1906 - Married Henrietta Keller that lasted for thirteen years.

1922 - Married his second wife, Ethel Delmar, on August 18th. Their relationship lasted for four years.

1927 - Jolson starred in the first ‘talking picture’, "The Jazz Singer".

1928 - Married his third wife, Ruby Keeler, an actress and Ziegfeld girl, on September 21st. Their relationship lasted for eleven years.

1933-1939 - He starred in the movies, "Swanee River", "Hollywood Cavalcade", "Rose of Washington Square", "Wonder Bar" and "Hallelujah I'm a Bum".

1941 - With the closing of his final Broadway show, "Hold On To Your Hats", Jolson went into semi-retirement.

1945 - Married his fourth wife, Erle Chennault Galbraith, on March 24th. Their relationship lasted until his death.

         - Appeared in the movie "Rhapsody in Blue".

1949 - The story of his life was continued in a second film, "Jolson Sings Again".

1950 - Died on October 23rd in San Francisco, California due to heart failure. His remains were buried in Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City.


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