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Al Jolson Overview:

Legendary actor, Al Jolson, was born Asa Yoelson on May 26, 1886 in Srednik, Russian Empire. Jolson died at the age of 64 on Oct 23, 1950 in San Francisco, CA and was laid to rest in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, CA.

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He was honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Recording, Motion Pictures and Radio. Al Jolson's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #28 on Mar 12, 1936. In addition, Jolson was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 1994. Jolson was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Al Jolson Quotes:

Al Wonder: [rolls eyes as two men dance off together] Boys will be boys, woooo!


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Al Jolson Facts
He failed the screen test to play himself in "Jolson Sings Again" (1949) which was attributed to his age 63 at that time.

A staunch supporter of the Republican Party, he wrote the theme song for the 1924 presidential campaign, "Keep Cool with Coolidge".

His life story told in 1999 musical "Jolson & Co", premiered off Broadway; York Theater Company production.

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