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


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His life story is told in the stage show "Jolson" on the West End stage starring Brian Conley.

Has one of the most elaborate burial sites in the USA. It is so large that it can be seen from the 405 (San Diego Freeway) in Culver City. The memorial which is central to the entire park consists of a large canopy supported by six enormous white stone columns with a series of terraced blue tiled cascading waterfalls. Beneath the canopy is Mr. Jolson's black marble sarcophagus and to the side a three foot bronzed statue of the entertainer which is in his famous kneeling position - the "Mammy pose". The ceiling of the canopy has a large mosaic of Moses holding the Ten Commandments. Cascading next to the waterfalls various flowers, shrubs and trees enhance this already magnificent burial site. There is also a marble meditation bench where you can sit and take in the breathtaking splendor of the Jolson memorial as well as the beautifully manicured grounds of Hillside Memorial Park.

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

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