Jean Hersholt Overview:

Actor, Jean Hersholt, was born on Jul 12, 1886 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hersholt died at the age of 69 on Jun 2, 1956 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.



He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Radio. Jean Hersholt's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #46 on Oct 11, 1938. However he won two Honorary Awards in 1948 and 1949 for distinguished service to the motion picture industry .

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Jean Hersholt Quotes:

Heidi: Are these our goats, Grandfather? What are their names?
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: Swanli and Bearli.
Heidi: You don't look much like a swan, and you don't look anything like a bear, but I think you're a beautiful goat. I wonder if you give black milk.
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: You can milk Bearli.
Heidi: But I don't know how to milk a goat.
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: Then it's time you learned.

Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: I'll not send Heidi to school.
Pastor Schultz: What will you do with her, then?
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: She'll thrive up here in the mountains with the goats and the birds.
Pastor Schultz: What will she learn from them?
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: She will learn no evil
Pastor Schultz: That's hardly enough schooling for a child.
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: I'll teach her all that is necessary.
Pastor Schultz: Then you will teach her religion, too?
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: The mountains are the only religion worth having, as I've come to find out.
Pastor Schultz: Come back to Dörfli, neighbor. This is no life for you and the child, at amenity with God and man.
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: I know what they think of me in Dörfli, and they know what I think of them. It's better that we keep apart.
Pastor Schultz: I should not like to appeal to the law.
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: Heidi will not go to school or church either. That is final.
Pastor Schultz: I'm sorry, neighbor. May God help you.
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: And if any man tried to take Heidi away from me, God help him.

Heidi: I used to go to Sunday school. Are you going to be my Sunday school teacher, too?
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: We'll have our first lesson now.
Heidi: I'd like to read this story. Shall I? "A certain man had two sons, and the wilder and Y-O-U-N-G-E-R..."
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: Younger.
Heidi: "Younger of them said to his father, ''ather, give me the P-O-R... '" These are hard words. Maybe you'd better help me.
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: "'Give me the portion of goods which is mine.' So the father divided his leaven among them, and the son went away into a foreign country."
Heidi: You know the story by heart.
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: Yes, by heart.
Heidi: Did the son ever come home to his father?
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: "And the son said, 'Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you, and I am no longer fit to be called your son.' But the father said, 'Bring the best robe and put it on him, and put rings on his finger. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. For this my son was dead and is alive again. He was lost and now is found.'"

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Jean Hersholt Facts
Translated over 160 of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales into English. These were published in 1949 in six volumes as "The Complete Andersen". Hersholt was knighted by King Christian X of Denmark in 1948, partly due to this endeavor. Hersholt's grave in Forest Lawn Memorial Park is marked with a statue of Klods Hans, a Hans Christian Anderson character who left Denmark to find his way in the the world - much as Hersholt himself did.

President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1945-49.

In 1939 Hersholt helped to form the Motion Picture Relief Fund. This helped to support industry employees with medical care when they were down on their luck and was used to create the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA. This led to the creation in 1956 of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian an honorary Academy Award given to an "individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.".

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