Jimmy Durante Overview:

Legendary actor, Jimmy Durante, was born James Francis Durante on Feb 10, 1893 in New York City, NY. Durante died at the age of 87 on Jan 29, 1980 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Los Angeles County, CA.

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Piano-playing American comedian with a unique repertoire of inspired comic songs. Under contract to MGM for many years, but the studio never really projected his personality properly, and he remained at his best in solo spots, nightclubs, and records. Died from pneumonia.

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Radio. Jimmy Durante's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #73 on Oct 31, 1945. In addition, Durante was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame . Durante was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Jimmy Durante Quotes:

Breezy Albright: Something's happened to me. I can't getcha outta my mind.
Ginger Burton: Well, calm down, I'm only a woman.
Breezy Albright: Yet regardless of that fact, I still feel drawn to ya.


Banjo: [lasciviously to Nurse Preen] Come to my room in a half hour and bring some rye bread.


Ptomaine: [looking at a plus-sized Italian girl on a boat] What big eyes you have, Grandma!


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Comic Sonny King, who worked with Durante during his career, stated in an interview that the mysterious "Mrs. Calabash" was indeed Jimmy's late wife Jeanne Olson, but "Calabash" was a reference to Calabasas, California, where she was hospitalized in her later years. She had difficulty in pronouncing the city name, often calling it "Calabash", and it became an inside joke for the Durantes.

Daughter Cecilia is a horseback-riding instructor, is married to a computer designer, lives near San Diego, and has two sons

His voice was the inspiration for that of the dog in the Tom and Jerry cartoons.

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