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    • Before television, Danny Kaye had a radio show called The Danny Kaye / Pabst Blue Ribbon Show, because its sponsor was Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

    • The legal rights to most of Danny Kaye's movies belonged to his wife, Sylvia Fine. She almost never granted permission for the re-releases of his material, and most of his movies are thought to be lost forever.

    • Danny Kaye's character in The Cosby Show as the dentist Dr. Burns was his last known recorded performance before his death. The episode, which aired after his death, was dedicated to his memory.

    • Danny Kaye played oldtime Jazz celebrity Red Nichols in his musical drama The Five Pennies.

    • Danny Kaye's burial place is in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY. For the time that his wife, Sylvia Fine, was alive, his burial place was kept a strict secret.

    • Danny Kaye's Up in Arms was the first of a highly successful string of lavish technicolor Goldwyn comedies that were tailor-made as showcases for the display of Kaye's versatile talents.

    • Danny Kaye was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award during the Oscar ceremonies of 1981.

    • Danny Kaye was one of the original co-owners of the baseball team, the Seattle Mariners.

    • Danny Kaye starred in his hour-long variety show The Danny Kaye Show from 1963 to 1967. He won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award for this show.

    • Danny Kaye had a unique talent of managing the most tongue-twisting phrases with incredible ease. He used this technique very often in songs from his mid-1940s movies such as Up In Arms, Wonder Man and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.

    • Early in 1941, Danny Kaye appeared on Broadway in Lady In The Dark, which was an amazing success. He usually ended the show with a number called "Tchaikovsky", in which he rattled off the names of 54 Russian composers (four of them were fake names) with superlative diction in just 38 seconds.

    • Danny Kaye is largely known for his musical comedy movies such as Up In Arms and White Christmas. He also made some very serious movies, such as 1981's Skokie, in which he played a World War II Holocaust survivor living in Skokie, Illinois.

    • Danny Kaye served as an Ambassador for UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. He also served as orchestra conductor for a series of concerts organized for UNICEF fundraising.

    • Danny Kaye purportedly had an affair with a woman named Marlene Sorosky, who was a long-time "cooking buddy" of Danny's. She authored a cookbook and dedicated it to him with lavish admiration.

    • Danny Kaye was diagnosed as being manic-depressive.

    • Danny Kaye was left-handed.

    • Danny Kaye was married to Sylvia Fine, who wrote most of Danny's songs he sang in his movies, such as the famous "Lobby Number" in Up In Arms.

    • He starred as the character of Danny Weems in the movie "Up in Arms".

    • He starred as the character of Nikolai Nikolaevich in the movie "Cupid Takes a Holiday".

    • He starred as the character of Eddie in the movie "Dime a Dance".

    • Danny was NOT a natural redhead, as many people believed. He in fact was blonde, and Samuel Goldwyn suggested to him to dye his hair. He kept it reddish-orange for the rest of his career.

    • Danny was 5 feet, 11 inches tall.

    • Danny had blue eyes.

    • Danny was an excellent cook and especially liked Chinese food.

    • Danny was a qualified pilot.

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