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Author: Janet Cantor Gari Narrator: Amanda Gari Publisher: BearManor Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781538474167
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Eddie Cantor was a huge star of vaudeville, Broadway, old-time radio, silent movies, and talkies. He was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 1956 for distinguished service to the film industry, in a long career that spanned three decades and such memorable films as Special Delivery, Kid Boots, Whoopee!, and Roman Scandals.

One of his earliest paying jobs was as a singing waiter with Jimmy Durante accompanying him on piano. Florenz Ziegfeld hired him to appear at his rooftop post-show, Midnight Frolic, in 1917. A year later, Cantor made his Broadway debut in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1917, often appearing in blackface in an era that popularized Will Rogers, Fanny Brice, and W. C. Fields.

After appearing on Broadway for years, he moved into radio in the 1920s. In 1931, he starred in an hour-long Sunday evening variety series that established him as a leading comedian. He also discovered and helped guide the career of singer Dinah Shore, first featuring her on his radio show in 1940, as well as other performers, including Deanna Durbin, Bobby Breen, and Eddie Fisher. Cantor also had a huge song hit in 1934, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” which sold 400,000 copies by Christmas of that year.

Cantor capitalized on the 1929 stock market debacle by writing highly popular bestselling books of humor and cartoons about his experience, including Caught Short! A Saga of Wailing Wall Street in 1929.

You can imagine how often Janet Cantor Gari heard that her mother was inadvertently as funny as her father, the legendary Eddie Cantor, and that she ought to write a book. The result was surprising, even to herself, as she uncovered her true relationship with her mother.

Whether Janet is describing situations in her native New York or the nine years she lived in Hollywood, the book is completely candid. You’ll casually meet celebrities under circumstances you’d never expect, and you’ll empathize with the Cantor clan’s triumphs and tragedies as if you were a next door neighbor!

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About the Author

Janet Cantor Gari was born in 1927 as the youngest daughter of Mr. Cantor. She has written several other books for Bear Manor Media as well as having musicals both off Broadway and in cabaret. She was married to actor and artist, Roberto Gari (1920–2008), for seventeen years and has two children, Amanda, a performer who did the reading of this book, and Brian, who has written close to nine hundred songs that were recorded by the likes of Margaret Whiting, Lesley Gore & the Tokens as well as recording over a dozen solo albums himself. As an author, he has several books with Bear Manor and wrote all the songs for the Broadway musical “Late Nite Comic.” Janet still lives in New York City.