Jack Benny will all the time be “the nicest person” his daughter Joan Benny has ever recognized.
The celebrated comedian who introduced laughter to America for 40 years handed away in 1974 at age 80 from most cancers. Joan, 86, has vivid recollections of the man she nonetheless “absolutely” adores.
“He was a truly nice man,” she not too long ago instructed Closer Weekly, “which is seemingly somewhat uncommon for comedians. Do you keep in mind the title Abbe Lane? She was on the invoice with my dad as a gap act and I bought to know her. She stated, ‘You know, your father was so unusual. I’ve labored with each comic in the enterprise and they’re all completely insane, however your dad was the greatest.'”
Joan, who was adopted by Benny and his spouse, radio comedienne and actress Mary Livingstone, all the time knew her father was totally different from different dads.
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“I’m not sure whether I came in first or second, but I think the show came first,” she instructed the outlet. “That was fine. We were actually very close because my mother didn’t like to do out much so I went with my dad to all the baseball games. And I traveled with him when he went to different cities, playing concerts. On top of that, he was a great grandfather. He adored his first grandson, Mike. When I was married and had children, I lived not too far away, so Dad would come over every two or three days for a cup of coffee and see his grandchild.”
Regardless of his lasting success in vaudeville, movie, radio and TV, Joan shared Benny “remained pretty unaffected and unchanged” by fame.
“He said in an interview that he had all the foibles that normal people have and they identified with him,” she defined. “The miser, the somewhat pompous, somewhat put upon guy — all the things that he was on that show, he said was a reflection of the population in general. People identified with that and they also knew in spite of his character, he only played being cheap. People knew that he was a nice man under whatever it was he was playing. He came across as being a really nice person.”
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Joan described Benny as a star who hardly ever misplaced his mood and loved assembly followers wherever he went.
“He loved signing autographs,” she recalled. “He loved being famous. There was a time when, I believe, he went to a country in the Caribbean where they didn’t know him and didn’t speak English. He spent a day there and nobody asked him for his autograph, so he was on the next plane home. Like I said, he really did like being famous, signing autographs and talking to his fans.”
Joan additionally insisted her father didn’t thoughts enjoying the identical character over the years. In actual fact, he loved entertaining his loyal followers, whether or not it’s on the radio or tv.
“As far as I know, he just did it without a problem,” she stated. “A lot of people get burned out doing something for so many years and they’ll sit there and say, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore,’ but it seems like he was very happy to do it. He was also very lucky because that character he created made the transition very easily from radio to television. Unlike other radio shows that couldn’t make that transition to television.”
Joan additionally shared that his friendship with fellow comic George Burns was the actual deal. Burns handed away in 1996 at age 100.
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“George Burns was the funniest man of all time in my life,” she stated. “He and my dad were joined at the hip. They adored each other and it all started way back in the days of vaudeville. At the time, my father was a bigger star than Natty — we called him Natty because his real name was Nathan Birnbaum – but they just connected with each other.”
In response to the outlet, Benny initially left the stage again in 1917 to hitch the Navy throughout World World I. However throughout his time there, he entertained troopers with his violin. He later signed a five-year deal with MGM and likewise obtained his personal radio present, titled “The Jack Benny Program,” in 1932. It was there the place he created the signature character audiences throughout the nation fell for.
The outlet famous the radio present ran from 1932 to 1955 and likewise made the leap to tv the place it grew to become simply as standard. The present aired from 1950 to 1965 with 5 years of overlap in the two mediums.
In 1934, Benny adopted Joan, which he described in his joint biography with his daughter, titled “Sunday Nights at Seven: The Jack Benny Story.”
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“Mary and I decided to adopt a daughter,” he wrote, as quoted by the outlet. “Joanie was about two weeks old the first time I saw her. She was long and skinny and wrinkled all over her face and tiny arms. Her little legs looked crooked and were wrinkled all over, too, and her eyes were very blue. She was bawling so loud and she looked very mad… I couldn’t believe my eyes. ‘Is this the one you picked?’ I asked Mary. Mary was smiling a secret smile. ‘Yes,’ she said. ‘Isn’t she darling?’ ‘How can you want to adopt a funny-looking thing like that one?’ ‘I can’t help it,’ Mary said. ‘I just love her.’ She became very beautiful and I fell in love with my daughter before she was living with us for even two days. She completed our lives.”
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“I told her about how when I first saw her I thought she was so ugly and how it was Mary who had wanted her so and how much Mary loved her and that these rules she hated were for her own good and necessary for her own happiness,” he continued. “Not long after I had this little heart-to-heart talk with Joanie, one more she said suddenly out of a clear sky, ‘Daddy, I love you very much.’ I said, ‘Joanie, you don’t love me as much as I love you.’ And then — mind you, she wasn’t more than 7 or 8 — she, remembering our little talk, answered, ‘Yes I do. I love you more because I loved you all my life and you didn’t love me until the second day.’”