DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Eddie Cantor (aged 72)
Actor and singer
Eddie Cantor (born Edward Israel Itzkowitz, January 31, 1892 – October 10, 1964) was an American “illustrated song” performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter. Familiar to Broadway, radio, movie, and early television audiences, this “Apostle of Pep” was regarded almost as a family member by millions because his top-rated radio shows revealed intimate stories and amusing anecdotes about his wife Ida and five daughters. Some of his hits include “Makin’ Whoopee”, “Ida”, “If You Knew Susie”, “Ma! He’s Makin’ Eyes at Me”, “Baby”, “Margie”, and “How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree)?” He also wrote a few songs, including “Merrily We Roll Along”, the Merrie Melodies Warner Bros. cartoon theme.
DEATH: Cantor wed Ida Tobias (1892 – 1962) on June 6, 1914. They had five children, all daughters, Marjorie (1915–1959), Natalie (1916–1997), Edna (1919–2003), Marilyn (1921–2010), and Janet (1927–2018). Natalie wed actor Robert Clary, French-born American actor, who was best known for his role as Corporal Louis LeBeau on Hogan’s Heroes. Following the death of their daughter Marjorie at the age of 44, both Eddie and Ida’s health declined rapidly. Ida died on August 9, 1962 at age 70 of “cardiac insufficiency”, and Eddie died on October 10, 1964, in Beverly Hills, California, after suffering his second heart attack at age 72. He is interred in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery, in Culver City, California.