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Loretta Lynn's daughter Betty Sue dead at 64

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NASHVILLE, July 30 (UPI) -- Loretta Lynn's publicist says the country music icon's daughter Betty Sue has died of complications of emphysema in Waverly, Tenn. She was 64.

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LOS ANGELES, May 25 (UPI) -- Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Al Gordon has died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family said. He was 89.

Philip Roth and his 'delicious' Newark

NEWARK, N.J., March 18 (UPI) -- As Newark, N.J., prepares to honor native son Philip Roth's 80th birthday next year, the writer reflects back, saying growing up there was "delicious."

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Actor Eddie Carroll dead at 76

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- The voice of Disney's Jiminy Cricket -- actor Eddie Carroll -- has died of a brain tumor in California at age 76, his wife says.

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Jack Benny
Bassey, Benny, Burns and Beauty: London: Following the Royal Variety performance at the Prince of Wales Theater in London on November 6, 1961, members of the British Royal Family, including the Duchess of Kent (R), visited backstage. Here, singer Shirley Bassey and comedians Jack Benny and George Burns (left to right) meet the Duchess. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudevillian, and actor for radio, television, and film. Widely recognized as one of the leading American entertainers of the 20th century, Benny played the role of the comic penny-pinching miser, insisting on remaining 39 years old on stage despite his actual age, and often playing the violin badly.

Benny was known for his comic timing and his ability to get laughs with either a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!" His radio and television programs, tremendously popular from the 1930s to the 1960s, were a foundational influence on the situation comedy genre. Dean Martin, on the celebrity roast for Johnny Carson in November 1973, introduced Benny as "the Satchel Paige of the world of comedy."

Jack was born February 14, 1894, in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in neighboring Waukegan, Illinois. He was the son of Meyer Kubelsky and Emma Sachs Kubelsky. Meyer was a Jewish saloon owner, later to become a haberdasher, who had emigrated to America from Poland. Emma had emigrated from Lithuania. Benny began studying the violin, an instrument that would become his trademark, when he was just six, with his parents' hopes that he would be a great classical violinist. He loved the violin, but hated practice. By age 14, he was playing in local dance bands as well as in his high school orchestra. Benny was a dreamer and a poor student and he was expelled from high school. He did equally badly in business school and at his father's trade. At age 17, he began playing the instrument in local vaudeville theaters for $7.50 a week.

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