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Sheila MacRae, stage and screen actress, dies at 93

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- Sheila MacRae, a U.S. musical star and one of several actresses to play Alice Kramden on "The Honeymooners," has died. She was 93.

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Jane Kean of 'Honeymooners' fame dead at 90

Jane Kean of 'Honeymooners' fame dead at 90

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Entertainer Jane Kean, who played Trixie on the 1960s revival of "The Honeymooners," has died of complications from a fall in Burbank, Calif., her family said.
Memorial planned for actress Julie Harris Dec. 3 in N.Y.

Memorial planned for actress Julie Harris Dec. 3 in N.Y.

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A memorial celebration in honor of the late actress Julie Harris is to take place Dec. 3 at the Barnard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York, organizers said.
Chi McBride joins 'Hawaii Five-0' cast full-time

Chi McBride joins 'Hawaii Five-0' cast full-time

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Actor Chi McBride has been promoted from guest star to series regular on "Hawaii Five-0," CBS announced Thursday.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, June 24, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 24, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.
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Miami house among items at Gleason auction

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The Miami-area home of the late television giant Jackie Gleason went on the block Sunday, an auction company said.

Restaurant nears 10 millionth customer

NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- A 142-year-old New York restaurant said its 10 millionth customer will receive free meals with a guest once a week for the rest of his or her life.
Gotti ridiculed as cartoonish braggart

Gotti ridiculed as cartoonish braggart

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- John "Junior" Gotti was mocked as a blowhard when a former Mafia strongman took the stand at Gotti's conspiracy trial in New York, officials said.
Don Reo to be 'Til Death' showrunner

Don Reo to be 'Til Death' showrunner

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Fox has hired Don Reo to be executive producer and showrunner of its sit-com "'Til Death," which was picked up for a fourth season, The Hollywood Reporter said.
2 restaurants vie for Sinatra connection

2 restaurants vie for Sinatra connection

NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) -- Owners of two Italian restaurants in New York are in court this week, haggling over which one was the preferred hangout of the late entertainer Frank Sinatra.

New Web site is dedicated to Gleason

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Jackie Gleason Enterprises announced it has set up an official Web site in honor of the late U.S. television and film star Jackie Gleason.
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Jackie Gleason (L) and George Burns in 1974. Burns was honored with a Golden Award from AGVA (American Guild of Variety Artists) for his lifetime career in show business. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Jackie Gleason (February 26, 1916 – June 24, 1987) was an American comedian, actor and musician. He was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy style, especially by his character Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners, a situation-comedy television series. His most noted film roles were as Minnesota Fats in the drama film The Hustler (1961) starring Paul Newman, and as Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit movie series.

Gleason was born at 364 Chauncey Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. He grew up nearby at 328 Chauncey Street, an address that he later used as the address for Ralph and Alice Kramden on his show The Honeymooners. Originally named Herbert Walton Gleason, Jr., he was baptized as John Herbert Gleason. His parents, both from Faranree, County Cork, Ireland, were Mae (Maisie) (née) Murphy, a subway change-booth attendant, and Herb Gleason, an insurance auditor. Gleason was one of their two children. Gleason's brother, Clemence, died of spinal meningitis at age 14, and his father abandoned the family. He remembered his father as having "beautiful handwriting", as Herbert Gleason often worked at the family's kitchen table writing policies in the evenings. The night before his disappearance, Gleason's father disposed of any family photos he was pictured in; just after noon on December 15, 1925, Herbert Gleason collected his hat, coat and paycheck, leaving the insurance company and his family for good. When it was evident he was not coming back, Mae went to work taking change for the BMT. After his father left, young Gleason started hanging around on the streets with a local gang and hustling pool. He attended elementary school at P.S. 73 in Brooklyn. He attended but did not graduate from John Adams High School in Queens and Bushwick High School in Brooklyn. Gleason was raised by his mother, who died when he was 19. Gleason became interested in performing after being part of a class play; when he left school he got a job as an MC of a theater. The job paid $4 per night. Other jobs of his included working in a pool hall, stunt diver, and carnival barker. Gleason and his friends made the rounds of the local theaters; he put an act together with one of his friends and the pair performed for Amateur Night at the Halsey Theater, where Gleason replaced his friend, Sammy Birch, as the master of ceremonies. He was also offered the same work two nights a week at the Folly Theater.

When his mother died in 1935, young Gleason had nowhere to go and less than 40 cents to his name. The family of his first girlfriend, Julie Dennehy, offered to take him in but Gleason was headstrong and insisted he was going into the heart of the city. His friend, Sammy Birch, made room for him in the hotel room he shared with another comedian. Birch also told him of a one week job in Reading, Pennsylvania that would pay $19; it was more money than Gleason could imagine. The booker advanced him bus fare for the trip against his salary; this was Gleason's first job as a professional comedian. He had regular work in a variety of small clubs after that.

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