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Rubinstein was a Jewish, Polish-American classical pianist who received international acclaim for… [More] his performances of music written by a variety of composers; many regard him as the greatest Chopin interpreter of his time. He’s widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He gave public performances for some eight decades. [Less]
1892: Ernst Lubitsch
Lubitsch was a German American actor, screenwriter, producer and film director whose father was Jewish. His… [More] urbane comedies of manners gave him the reputation of being one of Hollywood’s most sophisticated directors; as his prestige grew, his films were promoted as having “the Lubitsch touch.” In 1947 he received an Honorary Academy Award for his distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture, and he was nominated three times for Best Director. In 1918, he made his mark as a serious director with Die Augen der Mumie Ma (The Eyes of the Mummy). [Less]
1914: Irwin Corey
Known as the “Professor,” Corey is an American comic, film actor and activist, often billed as… [More] “The World’s Foremost Authority.” He introduced his unscripted, improvisational style of stand-up comedy at the well-known San Francisco club, the hungry i. Lenny Bruce once described Corey as “one of the most brilliant comedians of all time.” He also had an interesting life story: He was born in 1914 in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish parents. Poverty-stricken, his parents were forced to place their six children in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of New York, where Corey remained until the age of 13, when he rode the rails out to California, and enrolled himself at Belmont High School in Los Angeles. During the Great Depression, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps, and while working his way back East, became a featherweight Golden Gloves boxing champion. He was also a supporter of left-wing politics. [Less]