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Brooks, born Melvin Kaminsky, is a Jewish-American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist,… [More] comedian, actor and producer. He is best known as a creator of film farces and comic parodies. He has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award — a combination that only a handful of actors have achieved during their careers. His most famous films include The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, History of the World, Part I and Spaceballs. More recently he has had a smash hit on Broadway with the musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers. He was married to the actress Anne Bancroft from 1964 until her death in 2005. [Less]
1934: Carl Levin
Levin is the senior United States Senator from Michigan, serving since 1979. He is the Chairman of the… [More] powerful Senate Committee on Armed Services and a member of the Democratic Party. He has been Michigan’s senior senator since 1995, and has served as a US Senator longer than any Senator in Michigan history. He was born in Detroit to Jewish parents. [Less]
1946: Gilda Radner
Radner was a Jewish-American comedian and actress, best known as one of the original cast members of the NBC… [More] sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL), for which she won an Emmy Award in 1978. She was born in Detroit, Michigan to Jewish parents. Before being a part of SNL, Radner was a featured player on the National Lampoon Radio Hour, a comedy program syndicated to some 600 US radio stations from 1974 to 1975; fellow cast members included John Belushi, Richard Belzer, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray. Between 1975 and 1980, she created such characters as Roseanne Roseannadanna on SNL, an obnoxious woman with wild black hair whose trademark was complaining. She died of ovarian cancer. [Less]