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Nathan was a Jewish-American social worker, labor activist and suffragist for women’s right to vote. She… [More] came from a prominent New York family that descended from Gershom Mendes Seixas, minister of New York’s Congregation Sherith Israel during the American Revolutionary War. Her sister was the author and education activist Annie Nathan Meyer and her cousins the poet Emma Lazarus and Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo. Her nephew was the author and poet Robert Nathan. [Less]
1925: Art Buchwald
Buchwald was a Jewish-American humorist best known for his long-running column in The Washington… [More] Post, which in turn was carried as a syndicated column in many other newspapers. His column focused on political satire and commentary. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Commentary in 1982 and in 1986 was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His famous case (Buchwald v. Paramount lawsuit), in which he sued Paramount (and won) for its stealing of his treatment of the Eddie Murphy film “Coming to America” became the subject of the future film “Fatal Subtraction: The Inside Story of Buchwald V. Paramount.” [Less]
1935: Jerry Orbach
Orbach was a Jewish-American actor and singer. He was well known for his starring role as Detective Lennie… [More] Briscoe in the Law & Order television series and as the voice of Lumière in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Orbach was also a noted musical theatre star. His prominent roles included originating the character of El Gallo in The Fantasticks, the longest-running musical play in history, Chuck Baxter in the original production of Promises, Promises (for which he won a Tony Award), Julian Marsh in 42nd Street and Billy Flynn in the original production of Chicago. [Less]