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Rose was a Jewish-American cellist and pedagogue. He was born to Jewish immigrants from Kiev, Ukraine in… [More] Washington, D.C. He took lessons from Walter Grossman, Frank Miller and Felix Salmond and after completing his studies at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music at age 20, he joined Arturo Toscanini’s NBC Symphony Orchestra, and almost immediately became associate principal. At 21 he was principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra — and by age 26 became the principal of the New York Philharmonic. [Less]
1922: Norman Lear
Lear is the Jewish-American writer and producer who brought character Archie Bunker, on the hit 1970s… [More] television show All in the Family, to fame. He also produced these other hit shows: The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times and Maude. As a political activist, he founded the civil liberties advocacy organization People For the American Way in 1981 and has supported First Amendment rights and liberal causes. [Less]
1956: Carol Leifer
Leifer is a Jewish-American comedian, writer, producer and actor whose career as a stand-up comedian started… [More] in the 1970s. David Letterman discovered her performing in a comedy club in the 1980s. She has written many television scripts including for The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live, and Seinfeld. Leifer’s “inner monologue” observational style is often autobiographical encompassing subjects about her Jewish ancestry and upbringing, coming out, same-sex marriage, relationships (having been married previously to a man and now partnered with a woman) and parenting. [Less]