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Crémieux was a French-Jewish lawyer and statesman, and a staunch defender of the human rights of the Jews of… [More] France. After the revolution of 1830 he came to Paris, formed connections with numerous political personages, even with King Louis Philippe, and became a brilliant defender of Liberal ideas in the law courts and in the press. From 1834 until his death, he headed the Central Consistory of the Jews of France, the administrative agency for all French Jews. 1848 he was chosen by the Republicans as a member of the provisional government, and as minister of justice he secured decrees that abolished the death penalty for political offenses and made the office of the judge immovable. Arrested and imprisoned in December 1851, he remained in private life until November 1869, when he was reelected to a deputy position. [Less]
1923: Al Lewis
Lewis was a Jewish-American character actor best known for his role as Grandpa Munster on the television… [More] series “The Munsters” and its subsequent film versions. Later in life, he was also a restaurant owner, political candidate, and radio broadcaster. He was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, NY. [Less]
1926: Cloris Leachman
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Leachman has enjoyed a long and distinguished film, television, and stage career.… [More] Two of her most famous films were “The Last Picture Show” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards — more than any other performer — and one Daytime Emmy Award. She won an Academy Award for her role as Best Supporting Actress in the 1971 film “The Last Picture Show.” In recent years, she has had a recurring role as Lois’s mother Ida Gorski on “Malcolm in the Middle.” She is believed to be Jewish. Regardless of her religion, she often portrays Jewish characters. [Less]