Jolson, Al (Asa Yoelson)

(1886–1950)
   US entertainer. Taken to the US from Russia as a boy, Jolson worked in circuses, vaudeville and minstrel shows, where he developed the eyes-rolling black-faced character that was to be his trademark. His first ‘legitimate’ role came in 1911 in La Belle Paree, and stardom quickly followed in a long line of musicals. In 1927 he was asked to appear in the title role of The Jazz Singer, which contained several musical sequences and a few minutes of dialogue. It was the first talking feature film and a milestone in cinematic history. He followed it with Sonny Boy (1928), Mammy (1930) and Hallelujah, I’m a Bum (1933).
   His life story was recalled in two films: The Jolson Story and Jolson Sings Again.

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  • Asa Yoelson — Al Jolson (rechts) mit US Präsident Calvin Coolidge (1924) Al Jolson (eigentlich Asa Yoelson; * 26. Mai 1886 (selbst gewähltes Datum; in Litauen wurden zum Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts für Juden keine Geburtsurkunden ausgestellt. Wahrscheinlich ist …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Asa Yoelson — noun United States singer (born in Russia) who appeared in the first full length talking film (1886 1950) • Syn: ↑Jolson, ↑Al Jolson • Instance Hypernyms: ↑singer, ↑vocalist, ↑vocalizer, ↑vocaliser, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • JOLSON, AL — (Asa Yoelson; 1886–1950), U.S. singer, vaudeville and film star. Born in Srednik, Lithuania, the son of a cantor, Jolson worked for some years in circuses, minstrel shows, and vaudeville houses in the U.S. In 1911 he was an instant success in his …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Jolson — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Al Jolson (eigentlich Asa Yoelson; † 1950), US amerikanischer Sänger und Entertainer Alfred James Jolson SJ (1928–1994), römisch katholischer Bischof von Reykjavik Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsk …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Asa (name) — Asa Gender male or female Language(s) various Origin Meaning various Asa is a given name in several parts of the world. Asa (/ ay sah/) derived from the Hebrew language, as the name appears in the Old …   Wikipedia

  • Jolson, Al — orig. Asa Yoelson born May 26, 1886, Srednike, Russia died Oct. 23, 1950, San Francisco, Calif., U.S. Russian born U.S. singer, songwriter, and blackface comedian. Jolson s family arrived in the U.S. in 1893 and settled in Washington, D.C., where …   Universalium

  • Jolson, Al — (1886 1950)    Born Asa Yoelson in Szredzius, Lithuania, the singer comedian was brought to Washington, D.C., as a child by his cantor father. Although his career belonged to the minstrel, musical, and vaudeville stages, as well as motion… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

  • Jolson, Al — orig. Asa Yoelson (26 may. 1886, Srednike, Rusia–23 oct. 1950, San Francisco, Cal., EE.UU.). Cantante, letrista y comediante estadounidense de origen ruso. La familia de Jolson llegó a EE.UU. en 1893 y se estableció en Washington, D.C., donde en… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Jolson — noun United States singer (born in Russia) who appeared in the first full length talking film (1886 1950) • Syn: ↑Al Jolson, ↑Asa Yoelson • Instance Hypernyms: ↑singer, ↑vocalist, ↑vocalizer, ↑vocaliser, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Jolson,Al — Jol·son (jōlʹsən), Al. Originally Asa Yoelson. 1886 1950. American entertainer who starred in The Jazz Singer (1927), the first major film with synchronized sound. * * * …   Universalium

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