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About Eddie Albert
Born Edward Albert Heimberger in 1906, Eddie Albert began his career with a radio show ...The Honeymooners! He would be replaced on the radio version by
Groucho Marx, on the DuMont TV version by, of course, Jackie Gleason.
Eddie Albert, meanwhile, did stage plays, where he first appeared in Brother Rat and Room Service. Recruited by Hollywood, Albert made many films, including Roman Holiday. He is most famous for his role opposite Eva Gabor as a city lawyer who moves to a farm on TV's Green Acres (1965Ė1975).
Actor. Born Edward Albert Heimberger, on April 22, 1906, in Rock Island, Illinois. The eldest of five children, he was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with old-fashioned morals and a strong work ethic. Albert took on a paper route at the age of six, and managed to balance working with being a student, performing in school plays, and singing in the church choir.
Upon his high school graduation, Albert struggled to make a living as an insurance salesman and sometimes earned extra cash by singing in a trio on local radio shows. After moving to New York City in 1933, he and Grayce Bradt hosted their own daily radio show on NBC ...The Honeymooners!.
In 1936, Albert tried his hand at stage acting, winning rave reviews for his performances in the productions Brother Rat and Room Service. Following an auspicious Broadway debut, Albert caught the attention of a Warner Bros. talent scout. In 1938, he signed a seven-year contract with the studio and moved to Hollywood, where he reprised his role as Bing Edwards in the acclaimed film version of Brother Rat.
Despite his growing popularity with moviegoers, Albert was unfulfilled by his film work and severed his contract after several disagreements with studio executives. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific. While on leave from duty, he returned to Los Angeles, where he began a relationship with Mexican-American actress Margo. Upon Albertís discharge from service in 1945, the couple married; they had a son, Edward Jr. in 1951.
During the 1950s, Albert starred in several hit television series, including Leave It to Larry and The Saturday Night Revue . In 1953, he earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in the enduring romance Roman Holiday, which starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. His film career continued to flourish with starring roles in the dramas Iíll Cry Tomorrow (1955), The Teahouse of August Moon (1956), and The Sun Also Rises (1957) with Tyrone Power and Ava Gardner.
In 1958, while filming John Huston's dramatic adventure The Roots of Heaven in Africa, Albert met legendary humanitarian and philosopher Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Inspired by Schweitzer, Albert adopted a similar philanthropic attitude and actively pursued what would become a lifelong crusade to raise awareness about pollution and pesticides.
Albert signed on to play Oliver Wendell Douglas in the CBS sitcom Green Acres (1965-71), which also starred Eva Gabor. The program enjoyed six successful seasons on the air, while he became a household name for his portrayal of the Harvard-educated attorney with a passion for farming. As part of a cast that included Cybill Shepherd and Charles Grodin, Albert gave his second Oscar-nominated performance in the 1972 black comedy The Heartbreak Kid. He continued to work steadily throughout the 1970s, most notably in the TV movies Switch (1975) with Robert Wagner, The Word, and Evening in Byzantium (both 1978).
In addition to a slew of supporting roles on film during the 1980s, Albert worked on the popular TV drama series Falcon Crest, thirtysomething, and General Hospital. The 1990 television movie Return to Green Acres reunited Albert with his former cast members.
Albert remained active in his humanitarian efforts until his death from pneumonia on May 26, 2005 at his home near Pacific Palisades, California.
About Eva Gabor Of the three Gabor sisters, Hungarian actress Eva Gabor she is considered the one with the most acting talent. After beginning her career as a cabaret singer and ice skater, she emigrated to the States in the 1930s. Soon after, she appeared in films. She also made acclaimed Broadway performances. She is best remembered for her role on the popular television series Green Acres. She died in 1995.
Actress. Born February 11, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary. Of the three Gabor sisters, Eva was considered to be the one with the most acting talent. After beginning her career as a cabaret singer and ice skater, she emigrated to the States in the 1930s. Soon after, she appeared in such films as Forced Landing in 1941 and Pacific Blackout in 1942. She also received critical acclaim for her performances on Broadway, starting with The Happy Time in 1950.
Though she continued to have success in character roles in movies, including one of Vincent Price's victims in The Mad Magician (1953) and as Liane d'Exelmans in the Oscar-winning Gigi (1958), she is best remembered as the socialite turned farm wife on the popular television series Green Acres. During her five-year run as Lisa Douglas, Gabor was beloved by both TV audiences and the cast of the show. In 1990, she reprised her role in the two-hour Green Acres made-for-TV movie.
Like her sister Zsa Zsa, Eva became known for her string of husbands, including Frank Jameson, Charles Isaacs, Dr. Erik Drimmer, Dr. John Williams and Richard Brown. Eva Gabor died in 1995; her older sister, Magda, died two years later.
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