Born January 31, 1892 and orphaned at two, Eddie Cantor was raised by his grandmother on New York's Lower East Side. He clowned and sang for coins on street corners, finding his way to vaudeville as a blackface song-and-dance man. His Broadway success led to a radio show, The Chase and Sanborn Hour, and several movie roles during the 1920s and 30s. His song "Makin' Whoopee" (1929) was a major hit.
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