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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 2, 2012/ 10 Mar-Cheshvan, 5773

Edward Everett Horton

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Have you had enough yet? Have you had enough disasters? Have you had enough of Hurricane Sandy? Had enough of the television pictures of flooded streets and homes and people without power? And have you had enough of the presidential election? Have you had enough of Obama's attempted cover up of U.S. Ambassador Stevens' murder by Islamist terrorists? I have. That's why this week I'm talking a break from the heavy and heading to the Horton. Edward Everett, that is.

Edward Everett Horton is maybe my all time favorite comedy character actor. Mostly in light comedies and musicals of the 30's, his signature double-take was a classic. It consisted of listening to someone, nodding his head and smiling in agreement, then after a beat or two, when realization set in, his facial features collapsed entirely into a sober, troubled expression. In addition to his wonderfully expressive face, Horton had a unique voice - refined sounding while at the same time taking on an unsure, confused quality. His screen persona was always pleasant and non-confrontational. He usually portrayed a dignified gentleman, always polite and well mannered, albeit a bit worried and a tad bewildered.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Isabella S. Diack and Edward Everett Horton on March 18th, 1886. He studied business at both Polytechnic Institute and at Columbia. At Columbia, however, he began acting in collegiate plays and that changed the direction of his life. Horton started his stage career in 1906, singing and dancing and playing small parts in Vaudeville and in Broadway productions.

Horton joined a Gilbert and Sullivan stock company in 1907 on Staten Island and performed in several shows, including "The Mikado." He went on to join several theatre companies in the 1910s, including the Orpheum Players in Philadelphia, The Baker Stock Company in Oregon, and the Crescent Theatre in Brooklyn.

In 1919, he moved to Los Angeles, California, and started getting roles in movies. His first starring role was in the 1922 comedy film "Too Much Business," and he portrayed the lead role of an idealistic young classical composer in "Beggar on Horseback" in 1925. In the late 1920s he transitioned into talking pictures.

Horton starred in many comedy features in the 1930s but he is best known today as a wonderful character actor in so many classics such as "The Front Page" (1931), "Trouble in Paradise" (1932), "Alice in Wonderland" (1933), three Astaire/Rogers films including "The Gay Divorcee" (1934), "Top Hat" (1935), and "Shall We Dance" (1937), "Lost Horizon" (1937), "Holiday" (1938), "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941), "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944), "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961), and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963).

Additionally he did a ton of television shows throughout the fifties and sixties. But most baby boomers would undoubtedly recognize him from his voice work in "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show," as the narrator for the "Fractured Fairy Tales" segment of that great Jay Ward animated cartoon show. Horton's voice was perfect for that segment. He also did various other character voices on the show from1959 through 1964.

For my money (or anybody else's money), Edward Everett Horton made any movie he was in worth watching. And when paired with fellow character actor extraordinaire, Eric Blore, well, it doesn't get any better (or any funnier) than that. Horton was the perfect counterpart to the great gentlemen and protagonists on the screen like Fred Astaire and Cary Grant. He worked often with director Ernst Lubitsch, and later with Frank Capra. Horton played the same role in two movies, "Holiday" in 1930 and again in the George Cukor remake in 1938.

Horton appeared in more than 120 films and probably hundreds of TV shows. If you happen to catch his name in the credits of a movie, that's the picture to watch or DVR. He died at the age of 84 in 1970 in Encino, California. As a side note, Edward Everett Horton's parents were Scottish immigrants. He was the eldest of four children - George, Winter Davis, and Hannahbelle were his other siblings. The family remained close throughout their lives. Edward's mother lived with him until she died at the age of 101. His brothers and sister also spent their later years residing at his Encino estate.

Edward Everett Horton, a wonderful character actor, and a real gentleman. They just don't make 'em like him anymore.


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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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