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Adams, Franklin P.

Robert L. Gale.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Radio; Literature; Humour; Journalism. 1161 words.

Adams, Franklin P. (15 November 1881–23 March 1960), newspaper columnist, humorist, and radio personality, was born Franklin Pierce Adams in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Moses Adams, a...

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Cerf, Bennett Alfred

Joyce Duncan.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Radio; Literature; Humour; Publishing. 1208 words.

Cerf, Bennett Alfred (25 May 1898–27 August 1971), publisher and author, was born in New York City, the son of Gustave Cerf, a lithographer, and Frederika Wise, an heiress. Although...

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Coren, Alan (1938–2007), humorous writer

Libby Purves.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

March 2013; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Radio; Literature; Humour; Television. 1427 words.

Coren, Alan (1938–2007), humorous writer, was born on 27 June 1938 at 2 Queensdown Road, Hackney, London, the son of Samuel Coren, builder and plumber, and his wife, Martha, née Coren,...

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Ephron, Nora

Andie Tucher.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online February 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Humour; Journalism; Film. 1799 words.

Ephron, Nora (19 May 1941–26 June 2012), screenwriter, film director, journalist, and humorist, was born on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and grew up in Beverly Hills, California....

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Levenson, Sam

Lillian S. Robinson.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Performing Arts; Radio; Literature; Humour; Education. 823 words.

Levenson, Sam (28 December 1911–27 August 1980), comedian, author, and educator, was born Samuel Levenson in New York City, the son of Hyman Levenson, a tailor, and Rebecca Fishelman....

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Marshall, (Charles) Arthur Bertram (1910–1989), humorist and broadcaster

Frank Muir.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Humour; Radio. 1143 words.

Marshall, (Charles) Arthur Bertram (1910–1989), humorist and broadcaster, was born on 10 May 1910 in Barnes, Surrey, the younger son of Charles Frederick Bertram Marshall, consulting...

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Rogers, Will

Peter C. Rollins.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Agriculture and Farming; Radio; Literature; Humour; Journalism; Performing Arts; Theatre. 2200 words.

Rogers, Will (04 November 1879–15 August 1935), entertainer and social commentator, was born William Penn Adair Rogers near Oologah, Oklahoma, in what was then the Cooweescoowee District of...

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Shepherd, Jean

James F. Smith.

in American National Biography Online

P ublished online April 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Radio; Literature; Humour. 2107 words.

Shepherd, Jean (26 July 1921–16 October 1999), humorist and multimedia performer, was born Jean Parker Shepherd in Chicago, the son of Jean P. Shepherd, a white-collar worker for Borden...

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