Through an old Cabaret teacher of mine, I just realized that I missed Danny Kaye’s 100th Birthday on January 18. Now that’s not very surprising because I have enough trouble keeping up with the birthdays of my friends and family who are living, much less dead artists who I admire. And there was no special tribute on AMC or TCM that caught my eye. Regardless, now I know, so here’s little tribute to a very talented musician, dancer, actor, and entertainer.
Danny Kaye began working at the age of 13, made his way through resorts, theatre, and Boardway to become a film star in the 1940s. He starred in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) and Hans Christian Andersen (1952), before his most well-known and beloved performance in White Christmas (1954). He is known for his trademark red hair, which he dyed blonde for technicolor. He’s also known for his amazing ability to tongue twist faster than anyone.
Here’s Danny Kaye in tongue-twisting action with the equally talented Louis Armstrong:
Happy Belated 100th Mr. Kaye!