Nora Bayes life and biography

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Nora Bayes biography

Date of birth : 1880-10-08
Date of death : 1928-03-19
Birthplace : Joliet, Illinois, USA
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-03-22
Credited as : Entertainer, comedian, Jack Norworth

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Nora Bayes was a popular United States entertainer and comedian of the early 20th century.

Bayes was born as Leonora Goldberg in Joliet, Illinois. She was performing professionally in Vaudeville in Chicago by age 18. She toured from San Francisco, California to New York City, and soon became a star both on Vaudeville and Broadway. She was an accomplished singer, comedienne and actress.

In 1908 she married singer/songwriter Jack Norworth. The two toured together, and were credited as co-writing a number of tunes, including their huge hit Shine On, Harvest Moon, which the pair debuted in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1908.

Bayes made many phonograph records, some with Norworth and many more on her own, for the Victor Talking Machine Company and Columbia Records.

Nora Bayes contracted cancer and died during surgery. She was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York.

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