(8/14/45) Radio: Appeared on "Command Performance" (CBS/AFRS).
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Phil Abrams | Mr. Benny
5' 8" (1.73 m)
Did You Know?
[After being introduced by Ed Sullivan
on his radio debut] This is Jack Benny talking. There will now be a slight pause while you say, "Who cares?"
According to Phyllis Diller
's autobiography "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", in the late 1960s Broadway producer David Merrick
approached Benny with the idea of him playing Dolly Levi in drag in "Hello, Dolly!" opposite George Burns
as Horace Vandergelder. The intention was to turn Broadway on its ear and revive flagging interest in the show, which had been running since 1964, originally with
Master of the "Slow-Burn"