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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameIrving Ashley Fein

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Brooklyn, New York on June 21, 1911, Irving Ashley Fein was found to be an excellent student and skipped several elementary school grades. His interest in acting and writing was developed during the summer months between college terms at various summer camps. After working in the publicity department of Warner Brothers, Irving jumped ship for MGM. His major fame was from working for decades as publicity agent for both Jack Benny and George Burns. He is still with us approaching the age of 100 just as his last client George Burns did. (2008)

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Doug Laird

Spouse (2)

Marion Schechter (1969 - 10 August 2012) ( his death)
Florence Kohn (? - ?) ( 2 children)

Trivia (10)

Veteran Hollywood studio publicist when he began his 28-year association with Jack Benny in 1947, first as the popular radio comedian's publicity and advertising director.
In 1955, Fein left Benny to take a job at CBS in New York as vice president in charge of advertising and promotion.
Become president of his newly formed J & M Productions, which produced Benny's TV show and series such as "Checkmate," "The Gisele MacKenzie Show" and "Ichabod and Me.".
Fein executive-produced Benny's weekly series, accepting an Emmy Award in 1961 when it won for outstanding program achievement in the field of humor, until it ended in 1965.
Fein graduated from Alexander Meiklejohn's Experimental College at the University of Wisconsin and later earned a law degree at Brooklyn Law School while working in the publicity and advertising department for Warner Bros. in New York City.
Deciding that show business was more exciting than law, he joined the Warner Bros. publicity department in Burbank in 1936. Similar jobs followed at Columbia Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn and MGM before he went to work with Benny.
Fein captured an Emmy for serving as a producer on a Burns 1977 TV special and authored several books, including the 1977 best-seller Jack Benny: An Intimate Biography.
Fein was put to rest on Aug. 12 at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles.
Father of Tisha Fein.
Credited in giving Lana Turner the popular nickname "The Sweater Girl.".

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