|Born||in Danville, Illinois, USA|
|Died||in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (leukemia)|
|Birth Name||Robert Waltrip Short|
Mini Bio (2)
Bobby Short was an attraction at Manhattan's Cafe Carlyle for three decades (he doubtless got his greatest exposure there in a scene from Woody Allen's film Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)). Short is the quintessential New Yorker, the Fred Astaire of saloon singers, an international icon of style and glamour.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous
A Newsweek review once stated, "He is an easily acquired taste -- like champagne and caviar". And, so he was. The hallmark of cabaret sophistication and intimate entertainment, husky-toned Bobby Short was one of a kind. Deemed a child prodigy, he started singing and playing the piano in the mid 30s at an early age in vaudeville houses, cocktail lounges and bars, promoted as a "miniature King of Swing". Born Robert Waltrip Short to a musical family on September 15, 1924, in Danville, Illinois, he was the ninth of ten children. Playing piano by ear at age 4, he was singing Duke Ellington standards at upper-class parties by age 9. Discovered quickly by talent agents, he was ushered out to perform decked out in little white tails à la Cab Calloway. Bobby moved to New York in 1937 (age 13) and became a nightclub sensation at such hot spots as the Apollo Theatre despite being criticized for catering to white audiences. He returned to Danville, however, to finish his education, but started performing again following high school graduation. Avoiding the boogie-woogie rage, he polished up his chic repertoire of Ellington, Noël Coward, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, and George and Ira Gershwin during the war years. He finally earned his big break in 1948 with a three-year stint at the Cafe Gala on L.A.'s Sunset Strip, which he considered his 'saloon' years. The grand master interpretor of the "Great American Song" grew to legendary status equipped with a smooth charm, breezy elegance, infectious good cheer and unrestrained joie de vivre. Bobby recorded more than a dozen albums and received three Grammy nominations in his life time, including one for his "Late Night at the Cafe Carlyle", the hotel where he reigned supreme for more than three decades (from 1968). On camera, he was discovered singing in a long-running TV commercial for Revlon's Charlie perfume and appeared in guest cameos in a handful of films, including a sequence set at the Cafe Carlyle in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). In 2000, the Library of Congress designated Bobby a "Living Legend", a recognition established as part of its bicentennial celebration. Upon his death of leukemia at age 80 in New York's Presbyterian Hospital, America lost one of its "last bastions of nighttime society". Never married, he was survived by his adopted son, Ronald Bell, and his brother, Reginald Short. Bobby couldn't retire and performed practically up to the end, once emphatically asking, "If I don't work, what do I do?".
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / email@example.com