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Overview (4)

Born in Salamanca, Castilla y León, Spain
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameWenceslao Moreno
Nickname Señor Wences

Mini Bio (1)

The Spanish born ventriloquist Senor Wences was one of the highest paid vaudeville acts in the world. Hugely popular with American TV audiences Wences was also a top nightclub favorite.

Born Wenceslao Moreno in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca (Spain), Wences began performing ventriloquism as a child An early career in bullfighting proved unsuccessful so he took up ventriloquism and juggling professionally. Wences toured Europe in the 1920s before coming to America in 1935 where he made his New York debut at the Club Chico.

He became an overnight sensation on "The Milton Berle Show" and later made appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and TV specials with Jack Benny and Perry Como. In 1947 he had stand-out cameo in the film comedy Mother Wore Tights (1947), starring Dan Dailey and Betty Grable.

Among his famous vent characters were 'Johnny', ingeniously formed by one of Wences's hands and 'Pedro', a torso-less head in a box. In the middle of a routine Wences would lift the lid of the box and say "Are you alright?" to which Pedro would reply "S'alright". "S'alright" - which became a classic catchphrase.

In 1986 Wences toured America with Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller in the musical Sugar Babies. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Comedy Hall of Fame which was inscribed "For his devotion to entertaining generations of audiences and bringing countless hours of joy and happiness to millions throughout the world."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Patrick Newley

Spouse (2)

Natalie Wences (c. 1949 - 20 April 1999) ( his death)
Esperanza Martin (1922 - 1944) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (5)

Ventriloquist who often juggled while talking with his characters.
During the late 70s, Wences and his puppet "Johnny" did a series of commercials for Parkay margarine.
His second wife, was Natalie Cover, nee Eisler a dancer, she was born in Karkov, Russia in 1918, widow of Mr. Cover and died of lung problems in New York city in 2005. They were married in 1951 in Beirut, Lebanon, at the U.S.A. Consulate. No issue. [2005]
His first wife, Esperanza Martin, born in 1902 in North Africa, died of Alzheimer in 1983 in Santiago, Chile. They were married in North Africa, in 1922 and divorced in 1944. With her he had a son who lives in Chile and a daughter who died young. His only U.S.A. citizen descendants are his favorite granddaughter, Marcela Moreno, an artist and also a Genealogist who has published books, and her children, Aleksandar Radovic-Moreno, a PHD. student at Harvard and MIT in Boston, and Magdalena Radovic-Moreno, a French and English graduate. [1983]
Along with George Burns and Bob Hope, he is one of three The Muppet Show (1976) guest stars to live to be 100 years old.

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