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Oscar Levant

Oscar Levant

D.O.B.: December 27, 1906 (Pittsburgh, PA)

D.O.D.: August 12, 1972 (Beverly Hills, CA)

Cause of Death:  Heart Attack

Location: Westwood Memorial; Sanctuary of Love

Biographical Notes:

Oscar Levant is best known for his wry, sarcastic wit. 

Levant co-starred in the movie "An American in Paris," was a talented pianist, a close friend of George Gershwin, had his own early talk show on local TV, and was the man who coined the term "Tinseltown" for Hollywood. 

When he hosted "The Oscar Levant Show" on KCOP-TV, which was sponsored by Philco, he once got up and told his audience not to buy the company's TV sets, and predicted that he would be fired from KCOP. He was. He also predicted that he would be hired by rival KHJ (now KCAL), because "they'll take anybody."

Composed:

"Made for Each Other" (1939)

"Street Girl" (1929)

 

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