Jack Weiner; Vaudeville Performer, Talent Agent
Jack Weiner, 97, who began a flirtation with show business in the early 20th Century as one of the child stars of Gus Edwards’ Song Revues, which also featured George Jessel and Walter Winchell. The three continued to perform in vaudeville in the 1920s before Weiner gave up performing to become one of the most durable talent agents in the entertainment industry. Over the years he represented such vaudeville headliners as Charlie Foy, Ruth Clifford and Winifred & Milis. He came to Los Angeles and opened his own agency on Sunset Boulevard. There his clients included Jack Albertson, Bill (Bojangles) Robinson, Mae West, Butterfly McQueen and Linda Darnell. In 1981, he and four colleagues were singled out by the Assn. of Talent Agents to receive their Distinguished Agent Award. In Downey on Thursday.
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