Oscar Levant

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Oscar Levant (December 27, 1906 – August 14, 1972) was an American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor. He was as famous for his mordant character and witticisms, on the radio and in movies and television, as for his music.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1906 to an Orthodox Jewish family from Russia, Levant moved to New York in 1922, following the death of his father, ... more »

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  • ''An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.''
    Oscar Levant (1906-1972), U.S. pianist, composer. Coronet Magazine (September 1968).
  • ''Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you find the real tinsel underneath.''
    Oscar Levant (1906-1972), U.S. pianist, composer. Inquisition in Eden (1965).
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