Four of show business’ biggest stars performed on the Jack Benny radio program and delighted listeners with a rendition of a song Benny wrote himself. March 6, 1952, are Danny Kaye, Frank Sinatra, Groucho Marx
Sinatra, Groucho, Danny Kaye and Jack Benny gathered round a microphone—those we’re the days indeed!
“Lucy in London” was broadcast on October 24, 1966, with Monsanto as the show’s single sponsor. Reaction to the production was, for the most part, unsatisfactory. Variety’s critic sneered: “What had promised to be one of the season’s major specials turned out to be a major disappointment.” Other critics were equally unfriendly, leading Ball to decline to pursue future specials and to concentrate on her weekly half-hour comedy show. The show was later broadcast on British television and that country’s critics actually liked it (who knew?).
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Kaye playfully pulls the hair of a girl seated in front of him, in a classroom filled with laughing children, during a visit to his primary-school alma mater, Public School 149 in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City.
In 1954 in the United States of America, American actor, comedian and entertainer Danny Kaye was appointed UNICEF’s first Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF Executive Director Maurice Pate. In his new role, Mr. Kaye campaigned continuously for UNICEF causes and travelled the globe raising awareness of the situation of children, particularly in the developing world. He continued this work until his death in 1987, creating the standard for all subsequent UNICEF (and other UN) Goodwill Ambassadors.