- Exhibition Label
- A bug-eyed vaudevillian who got his Broadway start in Ziegfeld extravaganzas and went on to delight audiences in a string of musical comedy hits in the 1920s, Eddie Cantor was instrumental in spanning the gap between traditional show business and the emerging world of mass-media entertainment. In September 1931, Cantor became the first major Broadway star to host his own weekly radio program when he launched "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" on the NBC network. Bolstered by a cast of popular regulars and a "who's who" of guest performers, Cantor quickly took his variety show to the top of the ratings, where it remained year after year. He enjoyed similar success in films throughout the 1930s and became a small-screen favorite in 1950 with his Colgate Comedy Hour.
- This playful image of Cantor was produced by Steichen as an advertisement for NBC.
- Data Source
- National Portrait Gallery
- Edward Jean Steichen, 27 Mar 1879 - 25 Mar 1973
- Eddie Cantor, Sept 1892 - 10 Oct 1964
- c. 1931
- Credit Line
- National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
- Gelatin silver print
- Image: 24.2 x 19.6cm (9 1/2 x 7 11/16")
- Sheet: 25.2 x 20.2cm (9 15/16 x 7 15/16")
- Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")