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George Jessel, popularly known as Georgie Jessel, American illustrated song "model", actor, singer, songwriter, comedian and film producer (April 3, 1898 - May 23, 1981) was born George Albert Jessel on 118th Street in Harlem, New York City. Georgie Jessel was famous in his lifetime as a multitalented comedic entertainer, achieving a level of recognition that transcended his limited roles in movies. He was widely known by his nickname, the "Toastmaster General of the United States," for his frequent role as the master of ceremonies at political and entertainment gatherings. Jessel originated the title role in the stage production of The Jazz Singer. An illustrated song is a type of performance art and was a popular form of entertainment in the early 20th century in the United States. Live performers (usually both a pianist and a vocalist) and music recordings were both used by different venues (vaudeville houses first and later in nickelodeons) to accompany still images projected from glass slides. This allowed the images to be painted in color by hand. A single song was usually accompanied by 12 to 16 different images that sequentially "illustrated" the lyrics. Projection booths used either stereopticons with two projectors or machines that combined projection of both slides and moving pictures. Illustrated songs often preceded silent films and/or took place during reel changes, but some venues relied principally on illustrated songs alone. At least ten thousand small theaters nationwide featured illustrated songs. Illustrated songs were seen as a valuable promotional tool for marketing sheet music. Audience participation was encouraged, and repeat performances also helped encourage sheet music sales Several film stars began their careers as models who illustrated lyrics through a series of song slides, including George Jessel, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Alice Joyce, Florence Lawrence, and Norma Talmadge. During a TV special filmed in Hollywood at the Pantages Theatre premiere of A Star Is Born on September 29, 1954, Jessel stated: "I think that I ought to tell the folks that it was I who named Judy Garland, Judy Garland. Not that it would have made any difference - you couldn't have hid[den] that great talent if you'd called her "Tel Aviv Windsor Shell", you know, but her name when I first met her was Frances Gumm and it wasn't the kind of a name that so sensitive a great actress like that should have".