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The Clown King Of Classical Music Comedy In His Most Brilliant Performances From His Early Movies And Television Appearances To His Live 1990 Performance At The Fox Theatre In Detroit Michigan And Broadcast That Year As A TV Special Presentation, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1990, 2 Hours.) #VictorBorge #Comedians #Pianists #Conductors #ClassicalMusic #ClownPrinceOfDenmark #UnmelancholyDane #TheGreatDane #Jews #AshkenaziJews #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
Victor Borge, Danish-American comedian, pianist, and conductor who achieved great popularity in radio and television in the United States and Europe (January 3, 1909 - December 23, 2000) was born Borge Rosenbaum in Copenhagen, Denmark, into an Ashkenazi Jewish family. Victor Borge's mixing of classical music with comedy earned him the nicknames "The Clown Prince of Denmark," "The Unmelancholy Dane," and "The Great Dane." His parents, Bernhard and Frederikke (nee Lichtinger) Rosenbaum, were both musicians: his father a violist in the Royal Danish Orchestra, and his mother a pianist. Borge began piano lessons at the age of two, and it was soon apparent that he was a prodigy. He gave his first piano recital when he was eight years old, and in 1918 was awarded a full scholarship at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, studying under Olivo Krause. Later on, he was taught by Victor Schioler, Liszt's student Frederic Lamond, and Busoni's pupil Egon Petri. Borge played his first major concert in 1926 at the Danish Odd Fellow Palaeet (The Odd Fellow's Lodge building) concert hall. After a few years as a classical concert pianist, he started his now famous "stand-up" act, with the signature blend of piano music and jokes. He married the American Elsie Chilton in 1933; the same year he debuted with his revue acts. Borge started touring extensively in Europe, where he began telling anti-Nazi jokes. When the German armed forces occupied Denmark on April 9 1940, during World War II, Borge was playing a concert in Sweden and managed to escape to Finland. He traveled to America on the United States Army transport American Legion, the last neutral ship to make it out of Petsamo, Finland, and arrived 28 August 1940, with only 20 USD (about 369 USD in 2021), with 3 USD going to the customs fee. Disguised as a sailor, Borge returned to Denmark once during the occupation to visit his dying mother. Even though Borge did not speak a word of English upon arrival, he quickly managed to adapt his jokes to the American audience, learning English by watching movies. He took the name of Victor Borge, and in 1941, he started on Rudy Vallee's radio show. He was hired soon after by Bing Crosby for his Kraft Music Hall programme. Borge quickly rose to fame, winning Best New Radio Performer of the Year in 1942. Soon after the award, he was offered film roles with stars such as Frank Sinatra (in Higher and Higher). While hosting The Victor Borge Show on NBC beginning in 1946, he developed many of his trademarks, including repeatedly announcing his intent to play a piece but getting "distracted" by something or other, making comments about the audience, or discussing the usefulness of Chopin's "Minute Waltz" as an egg timer. He would also start out with some well-known classical piece like Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and suddenly move into a harmonically similar pop or jazz tune, such as Cole Porter's "Night and Day" or "Happy Birthday to You." Victor Borge died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 91 in Greenwich, Connecticut, a day after returning from a concert in Denmark, thereby ending 75 years of entertaining. "It was just his time to go," Frederikke Borge said. "He's been missing my mother terribly", who had died only three months earlier.