This is the best part of 1959’s The Five Pennies. From the prohibition tea service, to Danny Kaye’s Satchmo impression, to their musical conversation at the end…laughter and goosebumps!
December 1, 1966. Lady Bird attends the Awards Dinner for the National Institute of Social Science. She accepts her award, then sits down to hear the next recipient accept his:
“Next there was Danny Kaye. And he didn’t read a word! He simply talked from the heart, impassioned, humorous, charming, about the world’s children, about UNICEF. it was a dear speech. He is a giving man. But I was feeling a little apprehensive—they weren’t closing the evening with Danny Kaye. Cardinal Spellman was still to come. I need not have been! He topped us all!”
Above: Danny Kaye, the man who opened for Cardinal Spellman, photo via the Library of Congress. Cardinal Spellman photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library via Flickr Creative Commons. Lady Bird quote from A White House Diary, New York: Dell Books, 1971, pg 506.