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Harry Einstein
Birth: May 6, 1904
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 24, 1958
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Entertainer. Born in Boston, he started out in vaudeville and nightclubs as a dialect comedian, often billed as Harry Parke. During the 1930s he was known to millions of radio listeners as Parkyakarkus, a florid Greek lunch counter proprietor who delighted in mangling the English language. Einstein created the character for "The Eddie Cantor Show" and parlayed it into a regular spot on Al Jolson's radio program (1936 to 1939). At one point he tried to get his name legally changed to Parkyakarkus, claiming nobody knew who he was otherwise, but a New York court ruled against him. He made a handful of films, among them "Strike Me Pink" (1936), "She's Got Everything" (1938), "Sweethearts of the USA" (1944), and "Out of This World" (1945). A heart ailment and spinal surgery restricted him to gag writing for the last ten years of his life. His only performing outlets were occasional Friars Club dinners and his last public appearance was at a roast honoring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. After Einstein had skillfully skewered his colleagues ("Oscar Levant couldn't make it here tonight - he's feeling good!"), host Art Linkletter exclaimed, "Why isn't this man on television?" "Yeah, why aren't I?" Einstein rejoined, then slumped into the arms of Milton Berle. He was pronounced dead at the scene from a massive coronary. Einstein's second wife was actress Thelma Leeds, and he was the father of actor-writer-director Albert Brooks and comedian Bob Einstein (Super Dave Osborne). (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
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  Thelma Bernstein (1910 - 2006)*
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Home of Peace Memorial Park
East Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Chapel Mausoleum, Corridor of Eternal Life, C-148
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Record added: Apr 18, 1999
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