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Vaughn Meader

  • Birth 20 Mar 1936 Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine, USA
  • Death 29 Oct 2004 Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Plot Compications from chronic emphysema and other ailements
  • Memorial ID 9727496

Comedian who imitated President John F. Kennedy in satire nightclub acts and on a record album. Born in Waterville, Maine, he served in the U.S. Army and later began doing a standup comedy act in New York where his Kennedy impressions led to his album, "The First Family," giving him instant fame while still in his 20s. The album sold 6.5 million copies; President Kennedy himself bought 100 copies to use as gifts to friends. Appeared in Time and Life magazines, on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and played to packed rooms in Las Vegas. His impersonation career was cut short on November 23, 1963 when Kennedy was assassinated. Eventually returned to Maine where he wrote and played bluegrass and country music; became known for his honky-tonk performances in local lounges.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
  • Added: 30 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9727496
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Vaughn Meader (20 Mar 1936–29 Oct 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9727496, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.