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Highlighting one of the most charming , happy , interesting , full of life publisher , punster, panelist personalities….. Learn more about Bennett Cerf!
Bennett Cerf May 1939 Weston CT
Ho ho ho…. Bennett Cerf looking “as ever” the single man in the first photo taken by Carl Van Vechten in May 1939. Birthday Parties for Lawrence Langner at Langner Lane Farm, Weston, Connecticut. May 28, 1939 In less than two months, after the first was taken, Bennett will meet his wife Phyllis Fraser in Stamford CT. ( photo also taken by Carl Can Vetchen . September 1940) Merry Christmas everyone !
Handsome Bennett Cerf with first wife Sylvia Sydney
Married in 1935 and divorced in 1936. Mr Cerf wrote in his book AT RANDOM….. “In 1935 I had married Sylvia Sidney, but even before the honeymoon was over I realized I was not cut out to be the husband of a movie star. We had planned it that Sylvia would spend six months of every year in New York with me, and the other six in Hollywood, acting; but we saw very quickly how ridiculous and impossible that idea was. A star has to put her career first, so her husband comes second. The marriage lasted
December 6,1955: Bennett Cerf Speaks at Salem College
Humorist Bennett Cerf delivered the first lecture of the 1955-56 Salem College Lecture Series on this day in 1955. The lecture took place in Memorial Hall, across from Home Moravian Church. In the above photo, Bennett Cerf (left) is speaking with Martha Duvall (center) and Emily McClure (right). Photo courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.
The love story begins for Bennett Cerf and Phyllis
Phyllis Fraser, Radio editor and cousin of film actress Ginger Rogers, cuts her cake September 17, 1940 in New York after she was married to Bennett Cerf a New York Publisher. Ceremony was performed by New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. Watching left to right are; Mrs. Lela Rogers, Ginger's mother; Gustave Cerf, Groom's father; Fraser; Cerf and actress Anne Shirley.
Bennett Cerf with John Charles Daly and Steve Allen Sad day March 20th 1956
Publisher Bennett Cerf, announcer John Daly and actor Steve Allen, left to right, stand together outside St. Malachy’s Church in New York on March 20, 1956 after attending a high requiem mass for Fred Allen. The renowned comedian, who was 61, died of a heart attack late on March 17. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Bennett Cerf 1963 Peabody Awards
CBS Television Network stars won three George Foster Peabody Awards on April 24, 1963. Shown at the presentation are from left; CBS Newsman Walter Cronkite, who won the Television News Award, Dean John Drewry of the University of Georgia, administrator of the awards; Charles Collingwood, Television Public Service Award for ?A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy,? Carol Burnett of CBS, Television Entertainment Award; and Peabody Awards Chairman Bennett Cerf (AP Photo)