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Livingstone, Marylocked

(22 June 1908–30 June 1983)
  • George H. Douglas

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Livingstone, Mary (22 June 1908–30 June 1983), wife and longtime collaborator of radio and television comedian Jack Benny, wife and longtime collaborator of radio and television comedian Jack Benny, was born Sadya Marks in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of David Marks, a prosperous scrap metal dealer, and Ester (maiden name unknown). Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, she first met Jack Benny there in 1921 or 1922 when Benny, already an experienced vaudevillian, played at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. Zeppo Marx took Benny to the home of David Marks, where they enjoyed a quiet and comfortable gathering. Marks’s youngest daughter, Sadie (her name was anglicized), was very impressed by this comedian who played a violin as part of his act. By her own testimony she made up her mind that she would grow up and marry Jack Benny someday. Benny himself took no notice of the young teenager and was unreceptive when she wanted to perform on the violin—he did not like the idea of auditioning girl violinists....

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