“A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.”
“Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.”
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
“I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.”
“I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.”
“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
“She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon.”
Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx was born on October 2, 1890. He was an American comedian and film star. He made thirteen films with his brothers, the Marx Brothers. He was the third born. He is also well known for hosting the popular television and radio show You Bet Your Life. He used exaggerated props such as exceedingly thick eyebrows, a stooped posture, glasses, and cigars.
He was born in New York City . He grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. His family was Jewish. His mother was Minnie Schoenberg Marx and his father was Sam Marx. Minnie's brother Al was a vaudeville actor and she had great ambitions for her sons to follow in their uncle's footsteps. Groucho's older brother Leonard was pushed into piano lessons through which Minnie discovered that Groucho had a good soprano voice and could sing on key.
Groucho originally wanted to become a doctor but the family's financial situation forced him out of school. Although he left school, he was an avid reader and especially enjoyed Horatio Alger. He made up for his lack of a formal education by becoming extremely well-read.
Marx became a boy singer in 1905 to supplement his family's income. In 1909, Minnie had created a four-boy vaudeville singing group. It included Groucho, Milton, Arthur, and Lou Levy. They did the vaudeville circuit but weren't appreciated. So Minnie moved them to the Midwest to try their hand at the vaudeville circuits there. After another failure to amaze, the Marx boys began making jokes on stage. This proved to be their salvation. The audience liked them much more. They began to incorporate ethnic accents into their acts. Leonard used an Italian accent, Adolph's was Irish, and Groucho's was German. However, in 1915 Groucho developed his wise-guy persona.
Marx made twenty-six movies, half of which were with his brothers. They are most known for their roles in The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup, and A Night at the Opera. Marx then began hosting shows on the radio as well as on television. You Bet Your Life was the most popular show that Marx hosted. It was televised in front of a live audience and consisted of Marx questioning contestants and making jokes. It was on television for eleven years.
Marx was married three times and was divorced three times. His first wife was Ruth Johnson and they had two children together, Arthur and Miriam. His second wife was Kay Marvis and they had a daughter, Melinda. His third wife was Eden Hartford.
Marx died on August 19, 1977. Two months earlier he had been hospitalized for pneumonia. He died three days after Elvis Presley and so his death was a little overlooked.