Slezak, Walter

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Walter Slezak
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Name
Slezak, Walter Gender: M
born on 3 May 1902 at 01:41 (= 01:41 AM )
Place Vienna, Austria, 48n13, 16e20
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Bio/autobiography
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 11°39' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 06°15 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 14°55'



Biography

Austrian-American actor who won a Tony award and the N.Y. Critics award in 1954 for "Fanny." The son of a noted operatic tenor, he studied medicine and worked as a bank clerk until he was discovered by the director Michael Kertesz. When a young man, he played romantic leads on stage and in German films, but his tendency to gain weight forced him into character parts. His weight was like a yo-yo, constantly up and down. He tried every diet possible, but nothing seemed to be consistently successful.

In 1930, he came to the U.S., making a Broadway debut that same year, but he did not start into film until 1942. From the time that he arrived through the '50s, Slezak had many Broadway hits. His films included "Lifeboat," 1944 and "Call Me Madam," 1953. In 1957 he sang in the operetta "The Gypsy Baron" at the Met, the first of several engagements. His latter phase of his film career was mainly European-based as he resided in Switzerland until a few years before his death.

Slezak was married with three kids; his daughter Erika starred in TV soap operas.

His daughter was quoted as saying that he had Alzheimer's disease as he became older. He died, a suicide, on 4/22/1983, 00:42 AM, New York, NY.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Death by Suicide 22 April 1983 at 12:42 AM in New York, NY (Age 80)
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  • Work : Prize 1954 (Tony for Fanny)
  • Family : Change residence 1930 (Came to U.S.)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1944 (Lifeboat)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1953 (Call Me Madam)
  • Work : New Career 1942 (Film debut)

Source Notes

Joan McEvers quotes his autobiography, "What Time's The Next Swan," 1962, p.1. Verified LMR. Sabian Symbols No.848 gives 2:00 AM)

Categories

  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Austria to U.S.)
  • Traits : Body : Weight (Heavy, up and down)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Long term)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Eating Disorder (Yo-yo diets, weight problem)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 80)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Notable : Awards : Tony (Fanny)
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Alzheimer's/Senility (When older)

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