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Trivia Q & A # 25 – 2019

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Q. What future famous comedian did Billie Holiday babysit?

A. Billy Crystal – Milt Gabler produced several of Billie Holiday’s seminal songs with her in the 10 years after they recorded her signature song ‘Strange Fruit’. Gabler had founded Commodore Records together with his brother-in-law, Jack Crystal, who owned a record store in Manhattan and was a booking agent for jazz acts. Billie Holiday often frequented the Crystal’s house, and even babysat his son, Billy Crystal. In his HBO Special “700 Sundays” Crystal recalled that the first time he went to the movies, in 1953, it was Holiday who took him. The two of them saw Shane starring a young Jack Palance, who would later become Crystal’s friend and City Slickers co-star.

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