Shelley Berman

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Berman in c. 1960

Sheldon Leonard "Shelley" Berman (February 3, 1925 – September 1, 2017) was an American comedian, movie, television, stage, radio, voice actor, writer, teacher, screenwriter, educator, and poet who is known for his roles in The Steve Allen Show and in Divorce American Style. He won a Grammy Award.

Berman was of Jewish descent.[1] He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois on February 3, 1925.[2] He studied at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He was married to Sarah Herman since 1947. They had two adopted children, one who died from a brian tumor.

Berman won the first Grammy Award for a spoken comedy recording.[3] The first standup comedian to perform at Carnegie Hall, Berman appeared on numerous television specials and all of the major variety shows of the day.[3]

Berman died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on September 1, 2017 at his home in Bell Canyon, California at the age of 92.[4]

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  2. Biography for Shelley Berman - IMDb
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Grammy Winner Shelley Berman Dies". Grammy. September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  4. "Shelley Berman, Famed 'Sit-Down' Comedian, Dies at 92". Retrieved 1 September 2017.

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