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Burl Ives

Burl Ives
Burl Ives in 1955, photo by Carl Van Vechten
Personal information
Birth nameBurl Icle Ivanhoe Ives
Birth dateJune 14, 1909
Place of birthHunt City, Illinois, U.S.
Date of deathApril 14, 1995(age 85)
Death placeAnacortes, Washington, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, writer
Years active1935 93
SpouseHelen Peck Ehrich (1945 - 71)
Dorothy Koster Paul (1971 - 95)

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Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 - April 14, 1995) was an American actor, writer and folk music singer. As an actor, Ives's work included comedies, dramas, and voice work in theater, television, and motion pictures. Music critic John Rockwell said, "Ives's voice ... had the sheen and finesse of opera without its latter-day Puccinian vulgarities and without the pretensions of operatic ritual. It was genteel in expressive impact without being genteel in social conformity. And it moved people."

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