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Eddie Leonard

Personal information
Birth nameLemuel Golden Toney
Birth dateOctober 17, 1870
Place of birthRichmond, Virginia
Date of deathJuly 29, 1941(age 70)
Death placeNew York City
OccupationStage actor

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Eddie Leonard (1870 - 1941), born Lemuel Golden Toney, was a vaudevillian and a man considered the greatest American minstrel of his day, at a time when minstrel shows were still acceptable as entertainment. He performed in vaudeville for 45 years before that medium faded in the 1920s, and was known for such songs as "Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider" and "Roly Boly Eyes". He published his memoirs-titled What a Life I'm Telling You -- in 1934. He died on July 29, 1941.

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