Betty Walker

Betty Walker (August 7, 1928 – July 26, 1982) was a Jewish-American actress and comedian who performed primarily during the 1950s and 1960s.wikipedia
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You Don't Have to Be Jewish

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Bob Booker and George Foster's album on which Walker played a leading role, You Don't Have to Be Jewish, was a commercial and critical success.
The album features Lou Jacobi, Betty Walker, Jack Gilford, Joe Silver, Jackie Kannon, Bob McFadden, Frank Gallop, and Arlene Golonka, in a variety of roles, mostly Jewish, performing a mixture of jokes and comedy sketches.

The Passion of Josef D.

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In addition to performing in Chayefsky's play The Passion of Josef D, she acted in a number of other television dramas, such as Decoy, Playhouse 90, and The Doctors, as well as the film Exodus.

Jean Carroll

Walker was designated one of the "Queens of Comedy" along with Jean Carroll, Totie Fields, and Belle Barth in Corey Kahaney's innovative stand-up showcase The J.A.P. Show: Jewish American Princesses of Comedy.
In 2007, Carroll was featured in the Off-Broadway production The J.A.P. Show: Jewish American Princesses of Comedy, which includes live standup routines by four female Jewish comics juxtaposed with the stories of legendary performers from the 1950s and 1960s, Belle Barth, Pearl Williams and Betty Walker, Totie Fields, and Carroll.

Belle Barth

Walker was designated one of the "Queens of Comedy" along with Jean Carroll, Totie Fields, and Belle Barth in Corey Kahaney's innovative stand-up showcase The J.A.P. Show: Jewish American Princesses of Comedy.
In 2007, Barth was featured in the Off-Broadway production, The J.A.P. Show: Jewish American Princesses of Comedy, which included live standup routines by four female Jewish comics (juxtaposed with the stories of legendary performers from the 1950s and 1960s, Jean Carroll, Pearl Williams and Betty Walker, Totie Fields, and Barth herself).

Cathy Ladman

Along with Cathy Ladman, Jessica Kirson, and Jackie Hoffman, Kahaney honors these four "queens" in the show by interspersing footage from their routines throughout her own.
In 2007, she was featured in the Off-Broadway production J.A.P. - The Princesses of Comedy, which included live standup routines by four female Jewish comics juxtaposed with the stories of legendary performers from the 1950s and 1960s, Totie Fields, Jean Carroll, Pearl Williams, Betty Walker and Belle Barth.

Elizabeth, New Jersey

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Walker was born Edith Seeman in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Latvian Jewish immigrants.

Latvians

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Walker was born Edith Seeman in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Latvian Jewish immigrants.

The Goldbergs (broadcast series)

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Her first major acting role was on the sitcom The Goldbergs, where at 21 years of age she played Mrs. Kramer, Molly's loud-mouthed, nosy neighbor.

Paddy Chayefsky

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She acted in the original cast of Paddy Chayefsky's play Middle of the Night, which first premiered in 1956, and she reprised her role as the Widow for the film adaptation three years later.

Middle of the Night

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She acted in the original cast of Paddy Chayefsky's play Middle of the Night, which first premiered in 1956, and she reprised her role as the Widow for the film adaptation three years later.

Playhouse 90

In addition to performing in Chayefsky's play The Passion of Josef D, she acted in a number of other television dramas, such as Decoy, Playhouse 90, and The Doctors, as well as the film Exodus.

The Doctors (1963 TV series)

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In addition to performing in Chayefsky's play The Passion of Josef D, she acted in a number of other television dramas, such as Decoy, Playhouse 90, and The Doctors, as well as the film Exodus.

Exodus (1960 film)

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In addition to performing in Chayefsky's play The Passion of Josef D, she acted in a number of other television dramas, such as Decoy, Playhouse 90, and The Doctors, as well as the film Exodus.

Stereotypes of Jews

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The humor of this act draws upon the Jewish stereotypes of the "overbearing mother" which had gained popularity originally in Jewish joke books after World War II.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

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Walker made guest appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show and The Steve Allen Show, where she often performed her monologue to "Ceil."

The Merv Griffin Show

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Walker made guest appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show and The Steve Allen Show, where she often performed her monologue to "Ceil."

The Mike Douglas Show

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Walker made guest appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show and The Steve Allen Show, where she often performed her monologue to "Ceil."

The Steve Allen Show

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Walker made guest appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show and The Steve Allen Show, where she often performed her monologue to "Ceil."

Billboard (magazine)

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In the 1960 review of her debut album Love and Laughter, Billboard Magazine stated that she is "One of the theater's and the movies' top character actresses" and an "engaging comedienne" before concluding that "much that is funny is here."

Newark, New Jersey

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The reception of this album in the historically Jewish city of Newark suggests its popularity within concentrated Jewish communities: in another Billboard article on how radio stations are breaking up traditional news programs with comedy clips, the commentator for Newark's WNTA station noted that record sales in the area for her album greatly benefited from on-air exposure.

Walter Winchell

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In a 1965 newspaper, journalist Walter Winchell jokes that, as "the No. 1 seller in Suburbia," "It has replaced the fountain pen at Bar Mitzvahs."

Totie Fields

Walker was designated one of the "Queens of Comedy" along with Jean Carroll, Totie Fields, and Belle Barth in Corey Kahaney's innovative stand-up showcase The J.A.P. Show: Jewish American Princesses of Comedy.

Cory Kahaney

Corey Kahaney
Walker was designated one of the "Queens of Comedy" along with Jean Carroll, Totie Fields, and Belle Barth in Corey Kahaney's innovative stand-up showcase The J.A.P. Show: Jewish American Princesses of Comedy.

Jackie Hoffman

Along with Cathy Ladman, Jessica Kirson, and Jackie Hoffman, Kahaney honors these four "queens" in the show by interspersing footage from their routines throughout her own.