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Borge, Victor Biography




biography of Borge, Victor

Rosenbaum, Børge
The Clown Prince of Denmark The Great Dane
3 January 1909, Copenhagen, Denmark
23 December 2000, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA (heart failure)
Pianist, composer, songwriter, entertainer and actor, educated at Borgerdydskolen and the Conservatory of Copenhagen. He studied with Egon Petri and Frederic Lammond. His concert career began in 1922, and he performed in a musical revue in 1934, and in films by 1937. Arriving in the US in 1940, he made his American radio debut on the Bing Crosby show. He was featured in his own one-man show "Comedy in Music", plus concert appearances throughout the USA and Europe. Joining ASCAP in 1961, he composed "Blue Serenade".
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-   'Sarabel Sanna Scraper' (17 March 1953 - 19 September 2000) (her death); 4 children

-   'Elsie Chilton' (24 December 1933 - 1953) (divorced); 2 children


-   Recipient of 22nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to arts and culture, presented by President 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv) in Washington, DC, Dec. 5, 1999.

-   Borge publicly derided 'Adolf Hitler' (qv) in his native Denmark just before World War II. When the Germans invaded that country, he managed to escape to America because, since he was married to an American women, he got an American visa.

-   One of his famous skits involves "phonetic punctuation", in which he accents commas, question marks and periods with sound effects.

-   He is the founder of the Thanks to Scandinavia Foundation.

-   Father of 'Frederikke Borge' (qv), 'Ronald Borge' (qv), 'Vebe Borge' (qv), 'Sanna Feinstein' (qv) and 'Janet Crowle' (qv).

-   In 1953, he starred in the one-man Broadway production "Comedy in Music", with which he toured off and on until his retirement. This was a show in which Borge often announced he was going to play a piece, but seldom actually got around to doing it because of his hilarious comments to the audience. The show went through several editions over the years, but always retained some of the same comic remarks.

-   He hosted the first US telecast of the 'Danny Kaye' (qv) film, _Hans Christian Andersen (1952)_ (qv).

-   He was the voiceover artist for the Heineken beer adverts in the UK during the 1970s. 'Heineken does this because it refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach.'

-   Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald S. Smith, pg. 57-58. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

-   Attended Øster Borgerdyd High School in Copenhagen, Denmark.

-   Borge, almost single-handedly, developed the Rock Cornish game hen industry in America. He owned a very large farm where he raised Rock Cornish hens.

-   His son, Ron Borge, appeared many times on stage with his father as the timid page turner.

-   His Comedy in Music one-man show on Broadway reached 849 performances, the longest solo run in Broadway history.

-   Became a U.S. citizen after his move there, but remained popular in his native Denmark and often performed there.


-   In 1962, he hosted several episodes of a proposed TV anthology series called "The Victor Borge Comedy Theatre." The series, developed by Desilu, wasn't picked up by a network.

-   Crazy With the Heat (1941). Musical revue (updated/restaged version). Music by Irvin Graham. Additional music by Rudi Revil. Material by Sam E. Werris, 'Arthur Sheekman' (qv), Mack Davis, Max Liebman and Don Herold. Lyrics by Irvin Graham. Additional dialogue by Arthur Stander and Sidney Zelinka. New sketches by Lew Brown. Music arranged by 'Jacques Belasco' (qv). Music orchestrated by Jacques Dallin. Some production ideas by Luther Davis, John Cleveland and Kay Kenney. Featuring songs by Jack Lawrence and William Provost. Featuring songs with lyrics by Jack Lawrence, Kurt Kasznar, Carl Kent and Pete Kite Smith. Choreographed by Catherine Littlefield. Staged by Arthur Sheekman. Sketches for Willie Howard under supervision of Eugene Howard. Directed by Lew Brown. 44th Street Theatre: 30 Jan 1941- 19 Apr 1941 (92 performances). Cast: Vivian Allen [Broadway debut], Hal Anthony, Marion Bailey, Gracie Barrie [final Broadway appearance], Matthew Bocchino, Evelyn Bonfine, 'Victor Borge' (qv) [Broadway debut], Diosa Costello, Don Cummings, Eleanor Dawn, Harold Gary, Ted Gary, 'Luella Gear' (qv), Phillip Gordon, Harry Hale, Wilma Horner, Willie Howard, Helen Hudson, Betty Kean, Al Kelly, 'Stapleton Kent' (qv), Philip King, Bobby Lane, Remi Martel, Naldi, Frances O'Day, Dale Priest, Carlos Ramiriz, Mary Raye, Irene Reilly, Helenita Riordan, David Rollins, Matthew Smith, Jean Stanton, Tip, Tap, and Toe, Edna Ward, Frances Williams. Produced by 'Ed Sullivan (I)' (qv). Note: When the original show opened to disastrous reviews the investors demanded 'Kurt Kasznar' (qv) be replaced as producer/director in favor of Mr. Sullivan. The original production closed after 7 performances. Sullivan felt unqualified to act as director and hired Mr. Brown and the pair quickly hired new actors and songs were added/shuffled. Although Sullivan's reworking failed to completely recoup costs, it was considered a remarkable achievement given the time constraints involved.

-   1966 LP: 'Victor Borge Presents His Own Enchanting Version of Hans Christian Andersen'.

-   (1964) He performed in his show, "Victor Borge - Comedy in Music," at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, England.

-   (1980) PSA TV spot for the United States Postal Service


-   A woman complimenting me on my act one night told me she hadn't laughed so much since her husband died.

-   And I wish to remind you that the smile is the shortest distance between people, and the more we smile, the less we fight. Because to my knowledge, no one ever fought smilingly...and won. So not goodbye, then. Never goodbye. Just...so long.

-   Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.


-   _Koncert med Victor Borge (1984) (TV)_ (qv)

-   _Dronning Ingrid - i følge Victor Borge (2000) (TV)_ (qv)

-   _"The Complete Victor Borge" (1974)_ (qv)

-   _En aften med Victor Borge (1971) (TV)_ (qv)

-   _The Best of Victor Borge: Act One & Two (1990) (V)_ (qv)

-   _Verdens morsomste mand (2008) (TV)_ (qv)


-   "TV Guide" (USA), 29 November 1958

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  1. Victor Borge Around Australia (2009) (V)
  2. Verdens morsomste mand (2008) (TV)
  3. DR2 tema: Arven fra DINS (2007) (TV)
  4. "The Best of the Royal Variety" (2006) {The Comedians (#1.3)}
  5. Dronning Ingrid - i følge Victor Borge (2000) (TV)
  6. The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1999) (TV)
  7. Borge for alvor (1998) (TV)
  8. Ed Sullivan All-Star Comedy Special (1995) (TV)
  9. The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) (TV)
  10. Comic Relief VI (1994) (TV)
  11. "CBS This Morning" (1987) {(1994-07-20)}
  12. Victor Borges Tivoli 150 år (1993) (TV)
  13. "Guest Night" (1992) {(#2.7)}
  14. Legends of Comedy (1992) (TV)
  15. Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams (1991) (V)
  16. The Best of Victor Borge: Act One & Two (1990) (V)
  17. Wolf Trap Presents Victor Borge: An 80th Birthday Celebration (1990) (TV)
  18. "Geraldo" (1987) {(1990-07-03)}
  19. "Harry Måneskin" (1990) {(#1.1)}
  20. "Harry Måneskin" (1990) {(#1.2)}
  21. A Yabba-Dabba-Doo Celebration!: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera (1989) (TV)
  22. "Live from Her Majesty's" (1982) {(#5.2)}
  23. "TV-Avisen" (1965) {(1987-01-16)}
  24. All-Star Salute to Ford's Theater (1986) (TV)
  25. Koncert med Victor Borge (1984) (TV)
  26. The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard (1984) (TV)
  27. The King of Comedy (1983)
  28. The 36th Annual Tony Awards (1982) (TV)
  29. Gala of Stars 1981 (1981) (TV)
  30. The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1981) (TV)
  31. "The Big Show" (1980) {(#1.6)}
  32. "The Muppet Show" (1976) {(#4.5)}
  33. The People's Command Performance (1978) (TV)
  34. "Good Morning America" (1975) {(1978-02-24)}
  35. "Sesame Street" (1969) {(#10.1)}
  36. "The Hollywood Squares" (1965) {(1978-04-03)}
  37. "The Hollywood Squares" (1965) {(1977-10-10)}
  38. "The Hollywood Squares" (1965) {(1977-10-11)}
  39. "The Hollywood Squares" (1965) {(1977-10-12)}
  40. "The Hollywood Squares" (1965) {(1977-10-13)}
  41. "The Hollywood Squares" (1965) {(1977-10-14)}
  42. Carpenters Very First Television Special (1976) (TV)
  43. "Celebrity Sweepstakes" (1974) {(1976-03-29)}
  44. "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) {(1976-09-29)}
  45. "The Mike Douglas Show" (1961) {(1975-09-15)}
  46. "The Mike Douglas Show" (1961) {(1975-09-16)}
  47. "The Mike Douglas Show" (1961) {(1975-09-17)}
  48. "The Mike Douglas Show" (1961) {(1975-09-18)}
  49. "The Mike Douglas Show" (1961) {(1975-09-19)}
  50. "The Complete Victor Borge" (1974)
  51. "BBC Show of the Week" (1965) {The Complete Victor Borge}
  52. "The Electric Company" (1971) {166 (#2.36)}
  53. En aften med Victor Borge (1971) (TV)
  54. "The David Frost Show" (1969) {(#4.32)}
  55. "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) {(1971-06-03)}
  56. "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) {(1971-10-11)}
  57. "Tyve femten" (1971) {(1971-10-16)}
  58. "The David Frost Show" (1969) {(#3.7)}
  59. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#7.17)}
  60. "The Merv Griffin Show" (1962) {(1970-10-28)}
  61. "This Is Tom Jones" (1969) {(#2.15)}
  62. "Allen Ludden's Gallery" (1969) {(#1.59)}
  63. "Della" (1969) {(#1.52)}
  64. "Music Hall" (1969) {(1969-11-01)}
  65. "The Andy Williams Show" (1969) {(1969-10-11)}
  66. "The Dean Martin Show" (1965) {(1969-01-30)}
  67. "The Dean Martin Show" (1965) {(1969-04-24)}
  68. "The Dean Martin Show" (1965) {(1969-11-27)}
  69. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#6.21)}
  70. "The Jackie Gleason Show" (1966) {(#3.20)}
  71. "The Joey Bishop Show" (1967) {(#3.175)}
  72. "The Joey Bishop Show" (1967) {(#3.241)}
  73. "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (1967) {(#3.19)}
  74. "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (1967) {(#3.25)}
  75. The World of Christmas (1968) (TV)
  76. "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (1967) {(#2.9)}
  77. "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show" (1968) {(#1.11)}
  78. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#5.20)}
  79. "The Kraft Music Hall" (1967) {Trio for Tonight (#1.13)}
  80. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#5.5)}
  81. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#5.8)}
  82. "The Joey Bishop Show" (1967) {(#2.69)}
  83. "The Joey Bishop Show" (1967) {(#2.70)}
  84. "The Joey Bishop Show" (1967) {(#2.71)}
  85. "The Joey Bishop Show" (1967) {(#2.72)}
  86. "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964) {The Suburbia Affair (#3.17)}
  87. The Daydreamer (1966)
  88. "I've Got a Secret" (1952) {(1966-12-12)}
  89. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#3.30)}
  90. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#4.11)}
  91. Mr. Belvedere (1965) (TV)
  92. The 19th Annual Tony Awards (1965) (TV)
  93. "The Bell Telephone Hour" (1959) {Borge & Company (#8.3)}
  94. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#2.24)}
  95. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#2.35)}
  96. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#18.20)}
  97. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#19.12)}
  98. "I've Got a Secret" (1952) {(1964-06-01)}
  99. "I've Got a Secret" (1952) {(1964-11-09)}
  100. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#1.21)}
  101. "The Hollywood Palace" (1964) {(#2.8)}
  102. "The Jack Paar Program" (1962) {(#2.18)}
  103. "The Jack Paar Program" (1962) {(#3.13)}
  104. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#18.9)}
  105. "The Merv Griffin Show" (1962) {(#1.94)}
  106. "I've Got a Secret" (1952) {(1962-10-08)}
  107. "The Jack Paar Program" (1962) {(#1.2)}
  108. "The Merv Griffin Show" (1962) {(#1.13)}
  109. The Mickey Rooney Show (1960) (TV)
  110. "I've Got a Secret" (1952) {(1960-06-29)}
  111. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#13.37)}
  112. "Small World" (1958) {(#1.13)}
  113. "Small World" (1958) {(#1.14)}
  114. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#11.39)}
  115. The Heart of Show Business (1957)
  116. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#10.21)}
  117. "Victor Borge: Comedy in Music" (1956) {(#1.1)}
  118. "Victor Borge: Comedy in Music" (1956) {(#1.2)}
  119. A.N.T.A. Album of 1955 (1955) (TV)
  120. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#8.27)}
  121. "Person to Person" (1953) {(#2.17)}
  122. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#7.27)}
  123. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#7.38)}
  124. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#7.39)}
  125. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#7.47)}
  126. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#7.48)}
  127. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#8.11)}
  128. Christmas with the Stars (1953) (TV)
  129. "The Colgate Comedy Hour" (1950) {(#3.17)}
  130. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#6.43)}
  131. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#7.9)}
  132. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#5.50)}
  133. "Ford Festival" (1951) {(#1.4)}
  134. "Four Star Revue" (1950) {(#2.8)}
  135. "The Fred Waring Show" (1949) {(1951-12-09)}
  136. "The Victor Borge Show" (1951) {(#1.1)}
  137. "The Victor Borge Show" (1951) {(#1.2)}
  138. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#4.26)}
  139. "TV Club" (1950) {(#2.8)}
  140. "Cavalcade of Stars" (1949) {(#1.64)}
  141. "The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter" (1950) {(#1.9)}
  142. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#3.52)}
  143. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#4.10)}
  144. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#4.14)}
  145. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#4.7)}
  146. "TV Club" (1950) {(#1.2)}
  147. "Cavalcade of Stars" (1949) {(#1.9)}
  148. "The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue" (1949) {(#1.4)}
  149. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#3.2)}
  150. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#3.4)}
  151. The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
  152. Higher and Higher (1943)
  153. De tre måske fire (1939)
  154. Alarm (1938)
  155. I folkets navn (1938)
  156. Der var engang en Vicevært (1937)
  157. Frk. Møllers jubilæum (1937)

Composed music

  1. De tre måske fire (1939) (as Børge Rosenbaum)
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