Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York.
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San Gabriel, California, USA
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The Three Stooges
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Curly Howard (October 22, 1903 – January 18, 1952) was an American comedian and vaudevillian, best known as a member of the American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges, along with his older brothers Moe Howard and Shemp Howard, and actor Larry Fine. Curly was more or less the breakout character of the Stooges and is generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the three. He is well known for his high-pitched voice, vocal expressions ("nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!" and "woo-woo-woo!"), as well as his inventive physical comedy, hilarious improvisations, and athleticism. An untrained actor and natural comedian, Curly borrowed (and significantly exaggerated) the "woo woo" from "nervous" and soft-spoken comedian Hugh Herbert, but was otherwise an original and inspired performer. Curly`s unique version of "woo-woo-woo" was firmly established by the time of the Stooges` second film Punch Drunks in 1934.
Curly suffered a second massive stroke, which left him partially paralyzed. He was confined to a wheelchair by 1950 and was fed boiled rice and apples as part of his diet. His doctors hoped weight reduction would diminish the risk of another stroke and Curly`s weight dropped significantly as a result. When Curly`s condition failed to improve, Valerie admitted him into the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital on August 29, 1950. After several months of treatment and medical tests, Curly was released, though he would return periodically up until his death. Curly returned home confined to his bed, where Valerie and their pet collie Lady attended him. When his health worsened in February 1951, Curly was placed in a nursing home; he suffered another stroke one month after entering the home. Within a few days, the nursing home closed, due to not meeting state fire codes. By April, Curly took up residence at the North Hollywood Hospital and Sanitarium. On January 7, 1952, Moe was contacted on the Columbia set while filming He Cooked His Goose to assist in moving Curly for what would be the last time. 11 days later, on January 18, Curly died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage; he was 48. Curly was given a Jewish funeral and was laid to rest at Home of Peace Cemetery in East Los Angeles.
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Jerome Lester Horwitz
Moe Howard, Shemp Howard
Jerome Lester Horwitz (October 22, 1903 – January 18, 1952), better known by his stage name Curly Howard, was an American comedian and vaudevillian actor. He was best known as the most outrageous member of the American farce comedy team the Three Stooges, which also featured his older brothers Moe and Shemp Howard and actor Larry Fine. Curly was generally considered the most popular and recognizable of the Stooges. He was well known for his high-pitched voice and vocal expressions ("nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!", "woob-woob-woob!", "soitenly!" (certainly), and barking like a dog) as well as his physical comedy (e.g., falling on ground and pivoting on his shoulder as he "walked" in circular motion), improvisations, and athleticism.
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Curly Howard died on 18th January, 1952. His last relationship was with Valerie Newman, they were married for 4 years.
During his life he was married to Marion Buxbaum from 1945 to 1946, Elaine Ackerman from 1937 to 1940 and Julia Rosenthal from 1930 to 1931.
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