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Eddie Murphy

(b. 3 April 1961), performer. Murphy has been one of Hollywood's most prolific talents. He was born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian Murphy and Charles ...

Murphy, Eddie

Murphy, Eddie (b. 3 April 1961)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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2009
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..., Eddie ( b. 3 April 1961 ), performer . Murphy has been one of Hollywood's most prolific talents. He was born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian Murphy and Charles Murphy . His parents divorced when he was three years old, and his father was killed five years later. His mother then married Vernon Lynch , who moved the family to the middle-class suburb of Roosevelt on Long Island, which was also home to the basketball player Julius Erving and the Public Enemy rapper Chuck D. Murphy always had a talent for impersonations and...

Murphy, Eddie

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy  

(b. 3 April 1961),performer. Murphy has been one of Hollywood's most prolific talents. He was born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian Murphy and Charles ...
George Murphy

George Murphy  

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(1902–1992).Film performer. A congenial song-and-dance man, he cavorted in twenty Hollywood musicals and then played in dramatic roles before going into politics. Murphy was born in New Haven, ...
Kid Millions

Kid Millions  

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In fact, all of $77 millions - that is the sum the naïve kid from Brooklyn (Eddie Cantor) inherits from his archaeologist father early on in this 1934 Samuel Goldwyn ...
Broadway Rhythm

Broadway Rhythm  

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Directed by Roy Del Ruth in 1944, this Technicolor MGM musical film was planned as the fifth in the Broadway Melody series (the working title was The Broadway Melody Of ...
Mabo

Mabo  

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The surname of Eddie Koiki Mabo (1936–92), firstnamed plaintiff in the High Court case Mabo and Others v Queensland (No. 2) (1992) 175 CLR 1. This case is commonly referred to as ‘Mabo’.[...]
Dolittle, Dr

Dolittle, Dr   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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...who is the central character of the stories by Hugh Lofting ( 1886–1947 ). He has the special gift of speaking the language of most animals and eventually gives up his human practice to become an ‘animal doctor’. He was portrayed on film by Rex Harrison in 1967 and by Eddie Murphy in 1998 and 2001...

Murphy, Turk

Murphy, Turk (16 Dec 1915)   Reference library

John Chilton

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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...incl. “Wild Man Blues” Bibliography E. Condon and R. Gehman , eds.: Eddie Condon's Treasury of Jazz (New York, 1956/ R ), 176 only R.J. Gleason , ed.: Jam Session: an Anthology of Jazz (New York and London, 1958), 116 only J. Goggin : Turk Murphy: Just for the Record (San Leandro, CA, 1982) [incl. discography] John Chilton...

Dr Doolittle

Dr Doolittle (1920)   Quick reference

The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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...animals. The doctor practises in the idyllic world of Puddleby‐on‐the‐Marsh, and despite accusations of racism he and the animal characters, including Polynesia the parrot, Gub‐Gub the pig, and the two‐headed Pushmi‐Pullyu, have remained popular. Rex Harrison ( 1967 ) and Eddie Murphy ( 1998 ) have starred in film...

Lofting, Hugh

Lofting, Hugh (1886–1947)   Quick reference

The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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..., created in illustrated letters sent home to his children, featured in fourteen books, including The Voyages of Dr Dolittle ( 1923 , Newbury medal). Films based on the series were made in 1967 ( Richard Fleischer ) with Rex Harrison , and in 1998 ( Betty Thomas ) with Eddie Murphy...

Dr Doolittle

Dr Doolittle (1920)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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...animals. The doctor practises in the idyllic world of Puddleby‐on‐the‐Marsh, and despite accusations of racism he and the animal characters, including Polynesia the parrot, Gub‐Gub the pig, and the two‐headed Pushmi‐Pullyu, have remained popular. Rex Harrison ( 1967 ) and Eddie Murphy ( 1998 ) have starred in film...

Lofting, Hugh

Lofting, Hugh (1886–1947)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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108 words

...letters sent home to his children. Lofting published fourteen Dr Dolittle books, winning the Newbery Medal for The Voyages of Dr Dolittle in 1923 . Films based on the series were made in 1967 ( Richard Fleischer ) with Rex Harrison , and in 1998 ( Betty Thomas ) with Eddie Murphy...

Kid Millions

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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Current Version:
2009
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Performing arts, Music
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210 words

...Millions (Goldwyn/United Artists 1934 ). The simplistic plot may have resembled a two-reeler comedy but no expense was spared on this Eddie Cantor vehicle and it turned out to be one of his best. The screenplay by Nunnally Johnson , Nat Perrin , and Arthur Sheekman was a frolic about the archeologist's son Eddie Wilson, Jr. (Cantor) in Brooklyn who inherits $77 million but to claim it must go to Egypt where he is chased over the sands by con men out to fleece him of his dough. Director Roy Del Ruth and choreographer Seymour Felix provided lavish...

Murphy, Tom [Thomas]

Murphy, Tom [Thomas] (1935)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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2003
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...Henry, who overturn a confession box in a church, finding refuge in friendship and fellow-feeling. In The Blue Macushla ( 1980 ) the night-club of the title is a false sanctuary, run by the corrupt Eddie O'Hara, who is involved in IRA activities. Conversations on a Homecoming ( 1985 ) was produced by the Druid Theatre in Galway, with which Murphy was writer in association, 1983–5 . It is set in the White House, a run-down pub, where Michael's friends gather to celebrate his return from the USA. Music is central in The Gigli Concert ( 1983 ),...

Dreamgirls

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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Performing arts, Music
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510 words

...for Dreamgirls Character 1981 Broadway 2006 film Effie Melody White Jennifer Holliday Jennifer Hudson Deena Jones Sheryl Lee Ralph Beyoncé Knowles Lorrell Robinson Loretta Devine Anika Noni Rose Curtis Taylor, Jr. Ben Harney Jamie Foxx James Thunder Early Cleavant Derricks Eddie Murphy C. C. White Obba Babatundé Keith Robinson Michelle Morris Deborah Burrell Sharon Leal Marty Vondie Curtis-Hall Danny Glover Dreamgirls (Dreamworks/Paramount 2006 ) was on the planning boards for years but not until the success of the film version of Chicago ( 2002 ), which...

Broadway Melody, The

Broadway Melody, The   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Performing arts, Music
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563 words
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... ( Lana Turner ) and Molly ( Joan Blondell ) Mahoney, and the Eddie Kerns who comes between them was played by George Murphy . Nine of the original songs were used but Freed , Brown , and Roger Edens provided “My Wonderful One, Let's Dance,” which Turner and Murphy delivered with zest. Other numbers, by various songwriters, included “Broadway's Still Broadway,” “Maybe It's the Moon,” and “Rancho Santa Fe.” S. Sylvan directed the Jack Cummings production, which was choreographed by Eddie Larkin and Bobby Connolly . The Broadway Melody . The film...

Mulan

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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Current Version:
2009
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Performing arts, Music
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317 words

...to fight, falls in love with her superior officer Shang ( B. D. Wong , singing by Donny Osmond ), and then saves China by outwitting the enemy. The tale may have been Chinese but some aspects of the movie were pure Disney, such as Mulan's comic sidekick Mushu the Dragon ( Eddie Murphy ). Some of Mulan's fellow comrades in arms were also closer to Hollywood than the Great Wall, although the characterizations and voices of Harvey Fierstein , James Hong , Jerry Tondo , and Gedde Watanabe were first class. Among the other talents to lend speaking and/or...

Pryor, Richard

Pryor, Richard (b. 1 December 1940)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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2009
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History, Regional and National History
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...which utilized call and response, boasting, toasting, and an impeccable knack for narrative sequencing in the signifying tradition of African American storytelling, to offer critiques within the familiarity of the black vernacular. His career made space for the likes of Eddie Murphy , Bernie Mac , Damon Wayans , Jamie Foxx , Chris Rock , and Dave Chappelle . He was ahead of the curve, having explored the humor in the word “nigger,” but after a trip to Africa in 1979 , Pryor renounced the use of “nigger” in his routines. His truth-based humor...

James, Rick

James, Rick (1 Feb 1948)   Reference library

Lukas Pearse

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
Length:
467 words

...Freak” for the international hit “U can’t touch this” ( 1989 ), precipitating a lawsuit that was settled by giving James a co-composer credit and his only Grammy Award. James continued working as a writer and producer, with Teena Marie, the Temptations, Robinson, and the actor Eddie Murphy, and created a band featuring his backup singers, the Mary Jane Girls. Cocaine abuse and accompanying sexual violence compromised his health and led to his imprisonment several times between 1991 and 1996 . Releasing 13 albums and 28 hit singles, James contributed heavily...

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