Steve Lawrence

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Sidney Leibowitz best known as Steve Lawrence was born on July 8, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York to a Jewish family and his wife, Edith Gormezano (best known as Eydie Gormé) was born in the Bronx on August 16, 1931, also to a Jewish family (Sephardi).

The two have appeared together since meeting on Steve Allen's, The Tonight Show in the mid 1950s. The husband and wife team won the Las Vegas Entertainment Award for "Musical Variety Act Of The Year" four times, three of them consecutively. They have been honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 1995 were the recipients of an Ella Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Singers.

While major success as a duo on stage, their biggest hit singles were individual efforts. Eydie landed on the charts 17 times with “Blame It On The Bossa Nova” in the top ten in 1963. She has been the recipient of the Grammy Award and the Emmy Award.

Among his two dozen visits to the Hit Parade, Steve Lawrence had one number one hit single, “Go Away Little Girl” in 1962 and four top ten hits, “Party Doll” in 1957, “Pretty Blue Eyes” in 1959, “Footsteps” in 1960 and “Portrait Of My Love” in 1961. Steve Lawrence is an actor as well, appearing in guest roles on television shows such as The Carol Burnett Show, Night Gallery, Police Story, Murder, She Wrote, Gilmore Girls, and CSI.

He was awarded a Drama Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award nomination for his performance of What Makes Sammy Run on Broadway, and two Emmy Awards — one for production — for Steve & Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin, which altogether won seven Emmys.

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