Posted ByJohn L. on August 19, 2001 at 18:06:32:
In Reply to: Re: Cheating Husbands posted byBob R on August 19, 2001 at 17:54:35:
: : The last few years have been very depressing for me. After YEARS of thinking that the "Grand Old Men Of Comedy" were deeply in love with their wives and were faithful to them, I find out in recent biographies (both in print and on TV) that most of these guys couldn't keep it in their pants! George Burns cheated on Gracie with countless starlets and showgirls, Eddie Cantor cheated on Ida (with JOAN DAVIS no less...YUKKK!) and God-knows who else....and the most painful of all...Jack Benny cheating on Mary with Giselle MacKenzie! These guys were all a bunch of phonies...They spent years talking about their endless love for their wives in public, but they were all philandering PIGS! At least the comedians of today don't try to fool their audiences with a holier-than-thou public image! I'm sorry to bring this unpleasant subject up on a forum which obviously idolized Jack Benny, but I feel that it MUST be said
: Regarding cheating husbands,although I morally find adultery wrong and cruel,we do live in the 21st century.If all the entertainers were not adulterers ,there would be none,just like politicians etc.Morality of an entertainer should not negate talent,nor should we as an audience care who is sleeping with who.
I agree with what you say (basically "It's none of our business"), but what I have a problem with are those entertainers who try to make their wholesomness and love for marriage, family, etc. part of their audience appeal. Comedians like Milton Berle and Bob Hope never tried to capitalize on their rock-solid marriages and family life (Hope did in recent years, but not in his heydey), so if THEY cheated on their wives it wasn't as big a lie and insult to their audiences as when "good, faithful, loving husbands" like Burns, Cantor and Benny did it. If an entertainer wants to keep his or her private life private, that's fine...but then don't try to make it part of your act!