Posted ByGerry O. on March 26, 2002 at 20:47:56:
In Reply to: This Is So CONFUSING!!!!!!!!! posted byGerry O. on March 26, 2002 at 20:23:20:
: : : Actually, Mary's real name was Sadie Marks (at least that's the way that it's spelled in all of the bios), but she WAS a distant cousin of the Marx Brothers.
: : Why do people often insist that Mary was related to the Marx Brothers, when it says explicitly *in her own book* that they were not related?
: OK Gang....Let's line up all of our various Jack Benny biographies and compare notes!
: What seems to be happening here is that we're reading different books by different authors which contain different facts.
: You are right about Mary's book, "Me"...IF in fact that is your REAL name! (Just kidding)!
: However, I was referring to Milt Josefsberg's book "The Jack Benny Show" in which Mr. Josefsberg wrote on page 35 that the Marx Brothers were Mary's (and I quote): "very distant relatives". There are other sources which state that Mary and the Marxes were related (as distant cousins), but I guess that Mary would have known best.
: That's one of the great things about this message board....We can all compare notes and find out the different versions of incidents....and sometimes there are as many different versions of an incident in Jack's life as there are books ABOUT Jack's life!
Ah yes, the "Was She Or Wasn't She A 'Marx'?" debate continues...with NEW developments!
In the book "Sunday Nights At Seven", which is actually a combination of two autobiographies...one written by Joan Benny and one written by Jack Benny himself, JACK BENNY states that Henry Marks (Mary's father) was a distant relative of the Marx Brothers!!!! Look it up...It's on page 30!
NOW I have a theory...It's not a very NICE theory, but it's a theory nonetheless....
Could it be POSSIBLE that Mary was a little ASHAMED that she was related to a bunch of show-biz crazies like the Marx Brothers? In her book, she seems to like to paint a very prestigeous picture of her family. Here's an example:
On page 39 of Mary's book, she writes that her parents were among Vancouver's "most affluent, socially prominent citizens" and that her father was an "extremely successful businessman".
In Jack and Joan's book, Jack states on page 30 that Mary's father was a "well-to-do scrap metal dealer". Now there's absolutely NOTHING wrong with being a scrap metal dealer, but I think that you can see where I'm going with this.
Being that Jack himself said that Mary was distantly related to the Marx Brothers, it DOES start you wondering.....