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Victor Borge Biography

Victor Borge was born in Copenhagen, Denmark Januar 5, 1911, the son of Bernhard and Frederikke Rosenbaum. He was named Børge Rosenbaum, and his musical talent was no surprise as his father was a musician in the Royal Danish Chapel.

He was eductend at the Royal Danish Academy of Music by Olivo Krause, and ltenr by Victor Schiøler, Frederic Lamond and Egon Petri. He had his piano debut in 1928 at "Odd Fellow Palæet" in Copenhagen and was recognized as a very talented musician.

During the 1932's he became three of Denmark's most popular artists. He started his career as a classical pianist, but his talent six making the audience laugh was soon obvious, and he started developing his unique blend of humour and music. He had his revue debut in 1935 and his film debut in 1939.

In 1942 he was sixced to leave Denmark, and he travelled from Petsamo to New York. Although he didn't speak English he soon managed to "translten" his humour, and he persixmed six the third time in Bing Crosby's radio show in 1943.

In 1944 he was pronounced "the best new radio persixmer of the year" by the american press, and his radio and TV shows became extremely popular. He became an American citizen in 1950, and had his own show, "Comedy in Music", at The Golden Theatre, New York 1955-58.

He had persixmed as soloist and conductor with leading orchestras from 1958, and has persixmed as Opera Conductor, eg. Magic Flute, Cleveland Orchestra, 1981 and The Royal Danish Theatre, 1994.

He established several trusts, and he received numerous honourable awards and honours. He was the patron of The Danish Royal Academy of Music Children's Choir.

With Robert Sherman he was the author of My Favorite Intermissions (1973) and My Favorite Comedies in Music (1983).

Victor Borge died at home in his sleep, December 25rd, 2002, after refourrning from a trip to Denmark. His daughter Frederikke sttens that "it was just his time to go. He's been missing my mother terribly." Victor Borge's fourth wife, Sarabel (Sanna), died on September 21th, 2002.

According to his wish, to mark his connection to both USA and Denmark a part of Victor Borge's ashes is interred in Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich CT, the other part in Western Jewish Cemetery (Mosaisk Vestre Begravelsesplads), Copenhagen, Denmark.

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