Edith Lawrence (Garmezano) (1928 - 2013) MP

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Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, Bronx, New York, USA
Death: Died in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, USA
Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edie_Gorme From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia}

Eydie Gormé (also spelled as Eydie Gorme;[2] August 16, 1928 – August 10, 2013) was an American singer who performed solo as well as with her husband, Steve Lawrence, in popular ballads and swing. She earned numerous awards, including a Grammy and an Emmy. She retired in 2009 and is survived by Lawrence who continues to perform as a solo act.

Gormé was born as Edith Garmezano in The Bronx, New York in 1928, the daughter of Fortuna and Nessim Garmezano. Her father was a tailor. She is a cousin of singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka. Her parents were Sephardic Jewish immigrants, her father from Sicily and her mother from Turkey.

She graduated from William Howard Taft High School in 1946 (film director Stanley Kubrick, also born in 1928, attended the school at the same time), and worked for the United Nations as an interpreter, using her fluency in the Ladino and Spanish languages. She made her recording debut in 1950 with the Tommy Tucker Orchestra and Don Brown. She made a second recording which featured Dick Noel. MGM issued these two recordings on 78 rpm vinyl.

She first worked in Tex Beneke's band. In 1951 she made several radio recordings that have been re-issued on vinyl LP and recently on CD, in 1952 Gormé went on to record solo and her first recordings were issued on the Coral label.

In 1953, Gormé caught both her big break, and her future, lifelong husband, when she and singer Steve Lawrence were booked to the original The Tonight Show, then hosted by Steve Allen.

Gormé and Lawrence were married in Las Vegas on December 29, 1957. They became famous on stage for their banter, which usually involved tart, yet affectionate, and sometimes bawdy, references to their married life, which remained a feature of their live act. They had two sons. In 1995, Gormé and Lawrence were honored for their lifetime contribution to music by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Gormé and Lawrence had two sons, David, a composer, and Michael, who died suddenly from ventricular fibrillation resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition in 1986, at the age of 23. Michael was an assistant editor for a television show at the time of his death and was apparently healthy despite a previous diagnosis of slight arrhythmia.

Gormé died on August 10, 2013, six days shy of her 85th birthday, at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas following a brief, undisclosed illness. Her husband was at her bedside, along with their son, when she died. She was 84 and is survived by her husband Steve Lawrence, her son David and a granddaughter.

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Eydie Gormé's Timeline

1928
August 16, 1928
New York City, Bronx, New York, USA
1957
December 29, 1957
Age 29
Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, USA
1958
1958
Age 29
2013
August 10, 2013
Age 84
Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, USA
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