George Burns and Gracie Allen, January 7th, 1926, Marriage Certificate Pictured is the Marriage Certificate of George Burns and Grace Allen dated January 7th, 1926. This is a very rare piece of movie and TV celebrity memorabilia. This Burns and Allen Marriage Certificate is a mimeographed copy taken from the original Burns and Allen Marriage Certificate which is located in The Cuyahoga County Archives in Cleveland, Ohio. The picture of George Burns and Gracie Allen is from a 1933 Modern Screen Magazine.
I purchased this over 25 years ago from a collector of movie memorabilia. As I stated above, this is a mimeograph copy. When you run your fingers over the mimeograph copy, you can feel the raised ink on top of the paper. On this copy the ink ran and some of the words are hard to make out, so I have re-written what's on the certificate below:
Application No. 208442, January 7, 1926.
Name Nathan Birnbaum, Age 30, Resides 1749 Crawford Rd., Place of Birth--New York City, Occupation—Actor, Fathers Name--Louise P. Birnbaum, Mothers Maiden Name--Dora Bluth, Numbers of Times Previously Married—None.
Name--Grace C. Allen, Ag—26, Residence--736 E. 105th St., Place of Birth--San Francisco, Cal., Occupation—Actress, Fathers Name--Geo. W. Allen, Mothers Maiden Name--Margaret Darragh, Number of Times Previously Married—None.
Marriage to be solemnized by Rev M.J. Penty, J.P., Warrensville, Ohio; License issued by H.W. Beckman, Deputy Clerk; Consent of The State of Ohio, Cuyahoga County.
I certify, that on the 7th day of January 1926, Mr. Nathan Birnbaum and Grace C. Allen were by me legally joined in Marriage. Rev. J.E. Chizek, J.P.
**Condition: The Marriage Certificate is in good condition. There are ink smudges on the paper and some of the letters have been worn off..
Burns and Allen started performing in vaudeville in 1922---Gracie met George when he was performing in a show. In 1926 they were married and became very popular on the vaudeville circuit as a team. In 1929 they starred in their first radio show in London on the BBC. Then on February 15, 1932, they became regulars on the Guy Lombardo show on CBS radio in America. In 1948 CBS gave the couple their own show then a year later were given their own show on TV. The show became a instant hit and remained on TV until 1959 and ended mainly because Gracie became ill and couldn't continue to perform.
After Gracie passed away George continued to show up as a guest on numerous variety shows on TV and performing his one man concert tour across the country. He also appeared in 27 movies his most famous was "OH, God" which he co-starred with John Denver. During his movie career he appeared or starred in 27 movies with and without Gracie.
Here's your chance to acquire a piece of entertainment memorabilia from one of the most admired couple that ever graced the Silver Screen. A great surprise gift or birthday present for a friend or your mom or dad who grew up watching Burns and Allen on TV and in the movies.
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