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Las Vegas Legend Shecky Greene

By Chuckmonster on Saturday, 8th January 2005 10:26am
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His wife, Marie, is still emptying boxes from their move to Palm Springs over the summer—they sold their big home in Hancock Park. Shecky Greene, who didn't lift a hand when he was riding high as a nightclub comic, is helping her with the heavy ones until the heat gets to him and he throws up.

"You've become so nice," Marie says.

Wearing shorts and a "Shecky superhero" T-shirt, Greene slouches into a chair in the den of the expansive condo. His brown hair, graying, flops over his forehead. Glasses dangle on his nose.

"It's something I wanted many, many years—to get out of show business," he says. "I didn't have the guts because of the money. I don't even want to know how many millions I made. I was supporting a lot of people. One wife got that, the other wife got this, and this wife will get the furniture here."

He smiles and breaks into an impromptu song with a familiar melody, pure Shecky:

The money that I had
I gave it away, I feel sad.
I'd never do that again;
I'd save all the money from the Riviera
and also from the MGM.
I'd walk down the avenue,
there goes a wealthy Jew….


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