and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, comic language butchery, jazz-influenced songs, and large nose helped make him one of America's most familiar and popular personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s. His jokes about his nose included referring to it as a "Schnozzola", and the word became his nickname.
Durante was born on the Lower East Side of New York, the youngest of four children born to immigrants from Salerno, Italy, Bartolomeo Durante, and his mail order bride Rosa, the sister of a woman who lived in the same boarding house.
Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are. I hope so
Inka dinka doo, a dinka dee, A dinka doo. Oh, what a tune for crooning. Inka dinka doo, a dinka dee A dinka doo. It's got the whole world spooning.