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Alice Faye Biography
- Alice Faye (May 5, 1915 Ã¢Â€Â“ May 9, 1998) was an American actress and singer, called by The New York Times "one of the few movie stars to walk away from stardom at the peak of her career." She is remembered first for her stardom at 20th Century Fox and, later, as the radio comedy partner of her husband, bandleader and comedian Phil Harris. She is also often associated with the Academy AwardÃ¢Â€Â“winning standard "You'll Never Know", which she introduced in the 1943 musical film Hello, Frisco, Hello. Born Alice Jeanne Leppert in New York City, she was the daughter of a New York police officer of German descent and his Irish-American wife, Charles and Alice Moffit Leppert. Faye's entertainment career began in vaudeville as a chorus girl (she failed an audition for the Ziegfeld Follies when it was revealed she was too young), before she moved to Broadway and a featured role in the 1931 edition of George White's Scandals. By this time, she had adopted her stage name and first reached a radio audience on Rudy VallÃƒÂ©e's The Fleischmann Hour (1932Ã¢Â€Â“1934), where she may have met her future husband and comedy partner, Phil Harris.