“How did I become an impersonator? Perhaps my mother was conceived by a Xerox machine!”
So, how did a kid from Ottawa, Canada, growing up in the 50’s become an impersonator? No one in our family had ever been in show business. No one ever had “show business” yearnings. My father was a doctor. My mother was a housewife. So where did it come from? I’ve often asked myself this question. I didn’t know the answer, but I did love the movies. As a boy, I would go every weekend, sometimes staying to see the show twice. Just going to the movies and getting so involved in the story-telling and the characters made me want to be that person up on the screen; never dreaming that I could turn it into a career.
RICH LITTLE is an internationally known impersonator and master of mimicry.
Known as the Man of 200 Voices, he has appeared on television and stage for over five decades, entertaining audiences and making them laugh. He is one of only a select few to have stars on all four Walks Of Fames: Canada, Hollywood, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. He is currently performing “Rich Little Live!” in Las Vegas as well as touring with his shows around the country. He is currently launching his newly self written play “Little by Little,” an autobiographical trip down memory lane with familiar voices and vintage video, in the hopes of a Broadway run.
It was the thrill of my life to appear on Judy Garland’s television show. For many years, I remembered The Judy Garland Show as being my first American television appearance, but it really wasn’t; it was my second. I did The Jimmy Dean Show out of New York first, but I hardly remember that appearance. But I have vivid memories of doing The Judy Garland Show.