Was Danny Kaye Gay In Real Life? This has been the gossip and question of many fans over the years about his sexuality.
Danny Kaye was an American actor, singer, dancer, comedian, musician, philanthropist, and cook.
He was the first ambassador at large of UNICEF in 1954. Danny further received the French Legion of Honour in 1986 for his years of work with the organization.
Was Danny Kaye Gay In Real Life?
Danny Kaye’s sexuality rumors have been present for ages as people have been asking if he is gay for more than 20 years now.
The 90’s kids were not even born to have actually known what was going in that era. But as time passed we became fascinated by our legends and one of them is our favorite multi-talented artist Danny Kaye.
The star has always been on gossip for his sexuality. After his separation from his wife and business partner Sylvia Fine in 1947, this question has arisen more than ever.
Another couple of Hollywood figures long linked as a gay couple were Danny Kaye and Laurence Olivier. Odd, when you think Olivier had the ravishing Vivien Leigh at home, but then again Danny is quite the charmer pic.twitter.com/rYOa3XSvS3
— Michael W. Freeman (@Freelineorlando) January 26, 2019
A number of writers from that era had claimed that he was either bisexual or homosexual. Vivien Leigh’s biography even indicates that her marriage to Laurence Olivier ended because the great actor was having an affair with Kaye.
Furthermore, it was claimed that he had a 10-year secret affair with Laurence Olivier but could not find evidence of his explicit romance
So far nothing has been proven of Kaye’s gender hearsay unless he came out before the end.
Danny Kaye Married Life And Partner Sylvia Fine
Danny Kaye and his former wife Sylvia Fine, married in Fort Lauderdale, on January 3, 1940. Sylvia was not only his partner in life but in business as well.
They both grew up in Brooklyn, living a few blocks apart. But they meet only when they were working on an off-Broadway show in 1939. She was an audition pianist.
Moreover, Danny used to work for her father Samuel Fine, a dentist.
Danny Kaye at home with his wife, Sylvia Fine, c. 1944 – photo by Robert Coburn pic.twitter.com/vPubmulwiy
— Conrad J. Barrington (@cjubarrington) October 11, 2018
Danny proposed to her via telephone and soon they got married only to be separated 7 years later in 1947 after his alleged affair with Eve Arden.
The couple had a daughter named Dena Kaye who was born on 17 December 1946. Men do tend to cheat on their wives during the pregnancy phase and maybe this is what happened to them as well.
Dena then grew up to become a journalist.
How Did Danny Kaye Die?
Danny Kaye died of heart failure on 3 March 1987. He was aged 76 when he passed away. The reason for heart attack was caused by internal bleeding and complications of hepatitis C.
He had quadruple bypass heart surgery in February 1983 and he contracted hepatitis C from a blood transfusion.
28Oct/1991: Sylvia Fine, lyricist & composer, dies of emphysema at her apartment in NYC. She’ll rest beside Danny Kaye who died in 1987 of Hepatitis C contracted from a blood transfusion. Sylvia Fine & Danny Kaye were married from 1940 until his death at age 76. Fine is 78. pic.twitter.com/xGCEZL0BgU
— Hermine (@PetloverHermine) October 29, 2021
Danny was cremated and his ashes were buried in the foundation of a bench in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.
On 21 October 1987, the United Nations held a memorial tribute to him at their New York headquarters.