Tony Bennett is an artist who moves the hearts and touches the souls of audiences. He's not just the singer's singer but also an international treasure honored by the United Nations with its Citizen of the World award, which aptly describes the scope of his accomplishments. Anthony Dominick Benedetto was born in the Astoria section of Queens, New York. Tony's big break came in 1949 when comedian Bob Hope noticed him working with Pearl Bailey in Greenwich Village. His initial fame came via a string of Columbia singles in the 1950s, including such chart-toppers as "Because of You," "Rags to Riches" and a cover of Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart." He has placed two-dozen songs in the Top 40, including "I Wanna Be Around," "The Good Life," "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)" and his signature hit, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."

One of only a few artists to have albums chart in the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and the new millennium, he's introduced multitudes of songs into the Great American Songbook that have become pop music standards. Thus far, Tony has earned 15 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Tony Bennett became a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2005, was named an NEA Jazz Master in January of 2006. His 2006 CD released in honor of his 80th birthday, "Duets" became a multi-platinum hit, won three Grammys and is the singer's best selling recording to date. A multiple Emmy winner, Tony's "An American Classic" TV special, directed by Oscar winner Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Memoirs of a Geisha"), won 7 Emmy Awards in 2007.

Tony is a dedicated painter whose interest in art began as a child. He continues to paint daily, even while touring. He has exhibited work around the world, and three of his original paintings are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institutions in Washington, D.C.

Throughout his career, Tony Bennett has always put his heart and time into humanitarian concerns. The United Nations presented him with their 2007 Humanitarian Award. In 2001, Tony established the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, one of the highest rated public high schools in New York City. With his wife Susan, they founded Exploring the Arts, a non-profit organization that supports arts programs in 14 NYC public high schools in all five boroughs.

Tony Bennett celebrated his 85th birthday on August 3, 2011, and released his "Duets II" CD in September 2011 in honor of this milestone which features Tony singing duets with many celebrated artists including Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Queen Latifah and Amy Winehouse.

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Age: 91 years old
Birthday: August 3, 1926
Height: 5' 7 ½"
Full Name / Real Name: Anthony Dominick Benedetto
Birthplace: Astoria, NY
Wife: Susan Crow (6/21/2007)
Sandra Grant (12/29/1971 - 1984, divorced, 2 children)
Patricia Beech (2/12/1952 - December 1971, divorced, 2 children)

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