What Happened To The Cast Of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?

In 1963, Stanley Kramer directed and produced the comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The cast included heavy hitters such as Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, and Mickey Rooney. But there’s more to the film than meets the eye! Read on to find out what went on behind the scenes and where the cast ended up after the film.

After Jack Benny Died, He Had a Rose a Day Sent to His Wife

Talk about devotion! Jack Benny, who had an uncredited cameo in the movie, was a multi-talented actor, comedian, radio host, and violinist. After he died in 1974, he sent his wife, Sayde Marks, one red rose each day until she died. It was even written down in his will! Marks lived until 1984, so that’s over 3,000 roses!

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While Benny did love his wife, he wasn’t exactly faithful. His famous gesture of one hand on the side of his face was to conceal scratch marks from his wife, according to Marks herself. She gave them to him when she caught him speaking with another woman on the telephone.