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Burl Ives (1909-1995), the beloved folk singer of such children's classics as "I Know an Old Lady (Who Swallowed A Fly)," after he graduated from college in the 1930s he traveled the United States in search of musical material, journeys he recalled in his memoir Wayfaring Stranger (1940). Ives first beguiled New York theatergoers in I Married an Angel (1938) and went on to make Broadway history, originating roles such as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In 1944 he starred in Sing Out Sweet Land, a Broadway production with a score composed entirely of American folk songs. In the 1950s and 1960s he appeared in numerous movies, earning an Academy Award for his performance as Rufus Hannassey in The Big Country (1958).