Who would have guessed that the most widely recognized harpist in the world would be someone who was largely self-taught, started out leaning the harp on the wrong shoulder, couldn't read music, and never spoke a word on stage?
Harpo's unorthodox technique baffled the masters of harp, but he mesmerized the public. Long hours spent practicing combined with his comedic talents earned him international status as an entertainer.
He was the first American to perform in the USSR after the country was recognized by the Roosevelt administration, and he gave a command performance before the Queen of England. His movie career made him an American icon and ensured that he would be recognized by generations long after his death.
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