Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Dame May Whitty (1865, English actress who famously did a disappearing act in The Lady Vanishes and caused Nina Foch’s identity to vanish in My Name is Julia Ross)

Charles Coburn (1877, Savannah, GA native who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1943’s The More the Merrier)

Moe Howard (1897, famous Stooge)

Guy Lombardo (1902, legendary bandleader who made the sweetest music this side of Heaven)

Mildred Natwick (1905, accomplished character actress [The Quiet Man, The Court Jester] and Snoop sister)

Eddie Bartell (1907, Radio Rogue [Reveille with Beverly, Louisiana Hayride])

Martin Gabel (1912, character actor [Fourteen Hours, M, Deadline USA] and husband to Arlene Francis)

Lester Flatt (1914, country/bluegrass music Foggy Mountain Boy and partner of Earl Scruggs)

Pat Buttram (1915, Gene Autry sidekick and Green Acres huckster Eustace Charleton Haney)

Carol Forman (1918, pictured, Black Widow and Superman Spider Lady)

Pauline Kael (1919, film critic revered by practically every film blogger on the Internet with the exception of myself, who always thought her opinions were a tad overrated)

Charlie Drake (1925, British comedian and searcher for lost boomerang)

Barry Took (1928, British comic/comedy writer and influence on Monty Python’s Flying Circus)

Nancy Marchand (1928, celebrated actress [Lou Grant] and Soprano)

Gena Rowlands (1930, 80, celebrated actress [Faces, A Woman Under the Influence] and wife of John Cassavetes)

Shirley Goodman (1936, duet partner of R&B singer Leonard Lee [Let the Good Times Roll] and solo performer [Shame, Shame, Shame])

Tommy DeVito (1936, 74, Four Season [Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry])

Al Wilson (1939, R&B vocalist [Show and Tell, Touch and Go])

John Cocchi (1939, 71, B-movie maven/author of Second Feature and major TDOY influence [he also has a bit part in the cult serial classic Captain Celluloid vs. the Film Pirates])

Marlene Warfield (1940, 70, celebrated film/television actress [The Great White Hope, Network])

Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane (1942, 68, lead singer of rock ‘n’ roll group Spanky and Our Gang [Lazy Day, Sunday Will Never Be the Same] and one-time Mama Cass replacement)

Ann Wilson (1950, 60, rock ‘n’ roller who sings from the Heart [Crazy On You, Barracuda])

Rosie Shuster (1950, 60, Canadian comedy writer for Saturday Night Live)

Kathleen Turner (1954, 56, smokin’ hot actress in Body Heat and Prizzi’s Honor)

Doug Stone (1956, 54, country music vocalist in need of A Jukebox With a Country Song)

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Brent McKee said...

Rosie Shuster was married to Lorne Michaels at the time when they started Saturday Night Live. She is also the daughter of Frank Shuster, one half of the Canadian comedy team of Wayne and Shuster who were the act that made the most appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Toby O'B said...

Really enjoying these birthday round-ups, Ivan. Especially that you remember those who aren't around to celebrate them anymore. Some of those I never heard of before, but it's great you give us a handle on what they're best known for.....

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Really enjoying these birthday round-ups, Ivan. Especially that you remember those who aren't around to celebrate them anymore.

Thanks ever so, your Toobness. I get a tremendous kick out of looking these up. I know there are a lot of people who are thinking "Why did he include this bozo and not this one?" and I really don't have an answer for that...these are just individuals who I admire a great deal and/or I just thought were worthy of a shout-out.