Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Verna Felton (1890, exceptional radio/TV character actress best known for her roles as Red Skelton’s “Namaw,” Dennis Day’s mother and Hilda Crocker on both December Bride and Pete and Gladys; also voiced several Disney films, including Cinderella and Lady and the Tramp)

Murray Forbes (1905, radio character actor remembered as Willie Fitz on the long-running soap Ma Perkins)

Muriel Evans (1910, charming actress who’s best remembered as leading lady to comedian Charley Chase in shorts like Nature in the Wrong and Nurse to You!)

Cindy Walker (1918, legendary country music songwriter who penned such hits as You Don’t Know Me, Dream Baby [How Long Must I Dream], I Don’t Care and Take Me in Your Arms [and Hold Me])

Lola Albright (1925, 85, actress seen to good advantage in films like A Cold Wind in August and Lord Love a Duck but is best remembered as Edie Hart, girlfriend to television gumshoe Peter Gunn)

Natalie Wood (1938, actress immortalized on film in vehicles like Miracle on 34th Street, Rebel Without a Cause, The Searchers, Splendor in the Grass, Love with the Proper Stranger and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)

Diana Rigg (1938, 72, pictured, TDOY actress goddess seen in films like On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Hospital and Throne of Blood…but will live on in memory as the sexy and dynamic Emma Peel of TV’s The Avengers)

Wendy Richard (1943, British comic actress best known on television for her role as Shirley Brahms on Are You Being Served?/Grace and Favour and as Pauline on EastEnders)

Christopher Murney (1943, 67, talented character actor remembered by most as Mackie Bloom on Remember WENN—but I’ll bet I’m the only one who recalls The San Pedro Beach Bums, when he still had hair)

Dennis Yost (1943, lead singer of rock group Classics IV [Traces, Spooky])

Kim Carnes (1945, 65, pop music vocalist who has Bette Davis Eyes)

Carlos Santana (1947, 63, rock singer-guitarist who headlined self-titled band and scored with hits like Evil Ways, Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va)

Lee Garlington (1953, 57, television character actress [Lenny, Everwood] who was this close to being a part of the ensemble on Seinfeld until her character was written out after the pilot)

Thomas Friedman (1953, 57, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist, best-selling author…and un dickhead formidable)

Dan Monahan (1955, 55, film/television character actor best remembered as “Pee Wee” in the Porky’s films…and who was dating a girl from one of my classes at Marshall University in the early 80s)

Donna Dixon (1957, 53, smokin’ hot blonde actress seen on the TV sitcom Bosom Buddies who later married writer-comedian Dan Aykroyd)

Frank Whaley (1963, 47, TDOY actor fave who can be seen in films like Born on the Fourth of July, The Freshman, A Midnight Clear and Pulp Fiction)

Sandra Oh (1971, 39, TDOY actress fave glimpsed in movies like Double Happiness and Sideways and on TV shows like Arli$$ and Grey’s Anatomy)

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Amanda said...

Love Verna and of course who can beat the wonderful Dianna Rigg? I adore her in the Avengers.

monty said...

A lot of birthdays today. Thanks for posting Ivan. I love Natalie and Diana. How can you not?

home theater seating said...

Cindy Walker had some wonderful country songs, happy birthday!