Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Sorry I’m running late with this today…I spent last night over at the ‘rents.

Ethel Barrymore (1879, Academy Award-winning grande dame of film and the-ah-tah who appeared in films like Rasputin and the Empress [with brothers John and Lionel], None But the Lonely Heart, The Spiral Staircase, The Farmer’s Daughter, Portrait of Jennie, Pinky and Deadline USA)

Chief Yowlachie (1891, Native American actor seen in such serials as Winners of the West and White Eagle, and films like Bowery Buckaroos, Red River, The Paleface, Ma and Pa Kettle and A Ticket to Tomahawk)

Ned Washington (1901, Academy Award-winning lyricist-composer who contributed to films such as Pinocchio, Dumbo, High Noon, The High and the Mighty, 3:10 to Yuma and Ship of Fools; also wrote the lyrics to the theme of TV’s Rawhide and composed the Naked City theme for the show’s 1958-59 run)

Hugo Winterhalter (1909, Grammy Award-winning composer-arranger [Canadian Sunset, Jealous Heart, My Foolish Heart, Count Every Star])

Signe Hasso (1910, statuesque actress who made her presence known in films like Heaven Can Wait, The Seventh Cross, The House on 92nd Street, Johnny Angel, Where There’s Life, A Double Life, To the Ends of the Earth and Crisis)

Wendy Hiller (1912, Academy Award-winning actress seen in vehicles such as Pygmalion, Major Barbara, I Know Where I’m Going, Outcast of the Islands, Something of Value, Separate Tables, A Man for All Seasons and Murder on the Orient Express)

Julia Child (1912, legendary television cook and part-time spy)

Huntz Hall (1919, pictured, Bowery Boy)

Rose Marie (1923, 87, one-time moppet movie/radio star with a sensational set of pipes who later in adulthood achieved television fame as writer Sally Rogers on the classic sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show; also had gigs on My Sister Eileen and The Doris Day Show)

Phyllis Schlafly (1924, 86, fundamentalist busybody and founder of the Eagle Forum; I encountered her one time at an event at WVU in the 90s and believe me, I’ve never stood so close to evil)

Rose Maddox (1925, country music’s “Original Hillbilly Filly” [Sing a Song of Heartache] remembered for her hit duets with Buck Owens [Loose Talk, Mental Cruelty] and as lead singer of the group The Maddox Brothers and Rose)

Mike Connors (1925, 85, television icon [Tightrope, Mannix, Today’s FBI] who can also be spotted in films such as Sudden Fear, Island in the Sky, Swamp Woman, Five Guns West, Day the World Ended, Good Neighbor Sam and Stagecoach)

Nicolas Roeg (1928, 82, motion picture cinematographer [The Masque of the Red Death, Petulia, Performance] who later branched out into directing such films as Walkabout, Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth and Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession)

Janice Rule (1931, ubiquitous film/television actress spotted in such vehicles as Goodbye, My Fancy, Bell Book and Candle, The Chase, Welcome to Hard Times, The Swimmer, Gumshoe, 3 Women and Missing)

Barbara Shelley (1933, 77, The First Lady of British Horror whose movies include Cat Girl, Village of the Damned, The Gorgon, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, Quatermass and the Pit and Ghost Story)

Lori Nelson (1933, 77, ingénue actress whose specialty was drive-in fodder like Revenge of the Creature, Day the World Ended, Hot Rod Girl and Untamed Youth; also appeared in Bend of the River and Francis Goes to West Point and co-starred on TV’s How to Marry a Millionaire)

Bobby Helms (1933, country-pop vocalist [Fraulein, My Special Angel, Jacqueline] whose hit Jingle Bell Rock has become a Christmas standard)

Jim Lange (1933, 77, legendary TV game show host [The Dating Game, Spin-Off, Give-N-Take, $100,000 Name That Tune])

Abby Dalton (1935, 75, television icon [Hennesey, The Joey Bishop Show, Falcon Crest])

Jim Dale (1935, 75, British comic actor seen in scads of the Carry On films as well as Disney romps like Pete’s Dragon, Hot Lead and Cold Feet and Unidentified Flying Oddball)

Pat Priest (1936, 74, film/television actress who replaced Beverly Owen as Marilyn on the TV sitcom The Munsters)

Mike Henry (1936, 74, former professional football player turned movie Tarzan who also appeared in the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy as Jackie Gleason’s idiot son)

Linda Ellerbee (1944, 66, journalist/anchorwoman who, sad to say, makes one realize that they pretty much broke the mold after making her…and so it goes…)

Jimmy Webb (1946, 64, Grammy-winning songwriting legend who penned so many of Glen Campbell’s country-pop hits: Wichita Lineman, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, It’s a Sin When You Love Somebody, Galveston; also wrote MacArthur Park and Up, Up and Away)

Tony Robinson (1946, 64, British comic actor [My Wonderful Life, Maid Marian and Her Merry Men] best remembered as the dimwitted sidekick Baldrick on the Britcoms The Black Adder, Blackadder II, Black Adder the Third and Blackadder Goes Forth)

Tess Harper (1950, 60 TDOY actress fave seen in such movies as Tender Mercies, Silkwood, Crimes of the Heart, Her Alibi, The Jackal and No Country for Old Men)

Larry Matthews (1955, 55, precocious* moppet actor best remembered as Rob and Laura Petrie’s idiot son Ritchie on TV’s The Dick Van Dyke Show)

Zeljko Ivanek (1957, 53, television icon [Homicide: Life on the Street, 24, Oz, Heroes, Big Love, Damages])

Debra Messing (1968, 42, film and television actress seen on such programs as Prey, Ned and Stacey and The Starter Wife…but immortalized as the neurotic Grace Adler on Will & Grace)

*Still on loan from Scott

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Scott said...

Considering what a cigarette voice Rose Marie had on The Dick Van Dyke Show, I'm always amazed to hear she had such a luminous career as a singer.

MST3K fans will remember Abby Dalton as the long and leggy Viking maiden Desir from the 3rd Season episode The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent ( made possible by a grant from the Mobil Corporation.)

I’ve never stood so close to evil

A shiveringly vivid phrase.

Toby O'B said...

I agree with Scott's statement about your description of Schlafly. I guess I was expecting the "un dickhead formidable" so to go beyond that...yeesh!