Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her childhood and teens...
“ Mary Poppins, Maria Von Trapp and Victor/Victoria. How could I do anything but love this woman? ” - trishc
Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. Attenborough...
“ To quote William Goldman: "Richard Attenborough is by far the finest, most decent human being I've met in the picture business". Wonderful man, indeed. ” - trishc
Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world". He was born in Harlem, Manhattan, the son of dancer Elvera Davis
(née Sanchez) and vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr.
. His father was African-American and his mother was of Puerto Rican ancestry. Davis Jr. was known as someone who could do it all--sing...
“ Was there ever a more multi-talented human being? ” - trishc
One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Von Kapplehoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older...
“ Delightful...and that voice! ” - trishc
“ Love him in 'Midnight Run', love his chat show appearances and it also turns out he's an exemplary human being. ” - trishc
Alec Guinness was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters. He is also known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946)...
“ Yes, he was a bit of a grumpy old so and so, but what an actor! ” - trishc
From the late 1940s through 1961, he was the highly successful host of You Bet Your Life
a quiz show on radio and television. His son, Arthur Marx
, is a successful writer of biographies and TV scripts. Arthur complained about his father always being "on". If he asked Groucho about something serious or personal, Groucho would reply with one-liners.
“ Three good reasons for starters:
From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it.
I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ” - trishc
Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and Avie Lee Parton (née Owens). Dolly grew up on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12, she was appearing on Knoxville TV and, at 13, she was already recording on a small label and appearing at the Grand Ole Opry...
“ I love this woman - she wrote 'Jolene' for goodness sake! And she makes me cry everytime I hear 'Coat of Many Colors'. A true wonder of the world. ” - trishc
Jane's first interest was in dress designing but on leaving high school she enrolled for a term at Max Reinhardt's Theatrical Workshop which changed her mind about being a dress designer. Later she signed for 6 months with Madame Ouspenskaya (an actress and coach) who fired her dramatic ambition. Although...
“ I share a birth date with this gorgeous gal - 21st June. She also delivered quite possibly my favourite movie quote ever in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes': "Now lets get this straight, Gus. The chaperone's job is to see that nobody else has any fun. Nobody chaperone's the chaperone. That's why I'm so right for this job. " ” - trishc
“ Funny, smart, sometimes painfully honest. Go Joanie! ” - trishc