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Posted by do_re_milla 2004-02-07 22:41:51
Charles Dickens 02/07/1812 - Jun 9, 1870 writer, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities - Oliver Twist; Pickwick Papers; Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens; Oliver; he Mystery of Edwin Drood (Cleo Laine, Betty Buckley, Judy Kuhn, Rob Marshall); The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; A Christmas Carol
Laura Ingalls Wilder 2/7/1867 - 2/10/1957 writer, source material Little House series including Little House on the Prairie and Little House in the Big Woods
Eubie Blake 02/07/1883 - Feb 12, 1983 Writer, Lyricist, Composer, Performer - Shuffle Along Series; Lew Leslie's Blackbirds; Bubbling Brown Sugar; Eubie!; Sally Marr...and her escorts (Joan Rivers)
Sinclair Lewis 02/07/1885 - Jan 10, 1951 Source Material, Writer, Director, Other, father of Michael Lewis, husband of Dorothy Thompson (1928 - 1942) divorced - Elmer Gantry; Main Street; Dodsworth (Fay Bainter); film's Dodsworth (Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton)
Eddie Bracken 02/07/1915 - Nov 14, 2002 husband of Constance Nickerson (1939 - 2002) her death; producer, director, performer - Too Many Girls; Shinbone Alley; Beg, Borrow or Steal (Estelle Parsons, Betty Garrett); tv's & film's Summer Stock, National Lampoons Vacation, Tales from the Darkside; TV quiz show panelist
Kim Milford 02/07/1951 - Jun 16, 1988 brother of Penelope Milford, performer - Henry, Sweet Henry (Don Ameche, Louise Lasser, Pia Zadora); Hair; orig Rocky Horror Show; Rockabye Hamlet
Miguel Ferrer 2/7/1954 performer - tv's & film's Twin Peaks, Stephen Kings The Stand, Point of No Return, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Robocop, Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock, Flashpoint; son of actor José Ferrer
James Spader 2/7/1960 performer - tv's & film's The Practice, Crash, Wolf, Stargate, True Colors, sex, lies and videotape, Wall Street, Mannequin, Endless Love, The Family Tree
Eddie Izzard 2/7/1962 performer - 2003 A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Dana Ivey, Victoria Hamilton); tv's & film's Emmy Award-winning writer, actor, comedian: Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill ; Eddie Izzard: Live at the Ambassadors, The Secret Agent, Inspector Derrick, The Avengers, Mystery Men, Its the Monty Python Story, Shadow of the Vampire, All the Queens Men
SHOWS THAT OPENED ON THIS DATE:
1957 Cyril Ritchard plays a strange visitor to a Virginia home who claims to be an alien passing judgement on the Earth in Gore Vidal's Visitor to a Small Planet. The comedy runs 388 performances a the Booth Theatre.
2002 Film star Kevin Bacon stars on Broadway as a former minister suffering a crisis of faith in An Almost Holy Picture.
ON THIS DAY IN:
1959 First play reading at Joe Cino's Caffe Cino in New York's Greenwich Village. The space had opened as a bar in December 1958, but under Cino's flamboyant stewardship, it will grow into the cradle of the Off-Off-Broadway movement, providing a launching pad for the earliest works of Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Jean Claude van Itallie, Tom Eyen, and many other playwrights. Its productions will examine subjects no commercial producer of the time would touch, especially those with gay themes. After Cino's suicide in 1967, his circle of theatre artists would found Off-Broadway's Circle Rep.
1964 Rock 'n' roll's British invasion began as the Beatles were greeted by thousands of screaming fans on their arrival in New York for their first American tour.
(sources: IBDB, NYT's ON THIS DAY, 440.coms Those Were The Days, Playbill.com)