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Today's Birthdays 7/13
Posted by do_re_milla 2003-07-13 18:42:19

Julius Cesar – 07/13/ 100 B.C. Roman writer, orator, politician, emperor, dictator, source material

Sidney Blackmer 07/13/1895 performer – origs COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA (w/Shirley Booth, John Randolph), SWEET BIRTH OF YOUTH (Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Bruce Dern, Rip Torn), A CASE OF LIBEL (Van Heflin, M’el Dowd)

Eric Portman 07/13/1903 performer – orig PASSAGE TO INDIA (Gladys Cooper, Donald Moffat)

Ernest Gold 07/13/1921 composer & ex-hubby of Marni Nixon – I’M SOLOMON (Dick Shawn, Karen Morrow, Ken Richards)

Despo 07/13/1922 performer – A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Len Cariou, Glynis Johns, Hermione Gingold, Beth Fowler); ILLYA DARLING (Melina Mercouri, Orson Bean, Hal Lindon, Loukas Skipitaris)

Sudie Bond 07/13/1928 performer – WALTZ OF THE TOREADORES; COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME

David Storey 07/13/1933 writer – CHANGING ROOM (Geo. Hearn, John Lithgow)

Patrick Stewart 07/13/1940 writer, dir, performer – 1970 MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (dir. Peter Brook); tv’s Star Trek’s Capt. Picard, film’s X MEN

Robert Forster 07/13/1941 performer – 1973 STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Rosemary Harris, Philip Bosco, Patricia Connolly, James Farentino) was this wonderful?

Harrison Ford 07/13/1942 – performer - & speaking of Star Trek…film’s The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Sabrina. Will he ever take a chance & appear on Broadway?

Danny Lockin 07/13/1943 performer – 1964 WEST SIDE STORY (Julia Megenis, Jay Norman, Don McKay)

Didi Conn 07/13/1951 performer & wife of David Shire – GREEN BIRD; GOOD NIGHT GRACIE (the voice of Gracie Allen)

Sean Grant 07/13/1966 performer – STARLIGHT EXPRESS (Jane Krakowski, Andrea McArdle); GOODBYE GIRL


1925 - Reporters covering the Broadway beat were most impressed by Will Rogers, an Oklahoma cowboy, who had been standing in for W.C. Fields on a temporary basis in the Ziegfeld Follies.

1977 A massive power failure blacks out New York City around 9:30 PM, halting the second acts of many Broadway shows. Power will be restored the following morning, neighborhood by neighborhood, but that will not be enough to save the July 14 evening attendance numbers from decreasing so sharply, many brokers will sell tickets for that night at face value.

1992 - An appeals court in New York ruled that Jett Williams, the secret daughter of Hank Williams Senior, was entitled to share the royalties from his songs. In 1984, Jett had hired investigator Keith Adkinson, who found that Jett had been deliberately defrauded out of her father’s estate and his copyright royalties. Adkinson sued on her behalf. On October 26, 1987 the Alabama Circuit Court ruled that Hank Williams was Jett’s father. On July 5, 1989 the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that Jett had been defrauded, and awarded her half of her father’s estate. And on July 13, 1992 the federal court in New York awarded Jett her proportionate share of her father's copyright renewal royalties.

(sources: IBDB, NYT On This Day, &’s Those Were The Days)