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Today's Birthdays 10/25
Posted by do_re_milla 2003-10-24 23:46:23

Johann Strauss, Jr. 10/25/1825 - Jun 3, 1899 composer, source mat'l - The Great Walts; Rosalinda (Shelly Winters, Gene Barry, Dorothy Sarnoff, Jose Limon)

Georges Bizet 10/25/1838 - Jun 3, 1875 lyricist, composer, source mat'l - Carmen Jones, Carmen, The Pearl Fishers, The Young Girl of Perth

Pablo Ruiz Picasso 10/25/1881 - 4/8/1973 - Spanish-born painter and sculptor [can't believe I missed the Matisse/Picasso exhibit at MOMA!]

Leo G. Carroll 10/25/1892 - Oct 16, 1972 dir., performer - orig. Constant Nymph; 1932 Troilus and Cressida (Otis Skinner); The Late Geo. Apley; tv's & film's The Prize, The Parent Trap, North by Northwest, Father of the Bride, Forever Amber, Bahama Passage, Topper, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Going My Way, Life with Luigi

Rozsika Dolly 10/25/1892 - 1970 Twin sister of Yansci Dolly, wife of Mortimer Davis (1927 - 1931) divorced, wife of Irving Netcher (1932 - 1943) his death, wife of Jean Schwartz (1913 - 1921) divorced, performer - Ziegfeld Follies of 1911; Hello Broadway (Peggy Wood)

Yansci Dolly 10/25/1892 - Jun 1941 Twin sister of Rozsika Dolly, wife of Bernard Vinissky (1935 - 1940) divorced, wife of Harry Fox (1914 - 1920) divorced, hanged herself, performer - see above

Minnie Pearl 10/25/1912 - 3/4/1996 American country singer and entertainer, loved watching her (yes!) on HEE HAW ["Howdee! Minnie Pearl here!"]

Billy Barty 10/25/1924 - Dec 23, 2000 performer - André Heller's Wonderhouse; tv's & film's The Spike Jones Show, Ford Festival, Club Oasis; actor: Circus Boy, Snow White, Willow, Tough Guys, Rumpelstiltskin, Roustabout, The Amazing Dobermans, Day of the Locust

William Biff McGuire 10/25/1926 Husband of Jeannie Carson, performer - orig South Pacific; Beggar on Horseback (Susan Watson, Michon Peacock); 2002 Morning's at Seven; film's The Thomas Crown Affair [1968], The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Serpico, Midway, In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan, The Last Word

Barbara Cook 10/25/1927 performer, sylphlike ingenue of the 1950s - Flahooley; Plain and Fancy; Candide; 1957 Carousel; The Music Man; The Gay Life; She Loves Me; Something More (Arthur Hill, Hal Lindon, Joan Copeland, Ronny Graham); Little Murders (Heywood Hale Broun); The Grass Harp; Mostly Sondheim; Something Good. Crazy about this singer! Saw almost all her cabaret shows at the Carlyle [maybe missed 1]. Barbara's 1 of my idols! I want to still be able to sing & perform when I'm 76! WOOO HOOO...HAPPY BIRTHDAY BARBARA!

Anthony Franciosa 10/25/1928 performer, 1 of Shelly Winters' ex's - End As A Man (Harry Gardino, Ben Gazzara, Pat Hingle, Arthur Storch); Wedding Breakfast (Lee Grant, Harvey Lembeck); A Hatful of Rain (Shelly Winters); tv's & film's Death Wish 2, The Drowning Pool, A Face in the Crowd, The Long Hot Summer, Stagecoach, The Name of the Game, Matt Helm, Wheels, Valentine’s Day, Search, Finder of Lost Loves

Marion Ross 10/25/1928 performer - Edwin Booth (Lorne Greene, Jose Ferrer); film's & tv's Lust For Life, Mrs. C. in Happy Days, Brooklyn Bridge, Mr. Novak, Life with Father, The Gertrude Berg Show, Forever Female

Jack Haley, Jr. 10/25/1933 - Apr 21, 2001 designer, husband of Liza Minnelli (September 15, 1974 - 1979) divorced, son of Jack Haley - Minnelli on Minnelli

Burt Brinckerhoff 10/25/1936 performer - Blue Denim (Carol Lynley, Chester Morris, Brinckerhoff's debut); Cactus Flower (Lauren Bacall, Barry Nelson, Brenda Vaccaro)

Tracy Nelson 10/25/1963 performer, daughter of Ricky Nelson, niece of David Nelson granddaugher of Ozzi & Harriette Nelson - 1994 Grease; tv's & film's Father Dowling Mysteries, Square Pegs, Glitter, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Yours, Mine & Ours

Michael Boatman 10/25/1964 performer - 2003 "MASTER HAROLD"...and the boys.

Adam Pascal 10/25/1970 performer - Rent (Darius de Haas, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Daphne Rubin-Vega); Aida


1939 The first play to win both a Pulitzer Prize and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life, opens tonight at the Booth Theatre. The story tells of a group of denizens in a San Francisco bar. Gene Kelly and Celeste Holm are in the ensemble of this play, which will run 185 performances. There is a film version in 1948. Peter Matz's wife Marilyn recited a monologue fr this play this summer at Yale that totally blew me away...

1940 Ethel Waters and the Katherine Dunham dancers are featured in the Vernon Duke/John La Touche musical Cabin in the Sky, with choreography by Georges Balanchine. It runs 156 performances at the Martin Beck Theatre.

1956 Terrence Rattigan's double-bill Separate Tables opens at the Music Box Theatre and earns a Tony Award for leading lady Margaret Leighton. It runs 332 performances.

1995 After being absent from the Broadway stage for nearly 35 years, Julie Andrews returns tonight as she opens in Victor/Victoria, the Blake Edwards, Leslie Bricusse and Henry Mancini musical. The original film version, in 1982, was directed by Edwards, as is this Broadway production. Tony Roberts and Michael Nouri star in this gender-bending musical, which has additional music by Frank Wildhorn. The show will run 738 performances, eventually starring both Liza Minnelli and Raquel Welch.

2001 Pop crooner Harry Connick Jr. makes his debut as a Broadway composer with the musical Thou Shalt Not, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, which opened a limited run through Jan. 6, 2002. (oops)


1400 Author Geoffrey Chaucer died in London. Canterbury Tales

1854 The ''Charge of the Light Brigade'' took place during the Crimean War

1962 American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

1973 Neil Simon marries Marsha Mason today. Mason is about to appear on Broadway in Simon's The Good Doctor, which will open on November 27 of this year. Their marriage will last until October 1983.

2002 Actor Richard Harris dies at age 72. The Irish actor played King Arthur in the film version of Camelot, and later on extended tours.

(sources: IBDB, NYT's ON THIS DAY,’s Those Were The Days,


re: Today's Birthdays 10/25
Posted by Princess MimiChica 2003-10-25 13:20:14

Tomorrows B-Day: Anthony Rapp =))