Today's Birthdays 3/20

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Posted: 3/20/04 at 9:45pm
Ovid 3/20/43BC - //AD 17 Roman poet known for his "Metamorphoses"

Henrik Ibsen 03/20/1828 - May 23, 1906 writer - revolutionized world theatre with his realistic dramas A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, Rosmersholm and Peer Gynt. The only Ibsen I've seen is Janet McTeer's Doll house and Kate Burton's Hedda Gabler. I know it's gilding the lily to say the plays are brilliant, but I must also add that both actresses were enthralling, especially McTeer.

Michael Redgrave 03/20/1908 - 3/21/1985 - He will play opposite the likes of Olivier and Gielgud. His wife is actress Rachel Kempson and their children are Vanessa, Corin and Lynn. Natasha Richardson, star of the revival of Cabaret, is their granddaughter. Knighted in 1959 - 1948 Macbeth; Tiger at the Gates; The Sleeping Prince; The Complaisant Lover (Gene Wilder, Sandy Dennis); film's The Importance of Being Earnest; Genevieve; Blithe Spirit; The Lady Vanishes

Jack Kruschen 03/20/1922 - Apr 2, 2002 performer - I Can Get It for You Wholesale (Elliot Gould & Barbra you-know-who); tv's & film's Dragnet; Zorro; The Rifleman; Batman; Bonanza; The Rockford Files; The War of the Worlds; The Apartment; orig Cape Fear; Lover Come Back; McLintock!; Unsinkable Molly Brown

Carl Reiner 03/20/1922 Source Material, Writer, Director, Performer; Rob's pop - Inside U.S.A.; Alive and Kicking (Gwen Verdon, Mickey Deems, Jack Gilford, Bobby Van); Enter Laughing; Something Different; Tough to get Help; So Long, 174th Street; The Roast; tv's The Dick Van Dyke Show

Hal Linden 03/20/1931 performer - Bells Are Ringing; On a Clear Day; Something More! (Barbara Cook, Joan Copeland, Arthur Hill); Ilya Darling; The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N; The Rothschilds; The Gathering; Love Match (Patricia Routledge, Michael Allinson, Ken Richards)[didn't make it to NYC]; tv's Barney Miller

Ted Bessell 03/20/1935 - Oct 6, 1996 performer - Same Time, Next Year [replacement]; tv's That Girl

Chip Zien 03/20/1947 performer - Ride the Winds (Irving Lee); All Over Town (Michael Gorrin, Jill Eikenberry, Pamela Payton-Wright); The Suicide (Derek Jacobi); Into The Woods; Falsettos; 2002 The Boys from Syracuse

William Hurt 03/20/1950 performer - Hurlyburly; film's Body Heat; The Big Chill [my fav]

Neal Ben-Ari 03/20/1952 performer - Roza (Georgia Borwn); Chess; The Merchant of Venice (Dustin Hoffman)[What was Peter Hall thinking?]; 1993 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Aida

Holly Hunter 03/20/1958 performer - The Wake of Jamey Foster; film's Raising Arizona; Broadcast News; The Fugitive; The Piano; Thirteen


1911 The Winter Garden, a 1,600 seat Shubert theatre, opens with La Belle Paree. Al Jolson is in the cast.

1936 Long before Cats, T.S. Eliot gets music by Lehman Engel for his religious drama, Murder in the Cathedral. It runs 38 performances at the Manhattan Theatre.

1945 Go ahead and Kiss Them for Me. Luther Davis bases his comedy on Frederic Wakeman's Shore Leave. Judy Holliday, Richard Widmark, and Paul Ford are in the cast at the Belasco Theatre. There will be 111 performances.

1988 David Henry Hwang's gender-bending drama, M. Butterfly, opens at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Broadway. John Lithgow and B. D. Wong star as the diplomat and his lover in the work, which wins the Best Play Tony Award.


1413 England's King Henry IV died; he was succeeded by Henry V.

On March 20, 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin leaked on five separate subway trains.

(sources: IBDB, NYT's ON THIS DAY, 440.comís Those Were The Days,