Today's Birthdays 9/2 - Marge Champion, Jean Dalrymple, Keanu Reeves, Mark Harmon, Linda Purl

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Jean Dalrymple 09/02/1902 - Nov 15, 1998 Producer, Theatre Owner/Operator, Press Ė origs 1 TOUCH OF VENUS; THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE; THE DUCHESS OF MALFI (Elizabeth Bergner, John Carradine); THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA (Katina Paxinou, Kim Stanley); 1959 MOST HAPPY FELLA (Art Lund, Paula Stewart, Norman Atkins); 1984 ON YOUR TOES (Natalia Makarova, Christine Andreas, Dina Merrill)

Marge Champion 09/02/1919 Choreographer, Performer, Other, Production Crew, alive, well & liviní in NYC - Half-sister of Lina Basquette, Wife of Gower Champion (1947 - 1973) divorced Ė LEND AN EAR (Carol Channing, Gene Nelson); HELLO, DOLLY!; FOLLIES; filmís 1954 SHOW BOAT Give a Girl a Break, Jupiterís Darling, Lovely to Look At, Mr. Music, The Party, The Swimmer; choreographer [w/Gower Champion]; model for animated Snow White

Dominic Chianese 09/02/1934 performer Ė orig OLIVER; 1979 RICHARD III (Al Pacino)

Don Chastain 09/02/1935 - Aug 9, 2002 performer Ė origs NO STRINGS; ITíS A MAN, ITíS A PLANE, ITíS SUPERMAN (Jack Cassidy, Linda Lavin, Tina Faye); DANCE A LITTLE CLOSER; PARADE

Robert Marasco 09/02/1936 - Dec 6, 1998 Ė CHILDíS PLAY (Pat Hingle, Fritz Weaver, Ken Howard)

Ed Dixon 09/02/1948 performer Ė 1971 NO, NO, NANETTE; origs KING OF SCHNORRERS (Angelina Rťaux , Sophie Hayden); CYRANO; SCARLET PIMPERNEL

Christa McAuliffe 9/2/1948 1/28/1986 teacher, astronaut, source material - Challenger space shuttle; killed in Challenger explosion Jan 28, 1986

P. J. Benjamin 09/02/1951 performer Ė 1973 PAJAMA GAME; CHARLIE & ALGERNON; WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Nathan Lane, Donna Drake, Vicki Lewis, Nora Mae Lyng); AINíT BROADWAY GRAND

Mark Harmon 9/2/1951 performer - tvís & filmís Wyatt Earp, Till There Was You, Reasonable Doubts, Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years, St. Elsewhere, Centennial, Flamingo Road, Moonlighting, Sam, 240-Robert; People magazineís Sexiest Man Alive [1986] & from what I saw on WEST WING, heís still lookiní pretty darn good!

Linda Purl 09/02/1955 performer Ė GETTING & SPENDING (David Rasche, MacIntyre Dixon); THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER; tvís Happy Days, Matlock

Paula Leggett Chase 09/02/1961 performer Ė CRAZY FOR YOU; 1994 DAMN YANKEES; 1999 KISS ME, KATE

Keanu Reeves 9/2/1964 performer - Chain Reaction, A Walk in the Clouds, Johnny Mnemonic, Speed, Little Buddha, Bram Stokerís Dracula, My Own Private Idaho, Bill and Tedís Excellent Adventure, Dangerous Liaisons, Riverís Edge , Youngblood, Brotherhood of Justice, Babes in Toyland, Act of Vengeance, Dream to Believe


1924 - Theatregoers heard the song Indian Love Call for the first time in the operetta Rose Marie, which opened at the Imperial in New York City.

1945 - U.S. President Harry S Truman proclaimed this day as Victory-over-Japan Day (V-J Day or Victory Day). It was so named because the official ratification of the Japanese surrender to the Allies was made aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on this day (Far Eastern Time). The informal agreement of surrender had been made on August 14.

1948 Donít Listen, Ladies opens at the St. James. Constance Cummings and Denholm Elliott head the cast. It will run for nearly seven months.

1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a bill to establish a National Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Later, the Center will be named the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

2000 Bernadette Peters, who won a Tony Award for the title role of Annie Oakley in the classic Irving Berlin musical, Annie Get Your Gun, hangs up her holster as she exits the role she has been playing since the revival opened March 4, 1999. Her leading man, Tom Wopat, steps down from the role of Frank Butler tonight as well. They will be replaced by Cheryl Ladd (TV's "Charlie's Angels") and Patrick Cassidy (Leader of the Pack), then country singer Reba MacEntire and Brent Barrett (Chicago).

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

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