Today's Birthdays 10/27

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Posted: 10/27/03 at 1:11pm
Nicolo Paganini 10/27/1782 - 5/27/1840 violin virtuoso, source material - Paganini

Theodore Roosevelt 10/27/1858 - 1/6/1919 source material, 26th U.S. President [1901-1909]; married to A. Lee, E. Carow [four sons, two daughters]; nickname: TR, Trust Buster; first president to ride in a car, submerge in a submarine and fly in a plane; initiated the National Monument System - Teddy & Alice

Frederick De Cordova 10/27/1910 - Sep 15, 2001 Director, Performer, Stage Manager - Graduated Northwestern, Harvard Law School; worked as stage manager for Shuberts. Produced Jack Benny, Johnny Carson; directed movie "Bed Time for Bonzo." Who knew this bespeckled old gent that Johnny Carson would say "hi" to on camera had done so much Broadway?! - Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (Fanny Brice, Bobby Clarke, Gypsy Rose Lee, Ben Yost, mus. by Vernon Duke); Keep Off the Grass (Ray Bolger, Jimmy Durante, Ilke Chase, Jane Froman, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Robbins; Ziegfeld Follies of 1943 (Ilona Massey, Milton Berle)

Jack Carson 10/27/1910 - Jan 2, 1963 performer - 1952 Of Thee I Sing; film's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; 1954 A Star Is Born; Mildred Pierce; Arsenic and Old Lace

Leif Erickson 10/27/1911 - Jan 29, 1986 performer husband of Margaret Hayes (June 12, 1942 - July 42) divorced after one month, husband of Frances Farmer (February 8, 1936 - June 12, 1942) divorced - Rocket to the Moon (Sandy Meisner, Morris Carnovsky, by Odets); Tea and Sympathy; The World of Carl Sandburg (Bette Davis, Clark Allen); tv's & film's The High Chaparral, Force Five, On the Waterfront, Rocky 3

Dylan Thomas 10/27/1914 - Nov 9, 1953 Husband of Caitlin Thomas (1937 - 1953) his death - A Boy Growing Up (Emlyn Williams); Under Milk Wood; The National Theater of the Deaf - Songs From Milk Wood [Original, Play, Pantomime, Sign Language]

Teresa Wright 10/27/1918 performer - origs Our Town; Life With Father; The Dark at the Top of the Stairs; I Never Sang for My Father; 1975 Death of A Salesman; 1975 Ah, Wilderness!; 1980 Morning's at Seven; 1991 On Borrowed Time; fav film THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES; SHADOW OF A DOUBT

Nanette Fabray 10/27/1920 performer, aunt of actress Shelley Fabares - Let's Face It! (Danny Kaye, Eve Arden, Vivian Vance, Understudy: Carol Channing); My Dear Public; Jack Pot (Betty Garrett); High Button Shoes; Love Life; Arms and the Girl; Make a Wish (Helen Gallagher, Charlotte Ray); Mr. President; No Hard Feelings (Eddie Albert, Stockard Channing); tv's & film's Emmy Award-winning actress: Caesarís Hour [1955, 1956]; One Day at a Time, Westinghouse Playhouse, Our Gang series; my fav BANDWAGON (Triplets)

Ruby Dee 10/27/1924 performer, mother of Guy Davis, wife of Ossie Davis (December 9, 1948 - present) - South Pacific; Jeb (Reri Grist); The Smile of the World (Otto Kurger, Ruth Gordon, Ossie Davis); A Rasin in the Sun; Purlie Victorious; Checkmates; tv's & film's Emmy Award-winning actress: Hallmark Hall of Fame: Decoration Day [1990-91]; Peyton Place, Zora is My Name, Do the Right Thing, A Raisin in the Sun, The Jackie Robinson Story, All Godís Children, Gore Vidalís Lincoln, Roots: The Next Generation

Jane Connell 10/27/1925 - Wife of Gordon Connell, performer & cabaret singer - 1955 Threepenny Opera; New Faces of 1956; Drat! The Cat!; Mame; Dear World; Me and My Girl; Lend Me a Tenor; Crazy For You; Moon Over Buffalo; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

John Cleese 10/27/1939 performer - Cambridge Circus (Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, Jonathan Lynn, Bill Oddie); Half a Sixpence (Tommy Steele); tv's & film's Emmy Award-winning actor: guest performer: Cheers [1986-87]; A Fish Called Wanda, Monty Pythonís Flying Circus, Splitting Heirs, Life of Brian, Rudyard Kiplingís The Jungle Book, Silverado, The Big Picture

Ivan Reitman 10/27/1946 Producer, Director - The Magic Show; Merlin; film's Ghostbusters series, Dave, Kindergarten Cop, Meatballs, Stripes

Carrie Snodgress 10/27/1946 performer - Diary of a Mad Housewife, 8 Seconds, The Solitary Man, Woman with a Past, Pale Rider, Chill Factor

Tina Johnson 10/27/1951 performer - 1993 She Loves Me; 1996 State Fair; Also appeared in "South Pacific" (NYC Opera)

Robert Picardo 10/27/1953 performer - Gemini (the wonderful Jonathan Hadary, Danny Aiello); Tribute (Jack Lemon, Catherine Hicks)

Marla Maples 10/27/1963 Wife of Donald J. Trump (1993-1999) divorced; 1 daughter, Tiffany, performer - Will Rogers Follies [replacement]; film's Executive Decision, Richie Richís Christmas Wish


1952 The first (and unsuccessful) attempt to turn Verdi's Aida into a Broadway musical. Charles Friedman directed and supplied lyrics for Verdi's music. The show runs 89 performances at the Winter Garden. A successful adaption would come along in 2000, but only after jettisoning Verdi's score.

1954 Kim Stanley gets her first star billing today in Horton Foote's drama, The Traveling Lady, as it opens tonight at the Playhouse Theatre. The show closed after 30 performances.

1962 The British revue opening at the John Golden Theatre is definitely Beyond the Fringe. The show, which opens today, runs 673 performances and stars Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett, operating on the periphery of all things normal and straitlaced.

1964 Robert Preston returns to Broadway in the title role of Ben Franklin in Paris, with a score by Mark Sandrich, Jr. and Sidney Michaels. It runs 215 performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Threepenny Opera 10/27/1966

An Almost Perfect Person 10/27/1977

American Buffalo 10/27/1983

The Homecoming 10/27/1991


1904 - The first subway cars were placed in operation, forming the New York City subway system. The cars operated between the Brooklyn Bridge and Broadway; from City Hall to W. 145th Street. This was the first underwater, underground rail system in the world.

1917 - Jascha Heifetz made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Heifetz was a 16-year-old sensation who had played the violin since age 5

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