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Today's Birthdays 12/24

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Today's Birthdays 12/24#0
Posted: 12/23/05 at 10:51pm
Benjamin Rush 12/24/1745 - 4/19/1813 - ‘father of psychiatry’: physician: paper: Inquiry: the 1st American to recognize alcoholism as a disease; signer of America’s Declaration of Independence - 1776

Michael Curtiz 12/24/1888 - 4/10/1962 Hungarian-born American film director - my favs We're No Angels (Bogart); Jim Thorpe -- All-American; Life With Father; Mildred Pierce; Yankee Doodle Dandy; The Sea Hawk; The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex; Angels with Dirty Faces; The Adventures of Robin Hood; Anthony Adverse; Captain Blood; The Kennel Murder Case; 20,000 Years in Sing Sing; Tenderloin

Ruth Chatterton 12/24/1893 - Nov 24, 1961 Producer, Writer, Director, Performer, sister-in-law of Brenda Forbes, wife of Ralph Forbes (1925 - 1932) divorced, Barry Thomson (1942 - 1960) his death, George Brent (1932 - 1934) divorced - The Rainbow (Henry Miller); 1925 The Little Minister; origs The Man With a Load of Mischief & Leave Her To Heaven; fav film's Madam X; Frisco Jenny; Dodsworth

Harry Warren (Salvatore Guaragna) 12/24/1893 - 9/22/1981 Composer, Performer - The Laugh Parade (Ed Wynn, Mary Astor); Swingin' The Dream [Jeepers Creepers debuted] (Dorothy, Vivian & Etta Dandridge, Louis Armstrong, Dorothy McGuire); 1949 Diamond Lil (Mae West, Sylvia Syms); Dancin'; 42nd Street; Song Writer’s Hall of Famer: Best Song Oscars: Lullaby of Broadway [1935], You’ll Never Know [1943], On the Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe [w/Johnny Mercer-1946]; You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, That’s Amore

Charles Lowe 12/24/1911 - Sep 2, 1999 producer; Husband of Carol Channing (1956 - 1999) his death; separated in 1998 - Show Girl (Carol Channing, Jules Munshin); 4 On A Garden (Sid Caesar, Carol Channing, Geo. S. Irving, Tom Lee Jones, Christine Lavren); Lorelei; 1978 Hello Dolly!

Ava Gardner 12/24/1922 - 1/25/1990 performer, once married to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra - film's The Barefoot Contessa, Earthquake, The Long Hot Summer, The Night of the Iguana

Carol Haney 12/24/1924 - 5/10/1964 performer, member of Jack Cole dance company, Wife of Larry Blyden (1955 - 1962) divorced, 2 children - Pajama Game (John Raitt, Eddie Foy, Jr., Janis Paige, Robert Evans, Peter Gennaro, Shirley MacLaine); orig Flower Drum Song [choreog]; A Loss of Roses (Warren Beatty, Betty Field); Bravo Giovanni [choreog]; She Loves Me
[mus. staging]; Funny Girl [mus. staging]; film's Pajama Game

Robert Joffrey (Khan) 12/24/1930 - 3/24/1988 choreographer: The Joffrey Ballet - Roland Petit's Les Ballets de Paris

Norman Allen 12/24/1939 performer - Half a Sixpence; Vivat! Vivat Regina! (Eileen Atkins, Claire Bloom); The Jockey Club Stakes (Enid Rogers, Wilfred Hyde White); 1980 Major Barbara (Philip Bosco, Laurie Kennedy, Nicolas Surovy)

Timothy Carhart 12/24/1953 performer - 1992 A Streetcar Named Desire (Alex Baldwin, Jessica Lange, Amy Madigan, Matt McGrath)

SHOWS THAT OPENED ON THIS DATE:

1871 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Aida" had its world premiere in Cairo, Egypt, to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal.

1904 Lillian Russell, a.k.a Diamond Lil, stars in Lady Teazle, a musical based on The School for Scandal. John Kendrick Bangs and Roderic Penfield provide the music to a score by A. Baldwin Sloane. The 86 chorus girls fill the theatre for just 57 performances.

1920 Enrico Caruso gave his last public performance, singing in Jacques Halevy's "La Juive" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

1928 - The first broadcast of The Voice of Firestone was heard. The program aired each Monday evening at 8:00. The Voice of Firestone became a hallmark in radio broadcasting. It kept its same night, time (in 1931 the start time changed to 8:30) and sponsor for its entire run. Beginning on September 5, 1949, the program of classical and semiclassical music was also seen on television.

1950 Twentieth Century - Jose Ferrer, Gloria Swanson, Werner Klemperer

1951 Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," the first opera written specifically for television, was first broadcast by NBC.

2001 Boldly going where he's been three times previously, Star Trek star Patrick Stewart returns to Broadway with his one-man performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

ON THIS DAY IN:

1818 - Franz Gruber of Oberndorf, Germany composed the music for Silent Night to words written by Josef Mohr. The traditional song was sung for the first time during Midnight Mass this night.

1953 - Dragnet, starring Jack Webb as Detective Joe Friday, became the first network program to be sponsored. Dragnet was on NBC-TV, for you who want the facts, just the facts. “Who was the sponsor, you ask?” Fatima cigarettes, that’s who.

On Dec. 24, 1992, President Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal.

(sources: IBDB, IMDB, NYT's ON THIS DAY, 440.com’s Those Were The Days, Playbill.com)

Milla
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re: Today's Birthdays 12/24#1
Posted: 12/24/05 at 1:36pm
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re: Today's Birthdays 12/24#2
Posted: 12/24/05 at 1:57pm
I've seen these around before but this is the first time I've ever replied to one.
And all I have to say is whats the point and why do we care?
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re: Today's Birthdays 12/24#3
Posted: 12/24/05 at 11:14pm
Easy answer. If you don't care, skip reading the post.

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