Today's Birthdays 2/19

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Posted: 2/19/08 at 9:08pm
Sir Cedric Hardwicke 02/19/1893 - Aug 6, 1964 performer, husband of Helena Pickard (1928 - 194Today's Birthdays 2/19 divorced, Mary Scott (1950 - 1961) divorced - The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse; 1946 Antigone; 1947 An Inspector Calls (Thomas Mitchell); 1949 Caesar and Cleopatra; Horses in Midstream; A Day By The Sea; 1963 Too True to Be Good (Eileen Heckart, Lillian Gish, Glynis Johns, Cyril Ritchard, David Wayne); film's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Stanley and Livingstone, Richard III, The Ten Commandments

Louis Calhern 02/19/1895 - May 12, 1956 performer husband of Marianne Stewart (1946 - 1955) divorced; Ilka Chase (1926 - 1926) divorced; Julia Hoyt (1927 - 1932) divorced; Natalie Schafer (1934 - 1942) divorced, son-in-law of Reinhold Schünzel - 1926 Hedda Gabler; The Great Big Doorstep (Dorothy Gish); The Magnificent Yankee (Dorothy Gish); 1948 The Play's the Thing (Faye Emerson); 1950 King Lear (Nina Foch, Jo Van Fleet); film's The Count of Monte Cristo, Duck Soup, Blackboard Jungle, Prisoner of Zenda, The Student Prince

Merle Oberon 2/19/1911 - 11/23/1979 performer - film's Wuthering Heights, Stage Door Canteen, Deep in My Heart, Hotel, The Oscar, Interval, my fav The Divorce of Lady X

Carson McCullers 02/19/1917 - Sep 29, 1967 Source Material, Writer - The Member of the Wedding (orig Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, Brandon de Wilde) (1975 Glenn Close, Mary Beth Hurt); The Square Root of Wonderful (Anne Baxter); The Ballad of the Sad Cafe; film's The Member of the Wedding

George Rose 02/19/1920 - May 5, 1988 performer - 1946 King Henry IV, Part I (Ralph Richardson, Margaret Leighton, Laurence Olivier); King Henry IV, Part II; Slow Dance on the Killing Ground; Walking Happy; Loot; Canterbury Tales; My Fat Friend (Lynn Redgrave, John Lithgow, James Ray Weeks); The Kingfisher; Dance a Little Closer; Beethoven's Tenth (Peter Ustinov, Gwyllum Evans, Adam Redfield, Mary Jay); The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Friends told me he had a pet cheetah...

Lee Marvin 2/19/1924 - 8/29/1987 performer - Billy Budd (Dennis King, Torin Thatcher, Charles Nolte, James Daly); Academy Award-winning Best Actor: Cat Ballou [1965]; The Caine Mutiny, The Dirty Dozen, Delta Force, Ship of Fools

John Frankenheimer 2/19/1930 - 7/6/2002 director; Evans Evans (1963 - 6 July 2002) (his death), Carolyn Miller (22 September 1954 - 1962) (divorced) 2 children - film's Days of Wine and Roses, Birdman of Alcatraz, The French Connection, The Manchurian Candidate

David Margulies 02/19/1937 performer - Zalmen or The Madness of God; The West Side Waltz (Dorothy Loudon, Kate Hepburn); Angels in America I & II; 45 Seconds From Broadway; 2003 Wonderful Town (Donna Murphy, Michael McGrath, Gregg Edelman); tv's Law & Order

Carlin Glynn 02/19/1940 performer, mother of Peter Masterson, II & Mary Stuart Masterson, wife of Peter Masterson - Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Henderson Forsythe, Don Crabtree)

Jeff Daniels 02/19/1955 Performer, Stage Manager - Gemini; Fifth of July; The Golden Age; Redwood Curtain; film's Speed, Dumb and Dumber, Radio Days, Something Wild, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Terms of Endearment, Ragtime; Good Night, and Good Luck; The Squid and the Whale; The Goodbye Girl; Good Night, and Good Luck.; Infamous

Jennifer Prescott 02/19/1963 wife of Brian d'Arcy James, performer - 1990 Fiddler on the Roof; tv's & film's City Hall; Rescue Me

Hugh Panaro 02/19/1964 husband of Tracy Shayne (divorced) performer - Lestat; [replacement] Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera & Show Boat; Red Shoes (Steve Barton, Margaret Illmann); Side Show; Lestat; tv's & film's Broadway Damage; Law & Order

Haylie Duff 2/19/1987 performer - Hairspray [replacement]; tv's & film's Casper Meets Wendy; Cheaper by the Dozen 1 & 2; Lizzie McGuire; The Perfect Man; Material Girls


1935 Stella Adler stars in Clifford Odets' drama Awake and Sing. This study of the effects of the Depression on a family in the Bronx will run 26 weeks at the Belasco Theatre.

1953 Picnic will go on to win the Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. William Inge's tale of a handsome drifter's effect on a small Kansas town stars Ralph Meeker, Kim Stanley, Paul Newman, Eileen Heckart and Janice Rule. Joshua Logan stages the 477 performance run.

1978 Basing the book and lyrics on earlier plays of Bruce Milholland, Ben Hecht, and Charles MacArthur, Betty Comden and Adolph Green ride On the Twentieth Century. Madeline Kahn stars as a glamour queen who's the victim of a con. Also in the cast: John Cullum, Imogene Coca and Kevin Kline. There will be 453 performances. I LOVED this show...Bring back Kevin Kline in the lead!!

1981 A revival of the Eric Blau and Mort Shuman musical, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well Living in Paris, opens on Broadway at Town Hall. The celebration of the late French artist starred Sally Cooke, Joe Masiell, Shawn Elliott and Betty Rhodes.

1992 George Gershwin's Girl Crazy is reinvented by Mike Ockrent and Ken Ludwig into Crazy for You, which opens at the Shubert Theatre. The production added 13 Gershwin songs. Ockrent directs and his future wife, Susan Stroman, choreographs.


1878 Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.

1910 - At a New York dinner party, Diamond Jim Brady amazed his guests by eating five helpings of roast beef, gallons of stewed fruit, 84 oysters -- and three gallons of orange juice to wash it all down! Holy Moly! I wonder if that was the evening he offered $1M to Lillian Russell to marry him?

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