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Today's Birthdays 5/9

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Today's Birthdays 5/9#1
Posted: 5/9/08 at 1:02pm
Belle Boyd 5/9/1844 - 6/11/1900 American actress and Confederate spy during the Civil War; lecturer; author: Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison

Sir James Barrie 5/9/1860 - 6/19/1937 Scottish dramatist and author - Peter Pan, The Little Minister, The Admirable Crichton, What Every Woman Knows, Dear Brutus

Charlotte Granville 05/09/1860 - 7/8/1942 performer - orig Major Barbara (Clarence Derwent, Grace George); 1921 The Importance of Being Earnest; 1922 Romeo and Juliet (Ethel Barrymore, McKay Morris); Outward Bound (Leslie Howard, Alfred Lunt); The Great Magoo (Paul Kelly); film's Just a Gigolo; Now and Forever; Werewolfe of London (Claude Raines); Rose of the Rancho (Gladys Swarthout, Charles Bickford, Pedro de Cordoba)

Richard Barthelmess 05/09/1895 - Aug 17, 1963 father of Mary Barthelmess, husband of Mary Hay, performer. Barthelmess was one of the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. - The Postman Always Rings Twice (Mary Philips [Bogart's ex]); film's Broken Blossoms (1919) and Way Down East (1920) both w/Lillian Gish; Only Angels Have Wings (Cary Grant, Jean Arthur); Cabin in the Cotton (Bette Davis); Heros for Sale (Loretta Young); Dawn Patrole; The Tingler (Darryl Hickman)

Leonard Sillman 05/09/1908 - Jan 23, 1982 Producer, Writer, Director, Performer, Production Crew - Merry-Go-Round (Libby Holman); New Faces of 1934 (Henry Fonda, Hildegarde Halliday, Imogene Coca); New Faces of 1936 (Van Johnson); All in Fun (Bill Robinson, Anita Alvarez); New Faces of 1943 (John Lund); Happy as Larry (Gene Barry, Burgess Meredith); Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952 (Alice Ghostley, Eartha Kitt, Carol Lawrence, Paul Lynde); New Faces of 1956 (Maggie Smith, Jane Connell, Inga Swenson); Miss Isobel (Shirley Booth, Nancy Marchand, John Randolph); Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1968 (Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein, Brandon Maggart); 1970 Hay Fever (Shirley Booth, Sam Waterston, Sudie Bond, Roberta Maxwell)

Mike Wallace 5/9/1918 performer [yes, performer], reporter, interviewer - Reclining Figure; tv's 60 Minutes, Mike Wallace at Large

Glenda Jackson 5/9/1936 performer - The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade; Rose (Jessica Tandy, JT Walsh); 1985 Strange Interlude (Brian Cox); 1988 Macbeth (Christopher Plummer, Cherry Jones); film's Academy Award-winning actress: Women in Love [1970], A Touch of Class [1973]

Albert Finney 5/9/1936 performer, husband of Anouk Aimee (? - ?), Jane Wenham (? - ?) - origs Luther; A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Joan Hickson); film's Tom Jones, Shoot the Moon, Annie, The Dresser, Murder on the Orient Express, Scrooge, Erin Brockovich, The Gathering Storm, Big Fish

James L. Brooks 5/9/1940 - tv's & film's Emmy Award-winning writer: The Mary Tyler Moore Show [1971, 1977]; Emmy Award-winning producer: The Mary Tyler Moore Show [1975, 1976, 1977], Taxi [1979, 1980, 1981], The Tracy Ullman Show [1989], The Simpsons [1990, 1991]; Academy Award-winning director: Terms of Endearment [1984], I’ll Do Anything, Broadcast News, Thursday’s Game; screenwriter: I’ll Do Anything, Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment, Starting Over, Thursday’s Game, Room 222, Spanglish

Candice Bergen 5/9/1946 performer, daughter of Edgar Bergen, wife of Louis Malle (1981 - 1995) his death, Marshall Rose (2000 - present) - Hurly Burly; [replacement]; tv's & film's Emmy Award-winning actress: Murphy Brown [1989, 1990, 1992, 1993]; Starting Over, The Group, SPRINT TV spots, Boston Legal

Billy Joel 5/9/1949 composer, lyricist - Movin' Out; Grammy Award-winner; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

John Corbett 5/9/1962 performer - tv's & film's Northern Exposure; My Big Fat Greek Wedding; Serendipity; Bigger Than the Sky; Montana Sky; The Messengers; Street Kings


1940 - Actress Vivien Leigh made her American theatre debut with Laurence Olivier in Romeo and Juliet in New York City.

1956 In The House by the Lake lives a woman who was saved from suicide by her husband years before through hypnosis. Now, he plans to bring her to commit the act, again through hypnosis. Hugh Mills's thriller draws audiences for 928 performances at the Duke of York's Theatre in London.

1958 - Richard Burton made his network television debut in The Dupont Show of the Month presentation of Wuthering Heights on CBS-TV.

1978 Ain't Misbehavin', a review based on the music of Fats Waller, opens at the Longacre Theater on Broadway. Nell Carter, Ken Page, Charlaine Woodard and Andre DeShields are in the cast. It will run 1,604 performances.

1982 On this ninth day of May, Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston open their musical Nine at Broadway's 46th Street Theatre. Tommy Tune directs a cast that includes Raul Julia and a slew of women. The musical was inspired by the film "8 1/2" by Federico Fellini.

1994 The 1981 film "Passione D'Amore" becomes Passion, the new musical by Stephen Sondheim. Marin Mazzie, Gregg Edelman and Donna Murphy star at the Plymouth Theatre under the direction of James Lapine in a show about obsessive love. I was greatly moved by this show & its music. Saw it 2X's.

2007 110 in the Shade with Audra McDonald & John Cullum


1502 Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere.

1936 - Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy started their own radio show on NBC -- only months after they had debuted on Rudy Vallee’s radio program. W.C. Fields, Don Ameche and Dorothy Lamour were a few of the stars that helped Bergen and the little blockhead, McCarthy, jump to the top of radio’s hit parade.

1960 The Food and Drug Administration approved use of a birth control pill & life has never been the same since.

1965 - Vladimir Horowitz played his first public concert in 12 years at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The audience applauded the piano virtuoso with a standing ovation that lasted for 30 minutes.

1994 - South Africa's newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president.

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

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re: Today's Birthdays 5/9#2
Posted: 5/9/08 at 3:00pm
Happy Birthday all.
If I heard the bells and the banjos ring