Today's Birthdays 7/18 - The Very Late Edition

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William Makepeace Thackeray 7/18/1811 - 12/24/1863 English novelist, source mat'l - Vanity Fair; Pendennis; Colonel Newcome; Becky Sharp (the great Mary Ellis); film's 1935 Becky Sharp (Miriam Hopkins, Frances Dee, Billie Burke, Cedric Hardwicke); 2004 Vanity Fair (Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins)

Eugene Lockhart 07/18/1891 - Mar 31, 1957 Writer, Lyricist, Composer, Director, Performer; father of June Lockhart; husband of Kathleen Lockhart - origs The Skylark; Ah, Wilderness!; Virginia (Nigel Bruce); Happily Ever After (Kathleen Lockhart); Death of a Salesman [replaced Lee J. Cobb]; film's The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit; The Sea Wolfe; They Died With Their Boots On

Clifford Odets 07/18/1906 - 8/14/1963 Writer, Source Material, Director, Performer, Producer; husband of Bette Grayson (his second wife), husband of Luise Rainer (1937-1940) - Waiting for Lefty, Awake and Sing, The Golden Boy, The Big Knife, The Country Girl, The Flowering Peach; Sweet Smell of Success; tv's & film's Notorious; Humoresque; Clash By Night; Wild in the Country; The Country Girl

Lupe Velez 07/18/1908 - 12/13/1944, Married to Johnny Weissmuller; liasons w/Gary Cooper, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr, John Gilbert; performer - Hot-Cha!; Strike Me Pink; You Never Know (Libby Holman, Clifton Webb); film's Mexican Spitfire series; Joe Palooka

Hume Cronyn 07/18/1911 - 6/15/2003 Producer, Lyricist, Writer, Director, Performer; cousin of Robert Whitehead, father of Tandy & Christopher Cronyn, Susan Tettemer, husband of Emily Woodruff (? - ?) divorced, Susan Cooper (1996 - 2003) his death, Jessica Tandy (1942 - 1994) her death - High Tor; 1939 3 Sisters (Burgess Meredith, Peggy Ashcroft); The Fourposter (Jessica Tandy); The Egghead (Karl Malden); Big Fish, Little Fish (George Grizzard, Jason Robards, Jr.); The Gin Game; Fox Fire; The Petition; orig A Delicate Balance; Noël Coward in Two Keys (Anne Baxter, Jessica Tandy); film's Sunrise at Campobello, The Seventh Cross, Cocoon, The Four Poster, Fox Fire, The Gin Game; Lifeboat; Shadow of a Doubt

Red Skelton 07/18/1913 - 9/17/1997 - tv's & film's Panama Hattie; Dr. Kildaire films; The Duchess of Idaho; DuBarry Was A Lady; I Dood It; Bathing Beauty; Neptune's Daughter; Emmy Award-winning comedian: The Red Skelton Show [1951, 1960-61]; ATAS Governor’s Award [1985-86]; recording artist: The Pledge of Allegiance; “Goodnight ... and may God Bless.”

James Brolin (James Bruderlin) 7/18/1940 performer; husband of Barbra Streisand [7/1/1998 - present]; father of actor Josh Brolin; Was screen-tested for the role of James Bond in Octo**** (1983) - tv's & film's Hotel [he was soooo hot in this series!], Marcus Welby, M.D., Angel Falls, Westworld, Von Ryan’s Express, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Fantastic Voyage, The Boston Strangler, The Amityville Horror; Pensacola: Wings of Gold

Elizabeth McGovern 07/18/1961 performer - 1992 Hamlet (Stephen Lang); film's The House of Mirth; Ordinary People; Racing with the Moon; The Bedroom Window; 3 Moons Over Milford; The Truth

Craig Bierko 7/18/1965 [imdb says 8/16/1964, I'll be happy to celebrate both] performer; 6'5" hunk a, hunk a burnin' love, beautiful voice doesn't hurt either - 2001 The Music Man; Thou Shalt Not [all I know is that when he took his shirt off, I gasped! & almost.... almost forgot the rest of the night]; To Be Or Not To Be; tv's & film's Newhart; The Powers That Be; Sex & the City; Cinderella Man; Boston Legal; Bill


1972 A compilation of four one-act plays by Frank D. Gilroy, entitled Present Tense, opens today at the Sheridan Square Playhouse. Starring in Come Next Tuesday, Twas Brillig, So Please Be Kind, and the title play are Biff Maguire and Lois Smith. There will be only eight performances.

1985 The Negro Ensemble Company present Trevor Rhone's Two Can Play at Off-Broadway's Theatre Four. The play that explores a victory over male chauvinism is directed by Clinton Turner Davis and stars Hazel J. Medina and Sullivan H. Walker.

2002 Future Tony-winning musical Hairspray plays its first Broadway preview at the Neil Simon Theatre.


0064 - Rome burned on this day -- while Nero fiddled, literally.

On July 18, 1936, the Spanish Civil War began as Gen. Francisco Franco led an uprising of army troops based in Spanish North Africa.

1969 A car driven by Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard. His passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, died. Ted Kennedy literally walked away.

1989 Actress Rebecca Schaeffer, 21, was shot to death at her Los Angeles home by an obsessed fan. The killing prompted California in 1990 to pass the nation's first anti-stalking law.

(sources: IBDB, IMDB, NYT On This Day, &’s Those Were The Days)