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Posted: 1/14/04 at 10:32am
Hal Roach 1/14/1892 - 11/2/1992 American producer, director, Hal Roach Studios; director: One Million B.C., Road Show, The Devilís Brother

Sir Cecil Beaton 1/14/1904 - 1/18/1980 American photographer, who designed stylish costumes for many Broadway shows, most memorably My Fair Lady in 1956, but also sets and costumes for Saratoga, Coco, Tenderloin, The Grass Harp, Quadrille and others.

Allen Toussaint 01/14/1938 Arranger, Musical Director, Orchestrator, Composer, Lyricist, Performer, Conductor - The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club (Michael McElroy, Tarik Winston, Deborah Burrell-Cleveland)

Guy Williams 1/14/1924 - 5/7/1989 performer - tv's & film's Lost in Space, [my no. 1 fav. tv series:] Zorro, The Mississippi Gambler, Seven Angry Men, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, The Sign of Zorro, Zorro, the Avenger, Captain Sindbad

Tom Tryon 1/14/1926 - Sep 4, 1991 performer - Texas John Slaughter, The Cardinal, In Harmís Way, The Longest Day

Faye Dunaway 1/14/1941 - performer - After The Fall; But For Whom Charlie (David Wayne, Jason Robards, Jr., Salome Jens); The Changeling; The Curse of an Aching Heart; tv's & film's Academy Award-winning actress: Network [1976]; Don Juan DeMarco, Casanova, Beverly Hills Madam, Christopher Columbus, Mommie Dearest, Voyage of the Damned, Three Days of the Condor, The Towering Inferno, Chinatown, The Deadly Trap, Little Big Man, The Arrangement, Bonnie & Clyde; It Had to Be You (Robert Ulrich)

Holland Taylor 01/14/1943 - performer - The Devils; Butley; We Interrupt This Program...; Murder Among Friends; Something Old, Something New; Moose Murders (Eve Arden [replaced in previews], Lillie Robertson, Don Potter, Lisa McMillan, Nicholas Hormann, Mara Hobel, June Gable, Dennis Florzak, Scott Evans, Jack Dabdoub)

Kathleen Chalfant 01/14/1945 performer - M. Butterfly; Angels in America Parts I & II); Racing Demon (Brian Murray, Dennis O'Hare)

Emily Watson 1/14/1967 performer - film's Breaking the Waves, Hilary and Jackie, Gosford Park, Cromwell & Fairfax

Jennifer Dundas 01/14/1971 performer - Grown Ups; 1988 Ah, Wilderness!; Arcadia (Blair Brown, Billy Crudup, Victor Garber, Robert Sean Leonard); 1997 The Little Foxes (Stockard Channing, Frances Conroy, Brian Murray, Kenneth Welsh)

Jordan Ladd 1/14/1979 performer; daughter of Cheryl Ladd and David Ladd, granddaughter of Alan Ladd - film's Embrace of the Vampire, Weapons of Mass Distraction, Boys Life 3, Cabin Fever


1903 Opening night of The Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett play about a child, much in the same vein as her Secret Garden. Little Princess will run just 34 performances, but a century later inspired a musical by Andrew Lippa.

1930 George and Ira Gershwin team up with George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind for the first new musical of the 1930s, Strike Up the Band, a satire on big business that shows a tycoon spurring the country on to war over Swiss cheese. It features the comedy team of Bobby Clark and Paul McCullough. The show runs 191 performances, which will encourage the team to move on to its next satire, the Pulitzer-winning Of Thee I Sing.

1954 The Boy Friend cavorts at the Wyndham's in London. Sandy Wilson's spoof of musicals of the '20s will run 2,084 performances.

1960 The Zoo Story, Edward Albee's first produced play, runs at the Provincetown Theatre in New York. William Daniels and George Maharis are featured as the two combatants. It runs in conjunction with Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape for 582 performances.

1993 Opening night of Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Anna Christie, starring Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson. Their onstage chemistry is so successful, the two later marry. The production will receive the 1993 Tony Award for Best Revival.

1999 Fosse opens its razzle-dazzle tonight at the Broadhurst Theatre. The cast of dancers step to the moves of the late Bob Fosse, as choreographed by Ann Reinking and re-created by Chet Walker. Richard Maltby Jr. and Reinking direct, with artistic advice given by Gwen Verdon.


1954 Baseball great Joe Dimaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe were married at San Francisco City Hall. The marriage lasted nine months. After her death (in 1962), DiMaggio had red roses delivered to her crypt two to three times a week for some twenty years.

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

Updated On: 1/14/04 at 10:32 AM