Saturday, October 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Bela Lugosi

Was fame as Dracula in vein?

Born this day in 1882 (d. 1956)

Wikipedia filmography

Friday, October 19, 2018

6word Portrait: John le Carré

The spy who became an author. 

Born this day in 1931


Open Library page

Thursday, October 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Mike Ditka

Da Coach led Bears to title.

Born this day in 1939


Coaching stats

Playing stats

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

6word Portrait: Rita Hayworth

Sultry Gilda star; top WWII pin-up.

Born 100 years ago today (d. 1987)

Wikipedia filmography

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Eugene O'Neill

Long Day's Journey Into Night playwright.

Born 130 years ago today (d. 1953)


Long Day's Journey Into Night script online

Monday, October 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Jim Palmer

Orioles HOF ace, announcer, Jockey model

Born this day in 1945

Sunday, October 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Lillian Gish

"First Lady of the Silent Screen"

Born 125 years ago today (d. 1993)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Paul Simon

Masterful singer/songwriter, with Garfunkel and without. 

Born this day in 1941



Friday, October 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Hugh Jackman

X-Men's Wolverine also a Broadway star.

Born 50 years ago today.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Elmore Leonard

Pulpy American novelist oft-adapted by Hollywood.

Born this day in 1925 (d. 2013)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Helen Hayes

EGOT-winning "First Lady of American Theatre."

Born this day in 1900 (d. 1983)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

6word Portrait: Jackson Browne

California singer/songwriter insightfully "Running on Empty."

Born 70 years ago today.

Monday, October 8, 2018

6word Portrait: Chevy Chase

Original SNL cast member; Caddyshack; Vacation

Born 75 years ago today. 

Wikipedia filmography

Sunday, October 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Yo-Yo Ma

The only cellist I can name. 

Born this day in 1955



Saturday, October 6, 2018

6word Portrait: Carole Lombard

1930s' top actress; plane crash victim

Born this day in 1908 (d. 1942)

Friday, October 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Bill James

Baseball statistician gave birth to sabermetrics.

Born this day in 1949

Thursday, October 4, 2018

6word Portrait: Anne Rice

Author concocted Interview with the Vampire.

Born this day in 1941

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Stevie Ray Vaughan

Thunderous guitar licks wrought Texas Flood.

Born this day in 1954 (d. 1990)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

6word Portrait: Groucho Marx

Witty wisecracker led the Marx Brothers.

Born this day in 1890 (d. 1977)

Monday, October 1, 2018

6word Portrait: Julie Andrews

Mary Poppins; Sound of Music's Maria

Born this day in 1935



Sunday, September 30, 2018

6word Portrait: Buddy Rich

No Buddy played drums more richly.

Born this day in 1917 (d. 1987)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

6word Portrait: Lech Wałęsa

Solidarity labor activist became Polish president.

Born 75 years ago today. 



Friday, September 28, 2018

6word Portrait: Koko Taylor

Chicago's soulful Queen of the Blues.

Born 90 years ago today (d. 2009)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

6word Portrait: Carrie Brownstein

Sleater-Kinney guitarist and singer; Portlandia star

Born this day in 1974

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

6word Portrait: Olivia Newton-John

After Grease, Australian singer got "Physical."

Born 70 years ago today.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

6word Portrait: William Faulkner

Southerner authored Sound and the Fury

Born this day in 1897 (d. 1962)

Monday, September 24, 2018

6word Portrait: Jim Henson

Created the Muppets; galvanized Sesame Street

Born this day in 1936 (d. 1990)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

6word Portrait: John Coltrane

Saxophonist's Giant Steps redefined jazz, Supremely.

Born this day in 1926 (d. 1967)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

6word Portrait: Andrea Bocelli

Blind Italian tenor turned international superstar.

Born 60 years ago today.

Friday, September 21, 2018

6word Portrait: Leonard Cohen

Poetic and debonair Canadian crooner; "Hallelujah"

Born this day in 1934 (d. 2016)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Sophia Loren

Iconic Italian beauty of Two Women

Born this day in 1934

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

6word Portrait: Jarvis Cocker

With Pulp he championed "Common People"

Born 55 years ago today.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Scotty Bowman

NHL coach with most all-time wins.

Born 85 years ago today. 



Monday, September 17, 2018

6word Portrait: Hank Williams

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"

Born 95 years ago today (d. 1953)

Sunday, September 16, 2018

6word Portrait: B.B. King

King of the Blues caressed Lucille

Born this day in 1925 (d. 2015)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Agatha Christie

British detective novelist/playwright devised The Mousetrap.

Born this day in 1890 (d. 1976)

Friday, September 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Clayton Moore

Masked man was TV's Lone Ranger.

Born this day in 1914 (d. 1999)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Claudette Colbert

Her longstanding popularity Happened One Night.

Born this day in 1903 (d. 1996)



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Barry White

Smooth, soulful singer with seductive bass-baritone. 

Born this day in 1944 (d. 2003)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Paul "Bear" Bryant

Coached Alabama to six national championships.

Born 105 years ago today (d. 1983)


Coaching stats

Monday, September 10, 2018

6word Portrait: José Feliciano

Blind Puerto Rican guitarist/singer; "Feliz Navidad"

Born this day in 1945

Sunday, September 9, 2018

6word Portrait: Leo Tolstoy

Russian novelist created War and Peace

Born 190 years ago today (d. 1910)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

6word Portrait: Peter Sellers

British comic genius of Pink Panther.

Born this day in 1925 (d. 1980)



Friday, September 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Sonny Rollins

Saxophone Colossus active across seven decades. 

Born this day in 1930.



Thursday, September 6, 2018

6word Portrait: Roger Waters

Pink Floyd bassist/lyricist built The Wall.

Born 75 years ago today.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Bob Newhart

Star of sitcoms bearing his name.

Born this day in 1929.



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

6word Portrait: Ken "Hawk" Harrelson

White Sox announcer; soon "He gone!"

Born 77 years ago today.

Monday, September 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Caryl Churchill

Long-renowned contemporary British playwright; Top Girls

Born 80 years ago today. 


Recent article in The Guardian

Sunday, September 2, 2018

6word Portrait: Terry Bradshaw

Steelers QB won four Super Bowls.

Born 70 years ago today.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

6word Portrait: Lily Tomlin

Laugh-In, Nashville, Shrinking Woman, Grandma. Incredible.

Born this day in 1939