Saturday, October 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Bela Lugosi

Was fame as Dracula in vein?



Born this day in 1882 (d. 1956)

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Friday, October 19, 2018

6word Portrait: John le Carré

The spy who became an author. 


Born this day in 1931

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Mike Ditka

Da Coach led Bears to title.



Born this day in 1939

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

6word Portrait: Rita Hayworth

Sultry Gilda star; top WWII pin-up.



Born 100 years ago today (d. 1987)

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Eugene O'Neill

Long Day's Journey Into Night playwright.



Born 130 years ago today (d. 1953)

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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

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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. 

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Yo-Yo Ma

The only cellist I can name. 



Born this day in 1955

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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

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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. 

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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. 


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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)

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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)

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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)

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Friday, September 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Sonny Rollins

Saxophone Colossus active across seven decades. 


Born this day in 1930.

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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.

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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. 

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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


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