Wednesday, June 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Nicole Kidman

Striking Australian Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress. 

Born this day in 1967. 

Wikipedia filmography

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

6word Portrait: Lou Gehrig

Iron Horse; ALS victim; "luckiest man."

Born 115 years ago today (d. 1941)



Monday, June 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Roger Ebert

His Life Itself merited Thumbs Up.

Born this day in 1942 (d. 2013)


Journal Archives

Sunday, June 17, 2018

6word Portrait: Barry Manilow

"I Write (some of) the Songs"

Born 75 years ago today.



Saturday, June 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Joyce Carol Oates

Prolifically varied prize-winning author wrote Them

Born 80 years ago today. 



Friday, June 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Billy Williams

Sweet Swingin' Cubs Hall of Famer.

Born 80 years ago today.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Boy George

Culture Club singer a "Karma Chameleon."

Born this day in 1961



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Ben Johnson

Hollywood cowboy and a real one. 

Born 100 years ago today (d. 1996)



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Anne Frank

Maintained harrowing, heroic diary in hiding.

Born this day in 1929 (d. 1945)

Monday, June 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Vince Lombardi

Legendary coach of Green Bay Packers.

Born 105 years ago today (d. 1970)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Maurice Sendak

Wrote/illustrated Where the Wild Things Are

Born 90 years ago today (d. 2012)



Saturday, June 9, 2018

6word Portrait: Jackie Wilson

Mr. Excitement sang of "Lonely Teardrops."

Born this day in 1934 (d. 1984)

Friday, June 8, 2018

6word Portrait: Joan Rivers

Groundbreaking female comedian, late night host.

Born 85 years ago today (d. 2014)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Prince

Minnesota musical genius majestically reigned purple.

Born 60 years ago today (d. 2016)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

6word Portrait: Tommie Smith

'68 Gold Medalist saluted Black Power. 

Born this day in 1944



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Laurie Anderson

Innovative singer, composer, performance artist, inventor.

Born this day in 1947.

Monday, June 4, 2018

6word Portrait: Ruth Westheimer

Holocaust survivor became preeminent sex therapist. 

Born 90 years ago today. 


New York Times article

Sunday, June 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Rafael Nadal

16 Grand Slams; "King of Clay."

Born this day in 1986. 



Saturday, June 2, 2018

6word Portrait: Charlie Watts

Erstwhile Stones drummer gathers no moss.

Born this day in 1941.

Friday, June 1, 2018

6word Portrait: Marilyn Monroe

"Like a candle in the wind."

Born this day in 1926 (d. 1962)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

6word Portrait: Clint Eastwood

Actor/Director; "Go ahead, make my day."

Born this day in 1930.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

6word Portrait: Agnès Varda

Groundbreaking female French documentary film director.

Born 90 years ago today.

Wikipedia filmography

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

6word Portrait: Bob Hope

Entertained the troops, bringing them Hope.

Born 115 years ago today (d. 2003)

Monday, May 28, 2018

6word Portrait: Jim Thorpe

Legendary Native American Olympian, football star.

Born 130 years ago today (d. 1953)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

6word Portrait: Frank Thomas

White Sox star "The Big Hurt."

Born 50 years ago today.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

6word Portrait: Stevie Nicks

"Just like the white winged dove"

Born 70 years ago today.



Friday, May 25, 2018

6word Portrait: Bill Robinson

Mister Bojangles, the tap dancing king.

Born 140 years ago today (d. 1949)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

6word Portrait: Gary Burghoff

"Radar" O'Reilly, ahead of his time. 

Born 75 years ago today. 



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

6word Portrait: Carl Linnaeus

Swedish botanist; father of modern taxonomy. 

Born this day in 1707 (d. 1778)


Linnaeus sculpture at Chicago Botanic Garden

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

6word Portrait: Laurence Olivier

Often considered "to be" best-ever actor. 

Born this day in 1907 (d. 1989)

Wikipedia discography

Monday, May 21, 2018

6word Portrait: Albrecht Dürer

German Renaissance painter, engraver and printmaker.

Born this day in 1471 (d. 1528)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Cher

Oscar-winning music superstar with Sonny past.

Born this day in 1946.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

6word Portrait: Pete Townshend

Photo by Seth Arkin
Guitarist/songwriter Who envisioned rock's operatic possibilities.

Born this day in 1945.

Friday, May 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Frank Capra

"It's a Wonderful Life," he directed.

Born this day in 1897 (d. 1991)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

6word Portrait: Sugar Ray Leonard

Sweetly won titles in five weight classes.

Born this day in 1956



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Henry Fonda

"Mister Roberts;" headed famed acting family.

Born this day in 1905 (d. 1982)

Wikipedia filmography

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Richard Avedon

Iconic fashion photographer captured the Beatles.

Born 95 years ago today (d. 2004)



Beatles portraits 

Monday, May 14, 2018

6word Portrait: George Lucas

Created Star Wars; conceived Indiana Jones.

Born this day in 1944.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Bea Arthur

Multi-generational voice, Maude to Golden Girls.

Born this day in 1922 (d. 2009)



Saturday, May 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Yogi Berra

Quotably bemusing Catcher in the wry. 

Born this day in 1925 (d. 2014)


Yogi Quotes

Friday, May 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Irving Berlin

Russian immigrant wrote "God Bless America."

Born 130 years ago today (d. 1989)


List of his songs

Thursday, May 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Fred Astaire

Preeminent movie dancer; partnered with Ginger. 

Born this day in 1899 (d. 1987)

Wikipedia filmography

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

6word Portrait: James L. Brooks

Created Mary Tyler Moore, Taxi, movies.

Born this day in 1940.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

6word Portrait: Robert Johnson

King of the Delta Blues singers.

Born this day in 1911 (d. 1938)

Monday, May 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Gary Cooper

Golden Age icon of High Noon

Born this day in 1901 (d. 1961)



Sunday, May 6, 2018

6word Portrait: Orson Welles

Wunderkind made Citizen Kane at 25.

Born this day in 1915 (d. 1985)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Adele

British superstar "Rolling in the Deep."

Born 30 years ago today.

Friday, May 4, 2018

6word Portrait: Maynard Ferguson

Canadian trumpet-playing jazz legend; band leader. 

Born 90 years ago today (d. 2006)



Thursday, May 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Frankie Valli

Inimitably led Four Seasons for decades.

Born 84 years ago today.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

6word Portrait: Link Wray

Pioneering Native American rocker behind "Rumble."

Born this day in 1929 (d. 2005)