Friday, April 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Joan Miró

Catalan abstractionist created whimsically colorful canvases.


Born 120 years ago today (d. 1983)



Thursday, April 19, 2018

6word Portrait: Ashley Judd

De-Lovely actress frankly helped topple Weinstein.


Born 50 years ago today.



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Conan O'Brien

Late-night TBS host, after NBC nonsense. 


Born 55 years ago today.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

6word Portrait: William Holden

Starred in Stalag, Sunset Blvd., Network


Born 100 years ago today (d. 1981)

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Monday, April 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

UCLA, Bucks, Lakers, sky hook, Airplane.


Born this day in 1947.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Roy Clark

Hee Haw host; country music legend. 


Born 85 years ago today. 

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Rod Steiger

Pawnbroker; Heat of Night. WWII/Navy vet.


Born this day in 1925 (d. 2002)



Friday, April 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Thomas Jefferson

Wrote the Declaration; became third President. 


Born 275 years ago today (d. 1826)

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Herbie Hancock

Jazz pianist accompanied Miles. "Rockit" success.


Born this day in 1940.



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Ethel Kennedy

RFK's widow; mother of 11; humanitarian. 


Born 90 years ago today. 

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Omar Sharif

Bridge-playing Egyptian actor; Lawrence of Arabia.


Born this day in 1932 (d. 2015)

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Monday, April 9, 2018

6word Portrait: Jean-Paul Belmondo

Embodied outlaw-chic in Godard's groundbreaking Breathless.


Born 85 years ago today.



Sunday, April 8, 2018

6word Portrait: Betty Ford

Feminist First Lady, including of detoxification.


Born 100 years ago today (d. 2011)


Saturday, April 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Billie Holiday

Majestic Lady Day decried "Strange Fruit."


Born this day in 1915 (d. 1959)

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Friday, April 6, 2018

6word Portrait: André Previn

Orchestra conductor, Oscar-winning composer, jazz pianist. 


Born this day in 1929.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Gregory Peck

Embodied Atticus Finch; Roman Holiday, Spellbound.


Born this day in 1916 (d. 2003)



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

6word Portrait: Maya Angelou

Poet knew why Caged Bird Sings.


Born 90 years ago today (d. 2014)

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Doris Day

Buoyant blonde singer became film icon.

Born 96 years ago today.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

6word Portrait: Hans Christian Andersen

Danish storyteller. Ugly Duckling, Little Mermaid


Born this day in 1805 (d. 1875)

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

6word Portrait: Jimmy Cliff

The Harder They Come, popularized reggae. 


Born 70 years ago today.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

6word Portrait: Johann Sebastian Bach

German composer; Brandenburg Concertos among masterworks. 


Born this day in 1685 (d. 1750)

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Friday, March 30, 2018

6word Portrait: Francisco Goya

Spanish Romantic painter of masterful portraits. 


Born this day in 1746 (d. 1828)

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

6word Portrait: Pearl Bailey

Singer/actress starred on stage, film, TV.


Born 100 years ago today (d. 1990)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

6word Portrait: Raphael

Italian School of Athens Renaissance master.


Born 535 years ago today (d. 1520)



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

6word Portrait: Gloria Swanson

Ready for her close-up, Mr. DeMille.


Born this day in 1899 (d. 1983)

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Monday, March 26, 2018

6word Portrait: Diana Ross

Supreme leader turned world "Upside Down."

Born this day in 1944. 

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

6word Portrait: Howard Cosell

His announcing was brash but unmistakable.


Born 100 years ago today (d. 1995)



Saturday, March 24, 2018

6word Portrait: Harry Houdini

The most famous name in magic.


Born this day in 1874 (d. 1926)


Friday, March 23, 2018

6word Portrait: Damon Albarn

Voice of Blur; visionary of Gorillaz.


Born 50 years ago today.


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

6word Portrait: Stephen Sondheim

Erudite Broadway composer/lyricist entertains while enlightening. 


Born this day in 1930.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

6word Portrait: Solomon Burke

A founding father of soul music.


Born this day in 1940 (d. 2010)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Fred Rogers

A beautiful day in his neighborhood.


Born 90 years ago today (d. 2003)


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Monday, March 19, 2018

6word Portrait: Philip Roth

Venerated author; Portnoy's Complaint, American Pastoral


Born 85 years ago today.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

6word Portrait: John Kander

Composed Cabaret, Chicago with Fred Ebb. 


Born on this day in 1927.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

6word Portait: Rudolf Nureyev

Russian ballet superstar; first to defect.


Born 80 years ago today (d. 1993)



Friday, March 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Henny Youngman

"Take my wife...please." Wisecracking comedian.


Born this day in 1906 (d. 1998)



Thursday, March 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Second woman on the Supreme Court.


Born 85 years ago today.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Albert Einstein

Genius developed the theory of relativity. 


Born this day in 1879 (d. 1955)

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

6word Portrait: William H. Macy

Shameless character actor; early Mamet collaborator.


Born this day in 1950. 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

6word Portrait: James Taylor

Going to Carolina in his mind. 


Born 70 years ago today. 

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Ralph Abernathy

Civil Rights leader; friend of MLK.


Born this day in 1926 (d. 1990)


Saturday, March 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Bix Beiderbecke

Pioneering but short-lived jazz cornetist, composer.


Born this day in 1903 (d. 1931)



Friday, March 9, 2018

6word Portrait: Ornette Coleman

The Shape of Jazz to Come


Born this day in 1930 (d. 2015)



Thursday, March 8, 2018

6word Portrait: Cyd Charisse

Danced on film with Kelly, Astaire.


Born this day in 1922 (d. 2008)

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Arthur Lee

Lead singer of Love; Forever Changes


Born this day in 1945 (d. 2006)

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

6word Portrait: Michelangelo

Painted Sistine Chapel ceiling; sculpted David.


Born this day in 1475 (d. 1564)

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Monday, March 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Rex Harrison

Doctor Doolittle; mentor of Eliza Doolittle. 


Born this day in 1908 (d. 1990)

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

6word Portrait: Casimir Pulaski

Polish nobleman, American Revolutionary War hero.


Born this day in 1745 (d. 1779)

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Alexander Graham Bell

Inventor of the telephone; AT&T founder.



Born this day in 1847 (d. 1922)

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Friday, March 2, 2018

6word Portrait: Lou Reed

Took a walk on wild side.


Born this day in 1942 (d. 2013)