Wednesday, July 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Nelson Mandela

From political prisoner to revered President.

Born 100 years ago today (d. 2013)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

6word Portrait: James Cagney

Archetypal tough guy; Yankee Doodle Dandy

Born this day in 1899 (d. 1986)

Wikipedia filmography


Monday, July 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Ginger Rogers

Danced with Astaire, backwards in heels. 

Born this day in 1911 (d. 1995)



Sunday, July 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Rembrandt

Dutch master of the expressive portrait.

Born this day in 1606 (d. 1669)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Ingmar Bergman

Influential Swedish director/screenwriter made Wild Strawberries

Born 100 years ago today (d. 2007)

Wikipedia filmography

Friday, July 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Roger McGuinn

From Chicago folkie to high-flying Byrd.

Born this day in 1942.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Milton Berle

"Uncle Miltie" was TV's first superstar. 

Born 110 years ago today (d. 2002)



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Tab Hunter

Secretly gay actor, singer and heartthrob.

Born this day in 1931 (d. 2018)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Arthur Ashe

African-American tennis champion; battled against AIDS.

Born 75 years ago today (d. 1993)



Monday, July 9, 2018

6word Portrait: Brian Dennehy

Screen, stage stalwart; frequently at Goodman.

Born 80 years ago today.

Wikipedia filmography

Theater Credits

Sunday, July 8, 2018

6word Portrait: Kevin Bacon

Footloose star separated within six degrees. 

Born 60 years ago today. 

Wikipedia filmography

Saturday, July 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Ringo Starr

Kept the beat for the Beatles.

Born this day in 1940.

Friday, July 6, 2018

6word Portrait: Bill Haley

"Rock Around the Clock" musical pioneer. 

Born this day in 1925 (d. 1981)



Thursday, July 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Bill Watterson

Cartoonist imaginatively created Calvin and Hobbes

Born 60 years ago today. 


Calvin and Hobbes online

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Eppie Lederer and Pauline Phillips

Identical advisors: Ann Landers, Dear Abby

Born 100 years ago today (d. 2002, 2013)

Wikipedia (Eppie/Ann, Pauline/Abby)

6word Portrait: Franz Kafka

His Kafkaesque writings begat a Metamorphosis.

Born 135 years ago today (d. 1924)


Metamorphosis online

Monday, July 2, 2018

6word Portrait: Thurgood Marshall

First African-American U.S. Supreme Court justice. 

Born 110 years ago today (d. 1993)



Sunday, July 1, 2018

6word Portrait: Twyla Tharp

Visionary dancer/choreographer created the crossover ballet. 

Born this day in 1941