Sunday, May 26, 2019

6word Portrait: John Wayne

"The Duke," definitive Western film star.




Born this day in 1907 (d. 1979)

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

6word Portrait: Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Self-Reliance" New England philosopher fostered transcendentalism.



Born this day in 1803 (d. 1882)

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Friday, May 24, 2019

6word Portrait: Patti LaBelle

"Lady Marmalade" then "On My Own"



Born 75 years ago today.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

6word Portrait: Ryan Coogler

Fruitvale Station, Creed, Black Panther writer/director. 



Born this day in 1986

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

6word Portrait: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

British detective writer created Sherlock Holmes.



Born 160 years ago today (d. 1930)

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

6word Portrait: Mr. T

"I pity the fool," he exclaimed. 



Born (as Laurence Tureaud) this day in 1952

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Monday, May 20, 2019

6word Portrait: Stan Mikita

Legendary, longtime Black Hawks center "Man."



Born this day in 1940 (d. 2018)

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

6word Portrait: Lorraine Hansberry

Wrote A Raisin in the Sun.



Born this day in 1930 (d. 1965)


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Saturday, May 18, 2019

6word Portrait: Reggie Jackson

Slugger forever celebrated as "Mr. October."


Born this day in 1946

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Friday, May 17, 2019

6word Portrait: Enya

Irish mezzo-soprano mononym became international sensation.



Born (as Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin) this day in 1961



Thursday, May 16, 2019

6word Portrait: Liberace

Flamboyant showman was world's highest-paid entertainer.



Born (as Władziu Valentino Liberace) 100 years ago today (d. 1987)



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

6word Portrait: Jasper Johns

Modern artist painted U.S. flag, map.



Born this day in 1930.



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

6word Portrait: Raphael Saadiq

Tony! Toni! Toné! Old school R&Ber.



Born this day in 1966



Monday, May 13, 2019

6word Portrait: Joe Louis

Iconic heavyweight boxing champion; "Bronx Bomber."



Born 105 years ago today (d. 1981)

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

6word Portrait: Tony Hawk

Soaring skateboarder and video game icon. 



Born this day in 1968

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

6word Portrait: Martha Quinn

The original female VJ on MTV.



Born 60 years ago today. 

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Friday, May 10, 2019

6word Portrait: Donovan

Scottish folkie hit with "Sunshine Superman."



Born (as Donovan Leitch) this day in 1946



Thursday, May 9, 2019

6word Portrait: Candice Bergen

Murphy Brown actress; sister of dummy.



Born this day in 1946



Wednesday, May 8, 2019

6word Portrait: Don Rickles

Comedian lifted up with put downs. 



Born this day in 1926 (d. 1917)

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

6word Portrait: Eva Peron

Iconic, ill-fated first lady of Argentina. 



Born 100 years ago today (d. 1952)

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Monday, May 6, 2019

6word Portrait: Sigmund Freud

Founder of psychoanalysis; ego and id.



Born this day in 1856 (d. 1939)


Sunday, May 5, 2019

6word Portrait: Tammy Wynette

"Stand by Your Man" country songstress. 



Born this day in 1942 (d. 1998)

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

6word Portrait: Keith Haring

NYC street artist drew upon love.



Born this day in 1958 (d. 1990)

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Friday, May 3, 2019

6word Portrait: Pete Seeger

"If I Had a Hammer" folksinger.



Born 100 years ago today (d. 2014)



Thursday, May 2, 2019

6word Portrait: Engelbert Humperdinck

British Vegas crooner sold 140m records.



Born (as Arnold George Dorsey) this day in 1936

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

6word Portrait: Wes Anderson

Rushmore director master of visual whimsy. 



Born 50 years ago today.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

6word Portrait: Cloris Leachman

Mary's friend Phyllis, won 9 Emmys.



Born 93 years ago today.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

6word Portrait: Duke Ellington

Legendary jazz pianist and orchestra leader.



Born 120 years ago today (d. 1974)



Sunday, April 28, 2019

6word Portrait: Ann-Margret

Singer/dancer/actress; Viva Las Vegas with Elvis. 



Born this day in 1941

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

6word Portrait: August Wilson

Pulitzer winning playwright chronicled African-American experience.



Born this day in 1945 (d. 2005)



Friday, April 26, 2019

6word Portrait: Ma Rainey

Pioneering African-American "Mother of the Blues."



Born as Gertrude Pridgett this day in 1886* (d. 1939)


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Thursday, April 25, 2019

6word Portrait: Al Pacino

Godfather, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface



Born this day in 1940.



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

6word Portrait: Djimon Hounsou

Beninese actor found fame In America.



Born 55 years ago today. 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

6word Portrait: Michael Moore

Leftist documentarian prompts discord, debate, discussion.



Born 65 years ago today. 

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Monday, April 22, 2019

6word Portrait: John Waters

His direction of Hairspray was Divine. 



Born this day in 1946

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

6word Portrait: Robert Smith

The man responsible for the Cure.



Born 60 years ago today.



Saturday, April 20, 2019

6word Portrait: Daniel Chester French

Sculpted Lincoln for Memorial; also Republic



Born this day in 1850



Friday, April 19, 2019

6word Portrait: Eliot Ness

Led the Untouchables; helped nab Capone.



Born this day in 1903 (d. 1957)

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

6word Portrait: Rick Moranis

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star



Born this day in 1953

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

6word Portrait: Don Kirshner

The Man with the Golden Ear



Born 85 years ago today (d. 2011)



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

6word Portrait: Dusty Springfield

'60s English queen of blue-eyed soul.



Born 80 years ago today (d. 1999)

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Monday, April 15, 2019

6word Portrait: Leonardo da Vinci

Renaissance master made Mona Lisa smile.



Born this day in 1452 (d. 1519)



Sunday, April 14, 2019

6word Portrait: Greg Maddux

Cubs, Braves ace won 355 games.



Born this day in 1966.



Saturday, April 13, 2019

6word Portrait: Samuel Beckett

Absurdist Waiting for Godot playwright was.



Born this day in 1906 (d. 1989)



Friday, April 12, 2019

6word Portrait: Saoirse Ronan

From Atonement to Brooklyn, Lady Bird



Born 25 years ago today.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

6word Portrait: Gustav Vigeland

Norwegian sculptor; Nobel Peace Prize designer. 



Born 150 years ago today. 

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

6word Portrait: Brian Setzer

Stray Cat returned rockabilly to masses. 



Born 60 years ago today.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

6word Portrait: Paul Robeson

Actor, athlete, singer and African-American activist.



Born this day in 1898 (d. 1976)



Monday, April 8, 2019

6word Portrait: Mary Pickford

"America's Sweetheart," actress co-founded United Artists.



Born this day in 1892 (d. 1979)

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

6word Portrait: Jackie Chan

Martial arts master, Hollywood action/comedy star



Born 65 years ago today.

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