Wednesday, July 17, 2019

6word Portrait: Phyllis Diller

Pioneering comedienne known for self-deprecating humor.



Born this day in 1917 (d. 2012)



Tuesday, July 16, 2019

6word Portait: Barbara Stanwyck

Longtime actress; Double Indemnity, Big Valley



Born this day in 1907 (d. 1990)

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Monday, July 15, 2019

6word Portait: D.A. Pennebaker

Documentarian captured Dylan, Bowie, Monterey Pop



Born this day in 1925

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

6word Portrait: Gustav Klimt

The Kiss eternally golden for Austrian.



Born this day in in 1862 (1918)



Saturday, July 13, 2019

6word Portrait: Cheech Marin

"and Chong," an iconic comic duo.



Born this day in 1946

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Friday, July 12, 2019

6word Portrait: Donald E. Westlake

Crime fiction master a.k.a. Richard Stark



Born this day in 1933 (d. 2008)

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

6word Portrait: Giorgio Armani

Italian quite well-suited to fashion design. 



Born 85 years ago today.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

6word Portrait: Mavis Staples

With family, she'll "take you there."



Born 80 years ago today.



Tuesday, July 9, 2019

6word Portrait: Jack White

White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather, solo


Born this day in 1975

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Monday, July 8, 2019

6word Portrait: John D. Rockefeller

Founded Standard Oil; defined massive wealth. 



Born 180 years ago today (d. 1937)

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

6word Portrait: George Cukor

Directed Philadelphia Story, My Fair Lady.



Born 120 years ago today (d. 1983)

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

6word Portrait: Marc Chagall

Russian-French abstractionist was preeminent Jewish painter.



Born this day in 1887 (d. 1985)

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Friday, July 5, 2019

6word Portrait: P.T. Barnum

"There's a sucker born every minute."


Born this day in 1810 (d. 1891)

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

6word Portrait: Neil Simon

Hugely successful comedic playwright and screenwriter.


Born this day in 1927 (d. 1918)

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

6word Portrait: Tom Cruise

Risky Business, Top Gun, Rain Man 



Born this day in 1962

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

6word Portrait: Alex Morgan

Co-captain of USWNT in World Cup. 


Born 30 years ago today. 

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Monday, July 1, 2019

6word Portrait: Princess Diana

Beautiful, beleaguered, bulimic and beloved princess.



Born this day in 1961 (d. 1997)



Sunday, June 30, 2019

6word Portrait: Stanley Clarke

Bass player fused jazz and rock.



Born this day in 1951

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

6word Portrait: Slim Pickens

Rodeo cowboy became film, TV actor



Born 100 years ago today. 

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Friday, June 28, 2019

6word Portrait: Gilda Radner

"Roseanne Rosannadanna," perceptively pioneering SNL comedienne.



Born this day in 1946 (d. 1982)



Thursday, June 27, 2019

6word Portrait: Helen Keller

Deaf-blind, became famous speaker and author.



Born this day in 1880 (d. 1968)



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

6word Portrait: Abner Doubleday

Began Civil War, didn't invent baseball.



Born 200 years ago today (d. 1893)



Tuesday, June 25, 2019

6word Portrait: Sonia Sotomayor

First Hispanic, Latina Supreme Court Justice



Born 65 years ago today. 

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Monday, June 24, 2019

6word Portrait: Jeff Beck

Brilliant, influential guitarist originally in Yardbirds. 



Born 75 years ago today. 

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

6word Portrait: Alan Turing

British mathematician's inventions vital during WWII.


Born this day in 1912 (d. 1954)



Saturday, June 22, 2019

6word Portrait: Billy Wilder

Director "wildly" traversed genres with excellence. 



Born this day in 1906 (d. 2002)

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Friday, June 21, 2019

6word Portrait: Lana Wachowski

Made Matrix with brother; became sisters.


Born (as Laurence Wachowski) this day in 1965.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

6word Portrait: Audie Murphy

Most decorated WWII hero, turned actor.



Born this day in 1925 (d. 1971)

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

6word Portrait: Pauline Kael

She changed face of film criticism. 



Born 100 years ago today (d. 2001)

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

6word Portrait: Lou Brock

938 stolen bases, traded by Cubs.



Born 80 years ago today

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Monday, June 17, 2019

6word Portrait: Kendrick Lamar

Damn, he's a gifted hip hopper. 



Born this day in 1987

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

6word Portrait: Irving Penn

Fashion photographer; famed for creative portraits.



Born this day in 1917 (d. 2009)



Saturday, June 15, 2019

6word Portrait: Waylon Jennings

Outlaw country superstar skipped fateful flight.


Born this day in 1937 (d. 2002)

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Friday, June 14, 2019

6word Portrait: Pat Summitt

Coached Lady Vols to 8 titles. 



Born this day in 1952 (d. 2016)

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

6word Portrait: Paul Lynde

Was glibly gay amid Hollywood Squares.



Born this day in 1926 (d. 1982)

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

6word Portrait: Chick Corea

Jazz pianist, composer "fused" with Miles.



Born this day in 1941

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

6word Portrait: Peter Dinklage

"Station Agent" at height of Game.



Born 50 years ago today.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

6word Portrait: Howlin' Wolf

"Smokestack Lightning" giant in Chicago blues.


Born (as Chester Arthur Burnett) this day in 1910 (d. 1976)

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

6word Portrait: Cole Porter

"You're the Top" musical theater composer.



Born this day in 1891 (d. 1964)

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

6word Portrait: Jerry Stiller

Comedy legend with wife Anne Meara.



Born this day in 1927

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Friday, June 7, 2019

6word Portrait: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Scottish architect/designer created sleek modern chairs.



Born this day in 1868 (d. 1928)

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

6word Portrait: Diego Velázquez

Spaniard painted King Philip, Las Meninas



Born 420 years ago today (d. 1660)



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

6word Portrait: John Maynard Keynes

Considered the founder of modern macroeconomics.


Born this day in 1883 (d. 1946)

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

6word Portrait: Rosalind Russell

Hildy Johnson, Ruth Sherwood, Mama Rose




Born this day in 1907 (d. 1969)

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Monday, June 3, 2019

6word Portrait: Josephine Baker

American singer/dancer embodied Parisian Jazz Age.


Born this day in 1906 (d. 1975)

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

6word Portrait: Marvin Hamlisch

A Chorus Line composer won PEGOT.*



Born 75 years ago today (d. 2012)


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*Pulitzer Prize, Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Oscar, Tony Award

Saturday, June 1, 2019

6word Portrait: Alanis Morissette

"You Oughta Know" Jagged Little Pill.



Born 45 years ago today.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

6word Portrait: Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass 19th century poet.



Born 200 years ago today (d. 1892)



Thursday, May 30, 2019

6word Portrait: Howard Hawks

Directed Big Sleep, Red River, etc.



Born this day in 1896 (d. 1977)

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

6word Portrait: Al Unser

Second to win four Indy 500s.



Born 80 years ago today.

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