Thursday, February 27, 2020

6word Portrait: Joanne Woodward

Won an Oscar; married Paul Newman


Born 90 years ago today.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

6word Portrait: Fats Domino

Found his thrill on Blueberry Hill.


Born this day in 1928 (d. 2017) 

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

6word Portrait: Enrico Caruso

Legendary opera singer struck right tenor. 


Born this day in 1873 (d. 1921)

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Monday, February 24, 2020

6word Portrait: Michel Legrand

Legendary French composer scored Demy films. 


Born this day in 1932 (d. 2019)

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

6word Portrait: Ed "Too Tall" Jones

Grew up(wards) to be a Cowboy.


Born this day in 1950 or 1951 (sources vary)

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

6word Portrait: Julius Erving

Soaring above the rim, Dr. J


Born 50 years ago today.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

6word Portrait: Barbara Jordan

Texan was south's first African-American Congresswoman.


Born this day in 1936 (d. 1996)

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

6word Portrait: Robert Altman

Maverick directed M*A*S*H, Nashville, Short Cuts.


Born 95 years ago today (d. 2006)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

6word Portrait: Seal

African-British "Kiss from a Rose" singer.


Born Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel on this day in 1963.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

6word Portrait: John Hughes

Breakfast Club writer/director helped define generation.


Born 70 years ago today (d. 2009)

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Monday, February 17, 2020

6word Portrait: Hal Holbrook

Distinguished actor created Mark Twain Tonight!

Born 95 years ago today.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

6word Portrait: LeVar Burton

Played Kunta Kinte on Roots mini-series.


Born this day in 1957

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

6word Portrait: Frederick Douglass

Escaped slavery to become social reformer. 

Born in February 1818; exact date unknown (d. 1895)

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Friday, February 14, 2020

6word Portrait: Jack Benny

Pioneering radio/TV comedian turns 39, forever. 


Born this day in 1894 (d. 1974)

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

6word Portrait: Chuck Yeager

Right stuff to break sound barrier.


Born this day in 1923

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

6word Portrait: Charles Darwin

Furthered theories of evolution, natural selection


Born this day in 1809 (d. 1882)

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

6word Portrait: Sérgio Mendes

Brazilian helped take Bossa Nova worldwide.


Born this day in 1941.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

6word Portrait: Roberta Flack

Killing me softly with her songs. 


Born this day in 1937

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

6word Portrait: Carole King

Songwriter, singer created an eternal Tapestry


Born this day in 1942

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

6word Portrait: Jack Lemmon

Apartment to Odd Couple, always great.


Born 95 years ago today (d. 2001)



Friday, February 7, 2020

6word Portrait: Chris Rock

Best standup comedian since Eddie Murphy.

Born 55 years ago today.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

6word Portrait: Robert Townsend

Chicagoan directed, starred in Hollywood Shuffle


Born this day in 1957

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

6word Portrait: Cristiano Ronaldo

Portuguese soccer superstar currently on Juventus.


Born 35 years ago today.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

6word Portrait: Lawrence Taylor

Linebacker a Giant on the field.


Born this day in 1959 

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Monday, February 3, 2020

6word Portrait: Henry Heimlich

Surgeon created life-saving choking rescue maneuver.


Born 100 years ago today (d. 2016)

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

6word Portrait: Shakira

"Hips Don't Lie" at halftime, Whenever.


Born this day in 1977

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

6word Portrait: Rick James

"Super Freak" funkmaster, gifted but troubled. 


Born this day in 1948 (d. 2004)

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