Sunday, December 31, 2017

6word Portrait: Anthony Hopkins

Longtime star won Oscar as Hannibal. 

Born 80 years ago today. 

Wikipedia filmography

Saturday, December 30, 2017

6word Portrait: Sandy Koufax

Dominant Dodger lefty left at peak.

Born this day in 1935.

Friday, December 29, 2017

6word Portrait: Mary Tyler Moore

"You're gonna make it after all."

Born this day in 1936 (d. 2017)



Thursday, December 28, 2017

6word Portrait: Denzel Washington

Glory, Hurricane, Fences star epitomizes cool.

Born this day in 1954.

Wikipedia filmography

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

6word Portrait: Louis Pasteur

Saved millions from disease, bad milk.

Born this day in 1822 (d. 1895)


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

6word Portrait: Carlton Fisk

Red/White Sox catcher; Pudge;
“Stay fair!”

Born 70 years ago today.

Monday, December 25, 2017

6word Portrait: Humphrey Bogart

Iconic sardonic charisma charmed Casablanca, Bacall. 

Born this day in 1899 (d. 1957)

Wikipedia filmography

Sunday, December 24, 2017

6word Portrait: Ava Gardner

Classic screen beauty beguiled many, Frank.

Born 95 years ago today (d. 1990)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

6word Portrait: Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam, "Better Man," Cubs fan.

Born this day in 1964.

Friday, December 22, 2017

6word Portrait: Giacomo Puccini

Opera composer; Bohème, Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot

Born this day in 1858 (d. 1924)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

6word Portrait: Jane Fonda

2x Best Actress, activist, exercise guru.

Born 80 years ago today.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

6word Portrait: Branch Rickey

Broke barriers by signing Jackie Robinson.

Born this day in 1881 (d. 1965)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

6word Portrait: Edith Piaf

French chanteuse;
"La Vie en rose"

Born this day in 1915 (d. 1962)



Monday, December 18, 2017

6word Portrait: Keith Richards

Stones guitarist "Happy" "to be anywhere."

Born this day in 1943. 



Sunday, December 17, 2017

6word Portrait: Wes Studi

Cherokee played warriors, served in Vietnam.

Born 70 years ago today.



Saturday, December 16, 2017

6word Portrait: Ludwig van Beethoven

Composed glorious symphonies he couldn't hear. 

Born this day in 1770 (d. 1827)



Friday, December 15, 2017

6word Portrait: Julie Taymor

Lion King stage visionary; Frida director.

Born 65 years ago today.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

6word Portrait: Shirley Jackson

"The Lottery" short story long haunts.

Born this day in 1916 (d. 1965)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

6word Portrait: Dick Van Dyke

Eponymous sitcom, Mary Poppins, Birdie, Chitty

Born this day in 1925

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

6word Portrait: Frank Sinatra

Everlasting Chairman did it "My Way." 

Born this day in 1915 (d. 1998)



Monday, December 11, 2017

6word Portrait: McCoy Tyner

Coltrane's pianist is the real McCoy.

Born this day in 1938. 



Sunday, December 10, 2017

6word Portrait: Emily Dickinson

Legendary poet largely secluded during lifetime.

Born this day in 1830 (d. 1886)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

6word Portrait: Kirk Douglas

Along Paths of Glory, was Spartacus.

Born 101 years ago today.

Friday, December 8, 2017

6word Portrait: Jim Morrison

Helped Doors break through, light fires.

Born this day in 1943 (d. 1971)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

6word Portrait: Stuart Davis

Pioneering American abstractionist infused jazz-like vibrancy.

Born 125 years ago today (d. 1964)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

6word Portrait: Steven Wright

Laconic comedic master of wry observation.

Born this day in 1955.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

6word Portrait: Walt Disney

Animated Mickey and a wonderful World.

Born this day in 1901 (d. 1966)

Monday, December 4, 2017

6word Portrait: Marisa Tomei

Delightful actress favored by George Costanza.

Born this day in 1964.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

6word Portrait: Ozzy Osbourne

"Crazy, but that's how it goes"

Born this day in 1948



6word Portrait: Georges Seurat

Post-Impressionist pointedly painted A Sunday Afternoon...

Born this day in 1859 (d. 1891)

Friday, December 1, 2017

6word Portrait: Richard Pryor

Brilliantly revolutionized comedy with brutal honesty. 

Born this day in 1940 (d. 2005)



Thursday, November 30, 2017

6word Portrait: Magnus Carlsen

Norwegian World Chess Champion; highest-rated ever. 

Born this day in 1990


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

6word Portrait: Vin Scully

Dulcetly called Dodgers games for decades.

Born 90 years ago today.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

6word Portrait: Jon Stewart

Made acerbic condemnation a Daily Show.

Born 55 years ago today.

Monday, November 27, 2017

6word Portrait: Jimi Hendrix

Lord knows he’s a “Voodoo Child”

Born 75 years ago today (d. 1970)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

6word Portrait: Charles M. Schulz

Peanuts cartoonist observed life through Charlie.

Born 95 years ago today (d. 2000)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

6word Portrait: Joe DiMaggio

Photo by Seth Arkin, 1998
Where have you gone, Yankee Clipper?

Born this day in 1914 (d. 1999)

Friday, November 24, 2017

6word Portrait: Scott Joplin

“The Entertainer” who essentially created ragtime.

Born this day in 1868 (d. 1917)
(Birthdate likely inexact.)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

6word Portrait: Jerry Bock

Composed Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello

Born this day in 1928 (d. 2010)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

6word Portrait: Billie Jean King

A (tennis) champion for gender equality. 

Born this day in 1943.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

6word Portrait: René Magritte

"Ceci n'est pas une pipe." Surrealist. 

Born this day in 1898 (d. 1967)



Seth Saith article

Painting shown: The Treachery of Images (1929) 
French words translate to: This is not a pipe.

Monday, November 20, 2017

6word Portrait: Joe Walsh

Seems to me “Life’s Been Good”

Born 70 years ago today.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

6word Portrait: Savion Glover

Tapmaster brings in da noise, funk.

Born this day in 1973.



Saturday, November 18, 2017

6word Portrait: Alan Shepard

Pioneering astronaut first American in space.

Born this day in 1923 (d. 1998)

Friday, November 17, 2017

6word Portrait: Martin Scorsese

Singularly brilliant director with mob mentality.

Born 75 years ago today.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

6word Portrait: W. C. Handy

Composer, publisher, “Father of the Blues”

Born this day in 1873 (d. 1958)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

6word Portrait: Georgia O’Keeffe

Her floral masterworks represented intimate femininity.

Born 130 years ago today (d. 1986)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

6word Portrait: Claude Monet

Impressionist master painted water lilies, repeatedly.

Born this day in 1840 (d. 1926)

Monday, November 13, 2017

6word Portrait: Buck O’Neil

Negro Leagues icon became museum Monarch.

Born this day in 1911 (d. 2006)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

6word Portrait: Neil Young

Keeps on rockin’ in free world.

Born this day in 1945.