Sunday, April 30, 2017

6word Portraits: Alice B. Toklas

Loved Gertrude; embraced Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse.

Born 140 years ago today (d. 1967)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

6word Portrait: Daniel Day-Lewis

The best actor, albeit rather sporadically. 

Born 60 years ago today.


6word Portrait: Michelle Pfeiffer

Pretty, classy actress; one fine career.

Born this day in 1958


Friday, April 28, 2017

6word Portrait: Oskar Schindler

Enlisting his courage, saved 1,200 Jews.

Born this day in 1908 (d. 1974)


Thursday, April 27, 2017

6word Portrait: George Gervin

Iceman was coolest; Spurred hoops fandom.

Born 65 years ago today.



In my pre- and early teens, the poster shown hung on my bedroom wall (in the suburbs of Chicago).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

6word Portrait: I.M. Pei

Designed beautiful museums, brilliant pyramid schemes.

Born 100 years ago today.

6word Portrait: Ella Fitzgerald

Forever the "First Lady of Song."

Born 100 years ago today (d. 1996)



Monday, April 24, 2017

6word Portrait: Barbra Streisand

Funny Girl; voice of her generation.

Born 75 years ago today.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

6word Portrait: Roy Orbison

"Roy Orbison singing for the lonely"

(lyric from "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen)

Born this day in 1936 (d. 1988)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

6word Portrait: Jack Nicholson

Forever flying over the cuckoo's nest.

Born 80 years ago today.


Friday, April 21, 2017

6word Portrait: Iggy Pop

Stooge. Idiot. Wild Child. Life Luster.

Born 70 years ago today.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

6word Portrait: Harold Lloyd

Eternally clinging to hands of time.

Born this day in 1893 (d. 1971)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

6word Portrait: Candace Parker

Illinois prep hoops queen ignites Sparks.

Born this day in 1986.



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

6word Portrait: James Woods

True believer, once upon a time. 

Born 70 years ago today.


Monday, April 17, 2017

6word Portrait: Liz Phair

Whipsmart songstress quite frankly transformed music.

Born 50 years ago today.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

6word Portrait: Charlie Chaplin

Modern times implore Tramp's impish empathy.

Born this day in 1889 (d. 1977)

6word Portrait: Wilbur Wright

With brother as wingman, took flight.

Born 150 years ago today. (d. 1912)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

6word Portrait: Jackie Robinson

Broke barriers; added color, excitement, dignity.

Became first African-American to play Major League Baseball 70 years ago today.


Friday, April 14, 2017

6word Portrait: Loretta Lynn

Country's most iconic Coal Miner's Daughter

Born 85 years ago today.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

6word Portrait: Stanley Donen

Movie musical director's reign merits Singin'

Born this day in 1924.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

6word Portrait: David Letterman

Acerbically rewrote boundaries of late-night TV. 

Born 70 years ago today.


Condolences on yesterday's passing of his mom, Dorothy Mengering

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

6word Portrait: Joel Grey

Life is a Cabaret, old chum.

Born 85 years ago today. 


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Monday, April 10, 2017

6word Portrait: Chuck Connors

One-time Cub, NBA pro, The Rifleman

Born this day in 1921 (d. 1992)


Sunday, April 9, 2017

6word Portrait: Peter Gammons

Baseball analysis: Best in the field. 

Born this day in 1945.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

6word Portrait: Michael Bennett

Chorus Line, choreography were singularly sensational. 

Born this day 1943 (d. 1987)



Friday, April 7, 2017

6word Portrait: Francis Ford Coppola

Godfather of '70s cinema; winemaker now.

Born this day in 1939


Thursday, April 6, 2017

6word Portrait: Merle Haggard

Subvert Okie from Muskogee? Mama tried.

Born this day 1937 (died this day 2016)



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

6word Portrait: Bette Davis

Legendarily, she had Bette Davis eyes.

Born this day 1908 (d. 1989)


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

6word Portrait: Muddy Waters

Hoochie Coochie bluesman; original Rolling Stone

Born this day 1913 (d. 1983)


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Monday, April 3, 2017

6word Portrait: Marlon Brando

Greatest actor contender always quite "Stella!"

Born this day in 1924 (d. 2004)

6word Portrait: Jane Goodall

Her study of primates illuminated humans. 

Born this day in 1934.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

6word Portaits: Marvin Gaye

What's going on? Grapevine revealed all.

Born this day in 1939 (d. 1984)



6word Portrait: Alec Guinness

With bridge-building master, the force was. 

Born this day in 1914 (d. 2000)


Saturday, April 1, 2017

6word Portrait: Toshiro Mifune

Quintessential Kurosawa warrior a magnificent one.

Born this day in 1920 (d. 1997)