Friday, June 30, 2017

6word Portrait: Lena Horne

Sultry singer, actress, activist, pioneer, icon.

Born 100 years ago today (d. 2010)



Thursday, June 29, 2017

6word Portrait: Richard Lewis

Self-deprecatingly neurotic comedian frequently on "Curb."

Born 70 years ago today.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

6word Portrait: Richard Rodgers

Scored sublime musicals with Hammerstein, Hart.

Born 115 years ago today (d. 1979)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

6word Portrait: Bob Keeshan

'Captain Kangaroo' brightened many a childhood.

Born 90 years ago today (d. 2004)

Monday, June 26, 2017

6word Portrait: Pearl S. Buck

'The Good Earth' enhanced global empathy.

Born 125 years ago today (d. 1973)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

6word Portrait: Larry Kramer

Writer, gay rights activist; ACT UP!

Born this day in 1935

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6word Portrait: Lionel Messi

Each goal the feat of genius.

Born 30 years ago today.

Friday, June 23, 2017

6word Portrait: Bob Fosse

Visionary choreographer and all that jazz.

Born 90 years ago today (d. 1987)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

6word Portrait: Meryl Streep

Only a fool thinks she's overrated. 

Born this day in 1949.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

6word Portrait: Ray Davies

Storied songwriter worked out the Kinks.

Born this day in 1944.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6word Portrait: Brian Wilson

God Only Knows the genius untapped.

Born 75 years ago today.

Monday, June 19, 2017

6word Portrait: Moe Howard

The chief Stooge, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

Born 120 years ago today (d. 1975)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

6word Portrait: Paul McCartney

John. Him. George. And Ringo. 4-ever. 

Born 75 years ago today.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

6word Portrait: M.C. Escher

His geometric artworks ingeniously confounded reality.

Born this day in 1898 (d. 1972)

Friday, June 16, 2017

6word Portrait: Stan Laurel

Always good for a Hardy laugh.

Born this day in 1890 (d. 1965)



Thursday, June 15, 2017

6word Portrait: Paul Rusesabagina

Saved lives at the Hotel Rwanda. 

Born this day in 1954.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

6word Portrait: Lang Lang

Chinese piano protege continues to flourish.

Born 35 years ago today.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

6word Portrait: Basil Rathbone

Sherlock Holmes and a screen swashbuckler.

Born 125 years ago today (d. 1967)

Monday, June 12, 2017

6word Portrait: Bun E. Carlos

Enjoyably off-beat drummer for Cheap Trick.

Born this day in 1951.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

6word Portrait: Gene Wilder

Producers. Wonka. Frankenstein. Saddles. Pryor. Radner.

Born this day in 1933 (d. 2016)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

6word Portrait: Judy Garland

Somewhere over the rainbow she sings.

Born 95 years ago today (d. 1969)

Friday, June 9, 2017

6word Portrait: Michael J. Fox

Courageously fighting back.

To the future. 

Born this day in 1961. 


His foundation for Parkinson's Research

Thursday, June 8, 2017

6word Portrait: Frank Lloyd Wright

Brilliantly designed homes containing  extraordinary artistry.

Born 150 years ago today (d. 1959)


Blog Post with photos

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

6word Portrait: Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet Laureate supremely well-versed in Chicago.

Born 100 years ago today (d. 2000)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

6word Portrait: Levi Stubbs

Foremost voice of the Four Tops.

Born this day in 1936 (d. 2008)



Monday, June 5, 2017

6word Portrait: Jacques Demy

Took movie musicals in luminous directions.

Born this day in 1931 (d. 1990)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

6word Portrait: Michelle Phillips

Pretty Mama inspired considerable "California Dreamin'"

Born this day in 1944



Saturday, June 3, 2017

6word Portrait: Curtis Mayfield

Superfly musical Impressions got people ready.

Born 75 years ago today (d. 1999)

Friday, June 2, 2017

6word Portrait: Johnny Weissmuller

Chicago to Olympic Gold to jungle. 

Born this day in 1904 (d. 1984)


Thursday, June 1, 2017

6word Portrait: Morgan Freeman

Acts, and speaks, with consummate dignity.

Born 80 years ago today.