Thursday, August 31, 2017

6word Portrait: Princess Diana

Elegantly-troubled princess; too young to Di.

Died 20 years ago today (b. 1961)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

6word Portrait: Ted Williams

"Splendid Splinter;" hit .400; war hero.

Born this day in 1918 (d. 2002)


Baseball Reference

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

6word Portrait: Charlie Parker

Bird. Bebop King. Flew too high.

Born this day in 1920 (d. 1955)

Monday, August 28, 2017

6word Portrait: David Fincher

Directed Fight Club, Seven, Social Network...

Born 55 years ago today. 


AllMovie Filmography

Sunday, August 27, 2017

6word Portrait: Alice Coltrane

Brilliant jazz musician; wife of another.

Born this day in 1937 (d. 2007)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

6word Portrait: Shirley Manson

Photo by Seth Arkin
Brazenly expressive redheaded singer of Garbage.

Born this day in 1966



Friday, August 25, 2017

6word Portrait: Sean Connery.

An indelible Bond; licensed to thrill. 

Born this day in 1930. 


Thursday, August 24, 2017

6word Portrait: Howard Zinn

His People's History... provided alternate perspectives.

Born 95 years ago today (d. 2010) 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

6word Portrait: Gene Kelly

Singin' in the Rain for eternity.

Born 105 years ago today (d. 1912)



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

6word Portrait: John Lee Hooker

Boom Boom Boom Boom. Blues legend. 

Born 100 years ago today* (d. 2001)
*or 105 or otherwise; exact birthdate subject of debate



Monday, August 21, 2017

6word Portrait: Joe Strummer

The titan of The Clash, eternally. 

Born this day in 1952 (d. 2002)



Sunday, August 20, 2017

6word Portrait: Robert Plant

"Led" Zeppelin as the quintessential frontman.

Born this day in 1948. 



Saturday, August 19, 2017

6word Portrait: Coco Chanel

Iconic fashion, scents. Embodied No. 5.

Born this day in 1883 (d. 1971)

Friday, August 18, 2017

6word Portrait: Roberto Clemente

Greatest Pirate played, lived, sacrificed gracefully.

Born this day in 1934 (d. 1972)


Thursday, August 17, 2017

6word Portrait: Robert De Niro

Goodfella one of the all-time greats. 

Born this day in 1943.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

6word Portrait: Elvis Presley

Forever the King.
Left the building.

Died 40 years ago today (b. 1935)



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

6word Portrait: Stieg Larsson

Authored "...Dragon Tattoo," passed before mega-success.

Born this date in 1954 (d. 2004)


Monday, August 14, 2017

6word Portrait: Gary Larson

Illustrated life on The Far Side.

Born this day in 1950.


A Far Side gallery

Sunday, August 13, 2017

6word Portrait: Alfred Hitchcock

Notorious suspense master kept viewers Spellbound.

Born this day in 1899 (d. 1980)


AllMovie Filmography

Saturday, August 12, 2017

6word Portrait: Mark Knopfler

Singer-guitarist no longer in Dire Straits.

Born this day in 1949.



Friday, August 11, 2017

6word Portrait: Alex Haley

Championed his Roots; authored Malcolm's "autobiography."

Born this day in 1921 (d. 1992)


Thursday, August 10, 2017

6word Portrait: Haifaa al-Mansour

First female Saudi director; watch Wadjda.

Born this day in 1974. 


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

6word Portrait: Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Eliza loved Alexander, championed his legacy.

Born 260 years ago today (d. 1854)


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

6word Portrait: Dustin Hoffman

Actor acclaimed for his brilliant method.

Born 80 years ago today.


Monday, August 7, 2017

6word Portrait: Mike Trout

Baseball's best at 26, already legendary.

Born this day in 1991.


Baseball Reference

Sunday, August 6, 2017

6word Portrait: Robert Mitchum

Rugged leading man traversed Thunder Road

Born 100 years ago today (d. 1997)


Saturday, August 5, 2017

6word Portrait: Neil Armstrong

His small step a giant leap.

Born this day in 1930 (d. 2012)


Friday, August 4, 2017

6word Portrait: Barack Obama

First African-American President led with grace.

Born this day in 1961.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

6word Portrait: Tom Brady

Patriots QB the best of all-time?

Born 40 years ago today.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

6word Portrait: James Baldwin

African-American essayist; was "Not Your Negro."

Born this day in 1924 (d. 1987)


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

6word Portrait: Herman Melville

Wrote a whale of a novel.

Born this day in 1819 (d. 1891)