Monday, April 30, 2018

6word Portrait: Wayne Kramer

Presaged punk as MC5's jams-kicking guitarist.

Born 70 years ago today.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

6word Portrait: Willie Nelson

Country music icon; Red Headed Stranger.

Born 85 years ago today. 



Saturday, April 28, 2018

6word Portrait: Harper Lee

She wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.

Born this day in 1926 (d. 2016)

Friday, April 27, 2018

6word Portrait: Earl Anthony

Most dominant bowler of his day.

Born 80 years ago today (d. 2001)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

6word Portrait: Carol Burnett

Ear-pulling comedienne starred on eponymous Show.

Born 85 years ago today.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

6word Portrait: Edward R. Murrow

Covered the Blitz; brought down McCarthy(ism).

Born 110 years ago today (d. 1965)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

6word Portrait: Shirley MacLaine

Apartment to Endearment, an eternal star. 

Born this day in 1934


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Monday, April 23, 2018

6word Portrait: William Shakespeare

All the world's his Globe stage.

Born this day in 1564 (d. 1616)

6word Portrait: Tony Esposito

Hall of Fame goalie for Blackhawks.

Born 75 years ago today. 



Sunday, April 22, 2018

6word Portrait: Charles Mingus

Double-bassist, composer forever a jazz giant.

Born this day in 1922 (d. 1979)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

6word Portrait: Patti LuPone

Theatrical royalty; originated Evita on Broadway.

Born this day in 1949.

Friday, April 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Joan Miró

Catalan abstractionist created whimsically colorful canvases.

Born 120 years ago today (d. 1983)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

6word Portrait: Ashley Judd

De-Lovely actress frankly helped topple Weinstein.

Born 50 years ago today.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Conan O'Brien

Late-night TBS host, after NBC nonsense. 

Born 55 years ago today.



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

6word Portrait: William Holden

Starred in Stalag, Sunset Blvd., Network

Born 100 years ago today (d. 1981)


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Monday, April 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

UCLA, Bucks, Lakers, sky hook, Airplane.

Born this day in 1947.



Sunday, April 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Roy Clark

Hee Haw host; country music legend. 

Born 85 years ago today. 



Saturday, April 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Rod Steiger

Pawnbroker; Heat of Night. WWII/Navy vet.

Born this day in 1925 (d. 2002)

Friday, April 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Thomas Jefferson

Wrote the Declaration; became third President. 

Born 275 years ago today (d. 1826)



Thursday, April 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Herbie Hancock

Jazz pianist accompanied Miles. "Rockit" success.

Born this day in 1940.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Ethel Kennedy

RFK's widow; mother of 11; humanitarian. 

Born 90 years ago today. 


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Omar Sharif

Bridge-playing Egyptian actor; Lawrence of Arabia.

Born this day in 1932 (d. 2015)


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Monday, April 9, 2018

6word Portrait: Jean-Paul Belmondo

Embodied outlaw-chic in Godard's groundbreaking Breathless.

Born 85 years ago today.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

6word Portrait: Betty Ford

Feminist First Lady, including of detoxification.

Born 100 years ago today (d. 2011)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Billie Holiday

Majestic Lady Day decried "Strange Fruit."

Born this day in 1915 (d. 1959)



Friday, April 6, 2018

6word Portrait: André Previn

Orchestra conductor, Oscar-winning composer, jazz pianist. 

Born this day in 1929.



Thursday, April 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Gregory Peck

Embodied Atticus Finch; Roman Holiday, Spellbound.

Born this day in 1916 (d. 2003)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

6word Portrait: Maya Angelou

Poet knew why Caged Bird Sings.

Born 90 years ago today (d. 2014)


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Doris Day

Buoyant blonde singer became film icon.

Born 96 years ago today.



Monday, April 2, 2018

6word Portrait: Hans Christian Andersen

Danish storyteller. Ugly Duckling, Little Mermaid

Born this day in 1805 (d. 1875)


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Sunday, April 1, 2018

6word Portrait: Jimmy Cliff

The Harder They Come, popularized reggae. 

Born 70 years ago today.