Tuesday, July 31, 2018

6word Portrait: Ahmet Ertegun

Immigrant from Turkey co-founded Atlantic Records.

Born 95 years ago today (d. 2006)


Atlantic Records bio

Monday, July 30, 2018

6word Portrait: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Photo by Seth Arkin, circa 1999
Champion bodybuilder, movie star, Terminator, governor.

Born this day in 1947


AllMovie.com Filmography

Sunday, July 29, 2018

6word Portrait: Ken Burns

Civil War, Vietnam, Jazz, Baseball documentarian.  

Born 65 years ago today. 



Saturday, July 28, 2018

6word Portrait: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First Lady epitomized grace amid tragedy. 

Born this day in 1929 (d. 1994)



Friday, July 27, 2018

6word Portrait: William Eggleston

Brought color to the photographic art.

Born this day in 1939


Eggleston website

Seth Saith review of an Eggleston exhibition (with photo gallery)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

6word Portrait: Stanley Kubrick

Directed Dr. Strangelove, 2001, Clockwork Orange

Born 90 years ago today (d. 1999)


AllMovie.com filmography

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

6word Portrait: Steve Goodman

Cubs-loving folksinger cut down by leukemia.

Born 70 years ago today (d. 1984)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

6word Portrait: Amelia Earhart

First female pilot to cross Atlantic.

Born this day in 1897 (d. 1937)

Monday, July 23, 2018

6word Portrait: Raymond Chandler

Big Sleep detective novelist became screenwriter.

Born 130 years ago today (d. 1959)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

6word Portrait: George Clinton

Erstwhile Captain of the Parliament-Funkadelic mothership.

Born this day in 1941

Saturday, July 21, 2018

6word Portrait: Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam

"The first cut is the deepest."

Born 70 years ago today. 



Spotify playlist

Friday, July 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Natalie Wood

She played a girl named Maria.

Born 80 years ago today (d. 1981)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

6word Portrait: Rachel Robinson

Her love helped Jackie break barriers. 

Born this day in 1922


The Jackie Robinson Foundation

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Nelson Mandela

From political prisoner to revered President.

Born 100 years ago today (d. 2013)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

6word Portrait: James Cagney

Archetypal tough guy; Yankee Doodle Dandy

Born this day in 1899 (d. 1986)


AllMovie.com filmography


Monday, July 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Ginger Rogers

Danced with Astaire, backwards in heels. 

Born this day in 1911 (d. 1995)



Sunday, July 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Rembrandt

Dutch master of the expressive portrait.

Born this day in 1606 (d. 1669)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Ingmar Bergman

Influential Swedish director/screenwriter made Wild Strawberries

Born 100 years ago today (d. 2007)


AllMovie.com filmography

Friday, July 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Roger McGuinn

From Chicago folkie to high-flying Byrd.

Born this day in 1942.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Milton Berle

"Uncle Miltie" was TV's first superstar. 

Born 110 years ago today (d. 2002)



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Tab Hunter

Secretly gay actor, singer and heartthrob.

Born this day in 1931 (d. 2018)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Arthur Ashe

African-American tennis champion; battled against AIDS.

Born 75 years ago today (d. 1993)



Monday, July 9, 2018

6word Portrait: Brian Dennehy

Screen, stage stalwart; frequently at Goodman.

Born 80 years ago today.


AllMovie.com filmography

Theater Credits

Sunday, July 8, 2018

6word Portrait: Kevin Bacon

Footloose star separated within six degrees. 

Born 60 years ago today. 


AllMovie.com filmography

Saturday, July 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Ringo Starr

Kept the beat for the Beatles.

Born this day in 1940.

Friday, July 6, 2018

6word Portrait: Bill Haley

"Rock Around the Clock" musical pioneer. 

Born this day in 1925 (d. 1981)



Thursday, July 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Bill Watterson

Cartoonist imaginatively created Calvin and Hobbes

Born 60 years ago today. 


Calvin and Hobbes online

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Eppie Lederer and Pauline Phillips

Identical advisors: Ann Landers, Dear Abby

Born 100 years ago today (d. 2002, 2013)

Wikipedia (Eppie/Ann, Pauline/Abby)

6word Portrait: Franz Kafka

His Kafkaesque writings begat a Metamorphosis.

Born 135 years ago today (d. 1924)


Metamorphosis online

Monday, July 2, 2018

6word Portrait: Thurgood Marshall

First African-American U.S. Supreme Court justice. 

Born 110 years ago today (d. 1993)



Sunday, July 1, 2018

6word Portrait: Twyla Tharp

Visionary dancer/choreographer created the crossover ballet. 

Born this day in 1941