Wednesday, October 31, 2018

6word Portrait: John Keats

English romantic poet died from tuberculosis. 

Born this day in 1795 (d. 1821)


Poems online

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

6word Portrait: Alfred Sisley

Alfred Sisley by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Original Impressionist noted for painting landscapes.

Born this day in 1839 (d. 1899)

Monday, October 29, 2018

6word Portrait: Fanny Brice

Radio comedienne immortalized as Funny Girl.

Born this day in 1891 (d. 1951)

Sunday, October 28, 2018

6word Portrait: Edith Head

Hollywood costume designer won 8 Oscars.

Born this day in 1897 (d. 1981)

Saturday, October 27, 2018

6word Portrait: Theodore Roosevelt

Rough Rider became youngest U.S. President.

Born 160 years ago today (d. 1919)



Friday, October 26, 2018

6word Portrait: Natalie Merchant

Foremost of 10,000 Maniacs went solo.

Born 55 years ago today.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

6word Portrait: Marion Ross

Mrs. Marion Cunningham on Happy Days.

Born 90 years ago today. 



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

6word Portrait: Bob Kane

Comic book artist, author co-created Batman.

Born this day in 1915 (d. 1998)


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

6word Portrait: Pelé

Brazilian soccer legend considered greatest ever.

Born this day in 1940

Monday, October 22, 2018

6word Portrait: Franz Liszt

Hungarian pianist, composer created symphonic poems.

Born this day in 1811 (d. 1886)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

6word Portrait: Whitey Ford

Yankees '50s-'60s ace won 6 rings.

Born 90 years ago today.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Bela Lugosi

Was fame as Dracula in vein?

Born this day in 1882 (d. 1956)

Wikipedia filmography

Friday, October 19, 2018

6word Portrait: John le Carré

The spy who became an author. 

Born this day in 1931


Open Library page

Thursday, October 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Mike Ditka

Da Coach led Bears to title.

Born this day in 1939


Coaching stats

Playing stats

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

6word Portrait: Rita Hayworth

Sultry Gilda star; top WWII pin-up.

Born 100 years ago today (d. 1987)

Wikipedia filmography

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Eugene O'Neill

Long Day's Journey Into Night playwright.

Born 130 years ago today (d. 1953)


Long Day's Journey Into Night script online

Monday, October 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Jim Palmer

Orioles HOF ace, announcer, Jockey model

Born this day in 1945

Sunday, October 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Lillian Gish

"First Lady of the Silent Screen"

Born 125 years ago today (d. 1993)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Paul Simon

Masterful singer/songwriter, with Garfunkel and without. 

Born this day in 1941



Friday, October 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Hugh Jackman

X-Men's Wolverine also a Broadway star.

Born 50 years ago today.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Elmore Leonard

Pulpy American novelist oft-adapted by Hollywood.

Born this day in 1925 (d. 2013)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Helen Hayes

EGOT-winning "First Lady of American Theatre."

Born this day in 1900 (d. 1983)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

6word Portrait: Jackson Browne

California singer/songwriter insightfully "Running on Empty."

Born 70 years ago today.

Monday, October 8, 2018

6word Portrait: Chevy Chase

Original SNL cast member; Caddyshack; Vacation

Born 75 years ago today. 

Wikipedia filmography

Sunday, October 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Yo-Yo Ma

The only cellist I can name. 

Born this day in 1955



Saturday, October 6, 2018

6word Portrait: Carole Lombard

1930s' top actress; plane crash victim

Born this day in 1908 (d. 1942)

Friday, October 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Bill James

Baseball statistician gave birth to sabermetrics.

Born this day in 1949

Thursday, October 4, 2018

6word Portrait: Anne Rice

Author concocted Interview with the Vampire.

Born this day in 1941

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Stevie Ray Vaughan

Thunderous guitar licks wrought Texas Flood.

Born this day in 1954 (d. 1990)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

6word Portrait: Groucho Marx

Witty wisecracker led the Marx Brothers.

Born this day in 1890 (d. 1977)

Monday, October 1, 2018

6word Portrait: Julie Andrews

Mary Poppins; Sound of Music's Maria

Born this day in 1935