Monday, December 31, 2018

6word Portrait: Henri Matisse

"Dance" artist famed as brilliant colorist. 

Born this day in 1869 (d. 1954)



The Dance

Sunday, December 30, 2018

6word Portrait: Bo Diddley

Blues/rock pioneer created "Bo Diddley" beat.

Born 90 years ago today (d. 2008)



Saturday, December 29, 2018

6word Portrait: Theo Epstein

Baseball exec ended Red Sox, Cubs droughts.

Born 45 years ago today.

Friday, December 28, 2018

6word Portrait: Stan Lee

Became a Marvel of the comics. 

Born this day in 1922 (d. 2018)


List of movie cameos

Thursday, December 27, 2018

6word Portrait: Marlene Dietrich

German actress became Hollywood femme fatale.

Born this day in 1901 (d. 1992)

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

6word Portrait: Steve Allen

First host of The Tonight Show.

Born this day in 1921 (d. 2000)

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

6word Portrait: Sir Isaac Newton

Explained laws of motion and gravity.

Born this day in 1642 (d. 1726)

Monday, December 24, 2018

6word Portrait: Lemmy

Motörhead singer/bassist lived hard, rocked harder.

Born (as Ian Kilmister) this day in 1945 (d. 2015)

Sunday, December 23, 2018

6word Portrait: Harry Shearer

Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls; Simpsons voices.

Born 75 years ago today.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

6word Portrait: Rick Nielsen

Cheap Trick guitarist with 5 necks.

Born 70 years ago today.

Friday, December 21, 2018

6word Portrait: Samuel L. Jackson

One "L." of a great actor.

Born 70 years ago today.


All Movie filmography

Thursday, December 20, 2018

6word Portrait: Harvey Firestone

Created tire company bearing his name. 

Born 150 years ago today (d. 1938)


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

6word Portrait: Cicely Tyson

Longtime film/TV/theater star played Jane Pittman.

Born this day in 1924 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

6word Portrait: Steven Spielberg

Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders, E.T., Schindler's.

Born this day in 1946


AllMovie filmography

Monday, December 17, 2018

6word Portrait: Eddie Kendricks

Falsetto voice powered often irresistible Temptations. 

Born this day in 1939 (d. 1992)



Sunday, December 16, 2018

6word Portrait: Liv Ullmann

Norwegian actress a longtime Bergman muse.

Born 80 years ago today. 


AllMovie filmography

Saturday, December 15, 2018

6word Portrait: Gustave Eiffel

Architect and engineer with towering vision.

Born this day in 1832 (d. 1923)


Tower photos by Seth Arkin: 
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Friday, December 14, 2018

6word Portrait: Lester Bangs

Rewrote the boundaries of rock criticism.

Born 70 years ago today (d. 1982)


Writings & resources online 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

6word Portrait: Larry Doby

Broke color barrier in American League.

Born 95 years ago today (d. 2003)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

6word Portrait: Edvard Munch

Norwegian painter depicted an eternal "Scream."

Born 155 years ago today (d. 1944)



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

6word Portrait: Rita Moreno

Anita in West Side Story movie. 

Born this day in 1931.


AllMovie filmography

IBDB Broadway credits

Monday, December 10, 2018

6word Portrait: Agnes Nixon

Writer/producer created All My Children, OLTL.

Born this day in 1922 (d. 2016)

Sunday, December 9, 2018

6word Portrait: John Malkovich

Being a Steppenwolf and movie star. 

Born 65 years ago today. 


AllMovie filmography

Theater credits

Saturday, December 8, 2018

6word Portrait: Diego Rivera

Preeminent Mexican muralist; married to Frida.

Born this day in 1886 (d. 1957)

Friday, December 7, 2018

6word Portrait: Larry Bird

From French Lick to Celtics superstar.

Born this day in 1956.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

6word Portrait: Dave Brubeck

Cool Jazz pianist conveyed, "Take Five."

Born this day in 1920 (d. 2012)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

6word Portrait: Little Richard

"Tutti Frutti" rock and roll pioneer.

Born this day in 1932.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

6word Portrait: Jeff Bridges

Acting family scion; the Dude abides.

Born this day in 1949.

Monday, December 3, 2018

6word Portrait: Jean-Luc Godard

Breathless French New Wave director, screenwriter 

Born this day in 1930.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

6word Portrait: Maria Callas

Greek-American soprano famed for bel canto

Born 95 years ago today (d. 1977)



Saturday, December 1, 2018

6word Portrait: George H.W. Bush

41st President long-served the American people.

Born June 12, 1924, died November 30, 2018