Happy Birthday Rob Paulsen!
Robert Fredrick "Rob" Paulsen III (born March 11, 1956) is an American voice actor and singer whose voice talents have been used extensively in children's animation. Paulsen is the voice of Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko Warner and Dr. Otto Scratchansniff from Animaniacs, Rev Runner from Loonatics Unleashed, and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain. For his performance as Pinky, Paulsen won A Daytime Emmy Award. Paulsen continues to voice characters on shows including The Looney Toons Show, the Fairly OddParents, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Donatello.
"I realize how talented our hair and wardrobe people are every time I have to get dressed on my own."
Happy Birthday, Jon Hamm!
Jon Hamm (born March 10th, 1971) is an American film and television actor. After being raised in Missouri and living through the death of both his parents, Hamm moved to Los Angeles. He struggled for many years to land parts and served tables in the meantime. After a string of small roles on various television shows, Hamm was eventually cast as the lead character of Don Draper on critically-acclaimed AMC series Mad Men. For this role, Hamm received much attention and praise. He won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for this performance, as well as six other major awards and dozens of nominations.
"I believe the inspiration for a building should be in the accumulation of history. Architecture...should be timeless and convey by its very fiber the assurance of permanence..."
Happy birthday Edward Durell Stone!
Edward Durell Stone (March 9, 1902 – August 6, 1978) was a 20th century American architect whose modern architectural designs can be seen in a number of important American structures. Stone's staple contributions to American architecture include the main lobby and grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Standard Oil Building in Chicago, and others.
Happy Birthday, Claire Trevor!
Claire Trevor (March 8, 1910 – April 8, 2000), "The Queen of Film Noir," was an American Academy Award-winning actress. She appeared in over 60 films, including Dead End (1937), Stagecoach (1939), Born to Kill (1947), Key Largo (1948) and The High and the Mighty (1954). For her talents, Trevor won an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role (Key Largo, 1948) and was awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
"Art is not made for anybody and is, at the same time, for everybody"
Happy Birthday, Piet Mondrian!
Piet Mondrian (March 7th, 1872 – February 1, 1944) was a Dutch painter. He is best known for his linear grid paintings consisting of black lines, white spaces and colored blocks. Mondrian termed his work "Neo-Plasticism" after spending years exploring still life, impressionism and abstract, non-representational images. He mainly used the colors red, yellow and blue. Throughout the course of his life, Mondrian lived in the Netherlands, Paris, London and New York. His paintings hang in museums around the world today.
Happy birthday David Gilmour!
David Gilmour (March 6, 1946) is an English musician and the lead singer and guitarist for Pink Floyd. Gilmour wrote "Comfortably Numb" and produced the band's thirteenth studio album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The album was recorded mostly on Gilmour's houseboat, and went on to achieve quadruple platinum status in the US. Gilmour has released four solo albums and acted as producer for many other musicians. He is 67 today.
"I don't use folklore, I am the folklore"
Happy Birthday, Heitor Villa-Lobos!
Heitor Villa-Lobos was a Brazilian composer and arguably the most significant Latin American musician to date. Villa-Lobos drew from the style of classical European composers but also focused on developing a new, Brazilian musical culture. Villa-Lobos was a pioneer in Brazilian music and a patriot of his country. He wrote many orchestral, chamber and vocal pieces as well as composing for instruments including the piano, cello, classical guitar, harp and harmonica.
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678 – July 28, 1941) was an Italian composer, violinist, and priest whose compositions earned him recognition as one of the greatest composers of Baroque music of his time. Vivaldi composed much of his work for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for orphaned children where Vivaldi had worked for several years. He composed concertos, sacred choral works, and over forty operas. He is best remembered for his violin concertos, The Four Seasons.
Adrian Adolph Greenberg (March 3, 1903 — September 13, 1959), known as Adrian, was an American costume designer whose costumes were featured in The Wizard of Oz, for which he custom-designed Dorothy's ruby slippers, and other MGM productions. Adrian only designed for women, and his assistants created costumes for male actors. Adrian often worked in period films, and his clothing appears in Marie Antoinette (1938), Anna Karenina (1935), Romeo and Juliet (1936) and Pride and Prejudice (1940). He was credited in films as "Gowns by Adrian".
"Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope."
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer, poet, illustrator and political cartoonist most known for his many successful children's books. Seuss was known for his use of anapestic tetrameter, a memorable and catchy rhythm best suited for comical and melodic poems. Over the course of his career, Seuss published over 46 children's books and many were later adapted into films. Seuss's best selling and most famous works include the titles: Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Seuss was a strong supporter of the US army during the Second World War and worked in advertising during The Great Depression, a medium that let him explore both illustration and wordplay. March 2nd, Seuss's birth date, was adopted as the yearly "National Read Across America Day," in an attempt to inspire children to read more.
Happy birthday Ron Howard!
"One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition, with its own set of challenges."
Ron Howard (March 1, 1954) is an American film and television actor, director, and producer who appeared in his first movie when he was just 18 months old. As a child actor, he appeared regularly on Playhouse 90 on CBS, where he caught the eye of Sheldon Leonard, producer of The Andy Griffith Show. In addition to his roles as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and Richie Cunningham on Happy Days, Howard is known for directing and producing films like Grand Theft Auto (1977), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2002), The Da Vinci Code (2006), and many others. Howard was the voice of the narrator of Arrested Development, and served as the executive producer of the show.
Happy (Leap Year) Birthday, Reri Grist!
Reri Grist (born February 29, 1932) is an American coloratura soprano from New York. She was one of the pioneer African American Opera singers who went on to enjoy a long and successful career as well as international fame across the Opera world. Grist starred as Consuelo, one of the female "Sharks", in the original 1957 performance of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story on Broadway. The now classic song "Somewhere" was first sung by Grist and introduced into popular culture. Grist enjoyed a life of traveling around the globe and performing in many well renowned Opera venues in Europe. Since retiring from her career she has taught Voice and currently lives with her husband Dr. Ulf Thomson in Hamburg, Germany.