Happy Birthday, Patty Andrews!
Patricia Marie Andrews (February 16th, 1918 - January 30, 2013) was an American singer in band The Andrews Sisters, alongside her two elder siblings LaVerne and Maxene Andrews. The three sisters sang as a trio for the majority of their lives, sticking together through a long career full of stardom and adventure. When the band officially formed, Patty was only seven years old. The Andrews Sisters would go on to be famous all over the world, and release countless pop hits. Some of these include: Bei Mir Bist Du Schön, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Beer Barrel Polka, Nice Work If You Can Get It, (I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time, Sonny Boy, Jingle Bells, Rum and Coca Cola, Winter Wonderland and I Can Dream, Can't I? as well as many, many more. The Andrews Sisters were the first all-girl trio to reach mainstream popularity and influenced the likes of Bette Midler, The Puppini Sisters, Barry Manilow, The Manhattan Dolls and even Elvis Presley. Patty Andrews died earlier this year after a distinguished career as a talented singer and the sweetheart of the Andrews Clan.
Happy Birthday, Chris Farley!
Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 - December 18, 1997) was an American comedian and actor, best known for his five years as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (1990 - 1995). Farley became popular through the Improv Olympic and Second City Theaters in Chicago. It was here that he would meet Lorne Michaels, who would bring him to stardom. Farley's comic style was loud, energetic and shameless. Many of his characters are well remembered today. Farley suffered with problems of obesity and drug abuse throughout his career. The latter would eventually be his demise and he died from the same cause as his comedy idol John Belushi. Chris Farley's legacy lives on through a star on Hollywood Boulevard, through his comedy peers and through the countless fans he inspired.
Happy birthday Renée Fleming!
Renée Fleming (born February 14, 1959) is an American soprano with an extensive career in opera. Fleming began studying music at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and went on to study at the Eastman School of Music and then Juilliard. Fleming began singing professionally in the 1980s, while a graduate student at Juilliard. In 1988, she won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She performed in several operas around the world, including The Royal Opera of London. In 1991, Fleming made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera as well as the San Francisco Opera, as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.
Happy birthday Eileen Farrell!
Eileen Farrell (February 13, 1920 – March 23, 2002) was an American soprano known for her long career in both classical and popular music. Farrell began her career as a member of the CBS chorus and soon went on to star in her own program, Eileen Farrell Sings, on which she sang classical and popular music for several years. She then began a career in opera, which included five seasons with the Metropolitan Opera. Released by Columbia, her popular music albums include I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues, Here I Go Again, This Fling Called Love and Together with Love.
"I love fools' experiments. I am always making them." -Charles Darwin
Happy birthday Charles Darwin!
As any college graduate worth his salt can tell you, Charles Darwin (February 12, 1809—April 19, 1882) was an English scientist whose theory of evolution by natural selection serves as the foundation of evolutionary studies. His book, On the Origin of the Species (1859) details the potential for diversity of life through selection and inheritance. In honor of his birthday, here's a list of interesting facts about Darwin that you might not have learned in high school.
Happy birthday Paul Bocuse!
Paul Bocuse (February 11, 1926) is a prominent French chef who is known for maintaining a very high standard of quality in his cooking and across his several restaurants. Bocuse is associated with nouvelle cuisine, an approach to food that values high quality, fresh ingredients over heavy, opulent dishes. Bocuse is regarded as an ambassador of modern French cuisine, and since 1987, the Bocuse d'Or has been regarded as the most prestigious award for chefs in the world, in terms of French cuisine.
Happy birthday Leontyne Price!
Mary Violet Leontyne Price (February 10, 1927) is an American soprano and one of the first African Americans to become a featured artist with the Metropolitan Opera. As a lirico spinto, "pushed lyric" soprano, Price was especially suited for roles from Verdi and Puccini, and several operas by Mozart. For her contributions to classical music, Leontyne Price has been honored with nineteen Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and tthe Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Happy Birthday, Mia Farrow!
Mia Farrow (born February 9th, 1945) is an American film actress, humanitarian, political activist and mother of fifteen children, both biological and adopted. Farrow starred in many great roles over the course of her life. These included Rosemary's Baby (1968), Secret Ceremony (1968), John and Mary (1969), Follow Me (1972), The Great Gatsby (1974), The Omen (2006), Be Kind Rewind (2008) and Luc Besson's Arthur Series (2006-2010). Farrow was in a relationship with film director Woody Allen for several years, during which she was a star in many of his films. These credits include Zelig (1983), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Radio Days (1987) and Alice (1990). She is a Goodwill Ambassador at UNICEF and a firm believer in children's rights. As well as this, Farrow campaigned for "Dream for Darfur", narrated a documentary about Rwandan genocide and testified against the former Liberian President. Farrow's involvement with countless charities and campaigns has led her to be named as one of the world's most influential people.
Happy Birthday, James Dean.
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
James Byron Dean (February 8th, 1931 - September 30th, 1955) was an American actor best known for his lead role in the film Rebel Without A Cause (1955). James Dean became an icon and legend in popular culture. His portrayal of the "disillusioned teenager" struck young people nationwide and he is used to exemplify the "teen rebel" figure to this day. Dean was also a lead actor in the films East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956), the latter earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. James Dean died in a car crash at the young age of 24. This tragic accident would forever cement his name as one of Hollywood's most mysterious and loved stars.
"An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself." - Charles Dickens
Charles John Huffam Dickens (February 7, 1812-June 9, 1870) was an English author and social critic who is widely regarded as the most important novelist of the Victorian period. Dickens was a strong supporter of children's rights, and his novels often centered around idealistic young heroes pitted against grave situations. His most notable works include Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Charles Copperfield. Bleak House, a Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations.
"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds."
Happy Birthday Bob Marley!
Bob Marley (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican musician known for bringing reggae and the Rastafari movement to worldwide attention. Marley began his singing career in a band called The Wailers (1963-1974) which later turned into Bob Marley & The Wailers (1974–1981). His records have been the most famous and best-selling reggae albums of all time, with compilation album Legend (1984) reaching over 25 million copies worldwide. Some of Bob Marley's most well known songs include I Shot The Sheriff, No Woman No Cry, Redemption Song, One Love, Get Up Stand Up and Jamming.
"After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say 'I want to see the manager.'"
Happy Birthday, William S. Burroughs!
William Seward Burroughs (February 5th, 1914 - August 2nd, 1997) was an American writer, poet and spoken word performer. Alongside his friends Allan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, Burroughs was part of the Beat Generation. This echelon of post Second-World War writers rejected social standards and celebrated narcotics, sexuality and Eastern religion in their lives and in their poetry. Burrough's most well-known work includes the novels Junkie (1953), Naked Lunch (1959) and the Nova Trilogy (1961 - 1964). Burroughs lived in many places across the globe whilst dealing with the trials and tribulations of a continuous heroin addiction. In 1983, Burroughs was honored by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His name and work goes down in literary history as a major influence in popular culture and American history.