Happy Birthday George A. Romero!
Today marks the birth of George Andrew Romero (born February 4th, 1940), an American filmmaker who is also known as the "Godfather of Zombies". Romero is best known for his cult classic Night of the Living Dead (1968) as well as its successors Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985), Land of the Dead (2005) and Diary of the Dead (2008). Romero is known for defining modern day horror cinema. He inspired a medley of successful current day filmmakers including Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright, Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth and Guillermo Del Toro.
Happy birthday Dave Davies!
David Russell Gordon Davies (February 3, 1947) is an English rock musician and the lead guitarist and vocalist for The Kinks. Along with his brother Ray Davies, and their friend Pete Quaife, Dave was a founding member of The Kinks. The band's drummer Mick Avory completed the quartet, although his tumultuous relationship with Dave eventually led to Avory leaving the group in the mid 1980s. In 1967, Davies released his first solo single, "Death of a Clown" which was co-written with his brother. Davies' first true solo studio album was Bug, in 2002, followed by Fractured Mindz in January 2007.
Happy birthday Fritz Kreisler!
Fritz Kreisler (February 2, 1875 – January 29, 1962) was an Austrian violinist and composer who is known for his expressive phrasing and characteristically sweet tone. Although he briefly gave up his music to study medicine and then join the army, he returned to the violin in his early twenties.
Kreisler wrote a number of pieces for the violin, including several acclaimed. compositions which were originally attributed to earlier composers like Giuseppe Tartini and Antonio Vivaldi. When Kreisler revealed later that he was the original composer, critics tried to attack the work. Kreisler responded, "The name changes, the value remains."
Happy birthday Clark Gable!
William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960) was an American film actor whose outstanding film career earned him the moniker The King of Hollywood. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Rhett Butler in the 1939 film Gone With the Wind, opposite Vivien Leigh. In what became the final screen appearance for each, Gable appeared with Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits, in 1961. Below, a list of interesting facts about the screen legend in honor of his birthday:
Happy birthday E. Fay Jones!
Euine Fay Jones, (January 31, 1921 – August 31, 2004) was an American architect and designer and a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. After seeing a movie about Wright and and his Johnson Wax Building, Jones embarked on a career which would combine "drawing and building." Jones enrolled in the University of Arkansas in order to study architecture through the university's engineering program.
In his lifetime, 129 of his 218 design projects were brought to life; 84 of his designs were built in his native Arkansas. Jones' most famous buildings are the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas, and the Pinecote Pavilion at the Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, Mississippi.
Happy Birthday Gene Hackman!
Eugene Allen "Gene" Hackman, born January 30th, 1930 is an American film actor known for appearing in a wide spectrum of genres. Some of Hackman's most recognized roles are from the films The French Connection (1971), The Conversation (1974), Superman: The Movie (1978), Get Shorty (1995), Enemy of the State (1998) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). Between his first appearance in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and his retirement in 2008, Gene Hackman won two Oscars and another thirty-four awards, making him one of Hollywood's most prominent stars.
Happy Birthday, Oprah!
Oprah Winfrey, born January 29th, 1954, is an American media personality, best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is also an actress, producer, author, philanthropist and according to various sources, one of the most influential people in the world. Oprah's talk show was the highest rated talk show in history and ran for 25 seasons between 1986 and 2011. Her empathy, openness and deeply personal discussions with her guests resulted in an effect the Wall Street Journal called "Oprahfication". The term referred to her revolution and popularization of the tabloid talk show as therapy through mass communication. In addition to her talk show, Oprah is known for co-authoring five books, publishing O: The Oprah Magazine, creating her own production company and television network and appearing in films such as The Color Purple (1985). Oprah was ranked one of the wealthiest African-Americans in the 20th Century.
"Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition." -Arthur Rubinstein
Happy Birthday Arthur Rubinstein!
Arthur Rubinstein (January 28, 1887 – December 20, 1982) was a Polish-American classical pianist who is widely regarded as one of the great musicians of the twentieth century. Rubinstein is known especially for his masterful interpretation of Frédéric Chopin. His concert career spanned eight decades. Rubinstein's musical prowess as well as his ability to speak eight languages, were largely attributed to his self-described photographic memory. Once, Rubinstein learned the whole of César Franck's Symphonic Variations during his train ride to the concert. Without a piano, he learned the passages by playing them on his lap.
"One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others." - Lewis Carroll
The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, (1832-1898) better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was a writer and mathematician. Carroll is most fondly remembered as the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.
Happy Birthday Stéphane Grappelli!
Stéphane Grappelli (January 26, 1908 – December 1, 1997) was a French jazz violinist and founding member of the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Grappelli performed in concerts well into his 80s and collaborated with several generations of influential musicians across several genres, including Duke Ellington, Paul Simon, and Pink Floyd, for whom he recorded a solo for their album Wish You Were Here.
Happy Birthday, Etta James!
Etta James (January 25th, 1938 - January 20th, 2012) was a legendary American singer who performed in the genres of jazz, gospel, blues, soul and rock'n'roll. She is remembered for her many pop hits including: At Last, Roll With Me Henry, Somethings Got A Hold On Me and I'd Rather Go Blind. James' successful career and catalog of 28 studio albums won her six Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards. Her life was laced with sadness as she struggled with addiction and drug abuse, but her comeback with album The Seven Year Itch in the late 1980s proved her to be one of the strongest personalities in American music and landed her in many top greatest singers of all time lists.
"Even on the street waiting for the bus, stand like ballerina."
Happy Birthday, Maria Tallchief!
Elizabeth Marie Tallchief is a Native American Ballerina who was born in Fairfax, Oklahoma on January 24th, 1925. From an early age, Maria Tallchief (or Betty Marie, as her parents called her) was interested in dancing. She describes her childhood self as being "shy, docile and introverted." She enjoyed nothing more than running around outdoors and playing with animals. She was enamored of music from the age of three. When she was eight, her family moved to Beverley Hills, where Marie could pursue her passion: a career in dance.
In Los Angeles, Maria studied with choreographer Bronislava Nijinska, who taught her a personal philosophy and discipline: "When you sleep, sleep like a ballerina. Even on the street waiting for the bus, stand like ballerina." The lesson resonated with Maria, who took the advice to heart.