Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American film director, writer, actor and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television, and radio. Welles was also an accomplished magician, starring in troop variety spectacles in the war years. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the 20th century. His first two films with RKO: Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, are widely considered two of the greatest ever made. His other films, including Touch of Evil and Chimes at Midnight, are also considered masterpieces. He was also well-known for a radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds which, performed in the style of a news broadcast, reportedly caused widespread panic when listeners thought that a real extraterrestrial invasion was in progress.
In 2002 he was voted as the greatest film director of all time in the British Film Institute's poll of Top Ten Directors.Source: Wikipedia
actor and film producer recognized for his cleft chin, his gravelly voice
and his recurring roles as rough characters. He is the father of Hollywood actor and
producer Michael Douglas. He was #17 on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest male American screen legends of all time.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Temple rose to fame at the age of six in Bright Eyes in 1934, and subsequently starred in a series of films which won her positive critical acclaim and saw her become the top grossing star at the American box-office during the height of the Great Depression. In later life she became a politician and a diplomat representing the United States, including appointments as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia, but she is currently retired from public life.
In 1935, Shirley Temple received a special miniature Academy Award Oscar "in grateful recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934." She also received Kennedy Center Honors in 1998, and was presented with a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2006.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Samuel George “Sammy” Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American actor, comedian, singer, dancer, impressionist and musician, who remains known for being a member of the 'Rat Pack' of entertainers of the Fifties and Sixties, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an American singer, film actor and comedian. He was one of the best known musical artists of the 1950s and 1960s. Martin's hit singles included "Memories Are Made Of This", "That's Amore", "Everybody Loves Somebody", "Mambo Italiano", "Sway", "Volare" and "Ain't That A Kick In The Head?" One of the organizers of "The Rat Pack", he was a major star in four areas of show business: concert stage, recordings, motion pictures, and television.
Dean Martin has since become a pop culture icon for his womanizing ways, his trademark charm, and his drinking and alleged alcoholism. He was much respected wherever he went, and became a sort of unofficial ambassador to the Italian-American community.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited in viewer opinion polls as "the most trusted man in America" because of his professional experience and kindly demeanor.
Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939), is an English actor of stage and screen. He has received a Tony Award and two Academy Award nominations. His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is known to many for roles such as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and as Magneto in the X-Men films.
He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1979, and knighted in the 1991 New Year Honours for his outstanding work and contributions to the theatre. In the 2008 New Year Honours he was made a Companion of Honour (CH) for services to drama and to equality.Source: Wikipedia
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Andrew Newell Wyeth (surname pronounced /ˈwаɪɛθ/) (July 12, 1917 – January 16, 2009) was a visual artist, primarily a realist painter, working predominantly in a regionalist style. He was one of the best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century and was sometimes referred to as the "Painter of the People," due to his work's popularity with the American public.
In his art, Wyeth's favorite subjects were the land and people around him, both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and at his summer home in Cushing, Maine.
One of the most well-known images in 20th-century American art is his painting, Christina's World, currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, film director, producer and composer. He has received four Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and five People's Choice Awards—including one for Favorite All-Time Motion Picture Star and the Brass Balls Spikes Men Choice Awards.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Lon Chaney (April 1, 1883 – August 26, 1930), nicknamed "The Man of a Thousand Faces," was an American actor during the age of silent films. He was one of the most versatile and powerful actors of early cinema. He is best remembered for his characterizations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and his groundbreaking artistry with film makeup.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Ray Bolger (January 10, 1904 – January 15, 1987), born Raymond Wallace Bulcao, was an American entertainer of stage and screen, best known for his portrayal of the Scarecrow and Kansas farmworker Hunk in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. His stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of seventy-six years, during which he made thirty-one musical films. He is particularly associated with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made ten films.
According to another major innovator in filmed dance, Gene Kelly, "The history of dance on film begins with Astaire." Beyond film and television, many classical dancers and choreographers, Rudolf Nureyev and Jerome Robbins among them, also acknowledged his importance and influence.
He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.