June 19, 1877 ~ August 30, 1961
June 10, 1922 ~ June 22, 1969 Judy Garland
Part of MGM’s Star lineup, Judy Garland’s fate was sealed the moment she stepped onto the lot. Starring in Harvey Girls with that voice, and milking the girl-next-door role dry in the Andy Hardy films, Judy was hardly ever able to get away. By 1939 with the fame of The Wizard of Oz, and Over the Rainbow, Judy would never get her chance at a normal life . Of course, she kept trying. Inimitable spirit kept her going for many a good years. While still a little healthy she was able to have Liza, with husband, Vincente Minnelli, and reveled in joy for as long as it would last. When Hollywood ran out, she took to the stage, and kept on with rigorous schedules, almost afraid of what sitting alone in quiet would surely do to her. Much like the crushed flower we so often see in Marilyn Monroe, Judy too needed the fame, the love, the everything. Here’s to loving unconditionally- Happy Birthday Judy.
June 10, 1895 ~ October 26, 1952 Hattie McDaniel
Hattie McDaniel deserves every bit of love we could give her. Awarded an Oscar for her role as Mammy in Gone with The Wind in 1939, Hattie was actually unable to attend the Atlanta premiere because of Georgia’s strict segregation laws. And while GWTW has been accused, and rightly so, of false portrayal of blacks in the south during a very critical time, it allowed the greater stride of awarding the first Oscar to a black performer. Though Hattie was never given range in her acting, and quite often played someone’s maid, she played each role to perfection. And this during a time when blacks were finding, and sometimes not, their place in Hollywood. This is another case, I think, where no one could have done better. Happy Birthday Hattie!
June 8, 1918 ~ March 21, 1987 Robert Preston
Robert Preston always had that broad shouldered, tousely hair thing going on, that needless to say just made all the girls swoon. Nevertheless he was married to the same woman for 46 years. *sigh*. A combination of theater, and film gained him more acclaim than most in Hollywood, and he deserved every bit of it. In Victor and Victoria he plays partner in crime to Julie Andrews. In The Music Man he plays the con-man with a heart. A favorite of Cecil B. DeMille’s, Preston also boasted 2 Tony Awards. Happy Birthday Robert!
June 4, 1907 ~ November 28, 1976 Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell is known for many roles. For her slapstick humor. For her witty banter. We like her in Howard Hawks 1940 remake of The Front Page, His Girl Friday, playing the able-to-run-with-the-men reporter Hildy Johnson. We like her in My Sister Eileen as the passed over sister of the girl that everyone likes. We like her as Rose in Gypsy in 1961. But I think maybe we like her best in Auntie Mame. No one could have done this classic better. Strewn across a few decades, Rosalind Russell, morphs beautifully through the film, with a personality so loud, it doesn’t even need a face. Spot on hilarity, as Mame goes from riches, to rags, to riches again, makes us all wish we had this humor, and verve for life. Thanks Rosalind for showing us how it’s done.
What are your faves?
Happy Birthday Rosalind!!!