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garbo1.jpgBorn on this day September 18, 1905 in Stockholm, Sweden as Greta Lovisa Gustafsson to Anna Lovisa Johansson and Karl Alfred Gustafsson who died when she was only fourteen years old.  The loss of her father forced Greta and her two siblings to quit school and go to work to help out the family, she started work as a lather girl in a barbershop, then as a clerk at a department store and was soon modeling in newspaper ads for that store.  This led to some advertising films, then to her first real film role in the movie Peter The Tramp in 1922.  In the next two years she would gain acting experience with her study at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, have a major role in the film, Gosta Berlings Saga in 1924 and get her stage name, Greta Garbo.  She then starred in two more Swedish films, then one in Germany, The Joyless Street in 1925 at the age of eighteen.  Greta would make it to the United States of America and star in a few more silent films, the best known of these, Flesh and the Devil in 1926, The Temptress in 1926 and Love in 1927.  She was a huge success when “talkie” movies started and she would not be one of the many silent film stars left behind, her last silent film was The Kiss in 1929.  Garbo’s low husky voice with her Swedish accent was first heard in the movie Anna Christie in 1930, which was promoted with the slogan “Garbo Talks.”  She would get nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.  Also in 1930, she filmed the movie Romance and then in 1931 the movie Susan Lenox with Clark Gable which led to her title role in mata-hari.jpgMata Hari also in 1931.  She would show another great performance in the hit movie Grand Hotel in 1932 which won the Best Picture Oscar. In 1935 she made the movie Anna Karenina and gave the performance of a lifetime, until she starred in Camille in 1936 and her performance was called by some the finest ever recorded on film.  She stared in the movie Ninotchka in 1939 before making her last film in 1941, Two Faced Woman.  After World War II Greta would retire and felt her films had their rightful place in history.  She became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America in 1951.  Greta Garbo was ranked as the fifth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.  She was given an Honorary Oscar “for her unforgettable screen performances” in 1955.  At the age of eighty-four Greta died on April 15, 1990.– There are two quotes I found from many that I think sum up the toughness, Greta must have had to have, to be the huge star she was, always in the public eye, never left alone.  Her quotes also show the loneliness that must also come with that kind of fame.  “There are many things in your heart you can never tell a person.  They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them.  You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself, when you tell them.”  and  “Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it.” Greta Garbo

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James Marshall Hendrix was born November 27, 1942 and died this day September 18, 1970.  You won’t find to many people that will argue that he was the greatest guitar player of all time. Thanks to a610 for the All Along The Watchtower video.  It’s just one of my many favorites.  Another one is pretty rare, it’s before the experience when he was with Lonnie Youngblood, its called She’s a Fox.  It’s a bit different, you can listen to it by scrolling down on the left in the black BOX.  You can also hear Bold as Love in that BOX. Tighten up your headband! enjoy

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After his space ship crashes on a deserted island, Tony (Larry Hagman) finds an ancient looking bottle and out pops a gorgeous genie named Jeannie (Barbara Eden).  Jeannie had been trapped in her bottle for 2500 years and was more than excited and grateful to be released.  She blinks a helicopter into existence, Tony gets rescued and later he finds out he was not dreaming, Jeannie was real and wants to live with him.  I could never understand why Tony saw Jeannie as a problem but then again, I’m no poof, as they say across the pond.  As a young man watching this show growing up, how I wished I would have had a Jeanie.  I wouldn’t have even cared if she didn’t have any magical powers, although that would make things a lot more interesting.  The first show aired on this day September 18, 1965.  The first video from beachranger9847 is a short scene from the classic first episode, the second video from rangernomad001 shows Barbara Eden’s beauty.  My Barbara Eden post.  enjoy!

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Yes it is defiantly the yodel in this song that grabs you, even if it shocks or even amuses you at first, it will entrance you to listen.  What a great song.  If you want to hear the whole thing, scroll down a little and it is on the black BOX on the left.  Happy Birthday Hank Williams Sr.  September 17, 1923  to January 1, 1953.  Thanks to Gatorrocks786 for a very good video.

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tilly-shades.jpgBorn September 16, 1958 as Jennifer E. Chan in Los Angeles, California to Harry Chan and Patricia Tilly.  After her mother and father divorced, she moved with her mother to British Columbia, Canada and was raised with her three other siblings by her mother and step father John Ward.  Her sister is the actress Meg Tilly.  Jennifer started with appearances on television shows before her big role in the movie, tilly_jennifer2.jpgThe Fabulous Baker Boys in 1989, when she had a part written just for her.  She has appeared in more than eighty movies between 1984 and 2006 such as The Doors in 1991, The Getaway in 1994, Bullets Over Broadway in 1994 when she was nominated for an Academy Award.  She also appeared in Bound in 1996, Liar Liar in 1997, Bride of Chucky in 1989 and you may recognize her from her more recent role in Seed of Chucky in 2004.  You might have also seen her around a poker table or two, which seems to be her new hobby in life but it is much more than just a hobby.  Tilly won a World Series Poker bracelet and $158,625 in 2005 playing in the Ladies No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, so she is not just eye candy as the phrase goes.  However she is very beautiful and exotic looking.  It seems like she has given acting a break, in order to pursue her poker career and has won over $340,000 in tournament winnings so far.  She is also in a relationship with one of poker’s best professionals “The Unabomber,” Phil Laak.

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BB King was born Riley B. King on this day September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi.  The reality that you can still see a legend live in person, like BB King is just mind blowing, and he play’s a lot of shows.  So get out there and see this man, he is awesome in concert!  Rolling Stone Magazine in its 2003 listing has BB King as the third Greatest Guitar player of all time.  First and second is Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman.  From my calculations he is 43 years old in this video but he sure looks a lot younger then that.  Thanks to brucutu30 for the cool Jazz Blues.  Here is BB King, King of the Blues with Sonny Freeman- Drums, James Toney- Organ, Mose Thomas- Trumpet and Lee Gatling on Sax in 1968 on Ralph Gleason’s Jazz Casual. enjoy!