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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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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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Born near Cardston, Alberta, Canada on this day September 15, 1907 as Vina Fay Wray.  Her family moved to California when she was young and her mother and father divorced which put hard times on her and her five wrayfay.jpgsiblings.  At the age of 16 Fay played her first part in the movie Gasoline Love in 1923.  She wouldn’t appear in her next movie, Coast Patrol, until almost two years later.  Wray made four more movies in 1926 and her career was starting to look promising.  In 1927 she did three more movies before she would get a lead role in the hit movie The Wedding March.  Moving from silent movies, Wray, having a pleasant voice was one of few who went on to make “talkie” movies.  In 1933 Fay appeared in eleven movies such as The Big Brain, Ann carvers Profession and the movie that is remembered to this day, King Kong where she played Ann Darrow, Kong’s love interest.  She was getting top movies offered to her and made eleven more films in 1934.  As more actresses started popping up she was being offered fewer jobs, she did make a big movie in 1942 named Not a Ladies Man but would not act in another movie until Treasure of the Golden Condor in 1953.  She appeared in a few films in the 1950’s but no big hits, her last movie, except for a couple documentaries, was Gideon’s Trumpet in 1980.  Fay died August 8, 2004, being remembered forever as King Kong’s first love.

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grace.jpgOn November 12, 1929 Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, the third of four children to John and Margaret Kelly.  Her Father was an Olympic Gold Medal winner, a self made millionaire and even worked for President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II, as the National Director of Physical Fitness.  Grace decided she wanted to become an actor at a young age and at the age of 12 she played the lead role in a school play, Don’t Feed The Animals.  She worked as a model and actor in New York and had her debut in the play, The Father.  At the age of nineteen she performed in The Philadelphia Story, before she would have big success on live television which led her to star with Gary Cooper in the movie High Noon in 1952.  Grace would then appear in the movie Mogambo, which would win her an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.  After her success in Mogambo, she would do a television play before doing a string of Alfred Hitchcock films including, Dial M for Murder in 1954, Rear Window in 1954 and The Country Girl which won her the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1954.  She would star in the movie To Catch a Thief in 1955, The Swan and High Society, both in 1956.  Before Grace made the moviekelly.jpg The Swan, she met Prince Rainier III while heading the US delegation at the Canes Film Festival.  After their meeting Grace and the Prince had privately kept in touch, then in December Prince Rainier made a trip to America.  It was said to be a business trip but when he was asked if he was pursuing a wife, he replied “No.”  A second question was asked, “If you were pursuing a wife, what kind would you like?”  Rainier smiled and answered, “I don’t know, the best.”  He found the best and “The Wedding of the Century” was set for April 19, 1956.  Grace Kelly became “Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco,” but was generally known as Princess Gracia Patricia of Monaco.  Sadly as much of a fairy tale as her life had been, it would not end like one.  Princess Grace died in an automobile accident on this day September 14, 1982.

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 Thanks to Dreamer2TV for the LeAnn Rimes video.

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President James Madison and his wife Dolly barely escaped to safety as the British set the President’s Manson, the Capitol and other public buildings ablaze as they captured Washington in 1814, even though they were out numbered two to one by the Americans.  The British had also captured a Dr. William Beanes who happened to be a friend of Mr. Frances Scott Key a Georgetown lawyer, husband and father of six boys and five girls.  Mr. Key and John S. Skinner, a US Government agent went to the British forces in Chesapeake to deal for the release of Dr. Beanes, they explained to the British Officers that the doctor had saved wounded British solders lives.  The British agreed to the release of Dr. Beanes but detained the three men on a ship until after their planned attack on Baltimore, America’s third largest city at that time.  Having planned a joint attack by land and water, the British General Ross and his troops landed in Maryland and soon ran into the American front forces, where British General Ross would meet his demise by the bullet of a sharp shooter.  The British forces having under estimated the strength of the Americans, pulled back to wait for the cover of darkness for their next attack on the evening of September 13, 1814.  Meanwhile the British navy had made its way to a position to attack Fort McHenry, that same morning September 13, at 6:30 am the British Admiral Cochrane’s ships, with Mr. Key aboard, began its attack.  For twenty-four hours the British rained down ten and thirteen inch bombshells and rockets that burst into flames and fell on Fort McHenry and her defenders, who were too far out of range to return fire.  When the British ships moved closer, the Americans gained their range and damaged the British ships so badly it forced them to pull back.  The Americans held the powerful British Navy off all night and at 7:30 on the morning of September 14, the British Admiral Cochrane called off the attack, and this was one of the main turning points in the War of 1812.

In June of 1813 Mary Pickersgill was commissioned by Major George Armistead to sew two flags for Fort McHenry.  The first flag measured 17 feet by 25 feet and since it was a stormy day on September 13, 1814 this was the flag that was flying over Fort McHenry during the raging battle between the British Fleet and Fort McHenry.  At dawn, the morning of September 14, 1814 as the British began to retreat, Major Armistead ordered his men to raise the larger flag that Mary Pickersgill and her daughter, two nieces, and an indentured African American girl had sewn.  This flag is “The Star Spangled Banner,” that inspired Mr. Frances Scott Key to write his poem that would later become our national anthem.  This Flag measured a huge thirty feet by forty-two feet wide, the modern garrison flags used today by the United States Army only measure 20 by 38 feet.  The flag is about the equivalent of a quarter the size of a basketball court.  The fifteen stars are each a massive two foot wide from point to point and each or the fifteen strips measure two feet wide.  The flag was made out of English wool and the stars are cotton.

Every time I hear this song it chokes me up because I love this country so much.  It is truly the best Country in the world.  I dedicate this post not only to the American forces fighting for our Freedom but for all men and women who acknowledge the danger and fight this fight.  May The Almighty God Bless you all and keep you safe.  The song we sing as our national anthem is usually sung with only the first part or verse.  Here is the whole poem by Frances Scott Key.

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mist of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream
’Tis the star-spangled banner. Oh! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation,
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our Trust”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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Claudette is considered one of the greatest film stars of all time.  She was very popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  She was born on this day September 13, 1903 as Lily Claudette Chauchoin in Paris, Seine, France.  Her family emigrated to the United States of America when she was three years old.  Three years later her family settled in New York City where she would become a US citizen.  From her early school days she wanted to be on Broadway, she acted in some plays during high school and made her stage debut at the age of fifteen at the Provincetown Playhouse in the play The Widow’s Veil.  She would make her Broadway debut in 1923 in the stage production of The Wild Wescotts.  Although Broadway was the place to be in those days not Hollywood, the Great Depression forced her to seek other income as many of the play houses were shutting down.  She was now using her Grandmothers maiden name Colbert, when she made her first film in New York City, For The Love of Mike, her only silent film in 1927.  Colbert went on to make many successful films and in 1932 she played the Roman empress Poppaea in Cecil B. DeMille’s movie The Sign of the Cross and also that same year in The Phantom President.  In 1934 paired with Clark Gable, she was selected for Best Actress and won the Academy Award for Best Picture, in the film It Happened One Night, probably her most famous movie.  She was also a big success in the movies Cleopatra and Imitation of Life, both in 1934.  Other movies include The Bride Comes Home in 1935, Midnight in 1939, It’s a Wonderful World in 1939, with James Stewart, also Tomorrow Is Forever in 1946 and Without Reservations in 1946, co-starring John Wayne. In 1955, she filmed Texas Lady then in 1961 the movie Parrish was her final screen performance. At the age of ninety-two Claudette died on July 30, 1996.

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