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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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After seeing the photos, I wonder why I never watched the show Sex in the City.   I remember Kim Catrall from a silly but funny movie Mannequin.  She was born Clare Woodgate in Liverpool, England, UK on this day August 21, 1956.  She is a Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress who is probably best known today for her role as Samantha Jones on Sex and the City.  She has had a very successful acting career long before Sex, in movies that are to many to list but here are a few that I recognize, Mannequin, Police Academy, Porky’s, Tribute, Masquerade, Big Trouble in Little China, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Exception To The Rule, Live Nude Girls, Robin Cook’s Invasion, The Return of the Musketeers,  and for all the Trekkies out there, Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country.  Not only do I not recall seeing Kim in some of the movies I listed above or the fact that she made about a zillion more movies than I listed, she also had many television appearances and stared on Broadway in numerous shows.

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 Julius Henry Marx, better known as “Groucho Marx,” born on October 2, 1890 and died on this day August 19, 1977 He was a Comedian, Writer, Radio Star, Movie Star, Television Star and just one of the biggest Stars ever!  I’m sure you’ve heard of him unless you lived your life under a rock, There is just way too much to him and the Marx Families life for me to even begin to cover, so here is the 26 movies that I know of.   Below that are some of the best one liners ever spoken.
 

Filmography:  Humor Risk 1920, Cocoanuts 1929, Animal Crackers 1930, The House That Shadows Built 1931, Monkey Business 1931, Hollywood on Parade No 5 1932, Horse Feathers 1932, Duck soup 1933, A Night at the Opera 1935, Yours for the Asking 1936, A Day at the Races 1937, Room Service 1938, At the Circus 1939, Go West 1940, The Big Store 1941, Instatanes 1943, Screen Success Spoil Rock Hunters? 1957 and Skidoo 1968

Here are some of my favorite Quotes, you may even recognize one or two that you didn’t know came from Groucho Marx.

“I married your mother because I wanted children. Imagine my disappointment when you arrived.”

“If I hold you any closer, I’ll be in back of you.”

“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.”  

“Room service? Send up a larger room.”

“We’re fighting for this woman’s honor, which is more than she ever did.”

“You call this a party? The beer is warm, the women cold and I’m hot under the collar.”

“A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.”

“A woman is an occasional pleasure, but a cigar is always a smoke.”

“Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. groucho.jpgAll you have to do is live long enough.”

“Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife.”

“Here’s to our girlfriends and wives; may they never meet!”

“Paying alimony is like feeding hay to a dead horse.”

And my favorite

“How would you like to feel the way she looks?”

Marx Brothers .com,   Groucho Marx .com,   Thanks to LittleRascalsDVDcom for the video, it is one of the better ones I found.

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Debra Paget, aka Debralee Griffin was born on this day August 19, 1933 in Denver, Colorado USA  Paget, an actress who made a name in the 1950s to 1960s in such films as the Cecil B DeMille epic The Ten Commandments and also with Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender.

Filmography:  The Haunted Palace 1963, Tales of Terror 1962,  The Indian Tomb 1959, The Tiger of Eschnapur 1959, From the Earth to the Moon 1958, The River’s Edge 1957, Love Me Tender 1956, The Ten Commandments 1956, The Last Hunt 1956, Demetrius and the Gladiators 1954, Princess of the Nile 1954, Prince Valiant 1954, Stars and Stripes Forever 1952, Belles on Their Toes 1952, Anne of the Indies 1951, Bird of Paradise 1951, Fourteen Hours 1951, Broken Arrow 1950, House of Strangers 1949, Cry of the City 1948

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She was only 5 years old when she started winning prizes for her performances in shows.  As I read about Mae Jane West born this day August 17, 1893 in Woodhaven, New York, it became clear she was a tortured little girl, to say the least.  What this woman’s Mother put her through as a child was just plain evil.  It seems she became a product of her upbringing.  Her stolen childhood obviously made her a tough, take no shit strong personality.  As a person and Actress she was a hit and loved by many.  I believe Mae was smart enough to turn the tables and use everything she was to her own advantage.  She is remembered to this day for her witty one liners and the way she changed societal norms of sexual freedom even more than the many movies she stared in.  I have nothing but respect for someone like her, who takes the hand she was dealt and flops a straight flush.  She died on November 22, 1980.  Obviously there is much more to her story that you can read about at these links.  This is a good article by Nora OlsenMae West Home PageMae West Blog Spot

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”

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pfc.jpgYou know who I’m talking about, the man who will rule this day forever.  Elvis Aaron Presley, The King of Rock and Roll died on this day August 16, 1977.  I assume everybody and their brother will have an Elvis youtube playing today so I will spare you, although I do have an Elvis treat down on the left on the black box is a song that is pretty rare, Stagger Lee it is only 1:24 long and he just happened to perform it on my birthday June 29, 1974 live in Kansas City.  No, I wasn’t born in 1974, that would make me a hell of a lot younger.  I also have another song on that box that is one of my favorites its called Such a Night and was in the movie 3000 Miles to Graceland.  Just in case you don’t know, Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches was a favorite of the King.