Born Today, December 9, in 1902, Margaret Hamilton…
"I’ll get you, my pretty… and your little dog, too!" - as The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz :)
Over 120 film and television roles including The Wizard of Oz (of course) —- and Cora, The Maxwell House Lady!
We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths - Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966)
Warren William (December 2nd, 1894 - September 24th, 1948) and friends in “The Mind Reader” (1933)
He was known as The King Of Pre-Code, and rightfully so!
The Mind Reader (1933)
Happy Birthday today to Warren William - (December 2nd, 1894 - September 24th, 1948)
Mickey’s Birthday Party 1942
Happy 85th Birthday, Mr. Mouse - November 18th, 1928!
Happy Birthday, Louise Brooks (November 14th, 1906 - August 8th, 1985)
"I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you it will be with a knife."
Happy Birthday, Jean Seberg - (November 13th, 1938 - August 30th, 1979)
“In my long and difficult and mature life, I have come to learn that the less I know about acting and the more I know about everything else, the better I`ll be at both acting and living.”
Mabel Normand has a feather in her cap
Happy Birthday Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013)
She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney’s brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent…Annette was well-known for being as beautiful inside as she was on the outside, and she faced her physical challenges with dignity, bravery and grace.-Bob Iger
Marian Marsh (0ctober 17th, 1923 - November 9th, 2006) and John Barrymore - “Svengali” (1931)
Despite appearances in 30 short films starring James Gleason and a small part in Hell’s Angels (1930), Marian’s career seemed headed to oblivion when she won the role of her life in Svengali (1931), Warners’ film remake of George Du Maurier’s 1894 novel “Trilby”; the tragic tale of an artists’ model who becomes a great singing diva under the hypnotic tutelage of the malevolent Svengali (charismatically portrayed by John Barrymore). According to Miss Marsh, she was tested for the plum role several times before being selected by Barrymore, apparently because she resembled his wife, Dolores Costello.
The immense critical and financial success of the film combined with young Miss Marsh’s rave reviews to raise her Hollywood stock. Selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1931, she became one of filmdom’s top up-and-coming actresses.
I met her at a screening of Barrymore’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1920) in the late 1990s, and she was still beautiful and charming - she would not accept any of my words of praise for her acting in “Svengali” and said she owed everything to Mr. Barrymore and his mentoring of her. She had so many words of praise for him, and you could see how fond she still was of him, so many decades later - she wasn’t scheduled to appear at the screening, she was just there, as we all were, to enjoy the film and to see him on the big screen one more time. It was around Halloween and her birthday, and I treasure my conversation with her and having had the honor of meeting her.
Happy Birthday, Jean Arthur! (October 17th, 1900 - June 19th, 1991)
"The only times I’m self-conscious are-when I’m Jean Arthur. In front of the camera I lose my identity completely, and with it I lose my timidity. As a character in a play I feel as if I can be what people expect. As Jean Arthur, I never feel as if I know what people expect."
Happy Birthday, Marian Marsh (October 17th, 1913 - November 9th, 2006) - Photo from “The Mad Genius” (1931)
"She (Jean, Marian’s Sister) was determined that I should crash the studio gates, and with that end in view, spent weeks haunting casting offices, telling them all about ‘little sister,’ even forgetting her own career. I finally did get a chance to make a test at Pathe. We waited for six hours before I received any attention. My makeup had to be done over and my hair dressed. When the big moment arrived, I was so tired, I really didn’t care whether I stepped before the camera or not. The director, supervising the test, told me to cry-it was exactly what I wanted to do. I cried all over the place, and he thought it was great acting. I got the contract."