William Powell blows suave smoke rings in “The Thin Man” (1934)
Happy Birthday William Powell! | July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984
I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and, above all, a true gentleman… He was and is a dear friend. - Myrna Loy
Happy Birthday Jacqueline Kennedy! | July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994
"She epitomized elegance in the post–World War II era. There’s never been a first lady like Jacqueline Kennedy, not only because she was so beautiful but because she was able to name an entire era ‘Camelot’ … no other first lady in the 20th century will be able to have that aura. She’s become an icon." —Historian Douglas Brinkley
Happy Birthday Virginia Katherine McMath aka Ginger Rogers!
(July 16, 1911 –
April 25, 1995)
“Ginger owes much of her professional longevity to her singular versatility. There are few who can act comedy and drama, as well as sing and dance. Ginger continues to conceive fresh activity and new fields. She is still stagestruck and screenstruck. Further, she retains the nerve of a newcomer, and the courage of a champion. What is a movie star, anyway? Is it magnetism? Well then, what’s magnetism? Or personality, for that matter. The mysterious quality is more than talent. The indefinable has been defined as ‘human warmth’, ‘mass appeal’ and ‘identification’, among other things. Whatever it is, Ginger Rogers had it and has it.” - Garson Kanin
“She was the dance queen of Hollywood … and George Balanchine once remarked that he only came to America because it was a land of girls like Ginger Rogers. Some of the others may have been better dancers; Ginger Rogers was a better star. Only with her did dance in the movie musical become a medium of serious emotion, only with her did Fred Astaire do his very best work, only with her did sophistication suddenly become accessible to all.” – Sheridan Morley
"I don’t think there’s ever been anyone like Ginger, never. She was heaven." - Stanley Donen
Happy Birthday, Ginger Rogers - July 16th, 1911 - April 25th, 1995
"The most important thing in anyone’s life is to be giving something. The quality I can give is fun, joy and happiness. This is my gift."
Brats | 1930
Happy Birthday, Stan Laurel (June 12th, 1890 - February 23rd, 1965)
Happy Birthday Harry Langdon born June 15, 1884"The oddest thing about this whole funny business is that the public really want to laugh, but it’s the hardest thing in the world to make them do it."
"There should be a breathing spell between laughs, with a gradual development leading up to a laugh. A picture that is on laugh from start to finish becomes tedious. Relief is necessary."
"Most deliciously comic moments on the outside, are full of sad significance for those who realize the sinister characterization of the situation."
"I must be wretched, and consequently ludicrous. When I do a part in a film, I must really suffer. In my pictures I allow myself to be a victim of Fate. But a sort of Divine providence always carries me through."
-Harry’s unique take on comedy in his own words
Happy Birthday Judy Garland!
(June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969)
She was the most loyal person and the greatest entertainer in the world. And the first thing you think of is the great warmth of Judy, the great, giving, little person that she was. Her heart was bigger than all of her put together. She was just one big heart.
Happy Birthday, Katherine Hepburn - (May 12th, 1907 - June 29th, 2003)
"Once a crowd chased me for an autograph. `Beat it,` I said, `go sit on a tack!` `We made you,` they said. `Like hell you did,` I told them."
Orson Welles (May 6th,1915 - October 10th, 1985) arrives at the premiere of “Citizen Kane” (1941)
"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."