Gertie Millar by Bassano, c. 1907
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
Doris Day, 1953.
“Helen Sugar Kane"the Original-Boop-Boop-a-Doop girl circa 1930
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANCES ETHEL GUMM or JUDY GARLAND | June 10th,1922 - forever
“Nobody ever says how intelligent she was, or how witty. Stories about her are frozen in a pattern, as if she had no life after ‘Over the Rainbow.’ She was the best raconteur, the funniest woman I’ve ever seen. The depth and perception she brought to A Star is Born were extraordinary… I marvel at her sensitivity.” — George Cukor on Judy Garland
Happy Birthday Josephine Baker!
June 3, 1906 - April 12, 1975
Happy Birthday, Ian Stephen McCulloch May 5th,1959
"I only ever wanted, from the age of 13, to be the greatest singer of the best band in the world."
Rest in Peace, Deanna Durbin (born December 4, 1921)
It’s the birthday of the “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald, born in Newport News, Virginia in 1917. She loved to sing and dance as a child and when she was 16 she entered a contest at the Apollo Theater. She had a dance routine worked out and walked on stage wearing ragged clothes and men’s boots, but she froze up. Later she said, “I got out there and I saw all the people and I just lost my nerve. And the man said, ‘well, you’re out here, do something!’ So I tried to sing.” She won the contest and soon became a celebrity across all of New York. She joined Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington as the only performers who could draw audiences at the Apollo from south of 125th Street.
Ella Fitzgerald said, “The only thing better than singing is more singing.”
October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013