Here are 10 things you should know about Edward Arnold, born 131 years ago today. Arnold specialized in playing men possessed of authority, influence and wealth.
Here are 10 things you should know about Marlene Dietrich, born 119 years ago today. Though she enjoyed playing the libertine, she demonstrated generosity and courage during World War II.
Here are 10 things you should know about Hugh Beaumont, born on February 16, 1909. You probably know him as Ward Cleaver, but he made nearly 100 films and had 50 TV credits before being hired to play Wally and the Beaver’s father.
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In this week’s Snapshot in Prose, we convene with Ray Noble‘s favorite vocalist (and one of ours, too), Mr. Al Bowlly. We learn that Bowlly had a fledgling career as a barber before he became a professional singer and that he grew up not in England, as we’d always thought, but in Johannesburg, South Africa. Join us for this 1935 tête-à-tête with Mr. Bowlly.
“They’re the only kind of songs I like to sing,” said the popular Al when we cornered him in Radio City’s luxurious Rainbow Room. “Of course, I often have to sing other types but I can’t put my heart into anything without a touch of romance.”
Albert Bowlly, who is currently appearing with Ray Noble at New York’s swanky Rainbow Room, 65 stories above the clatter and clamor of Manhattan, and can be heard over a coast-to-coast hook-up several times a week, was born on a farm near Johannesburg, South Africa, about thirty years ago.