Here are 10 things you should know about the great Duke Ellington, born 120 years ago today. He was one of the true musical geniuses of the 20th century, and we’re celebrating his birthday by featuring his music all day long, so tune in now!
Here are 10 things you should know about Margaret Lindsay, born 108 years ago today. She was never an A-list star, but any old-movie buff is familiar with her work. She kept busy in pictures, on the stage and on television.
Film noir royalty Jane Greer was born 94 years ago today. If asked which actress we’d choose to have pull a gun on us, Ms. Greer would top our short list.
Most folks today who have any notion at all of Kate Smith think of her as a big gal with a big voice belting patriotic tunes in bombastic fashion. It’s hard to imagine her taking a pratfall, performing a soft shoe routine, or even offering a gentle rendition of a love song.
But as is confirmed by this week’s edition of Snapshot in Prose, in her prime, Smith was a much more versatile performer than is recalled by most today. She was hugely popular, recording many hit renditions of the popular tunes of the day. And earlier in her career, she appeared in stage musicals, where she was respected as a comedienne and even a dancer (and no, she was not petite in those days).
This profile of Smith, from 1935, captures her at a point in her career when she has experenced great success and popularity but before she had become the sort of singing national monument she is now so widely thought to be.