Happy birthday Henry Ford, born on this day in 1863.
“She impressed me all the time as someone who had a great experience, someone who had really been touched deeply by life in some way. Because she had depth as a person. That is exactly what we see on the screen and that is why she’s a great star. ..And yet she’s so discreet, she gets every point, every nuance without hitting on anything too heavily. And there is such an amazing tragic stillness about her at the same time. She never steps out of it, and she never puts it on. But it is always there, this deep melancholy in her presence. I think she’s more expressive and resonant than any other actress.”
- Douglas Sirk
Happy 97th Birthday, Olivia de Havilland! (July 1, 1916)
"Famous people feel that they must perpetually be on the crest of the wave, not realizing that it is against all the rules of life. You can’t be on top all the time; it isn’t natural."
“It has been amazing to me that these comedies can still strike a responsive note of laughter with audiences of all ages and in all parts of the world. Laughter is the universal language. It establishes a common identity among people—regardless of other differences. It is the sweetest sound in the whole world.”
Happy birthday, Harold Lloyd! | April 20, 1893 — March 8, 1971
Happy Birthday Paul Newman!
(26 January 1925 - 26 September 2008)
The world is better because of him. Sometimes God makes perfect people and Paul Newman was one of them.
Happy Birthday, Humphrey Deforest Bogart! (December 24th 1899 - January 14th 1957)
His first words were always, ‘Hello, Baby.’ My heart would literally pound. He was a gentle man—diametrically opposed to most of the parts he played. — Lauren Bacall
Irene Dunne: A tribute
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Francis Albert Sinatra || December 12, 1915 - May 14, 1998
Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing - if I respect the song. If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail.
Happy Birthday Frank Sinatra!
(December 12, 1915-May 14, 1998)
When Frank sings a song, he wraps himself around it and sinks himself into it. You can just feel every syllable and you know his soul is in it. Sinatra leaves behind a legacy of music, a legacy that will live forever. Five hundred years from now, people will be listening to his recordings and they’ll say, ‘There was only one Sinatra.’ And that’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. -Tony Bennett
This man is a giant. Not that there aren’t other good singers around. But he has imagination and scope of the rarest. After all these years, there is still no one who can approach him. -Nelson Riddle
What Sinatra has is beyond talent. It’s some sort of magnetism that goes in higher revolutions than that of anybody else, anybody in the whole of show business. -Billy Wilder
Right from the beginning, he was there with the truth of things in his voice. He was one of the very few singers who sang without a mask. -Bob Dylan
To hear this man control those 6,000 people in the audience in such a masterful manner convinces you he is a genius. He doesn’t just sing the lyrics, he plays the lyrics, and gets the emotion from them as though he were Shakespeare. He’s the greatest performer of song we’ve ever had. -Joshua Logan
His music helped us understand our own lives more clearly because he was authentically honest about himself. -Shirley MacLaine
There is not even the remotest possibility he will have a successor. -Benny Green
I don’t know what other singers feel when they articulate lyrics, but being an 18-karat manic-depressive and having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an overacute capacity for sadness as well as elation. I know what the cat who wrote the song is trying to say. I’ve been there—and back. I guess the audience feels it along with me. They can’t help it. Sentimentality, after all, is an emotion common to all humanity.