Veronica Lake in the 1940s.
Painter painting in our land pictures of only white angels
Painter painting in our time in shadows of yesterday
Eartha Kitt - Angelitos Negros (1970 performance)
"I loved Jimmy. He was a wonderful actor and a joy to work with. We made two films together and just clicked from the minute we met. We remained friends over the years and spoke often on the phone. I knew he was quite ill and unable to talk on the phone in recent months. The world has lost an exceptional human being and I lost a dear friend. I will miss him so much."
"I want to feel my life while I’m in it."
Happy Birthday Queen Meryl.
Easy Living (1937)
Singer Kay Starr (born Katherine Laverne Starks) was born on an Oklahoma reservation on July 21, 1922. Her father, Harry was an Iroquois Native American and her mother, Annie, was Irish/Native American (according to this source, she was Cherokee and Choctaw). When Harry Starks secured a job installing water sprinkler systems in Dallas, TX, the family moved there. Kay was three years old at the time. While in Texas,her mother began raising chickens and a young Kay would serenade the chickens into the coop. Her Aunt Nora entered her into an amateur contest (which she won) and soon, Kay was given her own fifteen minute radio show. By the time she was ten years old, she was making $3 a night ($3 in 1932=$51.41 in 2014).
Still just an adolescent, contests and radio shows led to stints with some of the most popular bands—including Bob Crosby’s and Glenn Miller’s. Kay finally went solo in 1946 and would go on to record numerous hit songs throughout the late 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. As of 2013, the 92 year old Kay Starr is still performing.
Rest in Peace, James Garner. (April 7, 1928 - July 19, 2014)"I’m a Spencer Tracy type actor. His idea was to be on time, know your words, hit your marks and tell the truth. Most every actor tries to make it something it isn’t looks for the easy way out. I don’t think acting is that difficult if you can put yourself aside and do what the writer wrote."
About a month ago I sent away a heartfelt letter to a woman who through her extensive music and film career I have grown to deeply admire — along with that letter was a photograph I hoped she could sign…Today, on July 21st 2014, I’m thrilled to say that I received something in the mail I will certainly cherish for a long, long time.
More importantly, it’s a relief to know that one of the loveliest people that I believe has ever graced the entertainment industry knows sincerely how much joy she has brought not only into my life but into countless others :’)
TCM remembers James Garner (1928-2014)
I don’t think that people generally realise what motion picture industry has done to the American Indian, as a matter of fact, all ethnic groups, all minorities, all non-whites. And people just simply don’t realise, just take it for granted that that’s the way people are going to be presented and these clichés are just, I mean on this network every night, well perhaps not every night, but you can see silly renditions of human behaviour, the leering Filipino houseboy, the wily Japanese, the kook or the gook, black man, stupid Indian. It just goes on and on and on. And people actually don’t realise how deeply people are injured by seeing themselves represented, not so much the adults, who are already inured to that kind of pain and pressure, but children. Indian children seeing Indians represented as savage, as ugly, as nasty, vicious, treacherous, drunken. They grow up only with a negative image of themselves and it lasts a lifetime.
Marlon Brando on why Sacheen Littlefeather presented a speech on his behalf during his Best Actor win for The Godfather at the 1973 Academy Awards