Category Archives: Birthdays

Birthdays

Thanks for the Magic

On the most recent February 11th, if you were in the VCU Grace Street Theater’s cozy auditorium you may have sensed a touch of magic in the air. From being there, what I detected was a particular brand of magic … Continue reading

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Last Month’s Birthday: Strother Martin

Strother Martin. You may not know the name, but you certainly know the line: What we have here is… failure to communicate. Now think about the fact that Strother–cool name, that–made a very memorable name for himself in the tiniest … Continue reading

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This Week’s Birthday: Joan Crawford

Ah, Joan Crawford. What does the name mean to you? For a lot of us–too many of us, I think–the name “Joan Crawford” immediately conjures up that hideous mask, the black gown, the screeching “No more wire hangars EVER!” And … Continue reading

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This Week’s Birthday: Hal Needham

No, Hal Needham was not the best director in the world. In fact, his resume in that field reflects some of the worst garbage imaginable, from the Smokey and the Bandit series to the execrable Cannonball Run movies , the … Continue reading

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This Week’s Birthday: Thelma Ritter

Jorge Luis Borges once wrote that we mistake the peace of the cemetery for death, when “what we long for is sleep and indifference.” This longing, to let go of the world’s troubles and finally taste some of that sweet … Continue reading

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The Devils & the Details

My first good look at what was to become the Biograph Theatre was in July of 1971. Having gotten a tip from a friend that the DeeCee-based owners were considering the hiring of a local manager, I went to the … Continue reading

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This Week’s Birthday: Faye Dunaway

Wow. Faye Dunaway. This is one of the most bizarre careers ever in Hollywood, and it confounds and astounds me. Look at her in Bonnie & Clyde, a whirlwind mass of neuroses, and the girl who makes that Sheriff Frank … Continue reading

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This Week’s Birthday: Walt Disney

Awhile back, I was flipping channels and came across Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Now, normally, that would mean that I’d keep flipping, but in this case I had to stop. There, in the contestant’s chair, was an adult … Continue reading

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This Week’s Birthday: Jean Arthur

Is it wrong to be in love with someone, oh, sixty-eight years your senior? Who is, I might also add, uh, deceased (and for almost two decades)? Honestly, you can’t blame me–it’s nothing I can control. I mean, you’ve seen … Continue reading

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