Perhaps some of you may remember "Willie and Joe." The two World War II infantry grunts created by Bill Mauldin. His famous infantrymen cartoons were featured in "Stars and Stripes," the American soldier's newspaper. The cartoons would depict life as the average American soldier
would live it during wartime. Some were comical,
others brought home the ugliness and tragedies of war. He didn't get along very well with most officers because would poke fun at them in his cartoons. This would irritate the younger officers and some older ones alike. Gen. George Patton
wanted him to stop drawing his cartoons but apparently the morale of the American soldier and the popularity of the cartoons and the good effect that "Willie and Joe" had on it won out even over
the General's wishes. These two cartoons came from the first collection of his work compiled in a book alled, "Up Front," which was a best-seller.
At age 23 he won the Pulitzer Prize. That was in 1945. He was assigned to the 45th infantry division, and was wounded by a shell fragment in Anzio for which he receive the Purple Heart. He also made the cover of Time Magazine in 1958.
Bill passed away in 2003 at the age of 81. Bill Mauldin was a great American!
Added: 17th September 2007
Posted By: jimmyjet
Kim Novak was born Marilyn Pauline Novak in Chicago, Illinois. She is perhaps best known for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958). Her films include The French Line (1954)
Son of Sinbad (1955)
5 Against the House (1955)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
Jeanne Eagels (1957)
Pal Joey (1957)
Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
Middle of the Night (1959)
Strangers When We Meet (1960)
Pepe (1960) (Cameo)
The Notorious Landlady (1962)
Boys' Night Out (1962)
Showman (1963) (documentary)
Of Human Bondage (1964)
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965)
The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
The White Buffalo (1977)
Just a Gigolo (1979)
The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
I Have Been Very Pleased (1987) (short subject)
The Children (1990)
She has always been one of my favorite actresses and I think she's one of the most underrated and overlooked actresses of her generation. Kim Novak was a unique phenomenon. As the last of the "manufactured" screen goddesses and Columbia's answer to Marilyn Monroe, Kim had a more refined sex appeal than the other blond goddesses of the 1950's. She radiated a kind of mystery that harked back to the days of Garbo and Dietrich. Onscreen Kim Novak seems distant, enigmatic, thoughtful and somehow sad. She has been referred to as the reluctant goddess, the melancholy blonde and the lavender blonde. The studio created the idea that lavender was Kim Novak's favorite color as part of her movie star image. However, I think the term Lavender Blonde fits Kim Novak - it sets her apart from the sunny Doris Day or the gilded Marilyn Monroe. Lavender is closer to blue - makes you think of Madeleine in Vertigo, lost in thought by the seashore.
Added: 27th September 2007
Posted By: Naomi
Frankie was a typical Sicilian kid, born, Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, in the heart of Chicago's Little Italy on March 30, 1913, where his father worked at one time as the personal barber for gangster Al Capone. His family had several Mafia connections, and when Frankie was young, he was living with his grandfather when the latter was hit by some members of a rival faction. He began as a marathon dancer, but soon realized that he wanted to make singing his life's career. He became one of the most successful American singers of the twentieth century, often billed as America's Number One Song Stylist, his other nicknames included Mr. Rhythm, Old Leather Lungs, and Old Man Jazz. His hits included "That's My Desire", "That Lucky Old Sun," "Mule Train", "Cry of the Wild Goose", "Jezebel," "High Noon", "I Believe", "Hey Joe!", "The Kid's Last Fight", "Cool Water", "Moonlight Gambler", "Love is a Golden Ring", "Rawhide", and "Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain". His career as an entertainer spanned approximately 75 years. Frankie passed away on February 6, of this year, due to heart failure after having survived two bypass surgeries several years earlier.
Added: 4th October 2007
Posted By: Sophia
1970's Heyday Roster Of The Harlem Globetrotters - * 36: Meadowlark Lemon (1955-80; 1994)
* 22: Curly Neal (1963-95)
* 12: Twiggy Sanders (1974-91)
* 20: Marques Haynes (1972-79)
* 35: "Geese" Ausbie (1961-85)
* 18: Jimmy Blacklock
* 14: Bobby Joe Mason (1962-76)
* 41: "Sweet Lou" Dunbar (1975-05)
* 39: Frank Stephens
* 38: Bobby Hunter
* 32: Nate Branch
* 34: Theodis Lee
* 15: Tyler Anderson
Additional players who played with the team during the 1970s included Dallas Thornton, Robert Paige, Tex Harrison, Mel Davis, Ovie Dotson, Doug Himes, Bill Meggett, Sterling Forbes, Lionel Garrett, Sam Drummer, Lee Holman, Clarence Smith, Reggie Franklin and Larry "Gator" Rivers.
(I like these clowns)
- The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism and comedy.
Added: 22nd March 2009
Posted By: mia_bambina
Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino in Brooklyn NY, on October 17, 1918. She found fame as an American actress during the 1940's as the era's leading sex symbol. Although there was prejudice against Hispanic actors at the time, she is now widely regarded to be one of the first Hispanic-American "sex goddess" of "Golden Age" Hollywood with leading roles in film.
Rita left her film career in 1948 to marry Prince Aly Khan, the son of the Aga Khan, the leader of the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam.
After the marriage collapsed in 1951, Rita returned to America to star in a string of hit films, Affair in Trinidad, Salome, and Miss Sadie Thompson. Then she was off the big screen for another four years, due mainly to a tumultuous marriage to singer Dick Haymes. In 1957 she starred in Fire Down Below. Her last musical was Pal Joey. She got good reviews for her acting in such films as Separate Tables, and The Story on Page One, and continued working throughout the 1960s. It was during that time that she suffered an early onset of Alzheimer's disease, which was not diagnosed until 1980. In 1964 she appeared with John Wayne in Circus World and in 1972 she made her last film, The Wrath of God. She died of complications from Alzheimer's disease in 1987 at age 68.
Added: 12th October 2007
Posted By: Babs64
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