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Category Archives: On This Day

Stars of Vaudeville #1037: Charles Chaplin, Sr. | Travalanche

Born on this date in 1863: Charles Chaplin the Elder: the father of his better-known namesake, comedian and movie star Charlie Chaplin. It’s not as well known today that in … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Derek Walcott is Dead – The St. Lucia STARThe St. Lucia STAR

Derek Walcott is dead. Relatives and sources close to the Saint Lucian poet and playwright who had been suffering with health issues have confirmed that he passed away in the early … Continue reading

03/17/2017 · 6 Comments

Shakespeare buys a house in Blackfriars (1613) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1613, according to the surviving Deed of Conveyance in the London Metropolitan Archives, William Shakespeare bought for £140 a “dwelling house or Tenement with th’appurtenaunces sit… … Continue reading

03/10/2017 · 1 Comment

January 16, 1908: Next Day on Your Dressing Room They Hung a Star – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

A few names are synonymous with the Broadway musical theater – Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, composers all. As an entertainer, one name looms large; … Continue reading

01/16/2017 · 3 Comments

On this day: the premiere of Metropolis | In Times Gone By…

Iconic futuristic German film Metropolis premiered on the 10th of January, 1927. Filmed in 1925 but set in the year 2026, the film is set in a city with ruling … Continue reading

01/10/2017 · 2 Comments

November 2, 1887: Ode to a Nightingale – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Wild and crazy entrepreneur, P.T. Barnum was known for bringing audiences such high-brow entertainers as Tom Thumb, the Feejee Mermaid, and Zip the Pinhead. As he said, “Nobody ever lost … Continue reading

11/02/2016 · Leave a comment

Orson Welles: Media and Mass Hysteria | A R T L▼R K

On the 30th of October 1938, the U.S. radio network CBS broadcast an audio drama from the Mercury Theatre on the Air series adapted from English sci-fi writer H. G. … Continue reading

10/30/2016 · Leave a comment

On this day: the premiere of Haddon Hall | In Times Gone By…

Haddon Hall, a light opera by Arthur Sullivan and Sydney Grundy, premiered at the Savoy Theatre in London on the 24th of September, 1892. The production was based on a 16th-century … Continue reading

09/24/2016 · Leave a comment

Edward Alleyn | London Historians’ Blog

We cannot allow Shakespeare 400 completely to overshadow the anniversary of another giant of Elizabethan theatre. Edward Alleyn (1566 – 1626) was born 450 years go this day in Bishopsgate to … Continue reading

09/01/2016 · Leave a comment

Actor and campaigner Lord Rix dies aged 92 – BBC News

Disability campaigner and actor Lord Rix, who starred on stage and TV, has died aged 92, his family says. Source: Actor and campaigner Lord Rix dies aged 92 – BBC … Continue reading

08/20/2016 · 6 Comments

Happy 65th Birthday Anjelica Huston | Waldina

Today is the 65th birthday of Anjelica Huston.  Third generation Academy Award winner. That is heritage. She is all angles and attitude, cheeks and confidence. Her beauty is intoxicating and addict… … Continue reading

07/08/2016 · 2 Comments

Caroline Aherne: Royle Family writer and actress dies aged 52 – BBC News

Comedian and TV writer Caroline Aherne has died aged 52, having had cancer, her publicist says. Source: Caroline Aherne: Royle Family writer and actress dies aged 52 – BBC News

07/02/2016 · 6 Comments

Happy 100th Birthday Olivia de Havilland | Waldina

Today is the 100th birthday of one of the last living actors/actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood and the last living actor from the film Gone With The Wind:  Olivia de … Continue reading

07/01/2016 · Leave a comment

“Great marvaile and fair grace of God” (fire at Shakespeare’s Globe, 1613) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1613, the original “Globe” play-house on Bankside in Southwark burned down, after sparks from a theatrical cannon set its thatch alight during a performance of Shakespeare’s “Henry … Continue reading

06/29/2016 · Leave a comment

June 18, 1913: They Call It Sam’s Song | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Violinist, meat-packer, usher, tinsmith, elevator operator, and lyricist, Sammy Cahn (no relation to Kublai or Genghis) penned his first lyrics at the age of 16 – “Like Niagara Falls, I’… … Continue reading

06/18/2016 · Leave a comment

Equus and Amadeus playwright Peter Shaffer dies aged 90 | Stage | The Guardian

British playwright, who also won an Oscar for film adaptation of Amadeus, has died after falling seriously ill last week Source: Equus and Amadeus playwright Peter Shaffer dies aged 90 … Continue reading

06/06/2016 · Leave a comment

Josephine Baker: Muse of Modern Architecture | A R T L▼R K

On the 3rd of June 1906, the American dancer, singer, and actress Josephine Baker was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her life story is a typical ‘rags to riches’ tale. … Continue reading

06/03/2016 · 2 Comments

Happy 120th Birthday Howard Hawks | Waldina

Today is the 120th birthday of the film director Howard Hawks. He directed one of my very favorite films Bringing Up Baby as well as His Girl Friday, The Big … Continue reading

05/30/2016 · Leave a comment

“Immortal with a kiss” (Christopher Marlowe) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1593, the colourful Christopher Marlowe, poet, playwright, lover of tobacco and boys, and supposed spy, was fatally stabbed in a tavern in Deptford, under somewhat mysterious … Continue reading

05/30/2016 · Leave a comment

May 29, 1913: Ill-Mannered Factions? In Paris? | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

On the evening of May 29, 1913, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, the newest venue in Paris, open for just over a month, was packed.  According to a newspaper report: “Never. … Continue reading

05/29/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy 99th Birthday Sir Laurence Olivier | Waldina

NAME: Laurence Olivier OCCUPATION: Filmmaker, Actor BIRTH DATE: May 22, 1907 DEATH DATE: July 11, 1989 EDUCATION: Central School of Speech and Drama, St. Edward’s School, All Saints Choir Sch… … Continue reading

05/22/2016 · Leave a comment

7 Sensational Sites for Eliza Doolittle Day

‘One evening the King will say ‘Oh, Liza, old thing, I want all of England your praises to sing. Next week on the twentieth of May, I proclaim Liza Doolittle … Continue reading

05/20/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy 86th Birthday Lorraine Hansberry

NAME: Lorraine Hansberry OCCUPATION: Playwright BIRTH DATE: May 19, 1930 DEATH DATE: January 12, 1965 EDUCATION: University of Wisconsin, Art Institute of Chicago, Roosevelt University New School ,… Source: Happy … Continue reading

05/19/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy 120th Birthday Frank Capra | Waldina

Today is the 120th birthday of the man who directed unarguably some of the classic of classic films from the golden age of Hollywood:  Frank Capra.  With a Capra film, … Continue reading

05/18/2016 · 2 Comments

Oona O’Neill Chaplin. Behind Every Great Man…

… There is a Great Woman. One such woman, Oona O’Neill, was born on the 14 of May 1925,  in Warwick Parish, Bermuda, to talented parents, the prize-winning playwright Eugene … Continue reading

05/14/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up my white tie. Dancin’ in my tails…

I just put my feet in the air and move them around. Fred Astaire Source: Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up … Continue reading

05/10/2016 · 2 Comments

Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho and the Question of Madness

On the 29th of April 1980, Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock died aged 80 in Bel Air, California. Justifiably crowned with the title of the master of suspense, he produced and … Continue reading

04/29/2016 · 3 Comments

April 28, 1874: Sardine in Honorable Tin Can | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Following the death of Warner Oland, who had successfully brought the character of Charlie Chan to the screen in 16 films, Twentieth Century Fox began the search for a new … Continue reading

04/28/2016 · 2 Comments

Shakespeare 400: Was Shakespeare Italian and born in Italy? | e-Tinkerbell

William Shakespeare is the emblem of English literature for sure, but, you know, every time I read his works he seems so familiar to me, so Italian. This is not … Continue reading

04/23/2016 · 3 Comments

Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62 – BBC News

Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist says Source: Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62 – BBC News

04/20/2016 · 4 Comments