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May 09 2017

Today's 4: The Golden Girls,Vertigo, etc...

Our new tradition.We select four or five showbiz anniversaries and give you homework to go with them.It's our way too elaborate affirmation exercize because who doesn't need to keep their spirits up these days!?

Today's Four Anniversaries (May 9th) as Mood Boosters

2005/1987The Zeéeee marries Kenny Chesney.Just four months later she seeks an anullment for "fraud"but then asks people not to theorize about what "fraud"means.Understandably no one obeys her and rumors explode.On this same day 18 years earlier,another much-gossiped about marriage that ends in weird bitchy rumors: Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers!

In honor of these odd affairs: have a self-deprecating laugh at a big relationship failure rather than being sad about it.We all stumble in love!

1992Happy 25th anniversary to the finale ofThe Golden Girlsafter a super successful 7 year / 11 Emmys-winning run (one of the rare shows that managed to give one Emmy to each principle,like the entire industry pow-wowed as to who to vote for each time) These girls...Angels,all of them!

In their honor today: Hug your own angels.Quote Golden Girls liberally.Are you a Blanche,Rose,Dorothy or Sophia?

1958Vertigohas its world premiere in San Francisco where it was shot and takes place.Initially a disappointment with audiences,Oscar,and is eventually namedthe greatest film of all time in 2012

In its honor today: Always remember that it's all fluid and temporary -- success,failure,identity.Just be your best self and let the chips fall where they may.Don't let anybody else decide who you are,Kim Novak,Kim Novak.

1917Today is also the centennial ofFay Kanin,former AMPAS president (1979-1983) and Oscar nominee (ScreenplayTeachers Pet).She wrote for film,stage,and tv in her long career which survived interruption by Hollywood's shameful blacklisting era.

In her honor today: Keep at it but evolve with the times

Glenda Jackson (two time Oscar winner),JM Barrie (Peter Pan author),Rosario Dawson (just praised!),Alan Bennett (Lady in the Van,Madness of King George),Amy Hill (wondrous comic supporting actress),Chris Zylka (The Leftovers,Ka-Boom),Chris Diamantopoulus (voice actor),Grace Gummer (Spawn o' Streep),James L Brooks (Oscar winning man behindTerms of EndearmentandBroadcast News),and musician Billy Joel

President Woodrow Wilson makes "Mother's Day"an official holiday (1914),the birth control pill is legalized (1960),Friday the 13th(1980) hits theaters popularizing the slasher 'kill all the teenagers' genre,Short Circuit(1986)  andThe Fifth Element(1997,see recent"Born Sexy Yesterday"post) also opened in theaters on May 9th.

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Golden Girls is my favourite show.Although my favourite character is Rose,I am a Dorothy.

May 9,2017 | Unregistered CommenterPedro

If you are a Dorothy your favorite character can't be Rose,dear.I used to be Blanche.Since I don't get much action lately,I'm (proudly) becoming a Dorothy.

May 9,2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Dorothy all the way!!Staying in on a Saturday night to put a jigsaw puzzle together or read a classic book.haha.

"Am I the only one who thinks that diagramming sentences is fun?!"LOL,love that quote

May 9,2017 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

I like to think of myself as a Blanche but sometimes I feel like I'm Rose.

May 9,2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt St.Clair

Sophia.Short and sassy.

May 9,2017 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Happy birthday to Glenda Jackson!
Returning to acting after 23 years,she showed why she's famous for being fearless,taking on the title role of King Lear onstage.What every 80 year old woman does to ease her way back into the profession.

May 9,2017 | Unregistered Commenteradri

You forgot the biggest bday--Albert Finney is 81!

May 9,2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy


May 10,2017 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

I saw Jackson's Lear and it was spectacular.

I like to think I'm a Blanche,but I am really a Rose!

May 10,2017 | Unregistered CommenterRami

Who's that commenter that always points out principal x principle here at TFE?I saw the Golden Girls entry and thoight of him!

May 10,2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen Sandiego

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