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Jun 02 2018

Showbiz History: Dead Poets,The Crown,and Annie Potts' Debut

Happy birthday June 2nd-ers!Here's what was happening in showbiz or showbiz-related history on the day you were born...

1740 The Marquis de Sade is born.Lives on in immortal infamy and morphs into Geoffrey Rush in 2000 for the SAG & Golden Globe nominatedQuills.I always forget that that movie WON Best Picture at the NBR and then wasn't even Oscar nominated for Best Picture (a thing that doesn't happen super often.)

1865 The American Civil War reaches a major turning point signalling the end (basically) when the final Confederate army ceases to exist with a surrender in Missississippi.There's a million movies on the matter (well,not that event in particular).The wounds have obviously become reinfected of late,so expect even more.

1904 Athlete and movie star Johnny Weismuller born in Austria-Hungary (in what is now Romania)...

He goes to the Olympics for Team USA and,most famously,he becomes Tarzan in the classic 1930s and 1940s film franchise.

1937 Sally Kellerman is born in Long Beach,California.She achieves fame and an Oscar nomination for her divisive role in MASH (1970),just discussed right here at the Smackdown.

1941 Baseball player Lou Gehrig dies of ALS (for years more commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's disease"-- he wasthatfamous).Just nine months later the biopicThe Pride of the Yankeesstarring Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright as the Gehrigs is released,becoming a box office hit and an Oscar favorite (11 nominations including Best Picture and 1 win)

1946 Lasse Hallstrom is born in Stockholm,Sweden.He directs many classic ABBA videos before launching his film career.Oscar gloms on to him with the Swedish filmMy Life as a Dog(1985) but hasn't had time for him post-Chocolat(2000),which we arenotfans of but Oscar sure was.Though he hasn't had a hit in quite some time he's married to Lena Olin,so he still wins at life.Next up:The Nutcracker and the Four Realmsdue for release this November.

1953 The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.This event was portrayed in the first season of the Netflix seriesThe Crownstarring Claire Foy.Somehow Queen Elizabeth still reigns and is more popular than ever (at least in film and television).The genes on that one!

Norm Lewis in Broadway Bares in (not sure of the year) and as Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar in Concent (2018)

1963 Handsome Broadway star and sometime TV actor Norm Lewis (Tony nominated forPorgy & Bess) is born in Florida.His voice is incredible so would that there were more movie musicals for him!His most recent role was inJesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

1973 Kevin Feige is born in Boston.Later in life he'll command the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

1977 Zachary Quinto is born in Pittsburgh

1978 Dominic Cooper is born in London...

1978 Meanwhile across the ocean on that same day,Mark Hamill has his first post-Luke Skywalker movie opening withCorvette Summer.But his co-star young Annie Potts is the one who finds stardom this time (and a Golden Globe nomination back when they used to have a category called "Best Acting Debut!")

1979 Morena Baccarin is born in Brazil.Goes on to fame inFirefly and Homelandon TV,andDeadpoolin film.

1989Dead Poet's Societyopens in limited release.It will become a major hit and be nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture.亚博主页

1995The Bridges of Madison Countyopens in theaters.We just discussed it two days ago here at the blog.

2002The Wiredebuts on HBO.Many claim it's the greatest TV series of all time though it's largely ignored by awards bodies during its 5 season run.

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Reader Comments (12)

you probably always forget thatquillstrivia because it never happened

June 2,2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

it did win best film from the national board of review,though

June 2,2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

par -- thanks.that's what i was thinking of.oops

June 2,2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

My Life as a Dog was nomiated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay,but was not nominated for Best Foreign Film.In fact,Sweden didn't even submit it.

June 2,2018 | Unregistered Commenterken s

ken -- i should go back to bed clearly.

June 2,2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Quills didn't win any Golden Globe.

June 2,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

"for the Golden Globe winning Quills."

Quills was nominated in the Golden Globes for Actor in Drama (Geoffrey Rush) and in Screenplay but did not win any of those categories.

June 2,2018 | Unregistered CommenterHarmodio

I LOVE me some Quills.I've always felt Joaquin Phoenix got nominated for the wrong performance that year.

June 2,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoey M

i even DID go back to bed.but alas...

June 2,2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

And no one's even gotten to those Civil War dates yet ...

June 2,2018 | Unregistered Commenterken s

KEN - lol.will see how this goes.I think history is fun but if i spend *too much time* it's not fun so if the next week of these continues to be disastrous I'll call it quits.

June 2,2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

You guys!Nathaniel shares with us a Norm Lewis bare-chested pic and you all focus on some incorrect data!

Saw Dead Poets Society last weekend after almost two decades.Still moving.

June 2,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

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