#550 Jesse Louis Lasky + Paramount Pictures


Jesse Louis Lasky was born on September 13, 1880 per Marc Jones in San Francisco, but he cites no time. Astro.com has two rectifications.  One at 3:15 PM and the other at 3:30.  We are adding a third, our 5:30 PM. We have his ascendant as 05.45 Pisces that gives him the symbol of a … Continue reading #550 Jesse Louis Lasky + Paramount Pictures

Advertisements

Robert Redford twice


Bob Redford announced at 82 his retirement.  .  He has been acting since he was 22 starting out in Alfred Hitchcock and Twilight Zone shows in the late 50's -- my particular favorite is with Dame Gladys Cooper in "Nothing in the Dark." https://youtu.be/IkbtZnlFLb0 Like the other blond god, Steve McQueen, of 60-70's cinema Redford … Continue reading Robert Redford twice

Song and Vance Johnson


Charles Van Dell Johnson was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the only child of Loretta (née Snyder), a housewife, and Charles E. Johnson, a native Swede and came to the United States as a young child,  His mother was  Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry and an alcoholic who left the family when he was a child. His … Continue reading Song and Vance Johnson

aretha franklin and the soul of r&b


Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis on March 25, 1942. Her mother, Barbara Siggers Franklin, was a gospel singer and pianist. Her father, the Rev. Clarence LaVaughn Franklin, known as C. L., preached.  Her parents separated when Aretha was 6; she remained with her father.   Her mother died about five years later from a … Continue reading aretha franklin and the soul of r&b

Guillaume Depardieu


I caught the musical biography of Marin Marais, (baptized March 31, 1656, Paris—died Aug. 15, 1728, Paris), the French composer & virtuoso of the viola da gamba (a musical instrument similar to the cello), in the French movie Tous les matins du monde (1991; “All the Mornings of the World” directed by Alain Corneau) where Depardieu fils plays the younger Marais … Continue reading Guillaume Depardieu

Gary Busey is Back to the Future


Gary Busey playing Biff in Back to the Future is rather satirical, as he had a near death experience when he crashed a guard rail back in 1988. It made headline because he refused to wear a helmet and during the surgery to sew his head back together, the actor died on the operating table. … Continue reading Gary Busey is Back to the Future