Chuck Berry (1926–2017)
Born: October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: March 18, 2017 (age 90) in St. Charles, Missouri, USA
Themetta “Toddy” Suggs (28 October 1948 – 18 March 2017) (his death) (4 children)
People don’t want to see seventeen pieces in neckties. They wanna see some jeans, some gettin’ down and some wigglin’.
I love poetry. I love rhyming. Do you know, there are poets who don’t rhyme? Shakespeare did not rhyme most of the time and that’s why I do not like him.
It amazes me when I hear people say “I want to go out and find out who I am.” I always knew who I was. I was going to be famous if it killed me.
I would sing the blues if I had the blues.
Born: November 15, 1919 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: February 26, 2017 (age 97) in Los Angeles, California, USA
Mickey Nebenzahl (1946 – 26 February 2017) (his death) (3 children)
Retired after about 20 years from the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Law runs in the family: His father was a lawyer. Both of his sons practiced law as well.
Briefly dated Lana Turner in high school, when she was still known as Judy Turner.
Has three children and numerous grandchildren.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 12, 2009.
Ossie Davis (1917–2005)
Born: December 18, 1917 in Cogdell, Georgia, USA
Died: February 4, 2005 (age 87) in Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Married to: Ruby Dee (9 December 1948 – 4 February 2005) (his death) (3 children)
College ain’t so much where you been as how you talk when you get back.
Struggle is strengthening. Battling with evil gives us the power to battle evil even more.
Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change–it can not only move us, it makes us move.
dir. Spike Lee
dir. Don Coscarelli
Karen Carpenter (1950–1983)
Born: March 2, 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Died: February 4, 1983 (age 32) in Downey, California, USA
[In 1976] Richard is 30, and I’m 26. But the letters we got when we said we weren’t virgins, read as though we had committed a crime. People must have been dumb to have believed that we were that good.
(on her brother) If he listened to music, I listened to music. It was unconscious, but I idolized him so much and we were so close even though we were three years apart.
(on her 1975 collapse) I had been on a crash diet, and I carried on losing weight afterwards, even though I began eating like mad to counteract it. I’d become stricken with nervous tension which was burning away all my energy.
Born: May 16, 1919 in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA
Died: February 4, 1987 (age 67) in Palm Springs, California, USA
Too many young performers have forgotten that the most important part of show business is not the second word, it’s the first. Without the show there’s no business.
(Commenting on a famous quote of his): You know that bank I cried all the way to? I bought it!
[From his 1973 autobiography]: Youthfulness, I guess, will always remain the thing that fans want to see in their favorite performers. They don’t like to see them grow old. Possibly because it reminds them that the same thing is happening to them.
John Cassavetes (1929–1989)
Born: December 9, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: February 3, 1989 (age 59) in Los Angeles, California, USA
There’s a difference between ad-libbing and improvising. And there’s a difference between not knowing what to do and just saying something. Or making choices as an actor. As a writer also, as a person who’s making a film, as a cameraman, everything is a choice. And it seems to me I don’t really have to direct anyone or write down that somebody’s getting drunk; all I have to do is say that there’s a bottle there and put a bottle there and then they’re going to get drunk. I don’t want to tell them how they’re going to get drunk. I don’t want to tell them how they’re going to get drunk, or what they would do, and I don’t want to restrict them in being able to carry out a beat, to fulfill an action. You can’t say somebody’s drunk, or in love.
I’m not really a director. I’m a man who believes in the validity of a person’s inner desires. And I think those inner desires, whether they’re ugly or beautiful, are pertinent to each of us and are probably the only things worth a damn. I want to put those inner dreams on the screen so we can all look and think and feel and marvel at them.
Boris Karloff (1887–1969)
Born: November 23, 1887 in Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: February 2, 1969 (age 81) in Midhurst, Sussex, England, UK
[on whether he resented being typed as a “horror star”] One always hears of actors complaining of being typed – if he’s young, he’s typed as a juvenile; if he’s handsome, he’s typed as a leading man. I was lucky. Whereas bootmakers have to spend millions to establish a trademark, I was handed a trademark free of charge. When an actor gets in a position to select his own roles, he’s in big trouble, for he never knows what he can do best. I’m sure I’d be damn good as little Lord Fauntleroy, but who would pay ten cents to see it?
dir. James Whale
dir. Howard Hawks