What with today marking the 65th anniversary of the birth of Ms. Brenda Russell we are afforded another opportunity to remind you of the brilliance that is "Piano in the Dark." If you missed or were otherwise unmoved by our previous entreaties to appreciate its inspiration you are in luck, because we are all going to sit here this morning until you have listened to it all the way through and are willing to admit that you too are now convinced of its sheer majesty. No, we'll wait. We're not going anywhere until you listen to "Piano in the Dark." Yes, of course I am aware that Biz Markie [...]
Happy birthday to Ms. Shirley Mae Jones. She was great in Grandma's Boy, but she also did some other stuff of equal merit.
Rob Lowe turns 50 today which doesn't seem right because The Eighties was like 35 years ago and he was a pretty big deal back then. I don't know. It says 50, that's what I'm going with. Who even understands how time works anymore, everything is a mystery, one moment you're young and then you close your eyes for a second and open them to see Death standing in the doorway with an impatient air, happy birthday Rob Lowe.
Remember how, back when Google co-founder Sergey Brin turned 40, we noted that the occasion offered an opportunity for "those of us over 40 [to] feel confirmed in our own senses of failure in life," and gave "those of us who have not yet turned 40… however many years until we do to have our failures in life confirmed"? Well, that is true again today—although to a lesser extent because Twitter—as Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone, who had a hand in the microblogging service, reaches the same landmark. What are you doing?
If the name David Faustino has any sort of resonance with you, the news that he turns 40 today will almost certainly fill you with a sense of dread and the realization that where once your potential spread itself out against an infinite skyline, now your visual metaphor for the days you have remaining resembles something small and fragile and insistent, like the kitchen timer you would see up on the counter that you were too small to reach. The plans you left off for the future? Abandon them. The goals you thought you had world enough and time to achieve? Do your best to dismiss and discard them, as [...]
If all you did in your life was co-write one of the few songs that it is indisputably impossible to remain sad while hearing, it would have marked yours out as a successful life, but you, John William Oates, have written a bunch of other terrific things and are part of popular music's pantheon of duos, so on this, your 65th birthday, we salute you.
We used this same clip to note the passing of Peter Falk and what's worth pointing out is how complementary these two actors were. See also The In-Laws, obviously. And if you can find it somewhere you might enjoy Arkin's Simon. I haven't seen the one he got the Oscar for but I hear that was pretty good too. Anyway, happy birthday, Alan Arkin. You had a TV show called "Harry" that lasted a couple of weeks back in the '80s which I remember as being pretty amusing. And now you are 80. Life is funny sometimes.
A very happy birthday to New York's own Julia Migenes, who, to those of us of a certain age, will always be Carmen.
My favorite Maori soprano turns 70 today. If you know her, you probably know her from this. And rightfully so. Happy birthday!
American character actor Patricia Campbell Hearst turns 60 today. Though she only had a small role here I feel like she stole every frame she was in.
Happy birthday to Mr. Richard John Thompson, one of the great underrated artists of his age. A few more follow.
Legendary is an overused word, so I will just note that Leonardo "Flaco" Jimenez is 75 today, so here are a couple of clips of various performances from over the years and if you are unfamiliar, this is not a bad place to start.
Happy birthday, comedy legend Catherine Anne O'Hara. I hope people remember you for more than Home Alone, because you are one of the best we've got and we don't tell you that enough.
I can almost GUARANTEE that no one clicked through on that headline from Twitter or wherever so if you are reading this it is because you are someone who comes to our homepage on a regular basis (you, by the way, are the kind of reader we appreciate most of all; I do it all FOR YOU) or you just happened to wind up in here in error. At this point it doesn't matter, because now that we're all assembled we are going to spend the next few minutes listening to a song that no number of commercial uses can devalue. Take it away, Plastic Bertrand!