Born Susan Abigail Tomalin on
October 4th, 1946 in New York City.
She is divorced but, since
1988, has lived with companion Tim Robbins and their children.
“I would like to put up the name of Susan Sarandon.
She deserves recognition as an Oscar
winner for “Dead Man Walking” and she was
also nominated for my favorite movie “The
Client”. I think she is great!”
Clovis Majorek from Decatur, Illinois
Susan is a very good choice, Clovis. And remember, she was also
nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for three other films. In 1980
she got her first nomination for “Atlantic City”, then
again in 1991 for “Thelma and Louise” and in 1992 for “Lorenzo’s
Oil”. And, lest we forget, there was her riveting performance
as Hattie in Louis Malle’s “Pretty Baby” in 1978.
Right now, Susan has two films in post-production…a drama
titled “Elizabethtown” with Orlando Bloom due for release
in July and “Romance and Cigarettes”, a musical comedy
with James Gandolfini and Kate Winslet scheduled for August. That
means a great summer for all of us.
It has been announced that Susan Sarandon will join Billy Bob
Thornton in a film titled “Mr. Woodcock” to begin filming
Born Elijah Jordan Wood on
January 28th, 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“After seeing Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in “Lord
of the Rings” he became my favourite actor. Please put him
on your list.”
Christiane LeBlanc from Banff, Canada
Consider it done, Christiane. Even though Elijah was
already an established child star, the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy
proved he was ready for meatier, more adult roles. I really enjoyed
Elijah in “Radio Flyer” and “Forever Young”,
the two films he did in 1992 and, while I haven’t seen it
yet, the reviews for his role as Patrick in Charlie Kaufman’s “Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” have been very good. And now
he has more exciting work waiting for release….”Sin
City” will be in theaters April 1 st and the adaptation of
Jonathan Safran Foer’s best-selling novel “Everything
is Illuminated” is due to be released in August.
Sandra Dee 1942
- - 2005
Ossie Davis 1917
- - 2005
April 22nd, 1942
February 20th, 2005
When Sandra left us, she took the bubbly, irrepressible Gidget
with her. But, in the heavens, there is a new star that has just
a little more twinkle than all the rest.
She was born Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Her overly ambitious mother, with an eye on a show business career
for her daughter, lied about Sandy’s age and enrolled her
in the Professional Children’s School at the age of 3! When
she was 5, Sandy’s father abandoned them. By the time she
was 10, she was a top New York model with the Harry Conover Agency
and at 12, under contract to Universal Studios. Her film debut,
as Sandra Dee, came in the 1957 film “Until They Sail” with
Paul Newman and Joan Fontaine.
But her big break came in 1959 when she got the title role in “Gidget”,
the story of a California teenager on the beach with Cliff Robertson
and James Darren (based on the Frederick Kohner novel about his
daughter). Sandra never appeared in the sequels that followed but
she was always considered the quintessential Gidget. She became
the heartthrob of every teenage boy and, when she married pop singer/actor
Bobby Darin, the envy of every teenage girl.
Ingenue roles kept Sandra’s career going into the 1960s.
On December 1 st, 1960 she married Walden Robert Cassotto and became
Mrs. Bobby Darin. Their son Dodd was born a year later. Sandy continued
to work in light romantic comedies but good adult dramatic roles
always seemed just out of reach. By 1965 she was the last major
movie star in Hollywood still under an exclusive studio contract….in
a studio system that was sinking fast. Her marriage also failed.
By the 1970s her career was all but over except television guest
shots and with both marriage and career gone, depression set in.
When Bobby died in 1973 the bottom fell out. Sandra became anorexic,
began drinking and, if it hadn’t been for son Dodd’s
intervention, it would have killed her. He helped her pull things
together and go into therapy. Dodd later wrote a book detailing
these events called “Dream Lovers: The Magnificent Shattered
Lives of Bobby Darin and Sandra Lee”
In the 1990s Sandra began to work again in both television and
theater projects. That’s when kidney disease reared its ugly
head. When Kevin Spacey discussed doing a biopic on Bobby, Sandy
was enthused but too sick to participate in the actual planning.
The movie “Beyond the Sea” was released in late 2004.
Sandra was admitted to the hospital for treatment and dialysis
in early February but developed pneumonia and died on Sunday, February
20 th, 2005. She was 62 years old.
December 18th, 1917
February 11th, 2005
He was born in an era and a place where a black woman would never
dare correct a white man. So when his mother went to register his
birth and the man behind the counter misunderstood her, she remained
silent….and R. C. Davis would always be known as Ossie.
But the man Ossie had become never ceased to question or promote change…not
in his name but in the attitudes behind that mistaken identity.
And, along the way, he also became one of America’s most
eloquent actors, notable playwrights and passionate crusader for
human rights. His passing leaves a tremendous void.
Ossie was born Raiford Chatman Davis in rural Cogdell, Georgia,
the oldest of 5 children for a railroad laborer and his herb doctor
wife. He left home at 18, hitchhiking to Howard University in Washington,
D.C. to study drama and writing. A year after he graduated, Ossie
took off for New York, goals clearly in focus…to write plays
and act in them. He found his niche in Harlem where the arts were
gaining a new renaissance. He also found the Rose McClendon Players
where he could practice his art.
Ossie spent WWII in the army working as a surgical technician
in Liberia but he went back to the theater as soon as he got back
in 1946. A new play titled “Jeb” was Ossie’s
Broadway debut and he also met and married Ruby Ann Wallace, another
cast member who was known by her stage name “Ruby Dee’.
The play finally ended but his life with Ruby would go on for 56
years, a show business phenomenon.
Ossie’s theater triumphs included “Purlie Victorious”,
a hit play he wrote in 1961, with Ruby “A Raisin in the
Sun”, “No Time for Sergeants” and “Anna
Lucasta”. His film and television work (including “Roots:
The Next Generation”) ran in tandem from the mid-1950s until
his last role as Judge Buchanan in Spike Lee’s “She
Hate Me” last year. His memorable films with Spike Lee introduced
him to a whole new generation. In 2004 Ossie and Ruby received
the Kennedy Center Honors.
Ossie’s crusade for racial equality and human rights were
more legendary than any of his work on stage or screen. Both Ruby
and Ossie were under scrutiny by McCarthy’s HUAC for their
attempts to end racial injustice in the film industry and Ossie
was one of the 600 peaceful marchers who came under attack on an
Alabama bridge on what was later called “Bloody Sunday” (March
Ossie was working on location for a new film “Retirement” when
he died of apparent heart attack in his hotel room. He was 87 years