Archive for the ‘100th Birthday – 1908-2008’ Category

Alistair Cooke’s Birthday…

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Alistair Cooke!

 

 

BRITISH-BORN AMERICAN JOURNALIST AND BROADCASTER

 

  • BORN: November 20, 1908, Salford, Lancashire, England
  • DIED: March 30, 2004, New York, New York
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Lung and bone cancer
  • BURIAL: Ashes scattered (bones stolen before cremation)

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Imogene Coca’s Birthday…

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Imogene Coca!

 

 

AMERICAN ACTRESS

 

  • BORN: November 18, 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • DIED: June 2, 2001, Westport, Connecticut
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural causes
  • BURIAL: Ashes scattered

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Raquel Torres’ Birthday…

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Raquel Torres!

 

 

MEXICAN-BORN AMERICAN ACTRESS

 née Wilhemina von Osterman

 

  • BORN: November 11, 1908, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
  • DIED: Los Angeles, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Complications following a stroke
  • BURIAL: Forest Lawn-Glendale, Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Celestial Peace

 

(findagrave / A.J. Marik)

 

Okay, here’s another “date of birth” controversy. Many biographies state 1908 as the year of Raquel Torres’ birth, yet her grave marker is engraved with the year 1915. When MGM signed Torres in May 1928, they published her birthdate in the newspapers (“MGM Signs Mexican Beauty,” Los Angeles Times, May 24, 1928) as November 11, 1908! That year she also starred in her first film, White Shadows in the South Seas. With all due respect to Ms. Torres, do we really believe she was 13 years old when she made that film? Happy 100th Birthday Raquel!

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Polly Ann Young’s Birthday…

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Polly Ann Young!

 

Polly Ann Young (center) with sisters Loretta Young (l) and Sally Blane (r)

 

AMERICAN ACTRESS

 

  • BORN: October 25, 1908, Denver, Colorado
  • DIED: January 21, 1997, Los Angeles, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Cancer
  • BURIAL: Holy Cross Cemetery, Section F, Tier 61, Grave 49

 

(findagrave.com / Tom and Carla)

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Carole Lombard’s Birthday…

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Carole Lombard!

 

 

 

AMERICAN ACTRESS

née Jane Alice Peters

  

Carole Lombard’s birthplace – 704 Rockhill Place, Fort Wayne, Indiana

 

  • BORN:  October 6, 1908, Fort Wayne Indiana
  • DIED: January 16, 1942, Table Rock Mountain, Nevada
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Airplane crash
  • BURIAL: Forest Lawn-Glendale, Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Trust

 

 

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Joshua Logan’s Birthday…

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Joshua Logan!

 

 

 

AMERICAN THEATRE AND FILM DIRECTOR

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  • BORN: October 5, 1908, Texarkana, Texas
  • DIED: July 12, 1988, New York, New York
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Progressive supranuclear palsy
  • BURIAL: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Bedford Village, New York

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Cecilia DeMille Harper’s Birthday…

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Cecilia DeMille Harper!

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Cecilia DeMille

Cecilia,  an excellent equestrian is shown at a horse show in the 1920’s.

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Cecilia DeMille, the only natural born child of director Cecil B. DeMille, appeared in some of her father’s films, including The Squaw Man, the 1913 production that is cited as Hollywood’s first major movie.

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  • BORN: October 5, 1908, Orange, New Jersey
  • DIED: June 23, 1984, Los Angeles, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: After a brief illness
  • BURIAL: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Garden of Legends (Section 8 )

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Cecilia DeMille Harper's grave

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Cecilia DeMille, C.B DeMille, Katherine and Mrs. DeMille

Cecilia DeMille, C. B. DeMille, Katherine, and Mrs. DeMille on the grounds of their home

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Penny Singleton’s Birthday…

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Penny Singleton!

 

 

AMERICAN FILM ACTRESS

 née Mariana Dorothy Agnes Letitia McNulty

 

  •  BORN: September 15, 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • DIED: November 12, 2003, Sherman Oaks, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Complications of a stroke
  • BURIAL: San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Section C, Lot 349, Space 5 (unmarked)

 

 

Arthur Lake and Penny Singleton in Blondie

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Gloria Holden’s Birthday…

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Gloria Holden?

 

 

 

 BRITISH-BORN AMERICAN ACTRESS

 

  • BORN: September 5, 1908?, London, England
  • DIED: March 22, 1991, Redlands, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH : Heart attack
  • BURIAL: Hillside Memorial Park, Redlands, California

 

 

(Findagrave / Graving Queen of the OC)

 

Note: There is an obvious discrepancy when it comes to Holden’s year of birth. At the time of her death in 1991, obituaries gave her age as 73 and her year of birth as 1917 — which is the date on her grave marker. Recently that was amended to 1908 and is given as such on the Internet Movie Data Base and other sources. However, according to the census report of 1930, Gloria Holden’s age is listed as 26 which means she was actually born in 1903 (the census was taken in April). She also had a son Marvin who was seven years old at the time so the 1917 date could not be possible since it’s doubtful she gave birth to him at the age of seven. This information is also confirmed by the 1920 census when her family was living in Radnor, Pennsylvania and she was 16 years old, which would also validate the 1903 year of birth. When she died in 1991, Gloria Holden was in fact 87 years old and not 73. So even though she may not really be 100 years old today, we will celebrate it anyway – she deserves it for successfully getting away with shaving 14 years off her age, which may be a record in Hollywood.

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Edward Dmytryk’s Birthday…

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Edward Dmytryk!

 

 

CANADIAN-BORN AMERICAN DIRECTOR

 

  • BORN: September 4, 1908, Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada
  • DIED: July 1, 1999, Encino, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart and kidney failure
  • BURIAL: Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, Murmuring Trees, Lot 3585, Grave 4

 

 

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