Posts Tagged ‘100th’

Dolores Hope’s 100th Birthday

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009


Dolores Hope


Dolores Hope



née Dolores Reade


BORN: May 27, 1909, New York, New York



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Dolores Hope’s Canadian Cheese Soup

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009


Dolores Hope


Dolores and Bob Hope




Dolores Hope

Canadian Cheese Soup



4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon paprika

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 cups milk

1 cans condensed consommé

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Dash Tabasco

¼ cup minced pimientos


Melt butter or margarine; blend in flour, paprika and pepper. Add milk; cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Add consommé, just as it comes from the can. Add cheese; stir until melted. Add remaining ingredients, salting to taste. Serve at once. Yield: 8 to 10 servings.


— Dolores Hope




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Virginia Cherrill’s Birthday

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Virginia Cherrill!




April 12, 1908, Carthage, Illinois
November 14, 1996, Santa Barbara, California


by Allan R. Ellenberger


Virginia Cherrill is best known as the beautiful, blind flower girl in the classic Charlie Chaplin silent film City Lights (1931). Cherrill was born near Carthage, Illinois and educated in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Chicago.


After an early marriage to Irving Adler, a Chicago lawyer, ended in divorce, she moved to California where she met Chaplin. He reportedly first noticed her on a California beach and when they were both at a boxing match.


In City Lights, Chaplin gave Cherrill the part of the flower girl largely because she portrayed a blind person appealingly, in a test, after he advised her to look at him but “to look inwardly and not to see me.”


Cherrill starred in several other American films in the early 1930’s and met Cary Grant at a film premiere. They were married in 1933, and she went on to retire briefly from film making. They divorced in 1935. Then she again resumed her career in Britain, where she appeared in two films. She later said, “I was no great shakes as an actress.”


Cherrill retired from film making permanently when she began her nine-year marriage to the ninth Earl of Jersey, in 1937. As the Countess of Jersey, she did charity work in Britain during World War II. In 1948 she married Florian Martini, a World War II flying ace. Moving to Santa Barbara, they remained married for 48 years until Cherrill’s death in 1996 at age 88.



Cherrill’s grave at the Santa Barbara Cemetery


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Bette Davis Birthday

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Bette Davis!





Tart-tongued and independent, Bette Davis was one of America’s biggest movies stars in the years surrounding World War II. After several supporting roles in the early 1930s, she began getting more notice and bigger roles in such films as Of Human Bondage (1934) and Dangerous (1935, for which she won an Oscar). In 1938 she won another Oscar for Jezebel (with Henry Fonda), and throughout the 1940s and ’50s appeared in mostly dramas and costumers (including a memorable 1955 turn as Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen). Not a typical screen beauty, Davis made up for it with spunk and flamboyance, and off-screen she earned a reputation as a “difficult” star. During the 1960s her career was revived somewhat by a string of horror movies, including What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, in which she played opposite fellow screen legend Joan Crawford. Late in her career she made television movies, winning three Emmy awards between 1979 and 1983.


Davis’s tombstone reads: “She did it the hard way”… In All About Eve (1950) she utters the famous line, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” — Source: Who2 Biography




Crypt of Bette Davis at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills



“The Bold and the Bad and the Bumpy Nights,”

New York Times, March 30, 2008 



Today is also the birthday of Jim Shippee, a very dear friend of mine. I won’t reveal his age but I believe he is a few years younger than Ms. Davis and not as bitchy.

Happy Birthday Jim!



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Joan Crawford’s Birthday…

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Joan Crawford!





According to whatever source you believe, movie star diva Joan Crawford is anywhere from 99 to 103 years old today. If the Social Security Death Index is correct, today is her 100th birthday.


Tonight on TCM they played a documentary, Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) and interviewed silent film star, Anita Page. There was one error in which the producers claimed that Page costarred with Crawford in Sally, Irene and Mary (1925), which is incorrect. Their first film together was Our Dancing Daughters (1928). That’s an error that could have been prevented.


In any event, Happy Birthday Joan.


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