On This Day, July 26

Posted on 26th Jul 2012 by ian under On This Day | No Comments »

Hooray for Hollywood!  That’s where we will hang out today…

Stars of the silver screen and those behind the scenes born on this day include:

Movie director, Blake Edwards, born in 1922 (Pink Panther movies, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Great Race) – he was married to second wife Julie Andrews until his death in 2010.

Dual Academy Award winning actor, Jason Robards, in 1922 (d 2000).  Dual AA winning actor of a more recent vintage, Kevin Spacey, said of Robards – “He was the last of a breed of actors who dedicated themselves to a life in the theater. Without asking for the role, he was our elder statesman.”  Coincidentally, Kevin Spacey was also born on this day and turns 53 today.

Director Stanley Kubrick, born in 1928 (d 1999) was a great filmaker – could do deft comedy (Dr Strangelove), be innovative and controversial (Lolita, Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey), make sweeping epic films (Spartacus, Barry Lyndon), pace a thriller (The Shining) and make a statement while entertaining (Full Metal Jacket)

Former Prime Minister, John Howard, is 73 today.  What?  He’s not an actor?  Sorry, did you miss his performance in the speeches about ‘weapons of mass destruction’ and ‘no GST, ever’.  Award-winning stuff.

Mick Jagger is still a’struttin’ and a ‘poutin’ and a’movin’ like Mick Jagger at 69 – he dabbled in acting, having the lead in Tony Richardson’s Ned Kelly and Helen Mirren is still sassy, sexy and successful at 67.  First fell in love with her in Age of Consent (1969) – she must be the only actress to play two Queen Elizabeths (Elizabeth 1 in 2005 and The Queen in 2006).

Sandra Bullock was born on this day in 1964.  You may have seen her in The Blind Side last Sunday?  She picked up a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for that role (deservedly).  She has that spoecial ability to light up the screen – and maybe that’s because she’s a nice person.  Okay, so she is listed in the 2012 Guinness Book of Records as the highest paid actress on $56million, but she gives a bit of it away, too – at least four times she has  forked out $1million to the Red Cross, another $1million to the Haiti earthquake relief in 2010, again with $1milllion the following year for the Japanese tsunami/earthquake relief.