Celebrity Profiles [ A - D ]

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Joey Adams

Joey?s real last name is Abramowitz and he was born on January 6, 1911 in New York City. He is best known as a comedian and a singer. His first career break came when he was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at Loew?s Pitkins theatre. His most memorable career event was singing with the great Al Jolson. His favorite song is "Red, Red Robin" and his favorite food is Borscht. In his leisure time he enjoys "Spending money on my wife", or working crossword puzzles. His hobby is collecting oriental antiques. His favorite historical figure is Fiorello La Guardia. Joey's legacy quote represents his philosophy on life, "Use a joke instead of a stick".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Kim Alexis

This beautiful and talented model of numerous magazine covers was born on July 15, 1960 in Buffalo, New York. Her middle name is Marie. Her first career break came at age eighteen when she started working in modeling in Paris and landed her first cover assignment within four days of launching her career. Her most memorable career event was her first Vogue Magazine cover and signing a contract with Revlon. "The Honeymooners" is her favorite TV show and "Amazing Grace" is her favorite tune. Kim likes to run to keep in shape and during her leisure time she enjoys watching her sons or husband play ice hockey. Her hobby is driving her children to sporting events and she chose Jesus Christ as her most respected figure. Kim leaves us with this legacy quote: "Whenever I try to run my own life I stumble. When I step aside and let God do his will, wonderful things happen that I wouldn?t have planned or imagined."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Morey Amsterdam

This wonderful actor and comedian is probably best known for his part as Buddy on the "Dick Van Dyke Show". Morey was born on December 14, 1908 in Chicago, Illinois. His first career break was at 10 years old when he was given a part as a boy soprano on KPO radio in San Francisco. He indicates his most memorable career event was performing a musical comedy act in vaudeville with his brother when he was only 15 years old. His favorite movie of all time is Lawrence of Arabia and his favorite actors are Frank Morgan & Wallace Beery. Katharine Hepburn is his favorite actress. You might have guessed his favorite TV show is the " Dick Van Dyke Show". Morey can often be heard humming his favorite song, "Rum and Coca Cola" (which he also wrote) and he loves all sorts of foods. Golf is his beloved sporting activity but when asked what he likes to do in his leisure time he responded "Sex". His hobby is photography, and video cameras. His most respected historical figure is Leonardo Da Vinci. Morey's legacy quote is "Save your money, someday it may be worth something". (Morey passed away 10/28/96).

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson is recognized primarily for his numerous television roles and many still remember him as the boss in the "Six Million Dollar Man" and "Bionic Woman" series. Richard?s middle name is Norman and he was born on August 8, 1926 in Long Branch, New Jersey. He indicates that his first career break was signing a seven year contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios in 1950. His most memorable career event was a role in United Artists? Paths of Glory directed by Stanley Kubrick. His favorite movie is Lawrence of Arabia. He chose Laurence Olivier and Grace Kelly as his favorite actor and actress. He enjoys watching the television show Biography and his favorite song is "I Can?t Get Started With You". Pasta is his favorite food and playing tennis and traveling are his favorite leisure time activities. His hobbies are film production, archaeology and automobiles. Abraham Lincoln is his most respected historical figure. When asked for a legacy quote he responded "Do your desires effortlessly come true? On what scale do you have your desires? Yourself or the world?"

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Maxene Andrews

Ms. Andrews is best recognized as a singer in the famous Andrews Sisters singing group. She was born on January 3, 1916 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Maxene credits singing "Sleepy Time Down South" on a radio broadcast in 1937 from the Edison Hotel in New York City as her first career break. She goes on to say that David Kapp of Decca Records heard the broadcast in a taxi on his way home from a Tommy Dorsey opening and signed the sisters to a long-term contract. She readily admits that her most memorable career project was performing for the soldiers during World War II, "It defined our career" she stated. Her favorite actors are Tom Hanks, Jimmy Stewart and Shirley MacLaine. She enjoys watching "60 Minutes" on TV and her favorite song is "Apple Blossom Time". Golf and sleeping are her respective sporting and leisure time activities. Her most respected historical figure is Eleanor Roosevelt. Ms. Andrews wrote "Believe in yourself. Believe in God. Believe in your goals. But above it ALL, Rehearse! Rehearse! Rehearse!" as her legacy quote. (Maxene passed away 10/21/95).

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Susan Anspach

Ms. Anspach star of both stage and screen was born in New York City on November 23, 1945. Her first career break was on an Off Broadway production called "A View From The Bridge" Her most memorable career project was performing in a Swedish film called "Montenegro". Her favorite movie is "Man Facing South East" and Leonardo di Caprio is her favorite actor. Susan listed herself as her favorite actress. When she?s not watching movies she appeared in she likes to watch "CNN News" on cable TV. Her favorite song is "I?m On Fire" and she enjoys eating Mangos. Gymnastics is her favorite sport and in her leisure time she can be found reading or playing with her pet turtles and iguana. W.E.B. Du Bois is her most respected historical figure. She borrows a quote from Maxwell Anderson for her quote, "In the time of Your Life, Live.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Eddie Arcaro

This famous horse racing jockey was born George Edward Arcaro on February 19, 1916 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His first career break was winning his very first race on a horse named Eagle-Bird at Agua Caliente, on January 14, 1932 when he was just 16 years old. He is the only jockey to have won two triple crown events in 1941 on Whirlaway and again in 1948 on Citation. He also list this as his most memorable career achievement. Eddie?s favorite movie is "Gone With The Wind" and he loves to watch "Star Trek" on television. When asked what his favorite sporting, leisure time and hobbies are, Eddie summed it up in one word-golf! His most respected historical figure is Jesus Christ. His legacy quote is "Do the very best you can, give it all you got and more". (Eddie passed away 11/14/97).

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Joan Van Ark

This talented actress of television drama?s was born on June 16th (no year given) in New York City. Her first big career break came when she was cast to perform in the national Broadway and London tour of "Barefoot In the Park". Her most memorable career project was playing Valerie Ewing on "Dallas" and "Knots Landing" for fifteen years. She chose two movies as her favorites "Quiz Show" and "Dead Poet?s Society". "Cybill" is her favorite TV show and baked or mashed potatoes are her preferred menu items. Her sport is running and her hobby is decorating. She chose her name sake St. Joan of Arc as her most respected historical figure.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: R.G. Armstrong

Mr. Armstrong is a well known character actor who was born on April 7, 1917 in Wylam, Alabama. The R.G. stands for Robert Golden. His first career break was in the movie "Never Love a Stranger" starring Steve McQueen. His most memorable career project was the movie "Stay Hungry" playing the role of Thor alongside Jeff Bridges, Sally Field and Arnold Schwartzenegger. His favorite movies are "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "The Wild Bunch". Marlon Brando and Mary Craven are his favorite actors. R.G. loves to watch "Colombo" on television and "September Song" is his favorite tune. When it comes to favorite foods he likes Texas Chili. He enjoys playing billiards, dancing and reading classics. His most respected historical figure is Robert Beck (A.K.A. Iceberg Beck). "Flow and Glow" is his legacy quote which he borrowed from Billy Joe Shaver.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Sean Astin

Sean Patrick Astin was born on February 25, 1971 in Santa Monica, California. He is the acting prodigy of famous parents Patty Duke and John Astin. Sean's first career break was in "Please Don't Hit Me Mom" in a role opposite his mother Patty Duke. His most memorable career part was "Rudy". His favorite movie is "Casablanca" and he lists Jimmy Stewart and Lauren Bacall as his favorite actors. "Cheers" is his favorite TV show and "Happy Birthday" is his favorite song. Like Popeye, Sean loves spinach and indicates basketball is his sport of sports. During leisure time he enjoys traveling with his wife Christine. Reading is his hobby and Nelson Mandela is his most respected historical figure. Sean's legacy quote is "Cultivate your own Garden" (Ut Operaretureum) and "Never say anything you don't want to see in print".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins is undoubtedly recognized as one of the greatest guitarists and song writers anywhere, especially in the country music field. He was born Chester B. Atkins in Luttrell, Tennessee on June 20, 1924. His first career break was with WNOX Radio in Knoxville. He feels his greatest career memory is signing with his first record label company. He indicates that "Gone With The Wind" is his favorite movie and Jack Nicholson and Sissy Spacek are at the top of his best actor and actress list. He enjoys watching "This Week With David Brinkley" on television. Golf, Guitar and Photography take up his spare time and Mark Twain is his most respected historical figure. He states"Be careful where you aim, dreams come true" as his legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Vivian Austin

Ms. Austin was born Vivian Coe in Hollywood (She did not list her date of birth). She made 40 movies in the forty?s and fifty?s and starred in over 30 of them. She credits being named "Miss Hollywood" two years in a row as her first career break. Her most memorable career part was playing the lead role in a Universal Pictures movie called "Night Club Girl" in 1945. Her favorite song is "I?ll See You In My Dreams" and she loves chocolate. Her favorite sporting activity is swimming and she enjoys walking her dog. Franklin D. Roosevelt is her most respected historical figure. Ms. Austin reminds us of the golden rule as her legacy quote, "Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them do Unto You".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Candice Azzara

Candice was born with the real first name of Matilda on May 18, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York. She got her first career break performing in "Lovers and Other Strangers" on Broadway. Her most memorable career project was co-starring with Anne Bancroft in "Fatso". Her favorite movie is "La Strada" and Marcello Mastroianni and Eleonora Duse are her favorite actors. When watching TV she enjoys the "Mary Tyler Moore Show". Her favorite song is "Blue Moon" and pizza is her food of choice. During her leisure time she can be found walking or writing and she loves to draw. Abraham Lincoln is her most respected historical figure. Ms. Azzara provides us with this inspirational quote, "The greatest joy in life is having a loving relationship with your creator. To be true to what you were created to be. To listen to that still small voice within".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Babyface

This well known contemporary singer and composer was actually born in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 10, 1958. His real name is Kenneth Brian Edmonds. His first career break was with the Manchild Group on CHI Sound Records in 1978. His most memorable career event up to this point was receiving the Best Male Album award on the First Soul Train Awards program. His favorite movie is "When Harry Met Sally" Robert DeNiro is his favorite actor and Winona Ryder and Angela Bassett are his preferred actresses. He loves watching the "Wonder Years" on TV and "My Funny Valentine" is his favorite melody. When he's not playing or watching basketball he spends his leisure time watching movies. His passion as a hobby is skiing. Martin Luther King is his most respected historical figure. His legacy quote definitely reflects his philosophy on life"It's Always SomeThin" by Kenny Edmonds.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Henny Backus

A well known actress and author Henny was born with the name Henriette Kaye in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 21, 1911. Upon marrying actor Jim Backus her last name became Backus. Her first career break was in a Broadway Play called "Torch Song" produced by Arthur Hopkins. Her most memorable career event was appearing in two plays with Orson Welles who starred and directed both entitled "Panic" and "Horse Eats Hat". She is also very proud of the five published books that she and husband Jim Backus co-authored. "Rebel Without a Cause" is her favorite movie and Jack Lemmon and the late Jessica Tandy are actors she admires. Her favorite TV shows are "Picket Fences" and "60 Minutes". Her favorite song is "Our Love is Here to Stay" and she likes pasta and chocolate-not necessarily together. She enjoys swimming, reading & gardening and her hobby is making free-design needlepoint rugs. Thomas Jefferson and Franklin D. Roosevelt are her most respected historical figures. As her legacy quote, Henny recommends- "Keep Moving!" as sound advice.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: James Bacon

This well known Hollywood/Celebrity press writer was born in Buffalo, New York on May 12, 1914. He reveals his middle name is Richard. His first career break was being assigned by the Associated Press to cover Hollywood. He is very proud of two coveted interviews he was granted as his most memorable career event. One was with Elizabeth Taylor just after the tragic death of her husband Mike Todd. The other was an interview he did with the reclusive millionaire Howard Hughes which happened to be one of the last he ever gave. Jame?s favorite movie is "Casablanca" and he admires Clark Gable and Elizabeth Taylor's acting talents. "Sergeant Bilko" starring the late Phil Silvers is still his most enjoyable TV show and "Stardust" is his favorite tune. When it comes to his favorite food Choucrote Alsacienne is the one. He spends all his free time out on the golf course and Franklin D. Roosevelt is his most respected historical figure. Keeping in pace with his many years covering the Hollywood scene his legacy quote is "I have always found Hollywood to be a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta-To be bemused and enjoyed but never taken seriously".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Conrad Bain

Mr. Bain is an established actor of both stage and screen. He may be most recognizable as the loving & caring farther on the TV show "Different Strokes". He was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada on February 4, 1923. His first career break was appearing in the revival of "The Iceman Cometh", at Circle In The Square in New York. Conrad reveals that his most memorable career event was being on the Mike Nichols all star cast of "Uncle Vanya" with fellow thespians, George Scott and Lillian Gish among others. His favorite motion picture is "Citizen Kane" and he enjoys the work of Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep as actors. The "MacNeal Lehrer Report" is his favorite television show and "Mood Indigo" his favorite tune. In his leisure time he likes swimming, working out and reading. His hobbies are sculpture and music. Winston Churchill is his most respected historical figure. He gives us this thought-provoking quote, "Everything we do has only the full value of the moment, yesterday is gone, tomorrow is unknown and regret is a waste".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Carroll Baker

This stunning actress was born on May 28, 1934 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She got her first career break on the "Keep Time" circuit in vaudeville. Her most memorable career event was entertaining troops in Vietnam in 1965. Her favorite movie is "How The West Was Won" and her favorite TV show is "Friends". She likes the song "Norma Jean" and her favorite food is tomatoes. In her free time she enjoys swimming, reading and gardening. Shakespeare is her most respected historical figure. Her legacy quote is, "I have always lived too much inside my head".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Kaye Ballard

This multi-talented actress and singer was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 20, 1926. Her birth name is Catherine Gloria Balotta. Her first career break came in a Spike Jones movie "Three To Make Ready" with Ray Bolger. Her most memorable career project was performing in "Golden Apple" and in the TV series "Mother-In-Law". "Gone With The Wind" is her favorite movie and Al Pacino and Jessica Lange are her favorite actors. "I Love Lucy" is her favorite TV show and pasta is her preferred food dish. She enjoys walking and riding her bike and when she?s not watching movies she can be found painting & sketching. Napoleon is her most respected historical figure and she shares this quote with us-"To be able to handle rejection-Have endurance, remember it?s 40% talent & 60% luck".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Shane Barbi

Many of us will recognize this stunning model as one of the Barbi Twins. She was born on April 2, 1963 in San Diego, California. She and her identical twin sister Sia got their start modeling when they were only seven years old posing for a layout in the Sears Catalog. Her most memorable career event was posing for their own calendar in St. Barts. "Bullets Over Broadway" is her favorite movie and Clint Eastwood and Uma Thurman are her favorite actors. Her favorite TV show is an English comedy called "Ab Fab" and "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" is her favorite song. Her favorite food is wheat grass and she loves to go horse back riding. In her leisure time she reads and researches nutrition. Belly dancing is her hobby and she chose Ghandi as her most respected historical figure. Shane reminds us that "Bad does not stay in one place; so I only associate with people who are not only good to me-but good to everyone," as her legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Sia Barbi

Sia is the beautiful twin sister of Shane Barbi and she points out not only did they start modeling at age seven for the Sears Catalog but for the most part they model separately for the same shoot much as twin actors do for films and television. Her most memorable career project was "Shooting in the Caribbean for "Playboy Magazine." "What?s Eating Gilbert Grape" is her favorite motion picture and Brad Pitt and Emma Thompson are her favorite actors. "Frasier" is her favorite TV show and "Son of a Preacher Man" is her favorite song. Tofu is her choice for good food and she also loves to go horse back riding and belly dancing with her sister Shane. She chose Bill W. the starter of the 12 step recovery program as her most respected historical figure. Sia leaves us with this familiar saying as her legacy quote: "People can view a glass half full or half empty, and I choose to see life as a glass half full."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Binnie Barnes

This actress of stage and screen was born on March 25, 1903 in London, England. Her real first name is Gertrude. Her first career break and her most memorable career event were playing Catherine Howard in the play "Henry The VIII" in 1932. Her favorite movie is also "Henry The VIII" and John Wayne, Loretta Young and Jane Wyman are her favorite actors. "Law and Order" is her favorite TV show and she enjoys French food. "You Are Always In My Heart" is her favorite melody and her favorite sports are golf, ice skating and skiing. In her leisure time she prefers to read and listen to good music. Her hobby is collecting art deco from the 1930?s to 1960?s. She selected Franklin D. Roosevelt as her most respected historical figure. Binnie leaves us with a familiar line as her legacy quote: "I get up each morning and dust off my wits, and pick up the paper and read the ?Obits?. If my name is still missing I know I?m not dead, so I have a good breakfast-and face what?s ahead."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Joanna Barnes

This talented actress was born on November 11, 1934 in Boston, Massachusetts. Her first big career break came one week after graduating from Smith College whereupon she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures. Her most memorable career event was "When my first book was published." "Gone With the Wind" is her favorite motion picture and Alec Guiness and Maggie Smith are her preferred actors. "Today" is her favorite TV program and "Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered" is her favorite song. She loves to eat chocolate which she offsets by walking whenever possible. In her leisure time she reads and her hobby is cooking. Winston Churchill is her most respected historical figure. Joanna simply states "Persevere" as her legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Sydney Biddle Barrows

This well-known author of the best-selling book the "Mayflower Madam" was born in Long Beach, New Jersey on January 14, 1952. She credits an executive training program she took at Abraham and Strows as her first big career break. She acknowledges that her first book being published in 1986 the "Mayflower Madam" was her most memorable career event. "The Sting" and "My Cousin Vinny" are her favorite movies and Susan Lucci is her favorite actress. "Masterpiece Threatre" is her favorite TV show and "Midnite Blue" is her favorite song. Ice cream is her favorite food and she enjoys horseback riding and reading in her leisure time. Her hobby is "My wide variety of friends and rewarding relationships." Margaret Sanger is her choice for most respected historical figure. Sydney gives us a pep talk with her legacy quote: "Having failed at something does not mean you are a failure; it just means that something you did didn?t work out."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Billy Barty

This great actor definitely has an interesting birth name-William John Bertanzetta. He was born in Fredrickton, Pennsylvania on October 25, 1924. He credits performing in "Wedded Blisters" in 1927 when he was only three years old as his first career role. Billy speaks fondly of founding the Billy Barty Foundation and Little People of America, Inc. as his most memorable career project. His favorite movie is "Day of the Locust" and Mickey Rooney and Jessica Tandy are his favorite actors. You might guess that his favorite song is "Little People" and he loves Italian food. His favorite sport and leisure time activity is golf. He enjoys watching football whenever he can. His hobby is "helping people help themselves". Jesus Christ is the person he admires most. His celebrity quote is "Success is doing your best in whatever you try to do".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jaime Lyn Bauer

This talented actress was born on March 9, 1949 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her birth name is Norma Marvhne Bauer and she got her first big career break when Gene Roddenberry hired her to play a secretary in the TV series "Quester." Although this series did not make it to production due to legal and creative disputes between Mr. Roddenberry and Universal, Jaime was offered a contract by Universal that lasted seven years. You may remember seeing her on the daytime soap "The Young & The Restless". Her most memorable career project was playing the part of Marjorie in "Extremities" during a three month tour of New Zealand. "Man in a Glass Booth" is her favorite movie and Daniel Day Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer are her favorite actors. She likes to watch the "X-Files" on television and "70?s music" is her favorite. She loves to order Italian cuisine whenever possible and rollerblading with her children is her favorite sporting activity. In her leisure time she enjoys reading and her hobby is her husband, children, career and friends. Albert Einstein is her choice for most respected historical figure. Jaime provided us with this well thought out legacy quote: "Our relationship with others is always the most important thing going on. Having them, building, nurturing & maintaining intimate relationships is the real joy, depth and wealth in being alive."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Orson Bean

You will probably be surprised to find out that Orson?s real name is Dallas Burrows. This comedic actor was born in Burlington, Vermont on July 7, 1928. He started his career in New York City performing at the Blue Angel Supper Club. His most memorable career project was the TV version of Maxwell Anderson's "The Star Wagon". Many of us will recognize him as a celebrity guest on several TV game shows including Garry Moore's "What's My Line". His favorite motion picture is the "Deer Hunter" and Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange are his favorite actors. "Run Rabbit Run" is his favorite song and he can't resist a Cheeseburger. He considers body surfing at Coney Island as great sport and in his leisure time he reads cheap thrillers and practices his hobby which is magic. Jesus Christ is his most respected historical figure. An Abraham Lincoln saying is his legacy quote, "I believe people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Marilyn Beck

This renowned newspaper columnist was born on December 17, (no year provided) in Chicago, Illinois. Her real last name is Mohr and she received her first big career break in 1959 when she was a freelance writer for a movie magazine. Her most memorable career event was when her column became syndicated in the mid 1980?s. "The Way We Were" is her favorite movie and Robert Redford and Meryl Streep are her favorite performers. When watching TV she enjoys "The Wonder Years" and "Star Dust" is her favorite melody. English Toffee is her favorite candy and she loves to go sailing. In her leisure time she spends countless hours with her grand children and her hobby is gardening. Eleanor Roosevelt is her most respected historical choice. Marilyn leaves us with this inspiring legacy quote: "Being the best isn?t everything, it?s the only thing" and "life is too short to be little."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Kabir Bedi

Many of us will recognize this handsome actor as the villain in the James Bond motion picture "Octopussy." He was born in India, on January 16, 1946. He started his acting career in the film industry in India and he readily admits that his James Bond role in "Octopussy" was his most memorable career project. "Dr. Zhivago" and "Pulp Fiction" are his favorite motion pictures and Anthony Hopkins is his favorite actor. "Picket Fences" is his favorite TV show and "My Way" is his favorite song. Being born in India, Kabir still likes Indian food the best. He enjoys swimming and reading in his leisure time and his hobby is playing board games like chess and scrabble. Buddha is his most respected historical figure. He leaves us with this self-reflective legacy quote: "Know yourself but, above all, be true to that self. Seek what is true to you."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Louie Bellson

This multi-talented musician was born on July 6, 1924 in Rock Falls, Illinois. His real name is Luigi Balassone. His first big career break came when he won the "Gene Krupa Contest" at age sixteen and joined the Benny Goodman Band the next year. His most memorable career event was working with his equally talented wife Pearl Bailey and with Duke Ellington. "Porgy & Bess" is his favorite movie and Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones are his favorite actors. The "Bill Cosby Show" is his preferred TV program and "Come Rain or Come Shine" is his favorite tune. Pasta, greens and corn are his recipe for good health and he likes to swim to keep in shape. His hobbies are tennis, bicycling and walking. Martin Luther King is his most respected historical figure. Louie gives us some candid advice as his legacy quote: "One must know where he came from in order to know where he is going."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Johnny Bench

This famous Cincinnati Reds baseball catcher was born on December 7, 1947 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His real name is Johnny Lee and he credits being drafted by the Reds in 1965 as his first career break. Johnny?s most memorable career achievement was being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is his favorite motion picture and Gregory Peck and Susan Sarandon are his favorite actors. The "Andy Griffith Show" is his favorite television program and "Twelfth of Never" is his favorite tune. He enjoys a good round of golf as his favorite sporting activity and in his leisure time he hits the waterways for some excellent fishing. Bridge is his hobby and he selected Billy Graham and Thomas Edison as his most respected historical figures. Probably as a result of playing so many baseball games in his lifetime and losing more than he would have liked, Johnny leaves us with this philosophical legacy quote: "We?ll get? em tomorrow."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Shelley Berman

This famous comedian was born on February 3,1926 in Chicago, Illinois with the proper first name of Sheldon. His first career break was working at Mr. Kelley's Comedy Club in Chicago. His most memorable career event was winning a Grammy in 1959 for a non-musical record. "City Lights" with Charlie Chaplin is his favorite movie and of course Charlie Chaplin is his favorite actor. Jodie Foster is his first pick as best actress. He enjoys watching the television show ER and "Both Sides Now" is his favorite tune. He loves all kinds of pasta and his sport is fishing. He's an avid reader and collects handmade knives. Prime Minister Golda Meir is his most respected historical figure. For his legacy quote he chose a quote from Shakespeare, "No Legacy is so Rich as Honesty".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: James Best

This suave actor was born in Powderly, Kentucky on July 26, 1926. His first career break came in 1949 when he signed a contract with Universal Studios. He chose two most memorable career movie projects- "Three on a Couch" with Jerry Lewis and "Fire Creek" with James Stewart & Henry Fonda. His favorite motion picture is "Tobacco Road" and he loves the television show "Dukes of Hazzard" because in his words "It made me rich". The song "Wind Beneath My Wings" is his favorite melody and his favorite food is food, because he states "I grew up poor". He loves fishing and painting and his hobby is making low budget movies. He borrows a famous quote as his legacy quote "This Too Shall Pass".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Zina Bethune

This world-renowned ballet dancer was born in New York City on February 17, 1950. Her first career start came as the lead child ballet dancer in a production of "The Nutcracker" with the New York City Ballet. Zina is very proud of three career projects which she feels are most memorable, "The Nutcracker" "This Property is Condemned" on the Kraft Television Theater and "Sweet Charity". Her favorite motion picture is "The Producers" and Montgomery Clift and Simone Signoret are her favorite actors. She loves to watch reruns of "M*A*S*H" and "Taxi" on television while eating vegetables or French food which she states are her favorites. She enjoys painting and creating art crafts during her leisure time. Queen Elizabeth is her most respected historical figure. Her legacy quote is, "Art Transcends Limitations, Creating its Own Rich Being".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Theodore Bikel

Many of us will remember this multi-talented singer and actor from the musical motion picture "Fiddler on the Roof." He was born in Vienna, Austria on May 2, 1924. His first career break came when he was cast by Laurence Olivier in the West End production of a "Streetcar Named Desire" and he acknowledges that "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Zorba the Greek" are his most memorable career projects. "Dr. Zhivago" is his favorite movie and Paul Muni and Katharine Hepburn are his favorite thespians. When he?s not watching "Seinfeld" on television he likes to play chess or read. Theodore leaves us with this somewhat Shakespearean legacy quote: "He is blessed who can escape from the absurd artificiality of living into the reality of theatre."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Billie Bird

This unique actress and entertainer was born Bird B. Stowell in Pocatello, Idaho on February 28, 1908. She started her career at the age of six in Vaudeville singing and being a prop helper in a magic act. Billie?s most memorable career event was performing for the troops in Vietnam during twelve different trips to the war zone. Her favorite movie is "Somebody Loves Me" and Cary Grant and Gene Tierney are her favorite actors. Billie is an avid television fan of "Unsolved Mysteries" and her favorite song is "Stardust". She loves Chinese food and playing miniature golf. Her hobbies are reading, sewing, and song writing. General Douglas MacArthur is the historical figure she admires. Billie?s legacy quote is, "Try to be the best at whatever you do".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Joey Bishop

This famous comedian and actor is probably best remembered as the host of the 1960?s television show "The Joey Bishop Show". He was born on February 3, 1918 and yes, his given name at birth was Joseph Abraham Gottlieb. He was born in the Bronx, in New York City. He credits working with Frank Sinatra at Bill Miller?s Riviera in Fort Lee, New Jersey in 1952 as his first career break in show business. He states that his most memorable career event was being the Master of Ceremonies at John F. Kennedy?s Presidential Inaugural Ball. His favorite movie is "Raging Bull" and his favorite actor and actress are Robert DeNiro and Marlene Dietrich. He loves watching Wheel of Fortune and his favorite song is "My Yioishe Mama". His wife?s pasta is his favorite food and he enjoys watching boxing. In his leisure time he does cross-word puzzles and cryptograms. His hobbies are golf and reading. His most respected historical figure is Abraham Lincoln. Never at a loss to exhibit his renown sense of humor, his celebrity quote is: "When you live, live in clover, ?cause when you die, you?ll be dead all over".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Harry Blackstone, Jr.

Mr. Blackstone is recognized as one of the world?s greatest magicians. He was born in Three Rivers, Michigan on June 30, 1934. He reports that his first career performance actually came six months later when his father, known as Blackstone the magician, magically produced him on stage during his act. He states that his most memorable career event dates back to May 13, 1980 which was opening night of his full evening of magic at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. This engagement became the longest running full evening magic show in the history of New York theatre. His favorite movie is "Mr. Hulot's Holiday" and Jean Gabin and Li Li-Hwa are his favorite actors. It is no surprise that "Magic Land of Alakazam" is his TV show of preference and "It's Magic" is his favorite tune. He is very fond of a food dish that he affectionately calls Bananas Blackstone. An interesting sport he enjoys is called Underwater spelunking. He also has fun Scuba diving, skiing, horseback riding, and underwater photography. Alessandro, Conte di Cagliostro is his most respected historical figure. His very appropriate quote is, "The greatest illusion is the love of magic, the greatest reality is the magic of love". (Harry passed away on 5/14/97)

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Bonnie Blair

This Olympic gold medal winner was born in Cornwall, New York on March 18, 1964. Her middle name is Kathleen. Her first career break was making the 1984 Winter Olympic Team. Her most memorable career accomplishment came four years later at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games when she won the gold medal in the 500 meter speed skating event in a record time of (39.10). Her favorite movie is "The Sound of Music" and Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts are her favorite actors. Her favorite TV shows are "Friends", "Home Improvement" and "General Hospital". Old fashioned peanut butter & jelly, lobster and ice cream are at the top of her shopping list. "Find a way to my heart" by Phil Collins is her favorite song. Besides her love of speed skating she also plays golf. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends whenever possible. President Ronald Reagan is her most respected historical figure. In true Olympian style her legacy quote is, "It is not always the gold, silver or bronze that is most important, it is striving for a personal best result. Giving 100% is all that you can ask of yourself".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Linda Blair

Actress Linda Blair was born on January 22, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri. She began her acting career when she was just five years old by appearing in a Downey Fabric Softener television commercial. Most of us will undoubtedly remember her as the possessed girl in the "Exorcist" motion picture. At this point in her career she agrees that the "Exorcist" has been her most memorable project. Her favorite movie is "Jesus Christ Superstar" and she admires the work of actors Peter O'Toole and Meryl Streep. Her favorite TV show is "The Nanny" and her favorite song is "To Sir With Love". Linda loves Vegetarian Lasagna and her favorite sport is horseback riding and participating in horse shows. In her spare time she enjoys painting, writing, gardening and sewing. Her hobby is making jewelry. Her most respected historical figure is John F. Kennedy. Ms. Blair's legacy quote is "Never judge another until you walk a mile in their moccasins".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Susan Blakely

Actress Susan Blakely is one of the few celebrities born outside of the United States. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany at a U.S. army base called Darmstadt on September 7th. As some are prone to do she did not reveal the year of her birth. She credits roles in the "Savages" and "The Lords of Flatbush" as her first career break. Her most memorable career project was a CBS three hour mini-series entitled, "Will There Really Be a Morning" which was a presentation of Frances Farmer's autobiography. Ms. Blakely's favorite movie is "Reds" and Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino are her favorite actors. She loves watching reruns of the hit TV show "Cheers" and her favorite song is "Tears From Heaven". Pasta is her food of choice and skiing, visiting friends and collecting crystal is what she likes to do in her spare time. Eleanor Roosevelt is her most respected historical figure. Susan's legacy quote is borrowed from F. Scott Fitzgerald-"Living Well Is The Best Revenge".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Peter Bonerez

Most of us will remember Peter as McWatt from the movie "Catch 22". He was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on August 6, 1938. His first acting break came in "The Premise" in New York City. Playing McWatt in "Catch 22" has been his most memorable part. His favorite movie is "La Dolce Vita" and his favorite actors are Ralph Richardson and Winona Ryder. When it comes to television you can usually find him watching news programs. "Blue Monk" is his favorite tune and he loves pasta. He enjoys tennis and golf and for leisure time activities you can find him reading or fishing. Dizzy Gillespie is his most respected historical figure. Possibly at a lost for words, Peter did not provide us with a legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Brian Bonsall

Brian's middle name is Eric and he was born in Torrance, California on December 3, 1981. His first career break was playing Michael J. Fox's little brother Andrew Keaton on the hit TV series "Family Ties". His most memorable career project is not Family Ties but rather, "Blank Check". His favorite movie is "See No Evil Hear No Evil" and he admires the work of Harrison Ford and Jodie Foster. His favorite TV show is "Pig Sty" and the song he likes most is "In A Darkened Room" by Skid Row. Sushi is his favorite food and he loves to listen to music in his spare time. Basketball, Skateboarding, writing and drawing are his favorite sports and hobbies respectively. Probably as a result of being restricted by his lack of height while playing his favorite sport Basketball, Brian leaves us with this quote-"In Heaven, Short People Can Dunk!"

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Pat Boone

This well-known crooner who made white buckskin shoes fashionable was born on June 1, 1934 in Jacksonville, Flordia. His real name is Charles Eugene Boone. He credits his debut on the "Ted Mack Amateur Hour" as his first career break. Pat indicates that the "Greatest Story Ever Told" is his favorite movie and "Touched By An Angel" is the TV show he is most fond of. Continuing with his strong religious beliefs he lists "Exodus" as his favorite song. Pat keeps his trim figure by eating salads whenever possible and playing golf, tennis and basketball. His hobbies are doing crossword puzzles and eating. Jesus is his most respected figure. He borrows a quote from the bible, John 1:12 for his legacy quote: "But as many received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in his name."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Tom Bosley

Born Thomas Edward Bosley on October 1, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois this established actor of stage and television may best be remembered as Richie Cunningham?s dad on "Happy Days". His first big career break came in a Broadway musical play when he was cast as "Fiorello". "Citizen Kane" is his favorite motion picture and Laurence Olivier and Geraldine Page are his favorite thespians. Tom indicates that "Happy Days" ("What Else?") is his favorite TV show and the "Star Spangled Banner" is his favorite tune. Steak is his preferred dinner item and he enjoys watching baseball games. In his leisure time he plays golf or reads and his hobby is "Playing with my grandchildren". He chose Adlai Stevenson as his most respected historical figure. Tom?s legacy quote is his credo: "I try to go through life without hurting anyone?s feelings, by respecting people for what they are and not what I think they should be; by honoring my heritage and the heritage of others; and by trying to smile at adversity, knowing that if I can, life can be softer and more comfortable than the realities really are".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Riddick Bowe

Former Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Riddick Bowe's middle name is Lamont and he was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 10, 1967. He credits his first round knockout over Bruce Seldon in 1991 as his first career break. As you might have guessed, his majority decision over Evander Holyfield on November 13, 1992, which established him as the undisputed heavyweight champion, is his most memorable career event. Mr. Bowe's favorite movie is "Cooley High" and his favorite actors are Richard Pryor and Janet Jackson. Although he doesn't pick a favorite song he enjoys anything by Al Green or Sam Cooke. His favorite food is anything his mother makes and his favorite sport are his fights. He likes driving his various cars during his leisure time and his hobby is building and designing different homes that he owns. His most respected historical figure is Martin Luther King. Riddick elected not to write a legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Bart Braverman

Bart is an actor of both stage and screen. He was born Bartley Louis Braverman in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 1946. His first acting job came in a Pet Milk commercial on the "Jimmy Durante Show". His most memorable career event was visiting the Shriver family in Washington, D.C. while he was performing in "Godspell". Wilford Brimley and Meryl Streep are his favorite actors. His favorite TV shows are "My So Called Life" and "Chicago Hope". His favorite tunes are "What'll I Do" and "Sgt. Pepper?s Lonely Hearts Club Band". His favorite sporting activity is Skiing and he enjoys watching football games while dining on his favorite food, chiliburgers. Martin Luther King is his most respected historical figure. Bart is still working on his legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Peter Breck

Peter Breck was born on March 13, 1934 in Rochester, New York and his first name is Joseph. (Peter is his middle name). His first career break came while singing in a "Strip House" as a boy soprano. Many of his fans still remember him as one of the leading men in the "Big Valley" television show. His most memorable career part was playing the role of "Cyrano" or the Prince in "Hamlet" in classic theatre. "Tunes of Glory" is his favorite motion picture and Sir Alec Guiness and Sophia Loren are his favorite actors. His favorite TV show is "Maverick" (In which he played Doc Holliday) and a tune his Dad wrote "Girl of My Dreams" is his favorite. His favorite sporting activity is dirt bike riding and he enjoys hiking and writing. Peter's legacy quote is "Being Your Best, Makes The Best of Your Being".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Eileen Brennan

This charming actress was born on September 3, 1935 in Los Angeles, California. Her first career break was in 1959 in "Little Mary Sunshine" in an off Broadway production. Her most memorable career event was winning the Village Voice Best Actress award in 1960 for her performance in "Little Mary Sunshine". Her favorite movie is "Once Were Warriors" and Jack Nicholson and Vanessa Redgrave are her choice for best actors. Eileen listed the "O.J. Simpson Trial" as her favorite TV show. Her favorite tune is "Amazing Grace" and she loves potatoes of all kinds. When she is not sleeping, which she indicates is her favorite sporting and leisure time activity, she enjoys caring for others as her chosen avocation. Robert Kennedy is her most respected historical figure. She states, "You gotta think people! The mind-The mind is yours to think with and Know.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: David Brenner

This well known comedian was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1945. He credits his performance on the "Tonight Show" on January 8, 1971 as his first career break. To date, his most memorable career event was playing to 46,000 home town fans in Philadelphia in 1976. "Raging Bull" is his favorite flick, and John Garfield and Ruth Gordon are his preferred thespians. His favorite TV show is "Late Night with David Letterman". He enjoys the song "I Can See Clearly Now" and eating Ice Cream is high on his must do list. Boxing is his favorite sporting activity and SEX reigns supreme during his leisure time. A heavy thinker, Albert Einstein is David?s most respected historical selection. David quotes his Dad, "Do whatever you want in life, as long as it doesn?t hurt the other guy".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Lloyd Bridges

This celebrated actor of television and motion pictures was born in San Leandro, California on January 15, 1913. Lloyd credits being discovered by Sidney Buchman one of Harry Cohen?s top writers at Columbia Pictures and being put under contract as his first big career break. His most memorable project was directing "Othello" and playing the character of Yago. The "Fabulous Baker Boys" starring his equally talented prodigies Beau and Jeff Bridges is his favorite movie and he enjoys watching "Upstairs/Downstairs" on TV. This proud father also list his sons Beau and Jeff as his favorite actors. This romantic?s favorite song is "Love In Bloom" and Ice Cream is his favorite treat. He enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family and his grand kids. His hobby is gardening. Shakespeare is his most respected historical figure. (Lloyd passed away 3/10/98).

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Todd Bridges

Todd?s middle name is Anthony and he was born in San Francisco, California on May 27, 1965. Most of us will remember him as the older brother of Gary Coleman on the hit television series "Different Strokes", however ,Todd indicates that appearing on "Little House on the Prairie" with Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert was the highlight of his then young career. His first career break came when he appeared in a Jell-O commercial with his whole family in 1973 when he was only eight years old. Todd?s favorite movie of all time is "Starwars" and Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep are his favorite actors. When it comes to watching the boob tube he enjoys watching reruns of the sci-fi television show "The Outer Limits". "America" by Joe Cocker is his favorite tune and football and fishing are his preferred pastimes. He also likes to hunt, bowl and go horseback riding when he finds time. Martin Luther King is his most admired historical figure and his legacy quote is: "No matter how many times you fall, hit your head and splatter, the victory is in getting up, dusting yourself off and trying all over again!"

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Morgan Brittany

This attractive and vivacious actress was born on December 5, 1951 in Hollywood, California. Her real name is Suzanne Cupito and her first career break came in 1962 playing the role of Baby June in a Warner Bros. film "Gypsy". Morgan?s most memorable career project was portraying Vivien Leigh in the NBC miniseries "Moviola." Mel Gibson and yes, Vivien Leigh are her favorite actors. "Gone With the Wind" is her favorite motion picture and "Mad About You" and "Twilight Zone" are her favorite TV shows. "Smile" is her favorite song and she can?t resist chocolate chip cookies, which she listed as her favorite food. She enjoys a good round of golf and reading star bio?s is her favorite leisure time activity. Morgan?s hobbies are collecting dolls and movie memorabilia. She chose Eleanor Roosevelt as her most respected historical figure. She provided us with this inspirational legacy quote: "Remember that when the road gets tough and you feel like quitting, don?t give up, because if you do, you?ll never know if you could have made it."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Dr. Joyce Brothers

This renown author, lecturer, radio and television personality was born Joyce Diane Bauer in New York City on a date she did not disclose to us. Her first career break was getting a daily television show on WNBC. She indicates that meeting the Beatles was by far her most memorable occasion. The classic "Gone With The Wind" motion picture is her favorite and she lists "Real Personal" with Bob Berkowitz as her favorite TV show. The song "Volare" is her tune of tunes and chocolate is her food of choice. In her leisure time she enjoys farming, swimming and reading. Margaret Mead is her most respected historical figure.

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Helen Gurley Brown

This familiar writer/publisher was born Helen Marie Gurley on February 18, 1922 in Green Forest, Arkansas. She got her start in the publishing business with the advertising firm Foote, Cone & Belding at age 31 when she was promoted from a clerk position to a copy writer. As you might guess, getting her first book (Sex and the Single Girl) published in 1962 is her most memorable career event. "The Sting" is her favorite movie and Paul Newman and Glenn Close are the actors she chose as the best. "Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood is her choice for TV shows and she loves to read and eat at the same time. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the person in history she most admires. She leaves us with this uplifting quote " you do the very best you can, it usually works out okay".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Don Budge

Born John Donald Budge on June 13, 1915 in Oakland, California, this prolific tennis great won the first tournament he ever entered in 1930 at age fifteen. Don?s most memorable career event was winning his first "Grand Slam" in 1938. He won the Australian, French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open, all in the same calendar year. "Pat & Mike" starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy is his favorite movie, however, William Powell and Katharine Hepburn are his favorite actors. "Masterpiece Theater" is his favorite TV show and "Body & Soul" and "Stardust" tie for favorite song. As you might have guessed, tennis is his sport of sports. In his spare time he enjoys making furniture, traveling and listening to music. Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln are Don?s most respected historical figures.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Joyce Bulifant

This actress of stage and screen was born on December 16, 1942 in Newport News, Virginia. Her middle name is Collins. Her first career break came on Broadway as an understudy with a small part in "Fall Story". Her most memorable career event was dancing with the late great Fred Astaire in "Mr. Lucifer" on an Alcoa Presents show. "Dr. Zhivago" is her favorite motion picture and Robin Williams and Ingrid Bergman get her votes for best actors. "Laura?s Theme" from Dr. Zhivago is her favorite melody and any dessert is her kind of food. She loves horseback riding, tennis and skiing. For leisure time she listens to music or reads while sipping a cup of good English tea. Her legacy quote is: "What you are is God?s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Gary Burghoff

Gary?s middle name is Rich and he was born on May, 24, 1943 in Bristol, Connecticut. His first big career break came when he was cast to play the lead role in the original New York production of "You?re a Good Man Charlie Brown". His most memorable career achievement was winning back to back Emmy?s for best supporting actor in a comedy series as Radar O?Rielly on the hit TV series M*A*S*H in 1977 and 1978. Gary has the unique distinction of being the only actor to play the same role in the original movie M*A*S*H and the television series. His favorite movie is Frank Capra?s "It?s a Wonderful Life" starring James Stewart. Albert Finney is his favorite actor and M*A*S*H undoubtedly is his favorite TV show. The tune he hums most is "Cry" by Charles Chaplin. Baseball and fishing are his favorite sporting activities. Gary is a very accomplished Wildlife Artist and list this as his beloved hobby. Thomas Jefferson and Jesus Christ are his most respected historical figures. His legacy quote is: "Only the foolish man worships nature. The wise man worships only the creator of all life. Only then will we gain deep and lasting respect for our natural world as a living sign of an unseen but living, loving God".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Chris Burke

Chris was born in New York city on August 26, 1965. He got his first career break in a TV pilot called "Desperate". He indicates playing Corkey in the television series "Life Goes On" has been his most memorable part. His favorite movie is "Nell" and Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert are his favorite actors. Knowing that, you can count on the fact that "Little House On The Prairie" is his favorite TV program. An unabashed romantic, Chris list "This Is Love" as his favorite melody. When it comes to favorite foods he likes "All Kinds". He balances his sporting and leisure time between basketball and reading. His hobbies are, watching TV and movies and writing. John F. Kennedy is his choice for most respected historical figure. Chris leaves us with a legacy quote that undoubtedly sums up his motto in life, "Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: LeVar Burton

This versatile actor was born Levardis Robert Burton in Landstuhl, West Germany on February 16, 1957. He got his first career break playing Kunta Kinte in the block buster television mini-series "Roots" in 1977. He readily admits that that career experience is his most memorable. His favorite movie is "Lilies of the Field" and likewise the star of that motion picture Sidney Poitier is his favorite actor. Dorthy Dandridge is his favorite actress. LeVar?s favorite TV show is "Late Night" with David Letterman and chicken is his favorite cuisine. This dare devil list sky diving and white water rafting as his favorite sports. During leisure time he is either napping in his hammock or traveling and his hobby is self improvement. Jesus and Buddah are his most respected historical figures. His legacy quote is: "Our reality is shaped by the thoughts we think, the words we speak and the actions that we take in life. Consciously or unconsciously we actually create the world we experience. We are that powerful".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Charlie Byrd

This multi-talented Jazz musician was born in Suffolk, Virginia on September 9, 1925. His first career break came when he recorded an album for Savoy Records titled "Jazz Recital". His most memorable career event was when he recorded a Bosa Nova hit album with Stan Getz titled "Jazz Samba". Charlie loves Italian food and his favorite sporting activity is baseball. His hobby is sailing and during leisure time he enjoys a good walk. Thomas Jefferson is the man he admires as his choice for most respected historical figure. Charlie?s Legacy Quote is practical and straight forward: "Don?t choose work you don?t enjoy or associate with people you don?t like".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Sid Caesar

With the formal first name of Sidney this well known comedian and actor was born in Yonkers in New York City on September 8, 1922. Sid got his first career break while serving in the United States Coast Guard when he made the movie "Tars & Shars"?? His most memorable career event was the Sid Caesar show on television??? This funny man?s favorite movie is the not so funny "Godfather" I & II. Charlie Chaplin and Marlon Brando are his favorite actors and Meryl Streep is the actress he likes best of all. His favorite TV show is "All In The Family" and showing his sentimental side "You?d be so nice to come home to" is his favorite melody. Chinese and Italian food tops Sid?s list of favorite cuisine?s and he enjoys weight lifting and walking during his leisure time. History and Physics are his hobbies and Albert Einstein is his choice for most respected historical figure. Sid leaves us with a very serious legacy quote: "Enjoy the now, its never coming back, and forget the was, unless you can learn from it".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: K Callan

K doesn?t indicate what her birth name is nor the year she was born, however, she does reveal that she was born in Dallas, Texas on January 9th. Her first career break was in 1970 when she was cast in the film "Joe". Her most memorable career event was playing the role of Cousin Liz in an episode of "All in the Family", which was also known as the lesbian episode. Her favorite movie is "The World According to Garp" starring Robin Williams. Meryl Streep is her favorite actress and Roseanne is the TV show she most enjoys. Her favorite tune is "That?s All" and she loves home cooked meals. To keep in shape she does a lot of swimming and backgammon and movies keep her busy during leisure time. Her hobbies are woodworking, giving parties with close friends and playing games. K shares this important lesson as her legacy quote: "Whatever you truly want to accomplish, you can. You just have to begin doing it".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Joseph Campanella

This accomplished performer was born on November 21, 1927 in New York City with the middle name Mario. His big career break came when he was featured in a role on Broadway in "The Captains and The Kings". His most memorable career event was when he received a Tony nomination for his role in "Gift of Time" on Broadway while performing with fellow greats Henry Fonda and Olivia DeHavilland. Joseph admits he has many favorite movies including, "Stage Coach", "Red River" and "The GodFather" I & II. His favorite actors are Marcello Mastroianni and Vanessa Redgrave. "The Way We Were" is his favorite tune and pasta is his food of choice. He loves watching old movies and watching his sons play sports. Softball is the sport he enjoys most and his hobby is collecting old movies especially old westerns. Jesus of Nazareth is his most respected historical figure. His quote is: Sempre Avanti (Always Forward).

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Ahna Capri

This unique actress was born on July 6th (no year provided) in Eichstatt, Germany. Her first career break came when she was cast in a commercial on the "Loretta Young Show". After this she received a regular part as a child on the "Room For One More" TV show. Ahna indicates that her most memorable career event was having roles in both "Enter The Dragon" starring Bruce Lee and "Payday" with Rip Torn. Her favorite movie is the classic "Gone With The Wind" and Marlon Brando and Simone Signoret are her favorite actors. She enjoys watching "Seinfeld" on television and her preferred tune is "As Time Goes By". She loves dining on chili and lobster and that gives her the energy for sailing and water skiing, which are her favorite sporting activities. During quiet time she enjoys gardening and reading novels and her hobbies are making perfumes and going to the movies. Jesus Christ is her most respected historical figure. Ahna?s legacy quote is: "Life is merely one long exercise in thinking well of yourself".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jennifer Capriati

This Olympic Gold Medalist and professional tennis star was born on March 29, 1976 in New York City. She received her first career break in 1990 at age 13 when she made it to the finals of her first professional tennis tournament. Her most memorable career events were winning a Gold Medal in the 1992 Olympics and winning Wimbledon by beating Martina Navratilova. Robert DeNiro and Jennifer Jason Leigh are her favorite actors and "Ren & Stimpy" is her favorite TV show. "Crucify Myself" by Tori Amos is her favorite tune and sweets are her preferred food. Jennifer enjoys skiing, running and tennis as her favorite sporting activities and in her leisure time she loves "Lying under a tree with a book." Her hobbies are photography, experiencing life and writing. She chose Buddha as her most respected historical figure. Jennifer explains her philosophy about life with her legacy quote: "Life on earth- The world of living contains enough marvels and mysteries acting upon our emotions and intelligence in ways so inexplicable that it would almost justify the conception of life as an enchanted state to accept yourself for what you are is the key to happiness and the start of real living."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Harry Carey, Jr.

This versatile actor was born Henry George Carey on May 16, 1921 in Saugus, California. He got his first career break in 1946 in a movie titled "Rolling Home" featuring Jean Parker and Russell Hayden. His most memorable career project was performing in all three "Godfather" movies. His favorite movie is "The Grapes of Wrath" and Spencer Tracy and Meryl Streep are the actors he enjoys watching perform the most. "NYPD Blue" is his favorite TV show and "Send In The Clowns" is the song he especially appreciates. Oysters on the half shell is the delicacy he craves and golf his sport of choice. His pastime is reading Elmore Leonard works and his hobby is writing for "pleasure and for money". Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt are his most respected historical figures. Harry shares a quote from Emerson with us: "Our lives are built on the debris of our despair".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: David Carradine

Many of us will best remember this talented actor as the character Caine on the popular TV series "Kung Fu." His real name is John Arthur Carradine and he was born on December 8, 1936, in Hollywood, California. David got his first big career break on Broadway as the lead actor in "The Royal Hunt of the Sun." He states that "it only took me 13 auditions." His most memorable career event was his 20 year project "Mata Hari" starring his daughter, that he professes was "Pure magic from start to finish." His favorite motion picture is "The Wizard of Oz" and Spencer Tracy and Michelle Pheiffer are his favorite actors. "Cheers" is his preferred TV program and "Summertime" is his favorite song. His favorite food is apple pie and his favorite sport is "Anything with horses." In his leisure time he enjoys playing music, reading and writing. His hobbies are painting and sculpting. Thomas Jefferson is his choice for most respected historical figure. David provides us with an intriguing challenge as his legacy quote: "You can have your cake and eat it too. Work your ass off and smell the roses."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Barbara Carrera

This model turned actress was born in Managua, Nicaragua on December 31, 1951. Her first career break came as a model. Her most memorable career project was appearing in a James Bond film and working with Sean Connery. Her favorite movie is "Peter Ebertsen & The Party" and Lawrence Olivier and Bette Davis are her favorite actors. Barbara enjoys watching the wise cracking "Seinfeld" show and she adores Sheryl Crow?s "All I Want To Do Is Have Some Fun" as her favorite song. She appreciates freshly prepared food of all kinds and scuba diving is her favorite recreational activity. During her leisure time you can find Barbara in a spa, getting a massage or having a facial. Painting, music, dancing, and swimming are her hobbies. Abraham Lincoln is her most respected historical figure. She leaves us with this motivational quote: "Believe in yourself and the world lies at your feet".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Billy Casper

This legendary golfer?s complete name is William Earl Casper, Jr. and he was born on June 6, 1931 in the coastal city of San Diego, California. Winning the U.S. Open in 1959 was his first big career accomplishment and of course he went on to win many more major tournaments throughout his illustrious career. Billy indicates that football is his favorite sporting activity and that fishing is his hobby and fills all his available leisure time. Jesus Christ is his choice for most respected historical figure. Billy shares with us a most appropriate metaphor as his legacy quote: "Keep your head down and finish high". He explains that in golf, your head is down when making your swing, the hands & club are high. In life, if our head is down or we have an attitude of reverence, we will finish high.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: JoAnn Castle

You will probably remember this accomplished musician most from her appearances on the "Lawrence Welk" TV show. Her birth name is Jo Ann Zering and she was born on September 3, 1939 in Bakersfield, California. Her first career break came at 16 years old when she appeared on the "Ina Ray Hutton" TV show in 1955. JoAnn readily acknowledges that knowing Lawrence Welk and performing on his show is her most memorable career event. "It?s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" is her favorite movie and Tom Hanks and Bette Davis are her favorite actors. She loves watching "Columbo" on television and her favorite food is pasta. "I?ll Be Seeing You" is the tune she appreciates the most and watching baseball games and listening to quiet music is what she does in her pastime. Her hobby is collecting miniature pianos. Ben Franklin is the person from the past she admires most. JoAnn subscribes to the Golden Rule when asked to provide a memorable quote: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Mary Jo Catlett

This actress and singer was born on September 9, 1939 in Denver, Colorado. Her first career break was performing in a drama company in Colorado called The Windsor Players. Her most memorable career event was when Gower Champion wrote a feature article about her in "Playbill" naming her a star of the future. Her favorite movie is the classic, "The Wizard Of Oz" and Cary Grant, Ed Harris and Audrey Hepburn are her favorite thespians. When the television is on you will find her watching "Mad About You" and her favorite food is "garlic anything". Figure Skating is the sport she loves to watch and during her leisure time she enjoys walking or playing parlor games with friends. Her hobbies are her cats and trying to learn computers. Harry Truman and Thomas Jefferson top her list of most respected historical figures. Mary Jo reveals her sensitive side with this quote; "Listen, and think before you speak. There?s no way to rewind once those words are uttered. In anger, take three breaths before you speak.

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Steve Cauthen

This Triple Crown award winner was born on May 1, 1960 in Covington, Kentucky. When Steve was sixteen he won his first race on May 17, 1976 on a thoroughbred named Red Pipe. All of us will remember and share Steve?s most memorable career event, when only two years later in 1978 he won the Triple Crown of horse racing on Affirmed. This remarkable feat was made even more memorable because Affirmed beat the great Alydar (who came in second) in all three Triple Crown races. "The Sting" is Steve?s favorite movie and Tom Hanks and Debra Winger are his favorite actors. He enjoys watching "Home Improvement" on TV and "I Will Always Love You" is the melody of his choice. When it comes to food, chicken is at the top of his shopping list. When he?s not in the saddle he likes to play tennis and golf and gardening is his hobby. Martin Luther King is his selection for most respected historical figure. "Nothing that is worth having ever comes easily" is Steve?s legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Marge Champion

This talented Broadway actress and dancer was born Marjorie Celeste Belcher on September 2, 1919 in Hollywood, California. Her first career break was performing as a live action model for "Snow White". She also performed in Disney?s "Fantasia". As you might guess, performing on Broadway is her most memorable career event. "Showboat" is her favorite movie and Anthony Hopkins and Meryl Streep are her favorite actors. Her favorite TV show is "Sunday Morning" and appropriately "Margie" is her favorite song. In her leisure time she enjoys walking, playing backgammon or gardening. Abraham Lincoln is her most respected historical figure. Her legacy quote is: "Don?t frown. It causes wrinkles. Don?t frown. It gives you wrinkles".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Lita Grey Chaplin

Born Lillita Louise McMurray on April 15, 1908 in Hollywood, California this actress from the golden area of film got her first career break acting in three films for Charlie Chaplin Studios. Lita?s most memorable career event was performing in Vaudeville and her return engagement to London at the Cafe De Paree. "Gone With The Wind" is the motion picture she enjoys most and Spencer Tracy and Jane Fonda are her favorite actors. When watching TV she tunes in to "Murder She Wrote" on a regular basis. Mashed potatoes and gravy is her favorite food and she likes golf as a sporting activity. Her pastime is reading and working crossword puzzles. Abraham Lincoln is her choice for most respected historical figure. Lita chose the Alcoholic Anonymous slogan as her quote: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference". (Lita passed away 12/30/95)

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Melanie Chartoff

This multi-talented actress and singer was born on December 15, 1954 in New Haven, Connecticut. She got her big break in show business at age twelve performing in "Threepenny Opera" at Yale University in 1966. Her most memorable career event was playing Trina in "March of the Falsettos" the west coast premiere where she received a standing ovation after singing her song each performance. Melanie enjoys playing paddle tennis, reading, and walking in the country during her leisure time. Benjamin Franklin is her choice for most respected historical figure. Her legacy quote will definitely wet your intellectual appetite: "When the well runs dry, we know the worth of water".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Linden Chiles

He was born Truman Linden Chiles on March 22, 1933 in St. Louis , Missouri. This rugged actor got his first career break when Ted Post spotted him in a UCLA directing class and gave him a small role in the TV show "Rawhide". Linden?s most memorable career event was working with Elvis in "Wild In The Country". His favorite flick is "Thelma and Louise" and George C. Scott and Katharine Hepburn are his choices for great actors. He enjoys watching the TV show "Eastside/Westside" and "Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye is his favorite tune. His off screen activities include walking, reading, partying and building his house, not necessarily in that order. Thomas Jefferson gets his vote for most respected historical figure. Linden?s quote is: "TV consumes us much more than we consume it".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Candy Clark

Most of us will remember this attractive actress as Debbie in the hit motion picture "American Graffiti." She was born in Norman, Oklahoma (no birth date provided). Her formal name is Candace June Clark and she received her first career break in the movie "Fat City" directed by John Huston. Her most memorable career project besides "American Graffiti," was "The Man Who Fell-To- Earth" in which she played the part of Mary Lou. Her favorite movies are "Tootsie" and "Taxi Driver" and her favorite actors are Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep. "60 Minutes" is her favorite TV show and "Unchained Melody" is her favorite song. Candy loves Italian food and her favorite sports are bicycling and fishing. In her spare time she enjoys going to flea markets and to antique stores. Her hobby is restoring and selling antique linens and old fabrics. Will Rogers and Mark Twain are her most respected historical figure choices. Candy leaves us with some very good advice as her legacy quote: "Try to stay young at heart. Don?t cultivate bitterness and hatred within yourself, it makes you old and sick."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Brian Patrick Clarke

Brian was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on August 1, 1952. His first career acting break came when he was chosen to play John Roosevelt on "Eleanor & Franklin The White House Years". Brian?s most memorable career project was playing the dual role of Grant Putnam & Grant Andrews on the daytime television drama, "General Hospital". His favorite movie is "The Lion In Winter" and Cary Grant and Jessica Lange are his favorite actors. "Headline News" on CNN is his TV show preference. In his spare time he runs, plays his drums, or plays tennis. Also, he loves to watch movies. Martin Luther King is his most respected historical figure. Brian?s legacy quote reflects on the notion of celebrity: "In the application of the generic term celebrity, it is tragic that we so rarely address the qualifying issues: Celebrated by whom and for what" ?

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Robert Clary

Most of us will remember this talented actor and singer from his role as Lebeau on the hilarious TV series "Hogan?s Heros". He was born Robert Widerman on March 1, 1926 in Paris, France. His first career break featured his singing talents when "Johnny Get Your Girl" and "Put Your Shoes On Lucy" were recorded as singles in France and became hits in the United States in 1947 and 1949 respectively. Robert indicates that being a regular on "Hogans Heros" was his most memorable career project. "Schindlers List" is his favorite movie and Gene Hackman and Meryl Streep are his favorite actors. He enjoys watching "NYPD Blue" on TV and "Spring Is Here" is his favorite melody. In his leisure time he likes playing basketball, painting and going out to the cinema and the theater. Golda Meir is his selection for most respected historical figure. Robert?s quote is: "Do not hate other human beings just because they have a different colored skin, different shade of eyes, or different religion than yours".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Frank "Junior" Coghlan

Frank was born on March 15, 1916 in New Haven, Connecticut. His first career break was being in a motion picture at age three. His most memorable career event was playing Billy Batson in the "Adventures of Captain Marvel" and becoming a U.S. naval aviator. His favorite movie is "Gone With The Wind" and Spencer Tracy and Bette Davis are is preferred actors. He enjoys watching the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" on TV and steak is his favorite food. In his leisure time he plays golf, travels and writes. George Washington is his most admired historical figure. His quote is: "Sometime you will have to face the fact that your past will never get any better".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Michael Cole

Many of us will remember this exciting actor from the TV series the "Mod Squad" and as Brick in the award-winning film "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. He was born on July 3, 1940 in Madison, Wisconsin. He states that his big career break came when "I left Wisconsin." His most memorable career project was "When I toured as Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." He acknowledges that the "Mod Squad" is his favorite TV show. "Pledging My Love" by Johnnie Ace is his favorite tune and fruit is his choice for healthy food. His favorite sport is basketball and "Doing nothing with nature" is his leisure time activity. His hobby is studying Philosophy. Jesus Christ is his most respected figure. Michael reminds us that "Courage is fear that?s said it?s prayers" as his legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Joan Collins

Ms. Collins, star of stage, motion pictures and television is probably best known for her portrayal of Alexis on the long running nighttime television drama "Dynasty". She was born on May 23, 1938 and her real name is Joan Collins. Ms. Collins was born in London, England. Her first career break came at age 9, appearing in "A Dous Mouse" Arts Theater in London. She readily admits that playing Alexis on Dynasty has been her most memorable career part up to this point. Her favorite movie is "Some Like It Hot" and her favorite actor and actress are Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. Fawlty Towers is her favorite television show and "From This Moment On" is her favorite song. She indicates that her favorite food is Poached Salmon in Dill Sauce and Chocolate. She enjoys swimming and her hobbies are reading and writing. Ms. Collins admires Winston Churchill as her most respected historical figure. When asked to provide a celebrity quote, she responded: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger" ( by Nietzsche).

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Judy Collins

This great songstress of legendary folk tunes was born in Seattle, Washington on May 1, 1939. She received her first big break in show business in 1957 by winning the "Stars of Tomorrow" contest sponsored by the International Kiwanis Club. Her favorite motion picture is "Dr. Zhivago" and Sean Connery and Emma Thompson are her favorite actors. The PBS TV show "Poirot Mystery" is her favorite program and "Imagine" is her favorite melody. She enjoys salad and chicken dishes and her favorite sports are running and skiing. In her leisure time she loves to read and her hobbies are writing and painting. She chose Winston Churchill as her most respected historical figure. Judy gives us some sound advice in her legacy quote: "Never give up, never say die."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Stephen Collins

This talented actor and singer was born on October 1, (no year provided) in Des Moines, Iowa. His first career break came right after he graduated from college when he landed a job working for Joseph Papp in Central Park in "Twelfth Night." His fondest memory was starring opposite Julie Andrews in Stephen Sondheim?s "Putting It Together" in New York. "A Christmas Carol" is his favorite movie and Albert Finney is his favorite actor. "Mad About You" is his TV show of choice and "Thunder Road" is his favorite song. Papaya is his favorite food. In his spare time he enjoys watching baseball, reading and dabbling in politics. Claude Monet is his most respected historical figure. He borrows a line from Joseph Campbell, "Follow Your Bliss" as his legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jeff Conaway

His birth name is Jeffery Charles William Michael. This well known actor of stage and screen was born on October 10, 1950 in New York City. His first career break came at age ten when on his very first audition he landed a role in a Broadway play called, "All The Way Home". His most memorable career project was working in "Grease". "Citizen Kane" and "Godfather I" are his favorite movies. Marlon Brando tops his list of best actors and he enjoys watching reruns of "Taxi" on television. "All You Need is Love" is his favorite tune and eating Italian food is what he does best. Football is his favorite sporting activity and in his leisure time he walks, listens to music or reads. His hobby is playing the guitar. Jesus Christ is his most respected figure. Jeff leaves us with this good advice: "Love your brother as yourself". Also, "pray for your enemies".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Carol Connors

Carol?s real name is Annette Kleinbard and she was born on November 13, (no year provided) in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her first career break came as the lead singer of "The Teddy Bears" when she recorded the hit song "To Know Him Is To Love Him". Her most memorable career project was co-writing the theme song for the movie "Rocky", "Gonna Fly Now" with Bill Conti and Ayn Robbins. Carol?s favorite movies are "West Side Story" and "Calamity Jane". As you might suspect Sylvester Stallone is her favorite actor and Jessica Lange is her choice for best actress. Her favorite TV shows are "Star Search" and "Life Styles Of The Rich and Famous" for which she wrote the theme songs. Her favorite song is "With You I?m Born Again" and chocolate his her favorite treat. Scuba diving and water skiing are her sports and in her spare time she enjoys being a lounge lizard and watching TV. Her hobby is collecting tchotchkes of which she has a house full and Beethoven, Bach and Brahms are her most respected historical figures. Her legacy quote is: "30 little words bought my house in Beverly Hills, thanks to Sylvester Stallone". Also, "To be a success in what you do, you must always follow through".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Kevin Conway

Kevin was born in New York City on May 29, 1942. His first career break came in 1968 in "Saved" an off-Broadway play directed by Alan Schneider. His most memorable career endeavor was playing Dr. Treves in the U.S. premiere of "The Elephant Man" in 1979. "Gunga Din" is his favorite movie and Edward G. Robinson and Bette Davis are his preferred actors. When watching TV he enjoys any documentary and Italian food is his favorite cuisine. "Wind Beneath My Wings" is his chosen melody and in his spare time he loves to run, read and play computer games. Spartacus is his most respected historical figure. Kevin leaves us with this philosophical legacy quote: "Your choices are your life. Make certain they are your choices, and follow through on them".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Alice Cooper

This multi-talented singer and musician was born on February 4, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. His birth name is Vincent Damon Furnier. His first career break came when Frank Zappa signed his band to a record label. His favorite movie is "The Producers" and he indicates Homer and Margaret Dumont are his preferred actors. "The Simpson?s" is his choice for best TV show and "My Funny Valentine" is his favorite song. In his leisure time he enjoys golf and shopping. Jesus Christ is his most respected figure. Alice advises, "Never do anything small".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jackie Cooper

Jackie?s proper name is John Cooper, Jr., and he was born on September 15, 1922 in Los Angeles, California. His first career break came at age seven when he got to sing in a "Fox Movietone" clip. His most memorable career project was playing Ensign Pulver in "Mr. Roberts" with John Forsythe while on a U.S. tour. "Gone With The Wind" is his favorite motion picture and Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn are his preferred actors. The hit show "Friends" is his favorite television program and "Blue Moon" is the tune he enjoys. Chicken quesadilla is the food he orders most and thoroughbred horse racing is the sport he prefers. His hobby is collecting old scripts of the movies he made. George Washington is his most respected historical figure. Jackie?s legacy quote is simple and to the point: "Find a wife like mine".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Marc Copage

Most of us will remember Marc as Corey Baker on the hit television show "Julia". He was born on June 6, 1962 in Los Angeles, California. His first career break was landing a role in "Tammy and the Doctor". He readily admits that being cast as Corey Baker on "Julia" is his most memorable career event. "Hair" is his favorite movie and Mel Gibson and Vanessa Redgrave are his favorite actors. When watching TV he prefers "Seinfeld" and Italian food is his selection on the dinner menu. When at play he enjoys, racquetball, basketball and dancing. Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. are his most respected historical figures. Ever the optimist, Marc?s quote is as follows: "In every adversity, look for the benefit that can come out of it. Even bad experiences offer benefits; but you have to look for them".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Teri Copley

This talented and charming actress was born in Arcadia, California on May 10, 1961. Her first career break came in the production "We Got It Made" and the film "R.I.O.T" (Righteous Invasion of Truth) was her most memorable career project. Her favorite movie is "Jesus of Nazareth" and Robert Duvall and Marlon Brando are her favorite actors. "I Love Lucy" is her idea of great TV watching and "He?s Always There" is her favorite song. Teri?s favorite food is "Thanksgiving" dinner. Her preferred sport is weight lifting and she prays in her leisure time. Abraham Lincoln is her selection for most respected historical figure. In line with her Christian beliefs Teri provided us with this legacy quote: "The love of Christ constrains me!"

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Chick Corea

This famous jazz musician was born on June 12, 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts. His birth name is Armando Anthony Corea. His first career break came in 1960 when he recorded "Mongo Santa Maria". His most memorable career event was working with the Miles Davis Group. His favorite movie is "Rain" and Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg are his favorite actors. Chick doesn?t watch much TV so he didn?t have a favorite show, but he does enjoy brown rice with his dinner. "Happy Birthday" is his favorite tune and his sport is swimming in the ocean. For leisure time activities he prefers going to the cinema with his wife and drawing. L. Ron Hubbard is his most respected historical figure. His legacy quote is: "Retain the power of choice"

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Norm Crosby

This comedic word master was born on September 15, 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts. He got his first career break playing an 18 week engagement in the Latin Quarter in New York City. After completing this assignment Norm was signed by the William Morris Agency. His most memorable career event was performing on the Garry Moore TV show for the first time and receiving a standing ovation when he appeared on the Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson. Norm?s best picture is "Schindler?s List" and Al Pacino and Jodie Foster are his favorite actors. "The Ed Sullivan Show" is his preferred TV program and "Tenderly" is his favorite melody. When he?s not playing golf he?s watching sports on TV. Pizza is his favorite cuisine and his hobby is making toys out of wood for kids or fixing things around the house. Abraham Lincoln is his most respected historical figure. Norm?s legacy quote is: "The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong...but that?s the way to bet!!".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Arlene Dahl

Arlene was born on August 11, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her first career break was in a Broadway show in 1945 entitled, "Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston". Her most memorable career project was being in the movie "My Wild Irish Rose" and seeing her name over the title. "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is her favorite motion picture and Fred Astaire is her favorite actor. She enjoys watching "Picket Fences" on television and "Raindrops" is her tune of choice. She can?t resist Hot Fudge Sundaes but to counter the calories she loves to swim and ride her bike. Painting, dancing and sculpting are her favorite past times. Pearl Buck is her most respected historical figure. She borrows a quote from her father "You?re never completely dressed until you wear a smile"!

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Lacy J. Dalton

This sultry country singer was born Jill Lynne Byrem on October 13, 1946 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Her first career break was creating a tape in her garage in Santa Cruz, California. Her most memorable career project was singing a duet with Willie Nelson, "Slow Movin? Outlaw". "Blade Runner" is her favorite flick and Robert DeNiro and Glenda Jackson are her favorite actors. "Desperado" by the Eagles is her favorite song and potatoes are her choice for favorite food. Her sport is trail riding and hiking. In her leisure time she enjoys reading, gardening and cooking. Geronimo is her most respected historical figure. Lacy leaves us with this reverent quote: "Respect the earth and trust God in all things".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Charlie Daniels

This country artist?s proper name is Charles Edward Daniel and he was born on October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina. His first career break came when he moved to the capital of country music-Nashville in 1967. His most memorable career project was in 1963 when Elvis recorded "It Hurts Me" which he co-wrote. "Lonesome Dove" is his favorite movie and John Wayne and Cicely Tyson are his favorite actors. The "700 Club" is his TV show choice and he enjoys horse back riding and playing golf in his spare time. Jesus Christ is his most respected person. Charlie gives us some good advice: "Never look at the empty seats".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Gail Davis

This television star was born Betty Jeanne Grayson on October 5, 1925 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her first career break was a featured role with Van Johnson in "Romance of Rosy Ridge". Her most memorable career event is what many of us best remember her for- "Being cast in the starring role as TV?s Annie Oakley in "The Annie Oakley Television Show" that aired weekly from 1953 through 1960. "Singing In The Rain" is her favorite movie and Paul Newman and Katharine Hepburn are her favorite actors. "I Did It My Way" is her favorite melody and "The Johnny Carson Show" is her must see TV program. Her favorite food is southern fried chicken and she loves baseball, football, golf and swimming. Her favorite leisure time activities include anything associated with show business and charity work. Her hobby is collecting stuffed animals and Gene Autry is her most respected figure. Gail?s legacy quote is: "Always try to say something nice about your neighbors and friends". (Gail passed away on 3/15/97)

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Laraine Day

This actress was born Laraine Johnson on October 13, 1920 in Roosevelt, Utah. She indicates that her first career break was "Seeing Billie Dove?s picture displayed outside a theater in Roosevelt, Utah when I was 8". Her most memorable career project was "Foreign Corespondent" and "Lawrence of Arabia" is her favorite movie. Paul Newman and Audrey Hepburn are her favorite actors and "Fools Rush In" is her favorite tune. Laraine loves ice cream and watching sports. In her spare time she writes, reads and watches movies. Her hobby is playing canasta and hearts with family and friends. Jesus Christ is her most respected figure. Her legacy quote is a verse from the book of Matthew in the Bible: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Barbara DeAngelis

This well known author was born on March 4, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her first break came when she had her first book published in 1987 entitled "How To Make Love All The Time". Her most memorable career event was winning the award for best Informercial in 1994. Her favorite motion picture is "Somewhere In Time" and pasta is her favorite cuisine. Skiing is her favorite sport and in her leisure time she travels and seeks personal growth opportunities. Love is her hobby.

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Fred deCordova

This famous producer and director is best known for his 22 years of service as the producer of the "Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson. He was born on October 27, 1910 in New York City. His first career break came when he was hired as a stage manager for the Shubert Theater. Fred indicates that producing the "Tonight Show" for 22 years was his most memorable career achievement. "Casablanca" is his favorite movie and James Mason and Ingrid Bergman are his favorite actors. You might suspect that the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson is his favorite TV show. "As Time Goes By" is his favorite tune and he loves caviar and playing golf. In his leisure time he naps or watches sports on television. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is his most respected historical figure. Fred?s legacy quote is probably very good advice: "Be careful of whose toes you step on-they may be connected to the ass of your next boss".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Myrna Dell

Myrna?s birth name is Marilyn Dunlap and she was born on March 5th (no year provided) in Los Angeles, California. She credits her seven year contract deal with RKO pictures as her real first career break. Her most memorable achievement was "Doing all 60 pictures" in her career. "Seventh Heaven" is her favorite movie and Jimmy Stewart is her favorite actor. When Myrna watches TV she enjoys CNN news coverage. "Laura" is her favorite tune and she enjoys all kinds of different foods. In her leisure time she plays tennis or writes. Abraham Lincoln is her most admired historical figure. She borrows a line from Emerson as her legacy quote: "Nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Richard Denning

Many of us will remember this handsome actor from the television series "Hawaii 5-0" in which he played the Governor. He was born on March 27, 1914 in Poughkeepsie, New York. His real name is Louis Albert Denninger. He got his first career break in show business by winning a radio contest in 1936 called "Do You Want to be an Actor?" For which he received a screen test sponsored by Warner Bros. Studios. His most memorable career project was playing Mr. Jerry North in "Mr. & Mrs. North." His favorite motion picture is "An Affair to Remember" and Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are his preferred actors. Richard chose "Hawaii 5-0" as his favorite TV series and "Amazing Grace" is his favorite gospel song. Peanut butter is his favorite food stuff and he enjoys swimming and sailing for good sport. In his leisure time he likes to watch "old movie classics" from the 30?s, 40?s and 50?s. His hobbies are traveling and "People watching." Jesus Christ is his most respected figure. Richard provided us with two quotes: "Forward ever-backward never!" And "We know that all things work together for good, for those who love the Lord, and are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Dena Dietrich

Most of us will probably remember Dena by this familiar line "It?s not nice to fool Mother Nature". She was born on December 4, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her first career break was playing Juno in Cole Porter?s play "Out of This World" in New York City in 1962. Dena agrees that playing "Mother Nature" for 10 years and appearing in 5 different TV series at the same time in the 70?s was her most memorable career event. "Children of Paradise" is her favorite movie and Jean-Louis Barrault is her favorite actor. Her favorite music is listening to "any Jacques Brel song" and "Star Trek" is her favorite TV series. Dena love sushi and her favorite sporting activity is watching ice-skating championships. In her leisure time she enjoys going to the movies and her hobby is the stock market. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is her most respected historical figure. She borrows a phrase from Ruth Gordon as her legacy quote: "Never, Never, Never face the facts".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Phyllis Diller

This zany funny lady was born Phyllis Driver on July 17, 1917 in Lima, Ohio. Her first career break was appearing on the "Tonight Show" hosted by Jack Paar. Phyllis indicates that her most memorable career project was "breaking a 75 year old record of both attendance and money at St. Louis MUNI Opera in 1975 (at the age of 75) flying on wires as the Wicked Witch in the "Wizard of Oz". Her favorite movie is "You Can?t Take It With You" and Cary Grant and Roz Russell are her favorite actors. When watching television she enjoys "Frazier" and "Midnight Sun" is her favorite melody. For sport she still enjoys tennis and in her leisure time she prefers a candlelight dinner with a lover-or is that the other way around? Her hobbies are music, painting and recycling greeting cards. Phyllis leaves us with this humanitarian legacy quote. "All things work together for good for those who love".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Tony Dow

Most of us wish we had Tony as our older brother which he played on "Leave It To Beaver". He didn?t have to go far to make it in Hollywood because he was born in Hollywood on April 13, 1945. His first career break came when he was cast in a TV pilot for Screen Gems entitled, "Johnny Wildlife". His most memorable career project was writing and directing the "Drivers Ed" episode on the "New Leave It To Beaver" show. "What?s Eating Gilbert Grape" is his favorite motion picture and Robert Duvall and Meryl Streep are is favorite actors. "NYPD Blue" is his favorite TV show and "You Are So Beautiful" is his favorite tune. Tony loves ice cream and his sport is volleyball. In his leisure time you can find him "laying in the warm sun on a beautiful beach with a good magazine article". Tony?s hobby is wood working and Leonardo DaVinci is his most respected historical figure. Tony leaves us with this inspirational quote: "If you imagine it-you can try it... It doesn?t matter whether you succeed or not; The measure of victory is in the integrity of the try".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Hugh Downs

This famous TV personality was born in Akron, Ohio on February 14, 1921. He credits is first real career break to becoming the staff announcer for NBC Central Division in Chicago. His most memorable career project was an episode on 20/20 in 1982, entitled "Moving The South Pole To a Corrected Position". His favorite movie is Olivier?s "Hamlet" and Robert Duvall and Meryl Streep are his favorite actors. His TV show of choice is "Sid Caesar?s Hour" and "Day In The Life" is his favorite song. Hugh loves Italian food and his sporting activity is scuba diving. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music and his hobby is collecting harbor charts and air maps. Mahatma Ghandi is his most admired historical figure. Hugh chose as his legacy quote: "The downfall of a magician is belief in his own magic"---Anonymous.

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Tom Dreesen

Tom?s middle name is Eugene and he was born in Harvey, Illinois on September 11, 1944. This well known comedian credits his first appearance on the "Tonight Show" in 1977 as his first career break. His most memorable career event came in 1982 when his hometown of Harvey named a street after him. "Cool Hand Luke" and the "Magnificent Seven" are his favorite motion pictures and Gene Hackman and Anne Bancroft are his favorite actors. "Fawlty Towers" a sitcom in England is his favorite TV show and "Wee Small Hours of The Morning" by Frank Sinatra is his favorite tune. Pasta is at the top of his dining pleasures and golf is his passion. Jesus Christ is his most respected figure. Tom leaves us with this original melodic legacy quote: "Some men measure their lives by days and years, others by love affairs, passions and tears. But the truest measure under the sun is what in your life for others you?ve done".

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