Celebrity Profiles [ L - R]

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Frankie Laine

This fantastic singer of the forty?s and fifty?s was born on March 30, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois. His last name at birth was LoVecchio and in 1946 he got his first big break with Mercury Records with the song "That?s My Desire". His most memorable career event was in 1954 when he did a Command Performance and had the number 1 and 2 hit songs of the year. "Camelot" and Gone With The Wind" are his favorite movies and Richard Burton and Nan Grey are his favorite actors. "Law & Order" is his favorite TV show and "I Believe" is his favorite tune. He loves dining on seafood and playing golf. He reads and paints in his spare time and his hobby is collecting historical coins. Jesus Christ is his most respected figure. Frankie gives us a smorgasbord quote: "Do onto others...", "Moderation in all things" and "live and let live".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jack LaLanne

This charismatic TV fitness guru was born on September 26, 1914 in San Francisco, California. His birth name is Francois Henri La Lanne and he credits attending a health lecture in 1930 as his first step into the fitness business. His most memorable career event came in 1951 when he went on nation-wide television. "King of Kings" is his favorite movie and Errol Flynn and Claudette Colbert are his favorite actors. Jack enjoys watching "60 Minutes" on television and "I Believe" is his favorite tune. As you might expect, he prefers fresh fruit as his choice of foods and swimming is his chosen sport. In his leisure time he reads and his hobby is singing. Jack reminds of an essential truth with his quote: "Anything in life is possible if you make it happen, It?s never too late".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Lorenzo Lamas

This dashing actor was born on January 20, 1958 in Santa Monica, California. His middle name is Fernando which was his famous father?s first name. Lorenzo got his start in show business on the CBS TV pilot "Whatever Happened To Dobie Gillis" in 1977. His most memorable career project was producing his own independent feature "Night of The Warrior" co-starring his actress mother Arlene Dahl. "Raiders of The Lost Ark" is his favorite motion picture and Clint Eastwood and Jessica Lange get his votes for best actors. His favorite TV show is the NFL "Superbowl". "Stairway to Heaven" is his favorite tune and any low fat food is his idea of healthy eating. Iaido (Japanese Sword) is his favorite sporting activity and in his leisure time he rides his motorcycle. He indicates that auto racing is his hobby. Abraham Lincoln is his most respected historical figure. Lorenzo leaves us with this original legacy quote: "A man is measured by his integrity, his body of work and the actions of his children. For this I strive to humbly succeed".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Martin Landau

This Academy Award winning actor was born on June 20th (no year provided) in Brooklyn, New York. His first career break came when he became a resident cast member for the Peaks Island Summer Playhouse. His most memorable career project was playing Bela Lugosi in the motion picture "Ed Wood" for which he won an Oscar. Woody Allen?s "Crimes and Misdemeanors" is his favorite movie and he indicates he-Martin Landau is his favorite actor. You might also guess that "Mission Impossible" is his favorite TV show. "As Time Goes By" is his favorite song and pasta and Thai food is his favorite cuisine. In his leisure time he enjoys reading, writing, painting and swimming. Martin chose Abraham Lincoln as his most respected historical figure. He gives us a friendly reminder with this legacy quote: "Be happy you are alive and working-think of all the other alternatives".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Judy Landers

This recognizable television actress was born in Pliladelphia, Pennsylvania on October 7th (no year provided). She got her first career break in the TV show "Vegas". Her most memorable career event was being the ghost writer on the feature film "BJ and the Bear". Robin Williams and Marilyn Monroe are her favorite actors and "The Huggabug Club" is her favorite TV show. (She also writes, produces and stars in this PBS program). Pizza is her favorite food and she loves to rollerblade, bicycle ride and work out on the flying trapeze. Her hobby is raising reptiles. Judy?s quote is: "Laughter is Gods hand on the shoulder of a troubled world".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Hope Lange

This sultry actress was born on November 28, 1939 in Redding Ridge, Connecticut and her middle name is Elise. She reports that her first career break came on "Snap Finger Creek" a Kraft Theater presentation which was a live performance. Her most memorable career project was starring opposite Montgomery Clift in the motion picture "Young Lions". Her favorite movie is "To Be or Not To Be" and Kevin Kline and Carole Lombard are her favorite actors. Watching reruns of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" is her idea of good TV. "Lets Face The Music and Dance" is her favorite melody and she likes any food "well prepared". Her sport is "Sitting still" and in her leisure time she loves to cook. Her hobby is napping. Abraham Lincoln is her selection for most respected historical figure. Hope leaves us with this pithy legacy quote: "All in all, it?s been a pretty good party".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: John Phillip Law

This talented actor was born on September 7, 1947 in Hollywood, California. He got his first career break in the motion picture "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming". His most memorable career project was performing in the movie "Barbarella" with actress Jane Fonda. "Lawrence of Arabia" is his favorite movie and Gary Cooper and Lesley Ann Warren are his choice for best actors. When watching TV, John prefers the "News" and "Don?t Fence Me In" is his favorite country tune. In his leisure time he enjoys diving, swimming, shooting, skiing and flying. John chose one of his great ancestors, George Washington as his most admired historical figure. John borrows a line from one of his movies "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" for his legacy quote: "Live a life... not an apology. Have faith in Allah but tie up your camel".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Vicki Lawrence

This multi-talented actress and talk show host was born on March 26, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. A dedicated loyalist, she lists the "Carol Burnett Show" not only as her first career break but also as her most memorable career project. "Forrest Gump" is her favorite movie and Tom Hanks and Susan Sarandon are her favorite actors. "Larry Sanders" is her favorite TV show and "It Had To Be You" is her favorite melody. "Anything Mexican" is her selection for best food and she loves to sail whenever possible. In her leisure time she plays with her dogs and her hobby is cooking and target shooting. Susan B. Anthony is her most respected historical figure. Reminiscent of her great comedic talents, Vicki reminds us that "Life is much too serious to be taken seriously" as her legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Robin Leach

This well known TV personality was born on August 29th (no year provided) in London, England. He got his first big break covering the "Rich and Famous" when he reported on the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on "CNN" and "Entertainment Tonight" which was a live three hour broadcast. His most memorable career event was the "10th Anniversary show of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous". "Casablanca" is his favorite movie and Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis are his favorite actors. "Absolutely Fabulous" on BBC television is his favorite TV show and "As Time Goes By" is his favorite song. He enjoys all sorts of Italian foods and watching the New York Knicks is his favorite sporting activity. Tennis and motor boating are his leisure time favorites and his hobbies are reading and playing backgammon. Being a true Brit-he chose Sir Winston Churchill as his most respected historical figure. Robin gives us some excellent advice in his legacy quote: "Success doesn?t happen without you! Diligence, dedication and determination come before the three R?s. Never give up on your goals and always believe in yourself".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Brenda Lee

This famous country singer was born on December 11, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her birth name was Brenda Mae Tarpley. Her first career break came "When the great singer Red Foley discovered me in Augusta, Georgia as a child". Her most memorable career event was performing before various heads of state throughout the world. Her favorite movies are "One Flew Over The Cuckoo?s Nest" and "Forrest Gump". Paul Newman and Ingrid Bergman are her favorite actors and "I Love Lucy" is the TV show she loves to watch. "Coloring Book" is her favorite tune and Italian food is her menu selection. Basketball is her favorite sport and in her leisure time she reads, gardens and cans fruits and vegetables from her garden. Her hobby is "Collecting everything". Helen Keller is her pick for most respected historical figure. Brenda leaves us with these choice words as her legacy quote: "Let your dreams be laced with wisdom, for they will set the course your life will follow".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Christopher Lee

This leading man from the "Golden Era of Hollywood" was born on May 27, 1922 in London, England. He got his first career break in a motion picture called "Corridor of Mirrors" in 1947 and indicates his first major role came in "Tale of Two Cities" ten years later. Playing Lord Summerisle in "The Wicker Man" is his most memorable career project. His favorite movie of all time is "The Night of the Hunter" and Walter Huston and Stephanie Audran are his favorite actors. "The Forsythe Saga" is his favorite TV show and "Send In The Clowns" is his favorite song. He loves Scandinavian food and playing golf. In his leisure time he enjoys reading classical music and his hobby is collecting special forces insignia. Being a true Brit., he chose Winston Churchill as his most admired historical figure. Christopher borrows a line from "Hamlet" to share with us as his legacy quote: "This above all, to thine own self be true".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Hyapatia Lee

This sexy adult film star and musician was born on November 11th (no year provided) in Indianapolis, Indiana. She got her first big career break when she won "Miss Nude Galaxy". "Gypsy" is her favorite movie and "Sea Quest" and "Earth II" are her favorite TV shows. "I Can See Clearly Now" is her favorite song and potatoes are her favorite food. In her leisure time she enjoys playing with her children, reading, and gardening. Scuba diving and horseback riding are her favorite sports. Sacajawea is her choice for most respected historical figure. Ms. Lee leaves us with this positive and inspirational legacy quote: "It?s not a problem, just a cleverly disguised opportunity".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Michele Lee

This highly talented actress was born on June 24 (no year provided) in Los Angeles, California. Her real name is Michele Lee Dusick. She received her first career break in the musical review "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" on Broadway. She adds that this was "My first audition on my first job." Michele acknowledges that playing Karen on the television drama "Knots Landing" has been her most memorable career part. She is very proud of the 344 episodes that were made of this blockbuster show. "The Wizard of Oz" is her favorite motion picture and Anthony Hopkins and Meryl Streep are her favorite actors. "60 Minutes" is her preferred TV show and "Imagine" by John Lennon is her favorite song. She enjoys a healthy meal of pasta and power walking is her favorite sporting activity. In her leisure time she loves family get togethers and reading and writing are her hobbies. Her most respected historical figure is Mother Mary Jones. Michele provides us with this simple advice that is the motto of the Boy Scouts of America: "Be Prepared."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Sammy Lee, M.D.

This famous Olympic gold medal winner was born on August 1, 1920 in Fresno, California. His first career break on his way to Olympic fame came in 1938 when he met diving coach Jim Ryan. His most memorable career event was "Becoming the 1st American born Asian to win an Olympic gold medal for our country in 1948 & 1st athlete of color to win the James E. Sullivan Award and only Asian American to date". His favorite movies are "Sleepless In Seattle" and "Forrest Gump". Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are his favorite actors and "National Geographic" is his preferred TV show. "Born Free" is his favorite song and his favorite food is mandoo & kimchee. Dr. Lee enjoys playing golf and tennis and in his leisure time he reads joke books. His hobby is coaching diving and he chose two presidents as his choice for most respected historical figures: Abraham Lincoln and Syngman Rhee. He reveals a great secret to becoming an Olympian in his legacy quote: "Disgusted but never discouraged, whenever one?s results are not what you expected, your desire to become a champion must be greater than your fear of failure".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Janet Leigh

This talented actress of stage and screen was born on July 6, 1927 in Merced, California. Her real name is Jeanette Helen Morrison and she got her first career break in a movie called "Romance of Rosy Ridge" in 1946. She also credits her role in the Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller "Psycho" as a big career boost. Being cast as Marion Crane in "Psyco" is her most memorable career project. "Sentimentally" is her favorite motion picture and Van Johnson and Jamie Lee Curtis are her favorite actors. If you are not aware Jamie Lee is Janet?s daughter. "Anything But Love" is her favorite TV show and "God Bless America" is her favorite song. Janet?s favorite food is milk and she enjoys watching movies in her leisure time. Her hobby is volunteering her time at the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Jesus Christ is her most respected figure. Janet borrows a phrase from Unity (Day by Day) as her quote: "Life is the showing forth of the very Self of God".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Dianne Lennon

Dianne is the first born of the sensational "Lennon Sisters" singing group. She was born on December 1, 1939 in Los Angeles, California. Dianne shares a bit of trivia with us regarding their first career break, it was actually Lawrence Welk, Jr., who heard them sing and reported back to his dad Lawrence Welk, Sr. She indicates that meeting five U.S. Presidents is the highlight of her illustrious career. Her favorite movie is "Amadeus" and Gregory Peck and Katharine Hepburn are her favorite actors. "Cheers" is her favorite TV show and she loves spaghetti and Mexican food. "Funny Valentine" is her favorite melody and she enjoys playing golf and watching football on television. Her hobby is wallpapering and Jesus Christ is her most respected figure. Dianne reminds us to "Spend each day as though it were your last" as her legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Janet Lennon

Janet is the youngest sibling of the "Lennon Sisters" singing group and she was born on June 15, 1946 in Culver City, California. She indicates that the "Lawrence Welk Show" was their first career break but says singing for seven presidents was the highlight of her career. She named all seven for us: Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. "The Way We Were" is her favorite movie and Henry Fonda and Vivien Leigh are her favorite actors. Like her sisters Dianne and Peggy her favorite TV show is also "Cheers". "My One & Only Love" is Janet?s favorite tune and she enjoys French food. Her favorite sports are tennis, golf and football. In her leisure time she reads and her hobby is collecting antiques. Jesus Christ is her most respected figure. Janet borrows a line from Iris Murdoch an Irish writer as her legacy quote: "We can only learn to love by loving".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Kathleen Lennon

Kathleen was born on August 2, 1943 in Santa Monica, California which makes her the third born of the fabulous "Lennon Sisters" singing group. She also points out their debut on the "Lawrence Welk Show" on ABC television as their first big career break. Like Janet and Dianne, singing for seven presidents tops her most memorable career event list. "Bishop?s Wife" is her favorite movie and Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn are her favorite actors. Kathleen loves to body surf and swim in the ocean and in her leisure time she enjoys browsing at flea markets. Her hobbies are collecting dolls and old books. In tune with all of hers sisters she recognizes Jesus as her most respected figure. Kathleen borrows a quote from the bible for her legacy quote: "...and if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains; but do not have love, I am nothing...".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Peggy Lennon

Peggy was born on April 8, 1941 in Los Angeles, California. Her proper first name is Margaret and as we have learned the "Lawrence Welk Show" is where the "Lennon Sisters" got their first career break in show business. She is the only sister that indicates that receiving their star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" was her most memorable career event. "To Kill A Mockingbird" is her favorite movie and Harry Morgan and Sally Field are her choices for best actors. "Cheers" is her favorite TV show and "I Remember You" is her favorite song. Chocolate mousse is her favorite food and speed walking is what she does for exercise. Her hobby is painting on porcelain and Jesus Christ is her most respected figure. Peggy borrows a phrase from St. John of the Cross for her legacy quote: "In the end of life, we are judged on love".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Al Lewis

Most of us will remember this remarkable actor as Grandpa in the television show the "Munsters". He was born on April 30, 1910 in Wolcott, New York. He claims his birth was his first career break and that the birth of his children was his most memorable career event. Al is a big Charlie Chaplin fan and his favorite actress is Anna Magnani. As you might have guessed "Car 54" (in which he co-starred) is his favorite TV show. "Guantanarara" is his favorite song and Garbanzo is his favorite food dish. In his leisure time you can usually find Al at the track playing the horses. John Brown is his choice for most respected historical figure. Al gives us a very simple reminder with his legacy quote: "Believe in yourself".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jerry Lee Lewis

This talented singer/musician was born on September 29, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana. His first career break came in 1956 when he met Sam Phillips and signed a recording contract with Sun Records. His most memorable career event was appearing on the "Steve Allen Show" and "Tobacco Road" is his favorite movie. Clark Gable and Greer Garson are his favorite actors and "Whole Lotta Shakin" a tune he made famous is his favorite song. His favorite food is his wife Kerrie?s homemade soup. Jerry enjoys jet skiing, playing the piano and painting in his leisure time. President Harry Truman is his selection for most respected historical figure. He leaves us with a very poetic legacy quote: "I can hear: grass growing, weeds dying & roses blooming".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Art Linkletter

This famous television personality was born on July 17, 1912 in Moosejaw, Sask., Canada. His proper first name is Arthur and his middle name is Gordon. He got his first career break as the Radio Director for the San Diego World?s Fair in 1935. His most memorable career project was his one hour television special "Inside Beverly Hills" which was the highest rated TV show of that year. "The Guns of Navarone" is his favorite movie and Spencer Tracy and Helen Hayes are his favorite actors. Art enjoys the TV show "60 Minutes" and his favorite song is "Deep Purple". His favorite food is beef stew and his favorite sports are skiing, handball, basketball and swimming. In his leisure time he likes to read and staying involved in his work doesn?t leave any time for hobbies. Dwight D. Eisenhower is his choice for most admired historical figure. Art?s legacy quote is straight to the point: "Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Larry Linville

This recognizable actor of stage and screen was born on September 29, 1939 in Ojai, California. Most of us will remember him for his portrayal of Major Frank Burns on the hit TV comedy series M*A*S*H. Larry indicates that M*A*S*H was actually his first career break; however, performing on Broadway with Ingrid Bergman in "More Stately Mansion" is his most memorable career project. "Les Enfants de Paradis" is his favorite movie and Irene Pappas and he (Larry Linville) are his favorite actors. Larry doesn?t like to watch much TV and "Ode To Joy" by Beethoven is his favorite melody. He loves pasta and sailing on the open sea. In his leisure time he likes to contemplate and his hobbies are: Building models, flying, writing and being attentive to his wife Deborah. Homer is his most respected historical figure. Larry leaves us with a simple request as his legacy quote: "I hope that I will be remembered as a good husband and a good father".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Rich Little

This comedic celebrity impersonator genius was born on November 26, 1938 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. With Caruthers for a middle name he probably developed his great sense of humor early in life. Rich got his first break in show business in 1964 on the "Judy Garland Show" and his most memorable career event was his weekly TV series on NBC in 1976. "Bridge On The River Kwai" is his favorite motion picture and Gregory Peck and Meryl Streep are his favorite actors. "The Fugitive" is his favorite TV show and he loves Italian food. "Body and Soul" is his favorite song and tennis is his choice of sports. In his leisure time he watches old movies and his hobby is drawing. Franklin D. Roosevelt is his most respected historical figure. Rich gives us some good advice about life with this legacy quote: "Always be yourself, don?t rely on others".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Trini Lopez

This exciting singer/actor was born on May 15, 1937 in Dallas, Texas. He got his first big career break performing at a famous Hollywood night club called PJ?s. His most memorable career event was appearing in the motion picture "Dirty Dozen". His favorite movie is "Wild Bunch" and Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly get his vote for best actors. "Hawaii 5-O" is his favorite TV show and "Laura" is his favorite song. Trini loves Mexican food and golf and tennis are his preferred sports. In his leisure time he enjoys swimming and his hobby is collecting decorative elephants. John F. Kennedy is his most respected historical figure. He gives us a solid lesson in life with his legacy quote: "It?s nice to be important, but it?s more important to be nice".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Gloria Loring

This actress/singer was born on December 12, 1946 in New York City. Her birth name is Gloria Jean Goff. She got her first big break in show business on the "Merv Griffin Show" and her most memorable career project was playing Liz Chandler on the day time drama "Days of Our Lives" for six and a half years. "My life as a Dog" is her favorite movie and Tommy Lee Jones and Jessica Lange are her favorite actors. "St. Elsewhere" is her favorite TV show and pasta is her choice for fine dining. In her leisure time she enjoys playing tennis, gardening and reading. Marcus Aurelius is her most respected historical figure. Gloria reveals her spiritual side by sharing this legacy quote with us: "It is within my power to serve God or not to serve him. Serving him, I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving him, I forfeit my own good and deprive the world of that good, which was in my power to create".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Dale Lowdermilk

This witty satirist was born on January 8, 1948 in Alameda, California. He regards his retirement in 1993 as his first career break. Appearing on the "Merv Griffin Show" and NBC?s "Real People" are his most memorable career events. His favorite movie is "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and he says that Mr. Wizard and Linda Lovelace are his favorite actors. Right in line with this revelation he chose "The Twilight Zone" as his favorite TV show. "Cowboy Bill" is his favorite song and Droste semi-sweet chocolate is his favorite delicacy. His favorite leisure time activity is "Breathing" and cruising the Internet on the computer is his hobby. Thomas Jefferson is his choice for most respected historical figure. Dale leaves us with a subliminal message as his legacy quote: "Livellafotoorehtsitnemnrerog" or maybe you prefer this one, "If it?s worth doing right, it?s worth overdoing".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Johnny Lujack

This Notre Dame all-star quarterback sports legend was born on January 4, 1925 in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. He reflects proudly on his Notre Dame football days by indicating that this was really his first career break, when he received a scholarship to play football for the "Fighting Irish". Quarterbacking Notre Dame to three (3) national championships is his most memorable career achievement. "Guns of Navaronne" is his favorite motion picture and Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day are his favorite actors. Johnny likes to kick back and watch sports on ESPN and "Across the Alley From the Alamo" is his favorite tune. His favorite cuisine is lamb chops and he enjoys a good round of golf. In his leisure time he reads and works jigsaw puzzles. Winston Churchill is his most admired historical figure. Johnny provides us with a great legacy quote: "Do not criticize those who try and fail, but pity those who fail to try".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Ida Lupino

This dynamic actress from the "Golden Era of Hollywood" was born in London, England on February 4, 1918. Her first big career break came in the film "The Light That Failed" starring Ronald Coleman. Her most memorable career event was receiving the New York Critics Award for performing in "The Hard Way". "Gone With The Wind" is her favorite motion picture and Richard Widmark and Vivian Leigh are her favorite actors. "Columbo" is her favorite TV show and "Blue Moon" is her favorite melody. She enjoys eating most kinds of fish and tennis is her preferred sport. In her leisure time she reads, does word games and plays the piano. Abraham Lincoln is her most respected historical figure. Ida borrows a line from the play "Auntie Mame" for her legacy quote: "Life is a banquet and most poor son-of-a-bitches are starving to death" (Ms. Lupino passed away on 8/3/95)

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Peter Lupus

Most of us will remember this muscular actor as Willy Armitage on the hit TV series "Mission Impossible". He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 17th (no year provided). "Muscle Beach Party" was the movie in which he received his first career break and as you might guess he lists "Mission Impossible" as his most memorable career project. "Lawrence of Arabia" is his favorite movie and Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep are his favorite actors. "Hill Street Blues" and "The Cosby Show" are his favorite TV programs and "Wind Beneath My Wings" is his favorite song. His favorite food dish is grilled chicken with angel hair pasta and to stay in shape he enjoys working out at the health club. In his leisure time he travels around the world and his hobby is being involved with various charities. Winston Churchill is his most respected historical figure. Peter?s legacy quote is: "There are many ways to get to the top- but the only way to stay there is by always delivering more than you promise".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jimmy Lydon

This actor turned producer was born on May 30, 1923 in Harrington Park, New Jersey. He got his first career break in 1937 in "Western Waters" a Broadway Play showing at the Hudson Threatre. His most memorable career event was in 1966 when he produced seven (7) Technicolor Features for Warner Bros. in one year. "Dr. Zhivago" is his favorite motion picture and Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman are his favorite actors. "M*A*S*H" is his favorite TV show and leg of lamb is his choice for favorite food. In his leisure time he enjoys flying, fishing, and hunting. Thomas Jefferson is his most respected historical figure selection. Jimmy provides us with some important advice in his legacy quote: "Your career supplies the monies so you may live your life. Your life is number one. Your career is number two".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Gisele MacKenzie

This beautiful singer and pianist was born on January 10, 1927 in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada. Her name at birth was Gisele Marie-Louise Marguerite LaFleche. Her first career break came in Canada on the CBC in a radio show called "Meet Gisele". Her most memorable career event came on the "Jack Benny Show" in what is now recognized as a classic piece when she and Jack did a violin-duet-comedy-sketch. "The King and I" is her favorite movie and Sir Anthony Hopkins and Audrey Hepburn are her favorite actors. "E.R." is her favorite TV show and "Clair De Lune-Debussy" is her favorite song. Roast beef is at the top of her dinner menu list and she enjoys swimming and shopping in her leisure time. Creating perfumes and painting are her hobbies and Leonardo Da Vinci is her most respected historical figure. Gisele leaves us with a helpful reminder as her legacy quote: "Behave in such a way that the world is a much better place because you?ve been here".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Karl Malden

This familiar actor of stage and screen was born on March 22, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois. His birth name was Mladen Sekulovich and he received his first big break in show business "Going to Goodman Threatre in Chicago". His most memorable career project was performing in "Golden Boy" which was his first play in New York City. "Black Fury" is his favorite motion picture and Paul Muni and Mona Graham are his favorite actors. One of his hit TV shows "Streets of San Francisco" is his favorite and "Loving You Always" is his choice for best song. Karl likes all kinds of food and baseball is his favorite sport. In his leisure time he likes to spend time in Montecito, California. His hobby is gardening. Karl leaves us with this thought as his legacy quote: "Do it now-tomorrow may never come".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini

This well known boxer was born on March 4, 1961 in Youngstown, Ohio. His first name is Raymond and his middle name is Michael. Ray credits his 17th professional fight at New York?s Felt Forum which was broadcast on a small cable TV station as his first real career break because of the exposure he received during this fight. His most memorable career achievement was "Winning the light-weight Championship Title on May 8, 1982 at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas". "The Godfather" is his favorite movie and John Garfield and Ingrid Bergman are his favorite actors. "Get Smart" is his favorite TV show and "You Make Me Feel Brand New" is his favorite song. Ray prefers Italian cuisine and for sport he enjoys playing golf and basketball. In his leisure time you will find him reading a good book and his hobbies are writing and stamp collecting. Harry S. Truman is his choice for most respected historical figure. Ray provides us with a championship legacy quote: "On your voyage through life; Remember, things aren?t always going to be sunny, but you must weather the storm".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Barbara Mandrell

This sensational country singer and muli-talented musician was born on December 25, 1948 in Houston, Texas. Her middle name is Ann and she received her first career break at age 11 performing in the Town Hall Party in Las Vegas. After that first performance she became a regular performer on the Town Hall Party. Her most memorable career project was her variety show "Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters" on NBC. Her favorite movies are "Seems Like Old Times" and "Coal Miners Daughter." Al Pacino and Meryl Streep are her favorite actors and "Coach" "ER" and "Andy Griffith" are her favorite TV shows. The "Battle Hymn of the Republic" is her favorite tune and steak is her preferred dinner cuisine. Barbara enjoys clay skeet shooting and snow skiing and in her leisure time she watches television. Her hobby is collecting autographed books. She chose a passage from the bible, Phillipians 4:13 as her legacy quote: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Dick Martin

Born Thomas Richard Martin this funny guy of "Rowan and Martin?s Laugh In" fame was delivered on January 30, 1922 in Battle Creek, Michigan. His first career break was touring with Nat King Cole for two years. As you might expect his most memorable career project was being co-host of the outrageously funny "Rowan and Martin?s Laugh In" TV show. "Casablanca" is his favorite motion picture and Clark Gable and Carole Lombard are his favorite actors. The "Dick Van Dyke Show" is his favorite TV program and "Stardust" is his favorite song. Dick likes a variety of chicken dishes and spends most of his leisure time playing golf. Franklin D. Roosevelt is his choice for most respected historical figure. Dick can?t resist providing us with one of his patented funny lines as his legacy quote: "No matter how much you achieve, remember, no one has found a safe way to collect shark stool".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Pamela Sue Martin

Many of us will remember this beautiful and talented actress from the hit TV series "Dynasty" where she played one of the Carrington clan, as John Forsythe?s daughter. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut on January 5, 1953. Her first big break came in the Columbia Pictures film "To Find a Man" in 1971. Her most memorable career project was performing in her own film "Torchlight." Pamela?s favorite movie is "A Christmas Carol" and Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson are her favorite actors. She enjoys watching "Seinfeld" on television and oatmeal cookies are her weakness when it comes to favorite foods. Snow skiing is her preferred sporting activity. In her leisure time she loves to read a good book and her hobby is painting. She chose President Jimmy Carter as her most respected historical figure. Pamela borrows a line from an unknown author to share with us as her legacy quote: "Truth waits for eyes unclouded by longing."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Wink Martindale

This famous TV personality and game show host was born on December 4th (no year given) in Jackson, Tennessee. His real name is Winston Conrad Martindale. He gives credit to two events as his first career break-hosting first network game show "What?s This Song" in 1957 and appearing on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1959. However, his most memorable career event was "Interviewing Elvis Presley in 1956 on "Top Ten Dance Party" on WHBQ TV in Memphis. His favorite movie is "An Affair to Remember" and Harrison Ford and Meryl Streep are his favorite actors. "60 Minutes" gets his vote for best TV show and "Stella By Starlight" is his favorite tune. Peanut butter tops his shopping list for favorite food and he enjoys a good game of tennis. In his leisure time he loves to vacation on Maui, in Hawaii. Writing is his hobby and he selected Franklin D. Roosevelt as his most respected historical figure. Wink borrows a line from author Tom Clancy to share with us as his legacy quote: "If you hang on to your dreams you may grow old, but you?ll never be old".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Bob Mathias

This "Iron Man" of Olympic fame was born on November 17, 1930 in Tulare, California. His full name is Robert Bruce Mathias. His most memorable career event was winning back to back gold medals in the decathlon in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. "Terminator" is his favorite movie and John Wayne is his favorite actor. "Murder She Wrote" is his choice for TV watching and Bob enjoys hiking and playing tennis in his leisure time. His hobby is making bird houses. He chose Winston Churchill as his most respected historical figure. Bob reminds us of an oft spoken line as his legacy quote: "A winner never quits-a quitter never wins".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Walter Matthau

This wonderful and familiar actor of stage and screen was born on October 1, 1920 in New York City. His real last name is spelled Matthow. He received his first career break on Broadway in the stage play "Anne of a Thousand Days." Walter acknowledges that performing in "The Odd Couple" in New York on Broadway is his most memorable career project. "The Informer" is his favorite motion picture and Robert Donat and Sophia Loren are his favorite thespians. He enjoys watching the finals in any sporting event on television and "La Chi Daremla Man" is his favorite song. For dinner he loves a good dish of spaghetti with fennel. Walking is his favorite leisure time and sporting activity and Franklin D. Roosevelt is his most respected historical figure. Walter borrows a famous line from Satchel Paige as his legacy quote selection: "Don?t look back, someone may be gaining on you."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Virginia Mayo

This familiar actress form the "Golden Era of Hollywood" was born on November 30, 1920 in St Louis, Missouri. Her real name is Virginia Clark Jones and her first career break came in 1938 when she was accepted as a dancer for the St. Louis Murry Opera. Her most memorable career event was signing a fifteen year contract with Sam Goldwyn and Warner Bros. studios. "The Heiress" is her favorite motion picture and Spencer Tracy and Vivien Leigh are her favorite actors. "60 Minutes" gets her vote for best TV show and in her leisure time she enjoys going out to the movies. George Washington is her most respected historical figure choice. Virginia borrows a line from Shakespeare to share with us as her legacy quote: "To your own self be true".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Mitzi McCall

This hilarious comedian and writer was born on September 9, 1938 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her real last name is Steiner. She credits performing with Jerry Lewis in "You?re Never Too Young" as her first real career break. Her most memorable career event was performing on the "Ed Sullivan Show" with her husband Charlie Brill preceding the Beatles American debut. Robert DeNiro and Maggie Smith are her favorite actors and "Mad About You" is her favorite TV show. "You Are So Beautiful" is her favorite tune and Apple Jack Jarkin is her favorite food. Baseball is her favorite sport and in her leisure time she enjoys spending time with her family. Mother Teresa is her most respected historical figure. Mitzi reminds us "You can?t keep it unless you give it away" and "Remember, it?s all bullshit" as her legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Chris McCarron

This Hall of Fame horse racing jockey was born on March 27, 1955 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. His first career break came in 1974 when he won his first race on a horse named Erezev at Bowie Race Course in Maryland. His most memorable career event was winning the Kentucky Derby in 1987 on a horse named Alysheba and being inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1989. "The Sting" is his favorite movie and Robert DeNiro and Bette Midler are his favorite actors. "Cheers" is his favorite TV show and "Lyin? Eyes" is his favorite song. Chris prefers seafood dishes and enjoys a good game of golf or skiing. In his leisure time he loves to watch his daughters ride show horses. Abraham Lincoln is his choice for most respected historical figure. Chris provides us with this challenge as his legacy quote: "It?s virtually impossible to teach our youth the value of a dollar. What we must teach is the value of effort through ambition and perseverance".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Eugene McCarthy

This well known political figure was born on March 29, 1916 in Watkins, Minnesota. His first career break in politics came in 1948 when he was elected to the House of Representatives. His most memorable career event came ten years later in 1958 when he was elected to the United States Senate. "War and Peace" is his favorite motion picture and Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman are his favorite actors. "When the Saints Go Marching In" is his favorite song and potatoes are his favorite food. Baseball is his preferred sport and listening to classical music during his leisure time is great sport too. His hobby is writing poetry and John Adams is his most respected historical figure. Having been a presidential candidate, Eugene provides us with this insightful legacy quote: "It is easier to start running for the Presidency then it is to Stop".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Rue McClanahan

This versatile actress was born on February 21st (no year provided) in Healdton, Oklahoma. Her real first name is Eddi-Rue and she got her start in show business in 1964 in Manhattan playing the role of Hazel in the musical production of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". As you might imagine her most memorable career part was playing Blanche on the hit television series "The Golden Girls". "Gone With the Wind" is one of her favorite movies and Marlon Brando and Dame Edith Evans are her favorite thespians. "The Golden Girls" and "Fawlty Towers" are her favorite TV shows and "Object of Man?s Desires-Just Say Jesu" is her favorite musical piece by Bach. Chocolate is her favorite delicacy and women?s baseball is her favorite sporting activity. In her leisure time Rue enjoys drawing, reading and writing. Her hobbies are quilting and gardening. She chose Albert Schweitzer as her most respected historical figure. Rue shares a phrase from her mother Rheua-Nell as her quote: "Every kick, a boost!".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Don McLean

This familiar singer/musician was born on October 2, 1945 in New Rochelle, New York. His formal first name is Donald and he got his first career break in 1968 when he was hired by the New York State Council on the Arts to perform as a "Hudson River Troubadour". His most memorable career event was producing his number one hit single and album "American Pie" in 1971 and 1972. "Hombre" is his favorite motion picture and William Boyd and Jean Harlow are his favorite actors. "The Odd Couple" is his favorite TV show and "White Christmas" is his favorite melody. Don enjoys swimming and horseback riding and his hobby is reading biographies and he is a movie buff as well. Franklin D. Roosevelt is his most respected historical figure. Don provides us with some straight forward advice with his legacy quote: "Don?t talk about it, do it!".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Ed McMahon

This highly recognizable TV personality was born on March 6, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan. Ed?s formal name is Edward and his middle name is Leo. He got his start in broadcasting at age seventeen as a radio announcer at station WLLH in Lowell, Massachusetts. His most memorable career event was meeting Johnny Carson and landing the announcer job on the TV show "Who Do You Trust". "The Guns of Navarone" is his favorite movie and Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are his favorite actors. "CBS Sunday Morning" is his favorite TV show and "Where or When" is his favorite song. His favorite food is his wife Pam?s pasta and he enjoys going out on his boat whenever he gets a chance. Winston Churchill is his most respected historical figure. Ed gives us an important reminder with his legacy quote: "Where much is given, much is expected".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Audrey Meadows

Most of us will remember this terrific actress as Alice in the hit comedy series "The Honeymooners" with Jackie Gleason. She was born on February 8, 1926 in New York City. Her last name at birth was Cotter. She got her start in show business in the play "High Button Shoes" performing for the Chicago Company. She chose two most memorable career events "Winning the Emmy and having my first book ?Love Alice? published". "Manchurian Candidate" is her favorite motion picture and Harrison Ford and Katharine Hepburn are her favorite actors. "Mad About You" is her preferred TV show and "Deep Purple" is the song she enjoys most. Audrey?s favorite sweet is "Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate". For sports she loves to water ski and play tennis. In her leisure time she likes to do needlepoint and read. She indicates that gardening is her hobby. Madame Curie is her most respected historical figure. Audrey gives us some practical advice in her legacy quote: "Believe in yourself... and always ask for a free T-shirt". (Audrey passed away on 2/3/96).

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jayne Meadows

This four-time Emmy nominated actress was born on September 27, 1926 in Wuchang, China. She got her first big break in show business on Broadway playing the lead in "Spring Again". Her most memorable career event was receiving her first Emmy nomination for portraying a 90 year old Florence Nightingale in a PBS presentation of "Meeting of Minds" which was produced by her multi-talented husband Steve Allen. Her favorite movie is "Enchantment" and as you might guess she chose the TV show "Meeting of Minds" as her favorite. "This Could Be the Start of Something Big" is her favorite song and Robert DeNiro and Maggie Smith are her favorite actors. Jayne loves all kinds of fruits as her favorite food and she keeps in shape by dancing and swimming. In her leisure time she can be found reading or going out to see a stage play. Needlepoint and tap dancing are her hobbies and she chose Susan B. Anthony as her most respected historical figure. Jayne provides us with this candid perspective as her legacy quote: "This beautiful world is more than any of us deserves".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Don Meredith

Most of us will remember Don for his outstanding Quarterbacking for the Dallas Cowboys and his stint on "Monday Night Football" with Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell and Fran Tarkington. Don credits the Cowboys and "Monday Night Football" as his first career break; however, he chose the loss to the Greenbay Packers in the 1967 Championship game as his most memorable career event. "Face In the Crowd" is his favorite movie and James Stewart and Jane Alexander are his favorite actors. Don enjoys TV shows like "CBS Sunday Morning" and his favorite tune is "It Ain?t Easy Being White" by Joe Williams. He blends southern cooking and savoir faire in his choice of chicken fried steak and caviar as his favorite food selections. He likes to play golf and in his leisure time you can find him reading, exercising, listening to music or watching sunsets. His hobbies are raising dogs, painting and cooking. Don is recognized for his dry southern wit and in keeping with that theme he chose a great political humorist Will Rogers as his most respected historical figure. Don borrows a line from Kumkachi as his legacy quote: "When you?re faced with a choice, take the best of both".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Marilyn Michaels

This hilarious singer/impressionist was born in New York City and when asked the date she replied "Ha". Her real last name at birth was Stermberg. She indicates her first career break as "I was a vaginal birth". Her most memorable career project was touring in a national company and playing Fanny in "Funny Girl" and working on "Kopy Kats". "Gone With the Wind" and "All About Eve" are her favorite movies and Lawrence Olivier and Bette Davis are her favorite actors. "Caligula" on PBS is her favorite TV show and she enjoys swimming and writing in her leisure time. She lists painting as her avocation and Thomas Edison as her most admired historical figure. Marilyn provides us with an insight into show business success with this provocative legacy quote: "All it takes to make it in show biz is no pride and a short memory". Also, "save your money".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Alley Mills

This familiar actress was born on May 5, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. Her formal first name is Alison. She got her start in acting at age eight on the "Patty Duke Show". Her most memorable career part was playing Norma Arnold on the TV series "The Wonder Years". "Men Don?t Leave" is her favorite movie and Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave are her favorite actors. Her favorite TV show is "All In the Family" and "The Rainbow Connection" is her favorite tune. She loves mashed potatoes and "parasailing off the Matterhorn" is her idea of great sport. In her leisure time she enjoys being with her husband and her cats. Playing the piano is her hobby and Siddhartha is her choice for most respected historical figure. Alley borrows a line from her husband Orson Bean as her legacy quote: "Take what you want, said God, and pay for it".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Guy Mitchell

This great singer of the 40?s and 50?s "Big Band" era was born on February 22, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan. His birth name is Albert George Cernick. He got his start in show business at age nine when he signed a contract with Paramount Pictures. He indicates his biggest break came when he met Mitch Miller and signed with Columbia Records. His most memorable career event was a "Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth" Guy likes all kinds of foods and his favorite sports are riding horses, team roping, yachting and playing tennis. In his leisure time he enjoys painting, saddle making, leather work and rawhide braiding. He simply states "Live by the Golden Rule" as his legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Robert Mitchum

This ruggedly handsome actor and leading man was born on August 6, 1917 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His first big career break came when he was cast in the "Story of G.I. Joe." His most memorable career project was acting in the film "The Night of the Hunter" and Oscar Homolka and Katharine Hepburn are his favorite actors. When watching TV he prefers the show "60 Minutes" and his favorite song is "Sweet Caroline." Robert loves a great bowl of chili and he swims to stay in shape. In his leisure time he likes to nap and his hobby is "Daydreaming." He chose Nathan Hale as his most respected historical figure. He borrows a phrase from James Thomas Mitchum as his legacy quote: "This and better may do, but this and worse will never do." (Mr. Mitchum passed away on 7/1/97)

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Richard Moll

This multi-faceted actor of stage and screen was born on January 13, 1943 in Pasadena, California. His first big career break came in 1976 playing Abraham Lincoln on stage in the "Lincoln-Douglas Debates". His most memorable career project was being cast in the motion picture "Caveman" with Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach in 1980. "The Wild Bunch" is his favorite movie and Lawrence Olivier and Ingrid Bergman are his favorite actors. A favorite TV western "Have Gun Will Travel" is his pick for best series and "Leyla" is his favorite song. Oysters on the half shell is his preferred delicacy and his favorite sport is fly fishing. In his leisure time he enjoys bird watching. Having portrayed this famous person on stage, Richard chose Abraham Lincoln as his most respected historical figure as well. "Save the ozone" is Richard?s sage advice to us in his legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Archie Moore

This world-champion professional boxer was born on December 12, 1916 in Benoit, Mississippi. He credits winning the Light-Heavyweight championship fight over Joey Maxim in 1952 as his first big career break. His most memorable career event was defending and retaining his title against Yvonne Durelle in 1958. "Shawshank Redemption" is his favorite motion picture and Morgan Freeman and Lena Horne are his favorite performers. "Take the "A" Train" by Duke Ellington is his favorite melody and fried chicken is his choice for great food. Boxing is his favorite sport and billiards-bank pool is his hobby. In his leisure time he enjoys collecting things. Harriet Tubman is his most respected historical figure. Archie provides us with a poetic legacy quote: "When a task is once begun never leave it till it?s done. If the labor be great or small, do it well or not at all".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Shirley Muldowney

This national drag-racing champion was born on June 19, 1940 in Burlington, Vermont. Her last name at birth was Roque. She got her first big career break when she signed a sponsorship contract with Goodyear. Her most memorable career achievement was winning the N.H.R.A. U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1982. "The Right Stuff" is her favorite movie and James Woods and Demi Moore are her favorite actors. Her favorite TV show is the "Barbara Walters Special" and "The Best of Times" is her favorite song. Shirley loves good sushi and as you might have suspected, drag racing his her favorite sport. In her leisure time she enjoys decorating and her hobby is bead work. John F. Kennedy is her selection for most respected historical figure. Shirley gives us a fast green light legacy quote: "Winning is everything".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Don Murray

This familiar actor of stage and screen was born on July 31, 1929 in Hollywood, California. His middle name is Patrick and he got his start in acting in the Broadway play "The Rose Tattoo" playing a sailor. His most memorable career project was starring in the motion picture "Bus Stop" with Marilyn Monroe for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Don?s favorite movie is the classic "The Wizard of Oz" and he didn?t stray from home in choosing Christopher, Michael and Patricia Murray (his children) as his favorite actors. His favorite TV show is "Playhouse 90" and the "Star Spangled Banner" is his favorite tune. His favorite food is "Elizabeth?s spaghetti sauce" and track and field is his favorite sport. In his leisure time he enjoys a good round of golf and stamp collecting is his hobby. Martin Luther King is his most respected historical figure choice. Don provides us with a humorous legacy quote: "Inscription for my tombstone-here lies Don Murray, Clint Eastwood wasn?t available".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: June Haver-Mac Murray

June?s real name is Beverly Jean Stovenour and she was born on June 10, 1926 in Rock Island, Illinois. Her first career break came when she was fifteen and still attending Beverly Hills High School. She was singing with Ted Fio Rito?s band and was signed by 20th Century Fox. Her most memorable career project was being signed to appear in "The Dolly Sisters" with Betty Grable. Her favorite movie is "Double Indemnity" and of course her late husband Fred Mac Murray is her favorite actor. She also lists "My Three Sons" at the top of her TV watching list. "God Bless America" is her favorite tune and she thoroughly enjoys all kinds of pasta dishes. Her favorite sport is Fly Fishing and in her leisure time she reads and walks her dogs. Her hobby is designing jewelry and collecting antiques. Jesus Christ is the person she most admires. June gives us a friendly reminder as her legacy quote: "Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future. P.S. God is my steering wheel, not my spare tire".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Laraine Newman

This well known comedic actress was born on March 2, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. She got her first career break in show business on the "Lily Tomlin Special" television show. Her most memorable career project was being cast on the late night hit TV comedy show "Saturday Night Live". Her favorite actors are Tommy Lee Jones and Elizabeth McGovern and "Law and Order" is her favorite TV show. "Midnight Rider" is her favorite song and spinach is her preferred food. Laraine enjoys hiking, writing and playing with her kids in her leisure time. Lyndon Johnson is her most respected historical figure choice. She borrows a line from the AA motto, "Grant me the serenity to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference" as her legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Julie Newmar

This sultry actress was born on August 16th (no year given) in Los Angeles, California. Her name at birth was Julia Chalane Newmeyer. She got her first career break in the movie "7 Brides For 7 Brothers" and as you might have guessed her most memorable career part was playing Cat Woman in the original "Batman" television series. "Last Tango In Paris" is her favorite motion picture and Marlon Brando and Rita Hayworth are her favorite actors. "My Living Doll" is her favorite TV show and English tea is her favorite beverage. Julie loves to ballet dance and her favorite leisure time activity is dreaming. Her hobby is gardening and she lists Jesus Christ as her most respected figure. Julie simply states "I can" as her legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Fayard Nicholas

Fayard is one of the fabulous "Nicholas Brothers" dancing group. His middle name is Antonio and he was born in Mobile, Alabama on October 20, 1914. He got his career start co-starring with Cab Callaway at the "Cotton Club" in New York City in 1932. His most memorable career event was "Performing for Kings and Queens and five American Presidents and First Ladies". His favorite movies are "Gone With the Wind" and "Forrest Gump" and Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg are his favorite actors. "Perry Mason and the "Bill Cosby Show" are his favorite TV programs and "Stormy Weather" is his favorite melody. Fayard loves Chinese food and his preferred sports are tennis, baseball and golf. In his leisure time he watches TV and goes out to the theater and cinema. His hobby is drawing. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King are his most respected historical figures. He borrows a famous phrase from John F. Kennedy for his legacy quote: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather, ask what you can do for your country".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Nichelle Nichols

Most of us will remember this beautiful actress as Lt. Uhura in the original "Star Trek" television series. She was born on December 28th (no year given) in Robbins, Illinois. Her first career break came when she was just 15 years old and was discovered by Duke Ellington in a musical production in Chicago. Nichelle?s most memorable career project was, as I mentioned, playing Lt. Uhura on "Star Trek". Her favorite movies are "Ghandi" and "Casablanca" and Sidney Poitier and Glenn Close are her favorite actors. "Picket Fences" is her favorite TV show and "This Man of Mine" is her favorite song. Seafood is her idea of great cuisine and she enjoys swimming, reading and gardening in her spare time. Her hobbies are writing, fashion and interior design. She chose Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela as her most respected historical figures. Nichelle leaves us with this inspirational legacy quote: "If you can dream it, you can do it-if you pursue education, dedication and application in your chosen career".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Hugh O?Brian

Born Hugh Charles Krampe on April 19, 1925 in Rochester, New York this talented actor will undoubtedly be remembered most for his portrayal of TV?s "Wyatt Earp". He got his start in acting in 1950 in the movie "Never Fear" and as you might guess his most memorable career part was playing "Wyatt Earp" for seven seasons on network television. His favorite actors are John Wayne, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn and "Estralita" is his favorite tune. Corn-on-the-cob is his favorite food and football and skin diving are his preferred sports. In his leisure time Hugh volunteers all his efforts to the Hugh O?Brian Youth Foundation. Dr. Albert Schweitzer is his choice for most respected historical figure. Hugh reminds us of an oft spoken saying as his legacy quote: "Luck is a thing that happens when preparation meets opportunity".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Ryan O?Neal

This well-known actor of stage and screen was born on April 20, 1941 in Los Angeles, California. His proper name is Patrick Ryan O? Neal and he received his first big break in the smash hit television series "Peyton Place" playing Rodney Harrington. His most memorable career project was the motion picture "Love Story" playing opposite Ali MacGraw. Peter Sellers and Farrah Fawcett are his favorite actors. Ryan likes to unwind watching his favorite TV show "The Honeymooners" and his favorite song is "Let It Bleed". Rice is his favorite food and he summed up his favorite past time, sport and hobby in one word, "Boxing". Keeping with this theme he chose "Evander Holyfield" as his most respected historical figure. Ryan provided us with this interesting legacy quote: "A child to children, a man to men".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Gary Owens

This well-known radio and TV personality with the unmistakable baritone voice was born on May 10th (no year given) in Mitchell, South Dakota. He got his first career break in TV on "McHale?s Navy" an on radio with KFWB in Hollywood. His most memorable career event was "Being named to 3 Halls of Fame in one year" and "appearing on every Rowan and Martin?s Laugh In" show. His favorite movies are the "Wizard of Oz", and "Star Wars". His favorite actors are Cary Grant and Jodie Foster and as you might expect "Rowan and Martin?s Laugh In" is listed as his favorite TV show. "April In Paris" is his favorite song and hamburgers are his preferred food. Football and basketball are his favorite sports and in his leisure time Gary plays basketball twice a week every since he was fourteen years old. His hobbies are "cartooning and perusing antiquarian book stores" and Thomas Edison is his most respected historical figure. Gary leaves us with this original-get your dictionary out-legacy quote: "Without sounding like a coffee-break Voltaire, the apothegm that ?every man is his own Pygmalion? may be correct! I have tried to enrich my life by performing, reading, writing, creating and helping others whenever possible. Humor has helped me from the business of life, in addition to a daily supply of fantasy and illusion".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jenna von Oy

This familiar television actress was born on May 2, 1977 in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Her formal name is Jennifer Jean von Oy. She got her first career break working with Bill Cosby in a Jell-O Pudding Pops Commercial. Her most memorable career project was working with Bill Bixby who was the director of the TV show "Blossom" in which she was a cast member. "Ghost" is her favorite movie and Dustin Hoffman and Jodie Foster are her favorite actors. "I Love Lucy" is her preferred TV watching and "End of the Road" is her favorite song. Sushi is her choice for best food and NBA basketball games are her favorite sport to watch. In her leisure time she works with various charities, travels and exercises with her personal trainers. Her hobbies are collecting clocks and designing clothes. Joan of Arc is her most respected historical figure choice. Jenna shares her secret to success with us through her legacy quote: "Hope is what opens our eyes to future success, but determination is what gives us the wings to fly there".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Fess Parker

Most of us will remember this handsome actor as "Davy Crockett" king of the TV frontier. He was born on August 16, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas and he indicates his first big career break was signing on with Walt Disney Studios for the TV series "Davy Crockett". His most memorable career event was playing Conley in "Oklahoma" in the summer of 1963. His favorite movie is "Them" (Warner Bros. 1953) and Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman are his favorite actors. His favorite TV show is "Daniel Boone" and keeping with this theme "Davy Crockett" is his favorite song. Peanut butter and crackers are his favorite snack food and tennis is his game. In his leisure time Fess enjoys wine tasting excursions. Francis Lightfoot Lee is his choice for most respected historical figure. Fess gives us some good advice with this mellow legacy quote: "Slow down and count your blessings as you sip a glass of fine wine!".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Julie Parrish

This multi-talented actress of stage and screen was born on October 21, (No year provided) in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Her real name is Ruby Joyce Wilbar. She received her first big career break in 1963 when she was cast in a Paramount Pictures film "It?s Only Money" starring Jerry Lewis. Her most memorable career project was performing in the Arthur Miller play "After the Fall" and her favorite movies are "Harold and Maude" and "Dog Day Afternoon." Her favorite food is "Vegetarian Italian" and she likes to ski whenever possible. In her leisure time she enjoys reading or lunching with good friends. Her hobbies are biking, hiking, walking, sewing and writing. Julie leaves us with this quiet thought as her legacy quote: "Sit quietly, listen for the voice in your center, then act with love and compassion and you will never regret a move you?ve made."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Dick Van Patten

This familiar actor of stage and screen was born on December 9, 1928 in New York City. He got started in show business when he was seven years old in a Broadway play called "Tapestry In Gray". He indicates being in the play "O?Mistress Mine" for four years starting in 1946 was his most memorable career project. The classic "Gone With the Wind" is his favorite film and Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne are his favorite actors. "60 Minutes" gets his vote for best TV show and "Just a Gigolo" is his favorite tune. Dick loves a good spaghetti dinner and his favorite sport is tennis. In his leisure time he goes to the race track to play the horses or maybe because his hobby is owning race horses. Ronald Reagan is his choice for most respected historical figure. Dick reminds us of the "Golden Rule" as his selected legacy quote: "Do unto others".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Floyd Patterson

This former Heavy Weight Boxing Champion was born in Waco, North Carolina on January 4, 1935. He indicates winning the boxing Gold Medal in the 1952 Olympics was his first big career break. His most memorable career event was "Regaining the Heavy Weight Championship." "Guess Who?s Coming to Dinner" and "Casablanca" are his favorite movies and Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn are his favorite actors. When Floyd watches television he enjoys "Columbo" and "All In the Family" and the "Green Green Grass of Home" is his favorite melody. Sweet potatoes are his favorite food and to stay in shape he jogs. In his leisure time he plays cards or works in his garden. Eleanor Roosevelt is his selection for most respected historical figure. Floyd reminds us of an oft quoted passage with a little twist as his legacy quote: "If at first you don?t succeed, try and try again. Determination is a powerful weapon-it makes dreams come true."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Pat Paulsen

This tremendously funny (sometimes presidential candidate) comedian was born on July 6, 1927 in South Bend, Washington. His formal name is Patrick Layton Paulsen and his first big career break came in 1967 on the "Smothers Brothers Show". He also lists appearing on the "Smothers Brothers Show" as his most memorable career project. "2001 Space Odyssey" is his favorite motion picture and Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep are his favorite actors. "Your Show of Shows" is his favorite TV program and "Beautiful Dreamer" is his favorite song. Pat loves beef stew and his favorite sport is tennis. In his leisure time you can find him reading, writing or doing crossword puzzles. Harry Truman and Leonardo DaVinci are his most respected historical figures. Pat replies, "We cannot stand Pat" as his legacy quote. (Pat passed away on 4/24/97)

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Paul Petersen

Most of us will remember this familiar actor as the wholesome son "Jeff Stone" on the "Donna Reed Show" He was born on September 23, 1945 in Glendale, California. His name at birth was William Paul Petersen and his first career break didn?t turn out so well-he was one of the original cast members of the Walt Disney Mouseketeers in 1955 but got fired after only three weeks on the job. His most memorable career project other than the "Donna Reed Show" eight year run was "Playing Cary Grant?s oldest son in the movie "Houseboat" in 1957. "A Man For All Seasons" is his favorite motion picture and Robert Shaw and Sophia Loren are his favorite actors. "Twilight Zone" is his must watch TV show and "My Dad" is his favorite tune. Paul likes a good steak for dinner and golf is his preferred sport. In his leisure time if he?s not playing golf he likes to read. Thomas Jefferson is his selection for most respected historical figure. Paul borrows a famous quote from Grandpa Burr Jones Luce: "Find a job you like and you?ll never go to work a day in your life".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jane Powell

Jane?s real name is Suzanne Lorraine Burce and she was born on April 1, 1929 in Portland, Oregon. She got her first career break at age twelve signing on CBS radio in Portland. Her most memorable career event was singing for Queen Elizabeth in Washington, D.C. "Beauty and the Beast" is her favorite motion picture and Edward G. Robinson and Ingrid Bergman are her favorite actors. Jane enjoys pasta dishes and in her leisure time she likes to cook and when possible go skiing. Benjamin Franklin is her choice for most respected historical figure. She gives us an insight to the female persona with her legacy quote: "You never know what a girl will do to you ask her" also, "If you collect something it collects dust ( "my mother")".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Stefanie Powers

This beautiful actress has a very interesting birth name-Stefdnia Zofija Federkiewicz. She was born on November 2nd (no year given) in Hollywood, California. She got her big break in show business in the movie "Westside Story" and her most memorable career project was working with John Wayne in "McLintock". "Lawrence of Arabia" is her favorite motion picture and Orson Welles and Rosalind Russell are her favorite actors. Her favorite TV show is "Monty Python" and "As Time Goes By" is her favorite melody. As you might know her favorite sport is polo and pasta is her favorite menu selection. Margaret Mead is her choice for most respected historical figure. Stefanie coincidentally chose the same saying Ida Lupino provided to us which is a quote Auntie Mame made famous. "Life?s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Juliet Prowse

This sensational singer, dancer and actress was born on September 25, 1936 in Bombay, India. Her first big career break came when she was cast in the movie "Can Can". Her most memorable career project was playing the lead role in the London production of "Sweet Charity". "Duel In the Sun" is her favorite movie and Gregory Peck and Meryl Streep are her favorite actors. "Mad About You" is her favorite TV show and any songs by Cole Porter are her favorite tunes. Juliet enjoys Indian food and her favorite sport is hiking. In her leisure time she likes to work in her garden and do needlepoint. She chose former So. African President De Klerk as her most respected historical figure. She shares this legacy quote with us: "If it comes too easy it can never be appreciated as working hard to achieve it-Whatever ?It? is!!". (Juliet passed away on 9/14/96).

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Lee Purcell

Most of us will recognize this talented actress from some of her Emmy nominated Movie of the Week productions. She was born on June 15, 1957 (no location provided). Her real name is Lee Jeune Williams. She started her acting career as a bird in the operetta "Peter and the Wolf." Her most memorable career events are her two Emmy nominations for "Long Road Home" and "Secret Sins of the Father." "The Time Machine" is her favorite motion picture and Robert Shaw and Simone Signoret are her favorite actors. "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is her favorite TV series and "I?ll Be Seeing You" is her favorite song. Unfortunately "Anything fattening" is her favorite kind of food. Her favorite sporting activity is competitive target shooting and in her leisure time she enjoys being with her son. Her hobbies are antique shopping and playing the piano. Thomas Jefferson is her most respected historical figure choice. Lee borrows a phrase from L. Ron Hubbard to share with us as her legacy quote: "Never regret yesterday, life is in us today, and you make your own tomorrow."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Madlyn Rhue

This talented actress was born Madeline Roche on October 3, 1935 in Washington, D.C. She got her start in acting in Los Angeles performing on stage in a play called "Two 4 The Seesaw". Madlyn says she hasn?t experienced her most memorable career event as yet. "Bagdad Cafe" is her favorite motion picture and Spencer Tracy and Suzanne Pleshette are her favorite actors. "Rowan and Martin?s Laugh In" is her favorite TV show and "Long Ago and Far Away" is her favorite song. She enjoys good sushi and in her earlier days loved to play tennis, now she likes to watch it. In her leisure time she prefers dining out with friends and her hobby is painting and sculpturing. Gandhi and Elizabeth Glaser are her most respected historical figures. Madlyn informs us that "We each have two lives: The one we learn by and the one we live after that" as her legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Ann Richards

You will remember this former Governor of Texas as the key note speaker of the 1992 Democratic National Convention. She was born in Waco, Texas on September 1, 1933 and her name at birth was Dorothy Ann Willis. She started her career in politics by being elected County Commissioner in Travis County, Texas. She agrees that being the key note speaker at the 1992 Democratic National Convention was the most memorable achievement of her career. "Citizen Kane" is her favorite movie and Robin Williams and Katharine Hepburn are her favorite actors. When she watches TV she searches for "All old movies" and the theme from "Chariots of Fire" is her favorite melody. Red fish cooked any way is her favorite dinner dish and she walks and lifts weights to stay in shape. In her leisure time she reads or watches movies and her hobby is playing bridge. Eleanor Roosevelt is her choice for most respected historical figure. Ann leaves us with this challenge as her legacy quote: "Never say no to a new experience."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Peter Mark Richman

This multifaceted actor of stage and screen was born on April 16, 1927 in Philadelphia. He got his start in show business in 1953 in an off-Broadway play "End As a Man" which eventually moved to Broadway. His most memorable career event was his first film project "Friendly Persuasion" in which he played Gard Jordan. "It?s a Wonderful Life" is his favorite movie and Lawrence Olivier and Jessica Lange are her favorite actors. "Cheers" and "All In The Family" are his favorite TV shows and "I Belong Here" is his favorite tune. He loves curried chicken and condiments and football is his preferred sport to watch on TV. He enjoys spending time with his grand daughter and although he has no hobbies he indicates he makes a good living as a "professional painter". He chose Harry Truman as his most respected historical figure. Peter leaves us with this spiritual legacy quote: "I try never to forget the presence of and power of God in my life-and try to convey that to my children".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Cathy Rigby

This Olympic gold medal gymnast champion was born on December 12th (no year given) in Long Beach, California. Her formal name is Cathleen Roxanne Rigby and she lists her first career break as her first Olympics participation when she was just fifteen years old. Her most memorable career event besides competing in two Olympic games was her Tony nomination for "Peter Pan" on Broadway. "Glory" is her favorite motion picture and Denzel Washington and Julie Harris are her favorite actors. The "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson is her favorite TV program and "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is her favorite song. She loves French food and in her leisure time she enjoys playing with her kids and working in her garden. Her favorite sports are volleyball, dancing, and ballet. Martin Luther King is her most respected historical figure. Cathy borrows a phrase from an unknown author for her quote: "Joy is God?s way of telling us we are on the right path. Sustained joy requires the elimination of others suffering".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Johnny Rivers

This legendary rock and roll singer was born on November 7, 1942 in New York City. His real name is John Henry Ramistella. His first big career break was getting his first recording deal in 1958. He also lists "Opening Whiskey A?GoGo" in 1964 as an important event in his early career. His most memorable career project was co-founding and co-producing the "Monterey Pop Festival" in 1967 in which he was also a major performer. His favorite motion picture is the "Outlaw Jose Wales" and Sean Connery and Meryl Streep are his favorite actors. "60 Minutes" is his choice for preferred TV shows and "Autumn Leaves" is his favorite tune. Johnny enjoys a good pasta dish and running is what he does for sport. In his leisure time he rides his motorcycle or swims. He selected Jesus Christ as his most respected figure. Johnny gives us some very practical advice in the event we are performers ourselves. "Always take your wallet on stage".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Harold Robbins

This best-selling novelist was born on May 21, 1916 in New York City. His real last name is spelled Robin. He indicates his first career break came about when he wrote a novel on a bet, got it published and it became a best seller; obviously bypassing the slogan "If at first you don?t succeed" etc. His most memorable career event was making a six book contract deal with Joseph E. Levine. He chose one of his novels "Of Mice and Men" which became a movie as his favorite. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are his favorite actors and "NYPD Blue" is his favorite TV show. "Tender Trap" is his favorite song and hot dogs are his favorite food. Harold summed up his favorite sport, leisure time activity and hobby in one word "Sex". Now we know where he gets his material for his best selling books. Right in line with this revelation he chose Casanova as his most admired historical figure. Harold leaves us with a very profound legacy quote: "Though the memory of man is a temporary thing because his life is but a fleeting moment, there is a quality of immortality in all of us that is as permanent as the stars". (Harold passed away 10/14/97).

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Doris Roberts

This familiar actress of stage and screen was born on November 4, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri. She got her first big career break in a Broadway play called "Desk Set". She lists three projects as her most memorable, on TV, "St. Elsewhere", in film "Hester Street" and in the threatre "Bad Habits". "Gone With the Wind" is her favorite motion picture and Lawrence Olivier and Anna Magnani are her favorite actors. "Remington Steele" is her favorite TV show and "Bye Bye Black Bird" is her favorite tune. She loves to go sailing and in her leisure time she enjoys traveling. Martin Luther King is her choice for most respected historical figure. Doris provides us with more than just a rhetorical question as her legacy quote: "Is the bread that good, or are you that hungry?" "You can apply that question to almost everything!".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Harold Russell

This two time Oscar winning actor was born on January 14, 1914 in North Sydney, Canada. He got his first career break acting in an army movie called "Diary of a Sergeant. His most memorable career project was playing Homer Parrish in "Best Years of Our Lives". "Gone With the Wind" is his favorite film and Frederick March and Myrna Loy are his favorite actors. "Good Morning America" is his favorite TV show and chocolate ice cream is his favorite food. "Happy Days Are Here Again" is his favorite song and baseball is his preferred sport. In his leisure time he plays pool and his hobby is working with the handicapped. Franklin D. Roosevelt is his most respected historical figure. Harold?s legacy quote is thus: "It?s not what you have lost that?s important but rather, what you have left and how you use it".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jane Russell

This sultry actress of the "Golden Era of Hollywood" was born on June 21, 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Her first career break was getting cast on the silver screen in "The Outlaw". Her most memorable career project was "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and her favorite movie is "Wuthering Heights". Lawrence Olivier and Katharine Hepburn are her favorite actors and "Biography" is her favorite TV show. "Serenade in Blue" is her favorite tune and caviar is her preferred food delicacy. Jane enjoys swimming, painting and reading non fiction books. Abraham Lincoln is her choice for most respected historical figure. Jane reminds us of a solemn truth with this poignant legacy quote: "Know the truth and the truth will set you free".

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