Celebrity Profiles [ S - Z]

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Isabel Sanford

Most of us will recognize this talented actress from her performances on the hit television series "The Jefferson's." She was born on August 29, 1929 in New York City and got her start in show business on "Amen Corner." Her most memorable career event was playing Tillie the housekeeper in the motion picture "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" starring Sidney Poitier. She selected "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" as her favorite movie as well. Clark Gable and Katharine Hepburn are her favorite actors and as you might expect "The Jefferson's" is her favorite TV show. "Stardust" is her favorite melody and potato salad is her favorite food. Isabel enjoys swimming and watching her favorite sitcoms on TV in her leisure time. Her hobby is cooking and trying various seasonings in her creations. John F. Kennedy is her choice for most respected historical figure. Isabel proclaims, "God will answer prayer in his own time. I can attest to that. I am proof of that because of where I am today."

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Vidal Sassoon

This well known cosmetologist and extremely successful entrepreneur of hair care products was born on January 17, 1928 in London, England. He is noted for developing the geometric method of cutting hair and in 1964 he met Richard Salomon, CEO of Lavin-Ritz who financed Vidal's first salon in New York City on Madison Avenue. His most memorable career event was "My 50th anniversary exhibition was accepted by Bauhaus in the building that Walter Gropius designed in Dessau". His favorite movie is "How Green Was My Valley" and Albert Finney and Simone Signoret are his favorite actors. "Body and Soul" is his favorite song and the "MacNeil Lehrer Hour" is his favorite TV program. He loves his wife Ronnie's cooking and indicates "she cooks in 21 tongues". His favorite sport is swimming and he enjoys watching soccer games. In his leisure time he goes out to the theatre and Albert Einstein is his most respected historical figure. His hobby is writing. Vidal provides this interesting thought as his legacy quote: "Longevity, a fleeting moment that lasts forever".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Monika Schnarre

This beautiful and talented actress was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada on May 27, 1971. Her first career break came when she was cast on the daytime drama "The Bold and The Beautiful". Her most memorable career project was playing Arnold Schwarzenegger's dream nurse in the movie "Junior". Her favorite motion picture is the "French Lieutenant's Woman" and Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep are her favorite actors. "Unsolved Mysteries" is her favorite TV show and her favorite tune is "Superwoman". Sushi is her choice for best food and her sports are rollerblading, hiking and jogging. In her leisure time she just loves to sleep. Arranging dried flowers is her hobby. She borrows a lovely line from Shakespeare as her legacy quote: "Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: John Schuck

Most of us will remember this versatile actor as Painless the Dentist in the original motion picture, "M*A*S*H" and for his many television appearances. His real first name is Conrad and John is actually his middle name. He was born on February 4, 1940 in Boston Massachusetts and his first career break came when Robert Altman (the producer of the movie M*A*S*H) discovered John in "Little Murders" a play he was in and cast him as Painless the Dentist. His most memorable career project was the Broadway debut of "Annie" on July 5, 1979 in which he played one of the lead characters "Daddy" Warbucks. Vanessa Redgrave is his favorite actress and "Show of Shows" is his favorite TV program. Pasta is the love of his culinary life and he enjoys sailing or tennis whenever possible. His leisure time activity is reading at the beach especially "on a high surf day". John borrows a phrase from Socrates as his legacy quote: "I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Lizabeth Scott

This versatile actress of stage and screen was born on September 29th (no year provided) in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her real name is Emma Matzo and she received her first career break touring in the Broadway show "Hellzapoppin." She chose her very first film "You Came Along" as her most memorable career project. "Dr. Zhivago" is her favorite motion picture and Marlon Brando and Greta Garbo are her favorite actors. "Frazier" and "Seinfeld" are her favorite TV shows and Lizabeth loves "all of Gershwin's songs." Chocolate souffl� is her favorite food dish and aerobics is her favorite sport. She enjoys reading and writing in her leisure time and Aristotle is her choice for most respected historical figure. Lizabeth chose a familiar saying from an unknown author "Attitude is everything" as her legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Willard Scott

This very familiar TV personality was born on March 7, 1934 in Alexandria, Virginia. He lists his first career break as "NBC Page in 1950". His most memorable career project and "most fun" was working with Ed Walker for 22 years on their radio show. "The Quiet Man" is his favorite motion picture and James Garner and Katharine Hepburn are his favorite actors. Sid Caesar's "Show of Shows" is his favorite TV program and "Dream" by the Pied Pipers is his favorite tune. Meat and potatoes are his preferred dinner items and he enjoys a good round of golf when possible. In his leisure time he tends to his garden and George Washington is his choice for most respected historical figure. Willard reminds us to remember the source of our prosperity with this legacy quote: "An ungrateful man is like a hog sitting under an oak tree eating acorns never looking up to see where they came from".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Al Sharpton

This highly charismatic national figure was born on October 3, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. His formal first name is Alfred and he started spreading the gospel when he was four (4) years old by performing a sermon to 900 congregates in a Brooklyn, New York church. His most memorable career event was running for US Senate in 1994 in which he received 27% of the vote. His favorite movie is "Malcolm X" and it's star Denzel Washington is his favorite actor. Cicely Tyson is his favorite actress and "Both Sides" with Jesse Jackson is his favorite TV show. "Payback" by James Brown is his favorite song and he enjoys fried chicken and soul food whenever possible. To counter the potential health effects of his food preferences, AL does a lot of treadmill walking as his preferred sporting activity. In his leisure time he likes to read and he chose Martin Luther King as his most respected historical figure. Al provides us with a melodious and inspirational legacy quote: "Say what you mean and mean what you say. Take the bitter with the sweet and never accept defeat".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Johnny Sheffield

This actor famous for playing "Boy" & "Bomba" in the jungles of Africa was born on July 11, 1931 in Pasadena, California. His first career break came in a stage play called "On Borrowed Time" and his most memorable career event was "riding elephants and lions". "The Quiet Man" is his favorite movie and James Mason and Maureen O'Hara are his favorite actors. He watches the "Geraldo Rivera" show when possible and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" is his favorite song. In his leisure time he likes to swim or work on his computer. Abraham Lincoln is his most respected historical figure. Johnny informs us "Birds don't sing because they know anything, but because God gave them a song" as his legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Sidney Sheldon

This nationally known best-selling author was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 11, 1917. His most memorable career event was "Receiving an Oscar for writing the screenplay, "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer". Cary Grant and Helen Hayes are his favorite actors and "60 Minutes" is his favorite TV show. "There's No Business Like Show Business" is his favorite melody and he enjoys Thai food. As you might expect ,writing is his favorite leisure time activity and he lists traveling as his hobby. Thomas Paine is his selection for most respected historical figure. Sidney shares the secret to success with us in his legacy quote: "The secret of success is to always take pride in what you do, and always do more than is expected of you".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Dick Simmons

This talented radio, movie and television personality was born on August 19, 1913 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was discovered by movie mogul Louis B. Mayer riding broncs in a rodeo where upon he singed a contract with MGM that lasted fifteen years. His most memorable career event was playing the lead part of "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" on both radio and television. "Gone With the Wind" is his favorite motion picture and Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert are his favorite actors. "Hallmark Hall of Fame" is his favorite TV show and he loves anything his wife cooks. Ice hockey, skiing, flying and riding horses are his favorite sports. In his leisure time he travels in his motor home and enjoys spending time with his family. His hobby is water color painting. General Robert E. Lee is his most respected historical figure. Dick prompts us to "Do the very best that you can-in whatever you do-and share" as his legacy quote which he learned from his father.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Kimber Sissons-Monroe

This lovely actress was born on November 22, 1967 in Vancouver, Canada. Her first career break came in the re-make of "Sea Hunt" with Ron Ely. Her most memorable career project was "Working with Oliver Stone and Eartha Kitt in Master Dragnard in South Africa". "Silence of the Hams" (a spoof on Silence of the Lambs in which she co-starred) is her favorite movie and Harrison Ford and Meg Ryan are her favorite actors. The "Lucy Show" is her favorite TV program and she loves Italian cuisine. Her preferred sporting activity is skiing and in her leisure time she hikes in the hills and roller skates. Lucille Ball is her choice for most respected historical figure. Kimber besieges us to assist her in her legacy quote: "I want a world where people love, honor and respect each other with selfless motivations; where peace is a reality".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Red Skelton

This wonderfully funny comedian and actor was born on July 18, 1913 in Vincennes, Indiana. His full name is Richard Red Skelton and his first career break came at age 10 in a vaudeville "Medicine Show." His most memorable career event was receiving a movie contract at MGM Studios. Red's favorite movie is "Baron of Arizona" and Clark Gable and Marie Dressler are his favorite actors. He enjoys watching "The Price Is Right" on television and "Brahms Lullaby" is his favorite melody. He loves a good meal of ham hocks and lima beans and swimming is his favorite sporting activity. He reads in his leisure time and his hobbies are working with bonsai, collecting rare books and first editions. Abraham Lincoln is his most respected historical figure. Red provides us with a very simple and straight-forward quote: "What's to be will be..." (Red passed away 9/17/97).

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Buffalo Bob Smith

This familiar face from the early days of television will probably best be remembered as the creator and older pal of the famous TV puppet "Howdy Doody". His real name is Robert Emil Schmidt and he was born on November 27, 1917, in yes you guessed it-Buffalo New York. His first career break came in 1946 when he was hired by NBC to do an early morning radio show on WNBC. Bob is very proud of creating "The Howdy Doody Show" that aired on TV from 1947 to 1960, and lists this as his most memorable career achievement. "The Sting" is his favorite motion picture and Spencer Tracy and Ginger Rogers are his favorite actors. "Coach" is his favorite TV show and "I'll Get By" is his favorite tune. He loves pasta and golf is his favorite sporting activity; However, he also enjoys pocket billiards. His hobby is playing keyboards, piano and the organ. Martin Luther King is his most respected historical figure selection. Bob provides us with a spiritual legacy quote: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Robert Stack

This actor will undoubtedly be best remembered as the irascible Elliott Ness on the hit TV show the "Untouchables". He was born on January 13, 1919 in Los Angeles, California. His first big career break came playing the role of Prince Charming in the production "First Love". His most memorable career project was performing in the movie "Written On the Wind" in which he received an Oscar nomination. He also indicates that "Written On the Wind" is his favorite motion picture. Spencer Tracy and Vivian Leigh are his favorite actors and as you might suspect the "Untouchables is his favorite TV show. "Stardust" is his favorite melody and Cornish Game Hen is his choice for favorite food. His favorite sport is "clay target shooting" and golf is his preferred leisure time activity. Robert's hobby is acting. He chose Winston Churchill as his most respected historical figure. He gives us fair warning with this legacy quote: "Expect the unexpected".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Harold E. Stassen

This veteran national political figure provided us with a brief response, but we felt what he did provide us with was worth publishing. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 13, 1907. At the time he was elected Governor he was than the youngest ever elected to that high political position. His most memorable career event was being appointed to the United Nations by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and drafting and signing the first UN charter in 1945. Abraham Lincoln is his choice for most respected historical figure. Governor Stassen asks us all to "Reach out to children of all nations with hope and opportunities" as his legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Cliffie Stone

This multi-talented musician, producer and TV star was born on March 1, 1917 in Stockton, California. His real name is Clifford Gilpen Snyder. He received his first career break on Stuart Hamblin's "Lucky Stars" radio show in 1935. His most memorable career event was receiving a star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" and being inducted into the "Country Music Hall of Fame" simultaneously in 1989. He is also very proud of being the Executive Producer of the "Tennessee Ernie Ford Show" on NBC-TV. "On Golden Pond" is his favorite motion picture and Clint Eastwood and Katharine Hepburn are his favorite actors. "Mad About You" is his choice for best TV show and "16 Tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford is his favorite song. Spaghetti is his favorite food dish and golf is his preferred sport. He enjoys tending his garden and watching movies in his spare time. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is his most respected historical figure. Cliffie borrows a line from an unknown author "No guts-no glory" as his legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Alan Sues

Most of us will remember this hilariously funny guy from his many antics on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh In". His middle name is Grigsby and he was born on March 7, 1926 in Ross, California. He got his first career break performing in "Happy Birthday" directed by Josh Logan. He readily admits that "Laugh In" is his most memorable career project. He also listed playing Sherlock Holmes in "Moriarity" on Broadway as memorable too. "Bullets Over Broadway" is his favorite movie and Robin Williams is his favorite actor. "Laugh In" is definitely his favorite TV show and "Rose's Turn" is his favorite song. His food of preference is Italian and he enjoys playing tennis. In his leisure time he writes and tends his garden. Alan doesn't mince words with his short but to the point legacy quote: "Just get it on".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: George Takei

Most of us will recognize this talented actor with the baritone voice as Mr. Sulu on the original "Star Trek" television series. His middle name is Hosato and he was born on April 20, 1937 in Los Angeles, California. He got his first career break in show business using his remarkable voice dubbing in English dialogue for the Japanese sci-fi film "Rodan". His most memorable career project was working with Richard Burton in the Warner Bros. film "Ice Palace". "Lawrence of Arabia" is his favorite motion picture and Tom Hanks and Jane Fonda are his most admired actors. "Playhouse 90" is his favorite TV show "Cuando Calienta El Sol" is his favorite melody. He likes Mexican food and his favorite sporting activity is running. In his leisure time he enjoys reading and his hobby is architecture and urban planning. Abraham Lincoln is his most respected historical choice. George shares with us his secret regarding luck with this interesting legacy quote: "The harder you work, the luckier you get".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Rip Taylor

This super silly entertainer/comedian was born on January 13th (no year given) in Washington, D.C. His real first name is Charles and he got his first big break in show business on the popular "Ed Sullivan Show". His most memorable career event was performing with Debbie Reynolds in the "Debbie Reynolds Tour". "Ben Hur" is his favorite motion picture and Kevin Costner and Debbie Reynolds are his favorite actors. "Tammy" is his favorite song and he prefers Chinese food whenever possible. Rip loves to swim and his hobby is putting together model airplanes. Jesus Christ is his most respected historical figure. Rip shares a familiar line with us that he has made popular as his legacy quote: "Always smile and wear your hair".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Ursula Thiess

This fabulous actress from the "Golden Era of Hollywood" was born on May 15, 1924 in Hamburg, Germany. Her last name at birth was Schmidt and she got her first big career break in 1951 when she signed a contract with RKO. Her most memorable career project was being cast in "Monsoon" in late 1951. Robert Taylor and Greta Garbo are her favorite actors. "Picket Fences" is her favorite TV show and "There Was a Boy" is her favorite song. She enjoys walking and swimming and in her leisure time she reads. Painting is her hobby and Mother Teresa is her most respected historical figure. She borrows a phrase from Ralph Waldo Emerson to share with us as her quote: "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better-whether by a happy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Mel Tillis

This country singing sensation and oft time funny guy was born on August 8, 1932 in Tampa, Florida. His real first name is Lonnie and Melvin is actually his middle name. He got his first big career break as a song writer when Webb Pierce recorded his song "I'm Tired". Mel lists two memorable career events, "Winning Entertainer of the Year in 1976 and recording first gospel album in 1993". "Yankee Doodle Dandy" is his favorite motion picture and Gary Cooper and Susan Hayward are his favorite actors. "Mayberry RFD" with Andy Griffith is his favorite TV show and "Laura's Theme" is his favorite melody. Mel enjoys fish dinners and football is his favorite sport. In his leisure time he goes fishing and his hobby is reading and tending his garden. The Rev. Billy Graham is his choice for most respected historical figure. Mel gives us some good advice on how to achieve our dreams with his legacy quote: "It's great to have big dreams, but hard work is the only way to make them come true".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Claire Trevor

This talented actress from the 40's and 50's was born in New York City on March 18, 1910. Her real last name is Wemlinger and she got her start in show business in New York in a play called "Whistling in the Dark". Her most memorable career event was winning an Academy Award for the motion picture "Key Largo". Her favorite movie is "Stagecoach" and Spencer Tracy is her favorite actor. "Dodsworth" is her favorite TV show and "Memories" is her favorite song. Claire prefers Italian food and tennis and sailing are her favorite sporting activities. In her leisure time she paints and her hobbies are knitting and crocheting. Abraham Lincoln is her choice for most respected historical figure. Claire shares her philosophy on life with this unique legacy quote: "Never look back at pain, every new day has excitement in store".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Tanya Tucker

This country siren of "Delta Dawn" fame was born on October 10, 1958 in Seminole, Texas. Her middle name is Denise and her most memorable career event was performing at the Super Bowl in Atlanta, during the half time show. "Gone With the Wind" is her favorite motion picture and Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are her favorite actors. "Young and the Restless" is her favorite TV show and as you might expect "Delta Dawn" is her favorite song. Tanya shows her country roots when she lists chicken fried steak and gravy as her favorite food. She enjoys "Any kind of fishing" when it comes to sporting activities and in her leisure time she goes for a ride on her pink Harley Davidson motorcycle. Her hobby is riding and cutting horses. General MacArthur is her selection for most respected historical figure.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Bobby Unser

This Indy 500 multiple winner and national auto racing champion was born on February 20, 1934 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His first career break came when he met Parnelli Jones who assisted him in pursuing Indy car racing. His most memorable career event was winning his first Indy 500 race in 1968. "Lonesome Dove" is his favorite movie and Clint Eastwood and Katharine Hepburn are his favorite actors. "How the West Was Won" is his choice for best TV show and "Tennessee Flat Top Box" by Johnny Cash is his favorite tune. Green chili stew is his favorite meal and snowmobiling and fishing are his favorite leisure time activities. His hobby is 4 wheeling on ATV's. Dwight D. Eisenhower is his choice for most respected historical figure. Bobby borrows a erudite quote from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to share with us as his legacy quote: "This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Brenda Vaccaro

This multifaceted actress was born on November 18th (no year given) in Brooklyn, New York. She received her first big career break on Broadway in 1961 in the play "Everybody Loves Opal" performing at the Martin Beck Theatre. Her most memorable career project was being cast in "Midnight Cowboy" with John Voight in 1968. "Forbidden Children" is her favorite movie and Gerard Depardieu and Deborah Kerr are her favorite actors. "Masterpiece Theater" is her favorite TV show and "Imbraceable You" is her favorite song. She enjoys both Italian and French foods and for sport she swims, ski's and horseback rides. In her leisure time she goes walking or buries herself in a good novel. Her hobbies are teaching acting, cooking and writing. Madame Curie is her choice for most respected historical figure. Brenda reminds us as we work hard to get to the top- "There's a lot of room at the top...it's the bottom that's crowded" as her legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Abe Vigoda

Most of us will remember this remarkable actor as Detective Fish on the "Barney Miller" TV show. He was born in New York City on February 24, 1921. His his first big break came in 1972 when he was 51 years old being cast as Tessio in the first "Godfather" movie. His most memorable career projects are the "Godfather", "Barney Miller" and his show "Fish". Abe loves spaghetti dinners and Chinese food. Handball is his favorite sporting activity and in his leisure time he enjoys listening "To the old songs of the 30's and 40's". His hobby is water color and oil painting and he chose another Abe (Abraham Lincoln) as his most respected historical figure. He shares a personal success story as his legacy quote: "Early in my career I was told that success had to come in your 20's in order to become a star. I found that to be a fallacy. Success can come at any time with perseverance and determination".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Marcia Wallace

Most of us will recognize this talented actress as Carol the zany receptionist on the "Bob Newhart Show". She was born on November 11, 1942 in Creston, Iowa. Her first career break came on the "Merv Griffin Show". Her most memorable career project was appearing on the "Bob Newhart Show" and winning an Emmy as the voice of Mrs. Krabappel on the "Simpson's" animated TV show. "Breaker Morant" is her favorite movie and Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave are her favorite actors. The "Bob Newhart Show" is her choice for best TV program and she loves to play with her son Mikey in her leisure time. Her hobby is watching movies. Eleanor Roosevelt is her choice for most respected historical figure. Marcia borrows a line from Christopher Fry as her legacy quote: "Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Ray Walston

Most of us will first remember this extraordinary actor as the far-out and lovable alien visitor on the TV show "My Favorite Martian" and recently for his Emmy award winning work on "Picket Fences". He was born here on earth in Laurel, Mississippi on November 2nd (no year given). He got his start in show business in 1938 at the Margo Jones theater in Houston, Texas. His most memorable career project was playing Luther Billis in "South Pacific" in 1950. Alfred Lunt and Laurette Taylor are his favorite colleagues and as you might imagine "Picket Fences" is his favorite TV show. "The Glory Road" is his favorite song and he enjoys Italian food. Ray enjoys riding his bike and his hobbies are playing chess, fishing and photography. Winston Churchill is his choice for most respected historical figure. Ray simply states "Never despair" as his quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Ruth Warrick

This familiar actress from the 40's and 50's was born on June 29, 1916 in St Joseph, Missouri. Her first big career break came in a classic motion picture "Citizen Kane" where she played Emily Norton, Orson Welles wife. Her most memorable career project other than "Citizen Kane" was performing in another classic "The King and I". Her favorite film is "Citizen Kane" and Orson Welles and Lynn Fontanne are her favorite actors. "Masterpiece Theatre" is her favorite TV show and "Beyond the Sea" is her favorite tune. Ruth loves fried chicken and strawberry shortcake and to work off the calories she enjoys swimming and walking. Her hobby is teaching metaphysics and working with the disadvantaged. Jesus Christ is her most respected figure. Ruth borrows a line from Camus to share with us for her legacy quote: "In the midst of winter I finally realized there is within me an eternal summer".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Stuart Whitman

This familiar actor of film and television was born on February 1, 1928 in San Francisco, California. His first career break came in the Warner Bros. film "Johnny Trouble" and his most memorable career project was being nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for the movie "The Mark". "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" is his selection for best motion picture and Humphrey Bogart and Meryl Streep are his favorite actors. "All In the Family" is his favorite TV show and "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me" is his favorite song. Meat and potatoes are his kind of grub and tennis and ocean sports are his kind of fun. Thomas Jefferson is his choice for most respected historical figure. He shares a saying with us that his mother Cecilia oft told young Stuart as his legacy quote: "Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Dick Whittinghill

This talented singer and Southern California radio personality was born in Helena, Montana on March 5, 1913. His first career break came when he joined the "4 Esquires" singing group. His most memorable career event was joining the "Pied Pipers" singing group and getting his star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. His favorite TV show is "Watch Whittinghill" and "Stardust" is his favorite melody. Dick enjoys a good steak and football and golf are his favorite sporting activities. Dick is still contemplating his legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: June Wilkinson

This sultry actress was born March 21, 1941 in Sussex, England. At age 12 she got her first career break playing "Little Red Riding Hood". Her most memorable career event was performing on Broadway. La Rabia "Mine" is her favorite movie and Gene Hackman and Elaine Stritch are her favorite actors. "60 Minutes" is her first choice for best TV show and "Christmas Song" is her favorite melody. June can't resist a banana split delight and tennis and shopping are her favorite leisure time activities. She indicates her hobby is "Watching my daughter Barbara play tennis" and Thomas Edison is her selection for most respected historical figure. June simply states "It's what's up front that counts" as her legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Andy Williams

This legendary crooner was born on December 12, 1930 in Wall Lake, Iowa. His full name is Howard Andrew Williams and he got his first career break when he appeared on the "Steve Allen Tonight Show". His most memorable career event, which was a sad occasion for this country, was when Andy sang the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" at Robert F. Kennedy's funeral. "Lawrence of Arabia" is his favorite motion picture and Marlon Brando and Meryl Streep are his favorite actors. "60 Minutes" is his selection for best TV show and as you might expect his famous theme song "Moon River" is his favorite. Andy enjoys Italian food and playing golf is his favorite pastime. Thomas Jefferson is his most respected historical figure choice. He borrows a famous saying from Shakespeare for his legacy quote: "To thine own self be true".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Hank Williams, Jr.

This extraordinary country-rock singer was born on May 26, 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He got his start in the country music business at age 14 when he helped make the sound track to "Your Cheatin' Heart" a song his Dad, Hank Williams, Sr. made famous. His most memorable career event was "Setting the attendance record in my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Record setting attendance of 17,452 at Starwood Amphitheatre with Sawyer Brown and the Kentucky Headhunters". Hank's favorite motion picture is "The Sands of Iwo Jima" and John Wayne and Julia Roberts are his favorite actors. He enjoys watching comedy and the Discovery Channel on TV and his favorite tunes are "Any Hank Williams, Sr. songs". Spaghetti is his choice for favorite food and he likes to watch football on the tube. In his leisure time he goes target shooting, fishing and hunting. His hobby is collecting guns and he chose Abraham Lincoln as his most respected historical figure. Hank provides us with a very straight-forward no nonsense legacy quote: "If it will, it will, and if it won't, it won't".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Mary Wilson

This singing sensation, a member of the legendary "Supremes" Motown singing group was born on March 6, 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi. Her first career break was "Meeting Florence, and Diane". Her most memorable career event was being on "Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars" in 1964. "Iron Mask" is her favorite movie and Bette Davis is her favorite actress. She likes to watch Doris Day movies on TV and "Que Sera Sera" is her favorite song. Mary's favorite food is down home cookin' "greens and cornbread". She plays tennis, ski's and bowls when she participates in sporting activities. In her leisure time she enjoys reading a good book by the fireplace and her hobby is making scrapbooks. She chose her Mother as her most respected historical figure. Mary reminds us of a simple truth regarding the pursuit of our dreams in her legacy quote: "Dreams do come true, and when they don't come true people just stop dreaming".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Marie Windsor

This wonderful actress from "Hollywood's Golden Age" was born on December 11, 1921 in Marysvale, Utah. She got her first big break playing a part in "All American Coed" at Hal Roach Studios. Her most memorable career project was "Winning the Look Magazine Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1956" for her work in "The Killing". "Gigi" is her favorite film and Kevin Kline and Emma Thompson are her favorite actors. "Picket Fences" is her choice for excellent TV viewing and "Hold My Hand" is her favorite tune. Marie loves crab meat and rainbow sherbet ice cream. Tennis is her game and "Watching the most recent movies and reading" is how she spends her leisure time. Her hobbies are oil painting and working in enamel. She chose Benjamin Franklin as her most respected historical figure. Marie leaves us with an uplifting message as her legacy quote: "Believe that every new day is the first day of your life".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: David L. Wolper

This Emmy award winning producer was born on January 11, 1928 in New York City. His first big break came in 1960 in the television movie "Making of the President". His most memorable career projects were "Roots" and producing the Opening & Closing Ceremonies of the "1984 Olympics." "Casablanca" is his favorite motion picture and Humphrey Bogart is his favorite actor. His favorite song is "As Time Goes By" and steak is his favorite food. David sums up his hobby, sporting and leisure time activities in one word "Golf". Thomas Jefferson gets is his most respected historical figure. David gives us some good advice on how to get ahead in his legacy quote: "If you plan ahead, you'll be way ahead in life, in business and in everything".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Lana Wood

This talented actress was born on March 1, 1946 in Santa Monica, California. Her real name is Svetlana Gurdin and she got her first career break in John Lord's film production "The Searchers". Her most memorable career event was "QBVII", "Because of Ben Gazzara, and how much it meant for me to be part of that Telethon". "Bringing Up Baby" is her favorite movie and Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange are her favorite actors. "Northern Exposure" is her choice for good TV viewing and "Never Will I Marry" is her favorite song. Lana loves French cuisine and scuba diving is her preferred sporting activity. In her leisure time she enjoys watching movies or reading. Her hobbies are collecting Teddy Bears and antiques. Harriet Beecher Stowe is her most respected historical figure. Lana borrows a familiar phrase to share with us as her legacy quote: "It is better to light one candle, than to curse the darkness".

Celebrity Almanac Profile: John Wooden

This legendary UCLA college basketball coach was born on October 14, 1910 in Hall, Indiana. He says that is big career break was "When Nellie (his wife) said yes on 8/8/32". He also indicates that his long-standing marriage to Nellie is his most memorable career event. "Captain Courageous" and "Good Bye Mr. Chips" are his favorite movies and James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn are his favorite actors. "60 Minutes" is at the top of his preferred TV viewing list and "Stardust" is his favorite melody. John loves a good roasted chicken for dinner and walking and reading are his leisure time activities. His hobby is being with his family. Abraham Lincoln is his choice for most respected historical figure. He shares a quote with us that he has oft spoken throughout his magnificent career and life. "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Jane Wyatt

This talented actress of stage, screen and television was born on August 12, 1910 in Campgaw, New Jersey. She got her start in show business in 1931 with a part in the Broadway play "Give Me Yesterday". Her most memorable career project was "Playing opposite Ronald Coleman". "Lost Horizon" is her favorite motion picture and Paul Newman and Meryl Streep are her favorite actors. "Brideshead" is her favorite TV show and "White Tie, Top Hat and Tails" is her favorite song. Jane likes a slice of good fruit cake and riding horses is her favorite sporting activity. In her leisure time she works in her garden and her hobby is bird watching. Eleanor Roosevelt is her most respected historical figure choice. Jane borrows a familiar line made famous by Harry Truman as her quote: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Al Yankovic

This familiar comedian and satirist helped re-define the word "Weird" with his appearance on the show-biz' scene. He was born on October 23, 1959 in Los Angeles, California. His first career break came on the "Dr. Demento" radio show. His most memorable career project was making the music video "Fat" which was a best-selling parody of Michael Jackson's hit video "Bad". "Top Secret" is his favorite movie and Emo Phillips and Victoria Jackson are his favorite actors. "Police Squad" is his idea of great TV viewing and "Mama Get Your Hammer, There's a Fly on the Baby's Head" is his favorite song. Peanut butter sandwiches are his idea of great eating and "43-Man Squamish" is his favorite sport. Al sleeps in his leisure time and his hobby is collecting lint. His most respected historical figure is "Bob". He shares a short but to the point legacy quote with us. "Hey! That's My Foot!".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Michael York

This multifaceted actor was born on March 27, 1942 in Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, England. He got his first big career break in 1965 when he was recruited by Lawrence Olivier into his new National Theatre Company. He indicates that "The next one" will be his most memorable career project. Jean Renoir's "La Regle Du Jeu" (Rules of the Game) is his favorite movie. Lawrence Olivier and Jeanne Moreau are his favorite actors. Michael watches the news on television and "Any Beatles number" is his kind of good music listening. His favorite food is simply bread and butter and swimming is his favorite sporting activity. In his leisure time he enjoys traveling. His hobby is collecting art related to theatre, opera and ballet. He chose Lord Horatio Nelson as his most respected historical figure. "The readiness is all" is Michael's legacy quote.

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Tina York

This multi-talented artist and renowned painter was born on February 9, 1941 in Bautzen, Germany. Her real name is Brigitte Huhle. She credits the Scituate Arts Festival in 1969 where she received first prize in painting as her first career break. Her most memorable career project was "Working on painting commissions for NASA". "On Your Toes" is her favorite movie and Leonid Kinskey and Ingrid Bergman are her favorite thespians. She enjoys watching science-related TV shows and classical music is her choice for easy listening pleasure. Tina likes to read and go for walks in her leisure time. Her hobby is exploring science and Leonardo da Vinci is her selection for most respected historical figure. She borrows a saying from Lucretius as her legacy quote: "No single thing abides, but all things flow; fragment to fragment clings, the things thus grow; until we know and name them. By degree they melt, and are no more the things we know".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Robert Young

Most of us will remember this wonderful actor as the father of the Anderson family on the TV series "Father Knows Best" and as Dr. Welby on "Marcus Welby M. D." He was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 22, 1907 (same day and month as President George Washington). His middle name is, of course George. He started his acting career at the Pasadena Playhouse and in 1933 he received a contract with MGM. "Enchanted Cottage" is his most memorable career project and "Pearl White" serials is his favorite movie. Spencer Tracy is his favorite actor and he enjoys the music of Victor Borge. He is a big fan of liver and onions for dinner and he used to golf and fly airplanes. He reads in his leisure time and his hobby was flying and riding motorcycles. As you might have guessed by now, he chose George Washington as his most respected historical figure. Robert leaves us with this professional tip as his legacy quote: "The first requisite of an actor is ENTHUSIASM-this quote from a book on acting gave me hope."

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Henny Youngman

This "King of the one-liners" and tremendously funny guy was born on March 16, 1906 in Whitechapel, England. His real first name is Henry and he got started in show business on the "Kate Smith Show". He also indicates being on her TV show was his most memorable career event. Jack Lemmon is his favorite actor and "Murder She Wrote" is his idea of good TV. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" is his favorite song and a tasty plate of pasta is his favorite food. Henny likes to watch boxing and wrestling matches on television and he chose Franklin D. Roosevelt as his most respected historical figure. He leaves us laughing with a quote he made famous: "Take my wife, please".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Stephanie Zimbalist

This talented actress was born on October 8th (no year given) in New York City. She got her first career break in a "Small role playing my father's (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) daughter in an unsold CBS pilot "Wild About Harry", for Leonard Stern. Her most memorable career project was producing and starring in "The Baby Dance" a play written for Linda Purl and her. "Cinema Paradiso" is her favorite movie and Jimmy Stewart and Audrey Hepburn are her favorite actors. "The Honeymooners" is her favorite TV show and "Where Do You Start'" is her favorite melody. Pasta is her choice for excellent cuisine and water skiing is her preferred sport. In her leisure time she goes walking and hiking with her dog. Her hobbies are reading, gardening and going to the theatre. She chose her Grandfather as her most respected historical figure. Stephanie borrows a saying from Teddy Roosevelt to share with us as her legacy quote selection: "Stay low and keep moving".

 

Celebrity Almanac Profile: Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr.

This distinguished American Navy Veteran of World War II was born in San Francisco, California on November 29, 1920. His first military tour of duty was as a combat evaluator for the Naval Destroyer Division. From there he was appointed Commander leading a section of three destroyer torpedo attacks against the Japanese fleet in World War II. His most memorable career event was taking the first U.S. flag up the Yangtze River to Shanghai through mine fields at the end of the war. Gary Cooper is his favorite and "Dr. Zhivago" is his favorite motion picture. He enjoys watching "In The Heat of The Night" on TV and his favorite song is the hymn "Amazing Grace". In his leisure time you can find him eating a bowl of ice cream, playing tennis or reading. George Marshall is his choice for most respected historical figure. Admiral Zumwalt's legacy quote might well describe his outlook on his life. "The world is comprised of doers and onlookers--be a doer".

 

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