I know that millions of my readers were clammoring for today’s Birthdays…so here goes!
Happy Wicked Birthday to Margaret Hamilton (1902) best known for her portrayal of the greenish Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. If she had only known that her story would be told in a best selling novel and broadway show! As a kid, she terrorized me as I watched that movie. Hamilton was severely burned during a second (and unused) take of her fiery exit in which the trap door’s drop was delayed. It took six weeks for her to recuperate in the hospital and at home. In real life Hamilton loved children and even taught Sunday School in the 1950s.
Happy Tough Guy birthday to Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch Demsky) (1916).
Happy junkyard Birthday to Redd Foxx (1922), born John Elroy Sanford. Sanford and Son remains one of my favorite television shows of all time, though his raunchy comedy act wasn’t for sensitive ears. There may be nothing funnier on television than when Aunt Esther makes her way into the Sanford residence.
It’s the birthday of Buck Henry (1930) whose deadpan humor brought him television fame. He was a co-creator and writer for Get Smart, along with Mel Brooks. Happy Birthday to Beau Bridges (1941). Also we wish Dick Butkus (1942) a happy birthday. He is widely regarded as the greatest linebacker of his generation and became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. We’re blowing out candles for John Malkovich (1953). It’s also a celebration for Donny Osmond (1957), entertainer, talk show host, game show host, record producer, and much more. Happy political birthday to Tip O’Neil (1912), longest serving speaker of the House of Representatives (1977-1986). Dick Van Patten is having his 79th birthday today. Someone should tell him that Eight is Enough. Wild West birthday wishes to Joe Lando, who had the privilege of playing the role of the boyfriend of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Byron Sully.
That’s it for today! Tomorrow is only a few hours away!