Saturday, February 6, 2016

Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ronald Reagan, Patrick Macnee...and MORE!

Zsa Zsa Gabor
I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.
--Zsa Zsa Gabor

Happy February 6th, 2016!
February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 329 days remaining until the end of the year.
Sári Fedák
Today is the birthday of Zsa Zsa Gabor! Born Sári Gábor on February 6, 1917 in Budapest when it was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Zsa Zsa Gabor is a Hungarian-born American socialite and actress with roles on Broadway and in the movies and television. She is the middle of three daughters; her elder sister Magda is a socialite and her younger sister Eva was an actress and businesswoman. Named after Sári Fedák, a popular Hungarian actress, she began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. Following her studies at a Swiss boarding school, she was discovered by tenor Richard Tauber on a trip to Vienna in 1936 and was invited to sing in his opera where she made her first stage appearance.

Actors Zsa Zsa Gabor and Louis Calhern, respectively as Eve and Freddy Melrose, in a scene from the comedy 'We're Not Married';
Zsa Zsa emigrated to the United States in 1941 and got roles in the movies, Lovely to Look At, We're
Not Married! and Moulin Rouge in 1952 directed by John Huston. Through the Sixties to the Eighties, she made several TV appearances on "Make Room for Daddy," Gilligan's Island, "Bonanza," "Batman," "The Love Boat" and "The Facts of Life." Her sister, Eva Gabor, became equally well-known for the Sixties TV series, "Green Acres."
Despite her movie roles, Zsa Zsa was known to have a very public lifestyle. she was often mentioned in the society pages and known for having several husbands, including hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, with whom she had a daughter, and actor George Sanders. On June 14, 1989, in Beverly Hills, California, she was accused of slapping the face of a police officer over a traffic violation; a spectacle she later parodied in the movies, "The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear" and "The Beverly Hillbillies." She has also had a long standing feud with actress Elke Sommar.

In 2002, she suffered injuries in a car accident that left her partially paralyzed and reliant on a wheelchair for mobility. She also survived strokes in 2005 and 2007 and underwent surgeries. In 2011, her right leg was amputated above the knee to save her life from an infection.(

I saw Zsa Zsa starring in FORTY CARATS in the early 1970s at the Morosco Theater.  Her costars were Tom Poston, Lilia Skala,  and Michael Nouri.  It was thoroughly delightful.
A few years later in the mid 1970s when I was living in Beverly Hills, I was having dinner one night at THE ROSE TATTOO, the restaurant nightclub that was (is?) part of Studio One.  Zsa Zsa was of course regal and stunning as always as were her daughter who was with her, Francesca Hilton.
We got to meet through friends and she was lovely, kind, and very, very, funny.
-Gary Silverman 

In 1985, US-President Ronald Reagan receives Zsa Zsa Gabor at the White House.
On this date in 1911, Ronald Reagan, American actor and politician, 40th President of the United States was born (d. 2004). 
Ronald Wilson Reagan February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was an American politician and actor, who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he served as the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as an actor and union leader in Hollywood.
Patrick Macnee, English-American actor, was born on this date.  (d. 2015).  Michael Joseph "Mike" Farrell, Jr. was born on this date. He is an actor, best known for his role as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the television series M*A*S*H (1975–83). He is an activist for various political causes.
Mamie Van Doren (born Joan Lucille Olander) was born on this date. She is an  actress, model, singer, and sex symbol who is known for being one of the first actresses to recreate the look of Marilyn Monroe.Van Doren is perhaps best remembered for the rock 'n' roll, juvenile delinquency, exploitation movie Untamed Youth (1957), and other films of this calibre.

Let's look at February 6th, 1961....just a few days before my birthdate!
Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

It was a Monday. A person born on this day will be 55 years old today. If that same person saved a Cent every day starting at age 4, then by now that person has accumulated $186.27 today. That is, assuming this person is still alive and kicking!

On this date in 1961, the push-button telephone was put into public service for the first time, as Bell Telephone test marketed its "Touch-Tone" service for its customers in the cities of Carnegie, Pennsylvania and Findlay, Ohio.

In the Sad News Department
Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, has passed away on February 4th, on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his mission to the moon. The Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 14, he was the 6th astronaut to step foot on the moon. He was 85.  (read more HERE)

Thank you, to all of the artists mentioned in this blog for the gifts you have given to the world and continue to give! 

Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.
-Carol Channing

With grateful XOXOXs ,


Check out my site celebrating the legacy of Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!


Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!   

Happy Birthday, Mamie Van Doren!

Here's to an INCREDIBLE tomorrow for ALL...with NO challenges!
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Bette Midler in Beaches (director Garry Marshall, 1988)

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February 13th, Peter Filichia in conversation with Richard Skipper at American Popular Song Society 

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