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August 10: Happy Birthday Rosanna Arquette and Antonio Banderas

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Rosanna Arquette celebrates her 57th birthday today.  The eldest of five acting siblings, she has been acting since her late teens.  The WTHH article on her has far more detail on her career than I have space for here.  Highlights of her career include an Emmy nomination for the TV adaptation of Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song and playing a woman intrigued by the title character of Desperately Seeking Susan—a movie in which, despite the title and presence of Madonna, Arquette is the lead.  It’s a delightful film that never sets out to be anything more than entertaining:

Despite a promising start, true stardom seemed to elude Arquette.  But she has continued working hard, with at least ten films in the current decade along with TV work that has included a recurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

Antonio Banderas, born one year after Arquette, began working in Spanish cinema in the early 1980s.  He began appearing in English language films a decade or so later.  His first leading role was in Robert Rodriguez’s Desparado, where he took over the role of El Mariachi, and began a lengthy association with Rodriguez that has spanned seven films and three different roles.  His other lengthy association has been with the Shrek franchise, where he is the voice of Puss in Boots.

As with Arquette, Banderas never quite achieved true A-list status.  The Zorro franchise, while it never became the tentpole that its star and producers doubtless hoped it would, did provide us with this memorable moment, nominated for Best Fanservice Fight at the MTV Movie Awards:

Suzanne Collins celebrates her 54th birthday.  The author and television writer (primarily for children and young adults in either medium) is best known, of course, for the massively successful Hunger Games novels.  She also is the author of a fantasy series called The Underland Chronicles and has written for a number of TV series.

Actor, writer and director Justin Theroux celebrates his 45th birthday today.  His film work, including David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire and Michael Mann’s Miami Vice, is largely character work with a few villains mixed in.  He recently has been featured on HBO’s series The Leftovers, and is currently filming the show’s third and final season.  He has written several screenplays, including Iron Man 2, and directed the film Dedication, starring Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore.  Oh, yes, he also just celebrated his first wedding anniversary with Jennifer Aniston.

Other birthdays today: Angie Harmon, who plays Jane Rizzoli on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, turns 44.  Actress JoAnna Garcia, most recently from The Astronaut Wives Club and Once Upon a Time, celebrates her 37th birthday.  And actress and model Devon Aoki, known for 2 Fast 2 Furious and Sin City, turns 34.

Guitarist and vocalist Jimmy Martin, sometimes known as “the King of Bluegrass,” was born on August 10, 1927.  A self-taught guitar player, he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys at the age of 22.  He left after about five years and started his own band, the Sunny Mountain Boys.  He was known for the high tenor voice he displayed on bluegrass standards like this:

Country singer, actor, and TV Host Jimmy Dean was born this day in 1928.  He had a #1, Grammy-winning hit in “Big Bad John,” and James Bond fans may remember him as Willard Whyte, the tycoon modeled on Howard Hughes, in Diamonds Are Forever.  In 1963, his TV series gave a boost to a young man by the name of Jim Henson.

Born the same day as Jimmy Dean, pop singer Eddie Fisher was, in the end, known better for his many marriages than for his music.  His first wife was Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fisher is their daughter), his second was Elizabeth Taylor, and his third was Connie Stevens (Joely Fisher of Ellen and ‘Til Death is their daughter).

Screenwriter and novelist Curt Siodmak was born in 1902, two years and two days after his brother, director Robert (for whom see the August 8 article).  Like his brother, Curt left Germany when the Nazis came to power, and settled down in Hollywood.  His most famous novel is probably Donovan’s Brain, which was adapted to film three times.  His best-known screenplay was for The Wolf Man, and he scripted several other films in the Universal Monsters series.

Actress Martha Hyer, born this day in 1924, paid her dues for a decade or more in B-Westerns and other second-string pictures, including one, Riders to the Stars, scripted by Curt Siodmak.  She got a big break when she was cast in Some Came Running, opposite Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine; she received an Oscar nomination.  However, she was not able to parlay that into long-term success and retired from acting in the 1970s.

Finally, Jack Haley was born on August 10, 1897.  He had a long career on stage and in film, but is best remembered for one famous role:

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.

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Posted on August 10, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Jestak, I was going to post it was Eddie Fisher’s birthday, too, but you had me beat!

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  2. Eddie Fisher People Magazine article from 2010.
    http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20431211,00.html

    In his day Eddie Fisher was a chart-topping pop idol who made girls swoon with songs like “Oh! My Papa.” But the five-times-wed singer-who died Sept. 22 of complications from hip surgery-will always be best known as the man who left Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor. And “he was a ladies’ man to the end,” actress Carrie Fisher, his daughter with Reynolds, told PEOPLE. “At his [recent] 82nd birthday, his gift was strippers. After they finished dancing, he said, ‘Do it again!'”

    n 1958 Fisher triggered a historic Hollywood scandal when he fell for Taylor, his best friend’s widow. Reynolds, dubbed America’s Sweetheart in the press, was depicted as the victim, left alone with two young children (Carrie, now 53, and Todd, 52). Fisher wed Taylor in 1959, only to be dumped a few years later when Taylor took up with her Cleopatra costar Richard Burton.

    Fisher found love again with actress Connie Stevens (their brief marriage produced two daughters, actresses Joely, 42, and Tricia Leigh, 41), but his career never recovered from the scandal, despite 24 No. 1 hits in the ’50s. He didn’t help his image-or his relationship with his exes and kids-with two tell-alls (he called Reynolds “phony” and complained he’d been Taylor’s nursemaid). He also struggled with drug addiction for years before getting clean with the support of fifth wife Betty Lin, who died in ’01.

    For all the tumult of his personal life, Fisher managed to become close to his children in his later years. Noting that “it was a fragmented relationship at times,” Joely and Tricia said in a statement, “He had a twinkle in his eyes and a voice that made you feel like the most special person in the world. We will forever see him in flashes in our children’s faces and in the memories that drift in and catch us by surprise.”

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  3. According to IMDb today is Snoopy’s 48th birthday. Obviously, he’s neither a real person or a person at all. The part of that which was stunning to me was that he was that young. I had always assumed he’d been around a lot longer.

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    • As all know, Snoopy was a World War I flying ace, so he’s clearly been around far more than 48 years. 🙂

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    • Yeah, I guess August 10th,1968 is Snoopy’s acknowledged birthday, even though he first appeared on the “Peanuts” comic strip in 1950. Whatever the case, he’s an old dog.

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      • The date comes from the comic strips and isn’t related to the real-world debut of the character which was 18 years earlier. The strip that established Snoopy’s birthday as Aug 10th ran in 1968 so somehow that became his birth year which doesn’t really make a lot of sense.

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        • Yeah, it really doesn’t. My first impulse is to question the wisdom of giving that specific of a birthday to a cartoon dog in a long-running strip. My next thought is that none of the kid characters seem to age past a certain point (there are strips in which Sally is clearly younger than the age where she settled in), which suggests that either A) they live in a perpetual universe in which everyone has stopped aging and nobody is having more babies (we’d need a deep dive on the strips to confirm that last bit). We have seen birthday parties, but that could just be a marking of the years, with no true aging process to go along with it. Or B) Peanuts is a period piece and every strip exists between a specific set of years, explaining why the characters don’t age and why Snoopy isn’t dead. In this second explanation, there would have had to have been a “re-set” at least twice in the early days of the strip, looping the characters back to childhood and Snoopy back to a puppy.

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        • I will further muddy the waters. I inherited a collection of several paperbacks that covered the early Schultz strips, so I have probably read more than my fair share of The Peanuts. Early on, I would say most of the kids appeared younger than the ages they eventually settled on.

          Their ages kind of locked in place during the 60s when the TV specials made them very marketable. However, it isn’t quite true that babies stopped being born. In the early 70’s, Lucy and Linus welcomed their baby brother Rerun.

          As with any long-running story, time progression is a tricky thing. I approach The Peanuts sort of like The Simpsons in that the ages of the characters are pretty much locked in place and the story is always set in the present day of the reader aside from the odd anachronisms that may pop up due to pop culture references or advances in technology. But then again, it’s probably best not to apply too much logic to a comic strip about a depressed kid and his dog.

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        • I remember Rerun, but I don’t remember him being born. Did they do strips on that event?
          The suggestion that reproduction in this world has at least slowed significantly is brought on only by the idea that if it didn’t you’d end up with a disastrously huge population of (what? Eight year olds?) In such a world public school would become impossible to provide and child labor would become a necessity. Since the kids are clearly attending some sort of traditional school held in a large building, they are either from very privileged families or there just aren’t the amount of kids that would result from none of them ever entering puberty and also a steady flow of more babies.

          I wonder what the most advanced form of technology we’ve ever seen them using is? A complete lack of some sorts of tech might support that Peanuts is a period piece.

          I insist on applying logic to pop culture at times, not because it is important or necessary but because it can be fun. 🙂

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        • Well, Rerun was introduced in 1972, so you probably missed his birth. Like I said, I caught it in reprints. Yes, his introduction was part of a series of strips that made it clear he was newly born. Originally, Linus was the young kid. There was a clear distinction between Charlie Brown and Lucy who were in the same class and their younger siblings Linus and Sally. But eventually, they all reached roughly the same age despite the fact that Charlie Brown and Lucy are still older siblings. So Schultz introduced Rerun as basically Linus 2.0 filling that younger sibling role.

          This doesn’t phase me at all. It’s a pretty common approach. Bart and Lisa Simpson will always be the same age despite the progression of time.

          As for technology, that’s a bit tricky. I haven’t read a Peanuts comic strip in ages. I assume they are still being run. I saw the Peanuts movie and my take on it was that it was set in the present, but I can’t think of any specific examples to point out. Looking at merchandise, Snoopy has always been shown to keep up with the latest trends. But then he also still uses a type writer to bang out his works of fiction. I don’t think you can consider The Peanuts to be a period piece. I know I have seen TV specials that took place in the then-present. But there are traditions that pop up simply because that’s the way the strip has always been written.

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        • A quick google image search only found images of the characters using computers that were not from the strip I would say that only the strip and tv specials are “canon” I haven’t seen the movie yet so maybe that too), but that doesn’t necessarily prove anything.

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        • One problem I had with Google searches were all the images which were clearly manipulated to include modern concepts. I don’t pay much attention when the more recent Peanuts specials are on TV because they are generally pretty unwatchable. But I’m fairly certain one of them included e-vites and social media. They usally keep those things pretty up to date despite the presence of old fashioned ideas like the WW2 Flying Ace.

          The movie is pretty all right. My recollection was that it felt like an updated take on the characters, but still had a lot of the DNA of the Schultz strips. It’s a kiddie flick. If I hadn’t taken my youngest, I wouldn’t have bothered, but if you watch out of curiosity it’s not bad.

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        • I haven’t read a Peanuts comic strip in ages. I assume they are still being run.

          The last original Peanuts strips were published in early 2000; Charles Schulz died in February of that year. Since then, United Feature Syndicate, and later Universal Uclick, have distributed reruns of the strip under the title of Classic Peanuts.

          Hmm, Charles M. Schulz—he’d be a good one to remember for the birthday articles. 🙂

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        • No, I don’t think it make any sense either, but I’m noticed that decisions are sometimes made on items of pop culture (like those “National-fill-in-the-blank-day” kind of stuff) without much thought on how accurate it is. I think this Snoopy deal is kind of annoying though, now that I know about it.

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        • It makes a little more sense if you look at it from a certain point of view. The movie Snoopy Come Home was adapted from the 1968 comic strips that established Aug 10 as Snoopy’s birthday. If you’re unfamiliar with Snoopy Come Home, it gives Snoopy a backstory involving a previous owner before Snoopy became Charlie Brown’s dog. So as part of that backstory, a birthdate makes sense.

          The date itself is arbitrary. Schulz could have picked any day. But the year comes from when the original strip was published. Obviously in the original strip, Snoopy wasn’t a new born. So he wasn’t born in 1968 in that story. But a four-year-old dog works pretty well for Snoopy Come Home in 1972. That movie wasn’t a hit when it was released in theaters, but it played on TV traumatizing countless Gen Xers for whom Aug 10, 1968 would become the official birthdate. Outside of that movie, the date is pretty meaningless. It’s even misleading because it cuts 18 years off of Snoopy’s actual age.

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        • Due to this information, I’ve decided that there a now two Snoopy’s, one canon and one non-canon. He still would have a ways to go to catch the number of Lassie’s though.

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