Oh fiddle-de-dee... today marks a birthday for Scarlett O'Hara herself, Vivien Leigh. Leigh (born Vivian Mary Hartley, and also known as Lady Olivier on November 5, 1913) was best known for her role as Scarlett O'Hara in the beloved film 1939's' Gone With The Wind' also starring Clark Gable.
She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances as Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche DuBois in the film version of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway musical version of 'Tovarich' (1963).
To the public at the time, Leigh was strongly identified with her second husband Laurence Olivier, to whom she was married from 1940 to 1960. Leigh and Olivier starred together in many stage productions, with Olivier often directing, and in three films. She earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, as for much of her adult life she suffered from bipolar disorder as well as recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, first diagnosed in the mid-1940s, which ultimately claimed her life at the age of 53.
Although her career had periods of inactivity, in 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Leigh as the 16th greatest female movie star of classic Hollywood cinema.
Pictured here: Vivien Leigh in character as Scarlett O'Hara, "Gone with the Wind" (1939) MGM / The Hollywood Archive
It's up the river for you... Joker. Happy birthday to Adam West, best known as TV's Batman, turns 88 today.
William West Anderson (born September 19, 1928), better known as Adam West, is a film, television, character, voice, and stage actor whose career spans six decades.
West's acting career began in films in 1959. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo (1962) and The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming (1965). He has also appeared in the science-fiction film Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), opposite Paul Mantee, and achieved continuing success for the title role in the 1960s ABC series Batman and its theatrical feature film. He has done voice work on animated series such as The Fairly OddParents and Family Guy, in both of which he voices fictional versions of himself.
Pictured here: Adam West as Batman, "Batman", 1966 20th Century Fox Television / The Hollywood Archive
Happy Birthday to a classic TV favorite, Barbara Eden who turns 85 today.
Eden was born Aug. 23, 1931, in Tucson, Arizona and was best known for playing a 2,000-year-old genie on the fantasy sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie" starring opposite Larry Hagman. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1988.
In 1965, Eden signed a contract with Sidney Sheldon to star on his up-and-coming fantasy sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie" that would air on NBC. After various brunette starlets and beauty queens unsuccessfully tried out for the role, she was approached by Sheldon who had seen her in "The Brass Bottle" and had been recommended by various colleagues. Eden played Jeannie, a beautiful genie set free from her bottle by astronaut and United States Air Force captain (later major) Anthony "Tony" Nelson, played by Larry Hagman.
Expected to be a blockbuster like its rival-show Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie was only a mild ratings success, topping off its first year at #27, tying with "Lassie." The series spent its second, third, and fifth seasons out of the top 30 programs. Season four proved to be the sitcom's most successful year, ending at #26
As a genie who emerges from a bottle to serve the astronaut who frees her, Eden had to wear a skimpy costume that still satisfied the mores of the period. That meant an exposed midsection, but billowing pants to cover her legs. And, apparently, no exposure of her belly button. Producer George Schlatter tried unsussessfully to allow her naval to be shown. Apparently it was way too scandalous for mid 60's TV.
Pictured here: Barbara Eden in character for "I Dream of Jeannie" 1965 NBC / The Hollywood Archive