Tuesday, April 5, 2011

3 Legendary Birthdays Today

Today's, April 5th birthdays include:

Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989)

Spencer Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967)

Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003)

Amazing that three of the best actors EVER, all shared the SAME birthday.

Our favorite roles for each:

Well, for Bette, hands down it's "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" in which she plays a child star turned psycho and torments the hell out of her sister Joan Crawford. It earned her her 10th and final Oscar Nom. A close second for "Jezebel" for which she won her second Oscar.

Bette was a phenom! She was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

You don't get much better than that and in deed no one is even close.

Our favorite role for Spencer Tracy has absolutely nothing to do with Katherine Hepburn. It's for one our favorite movies OF ALL TIME: "Inherit the Wind." This movie is so awesome it defies even itself for its awesomeness. About the "Scopes Monkey Trial" it involves a big league New York Attorney (Tracy) and his defense of a poor Southern schoolteacher (Dick York of Bewitched fame) in a small Southern town opposed to the teachings of evolution. Oh and Harry Morgan is The Judge! It has the best dialogue in the history of cinema. THE BEST.

Second and third favorites go to Spencer Tracy in: "The Old Man and the Sea" and "Guess Who's Coming for Dinner."

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor on nine occasions, winning twice.

And last but not least, our favorite! Gregory Peck. He was incredibly handsome with a deep melodious and sexy voice. Movie Star all the way! Peck was much beloved in Hollywood.

His most famous film was "To Kill a Mockingbird", where he played Atticus Finch in another courtroom drama as a lawyer defending a black man accused of raping a white woman. Peck gives an outstanding performance.

We thought he was great as Captain Ahab in Moby Dick, Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and in all those WWII movies he did.

Peck was nominated for 5 Academy Awards winning once.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 for his lifetime humanitarian efforts. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking at #12.

He served as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1967, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute from 1967 to 1969,and was a member of the National Council on the Arts from 1964 to 1966."

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