Happy Birthday: Lori Petty

loripetty.jpgLori Petty

Born: October 14, 1963 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

[on the effect The Poker House rape scene had on its viewers] I had a girl come up to me, and she’s like “I’m a rape survivor.” I said, “No you’re not. Stop that.” She’s like, “What?” She’s 17 and came up to me after the movie. She said, “I was raped at 14.” I said, “That stupid ass man did a fucked up thing. It has nothing to do with you. You are not tarnished, you are not changed, you are fine. He’s fucked up. You’re fine.” Her eyes opened.

MOVIE POSTERA LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
1992
dir. Penny Marshall
Stars:
Tom Hanks
Geena Davis
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Happy Birthday: Leslie Uggams

leslieuggamsHappy Birthday actor Leslie Uggams

Born: May 25, 1943 in New York City, New York, USA

Married to: Grahame Pratt (16 October 1965 – present) (2 children)

She is also a board member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and TADA, a children’s musical theatre.

Among her most recent concerts are the Pittsburgh Symphony, Rhode Island Symphony, and The Memorial Day Concert on the Washington Mall, in front of 300,000 people, televised live by PBS.

Off stage, Leslie is a founding member of the BRAVO Chapter/City of Hope – a charitable organisation dedicated to the study, treatment, and eradication of all blood-related diseases.

Raised in the Washington Heights section of New York City.