Died Today (July 9th): Isabel Sanford (1917–2004)

isabelsanford.jpgIsabel Sanford (1917–2004)

Born: August 29, 1917 in New York City, New York, USA

Died: July 9, 2004 (age 86) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Isabel Sanford was a Broadway actress for over thirty years before moving to Hollywood. She made numerous guest appearances on TV, including a stint as a supporting cast member on The Carol Burnett Show (1967). Until her passing, Isabel continued to act frequently, most recently in a series of commercials for Old Navy stores with The Jeffersons (1975) co-star, Sherman Hemsley. She made several commercials for Nick-at-Nite as well when the cable channel premiered The Jeffersons (1975).

QUOTES:

On receiving her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she said: Here with stars in my eyes – something that I dreamed about when I was 9 years old. There are others that deserve it, but let everybody get their own.

If there’s anything in life you consider worthwhile achieving — go for it. I was told many times to forget show business, I had nothing going for me. But I pursued it, anyway. Voila!

In 1996, she said: I watched the first episode of that, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the background. I didn’t like the way they dressed. I didn’t like the way Archie Bunker talked about black people. But I decided to watch the next episode anyway to see if I could determine why they would allow this trash to be on the air, and I found myself falling down laughing.

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Died Today (July 9th): Rod Steiger (1925–2002)

rodsteigerRod Steiger (1925–2002)

Born: April 14, 1925 in Westhampton, New York, USA

Died: July 9, 2002 (age 77) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to: Joan Benedict Steiger (10 October 2000 – 9 July 2002) (his death)
Paula Ellis (3 February 1986 – 1997) (divorced) (1 child)
Sherry Nelson (21 April 1973 – 22 January 1980) (divorced)
Claire Bloom (20 September 1959 – 10 June 1969) (divorced) (1 child)
Sally Gracie (1952 – 1959) (divorced)

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
1965
dir. David Lean
Stars
Omar Sharif
Julie Christie

ON THE WATERFRONTOn the Waterfront
1954
dir. Elia Kazan
starring
Brando
Eva Marie Saint

 

Happy Birthday: Kevin Nash

kevinnashHappy Birthday actor/ wrestler Kevin Nash

Born: July 9, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Kevin Nash is one of the most well-known personalities in the wrestling business and has established himself not only in the realm of sports, but in the entertainment world, as well.

Married to:
Tamara Nash (29 October 1988 – present) (1 child)

 

MAGIC MIKE
dir. Steven Soderbergh
Stars:
Channing Tatum
Alex Pettyfer
The PunisherThe Punisher
2004
dir. by Jonathan Hensleigh
starring
Thomas Jane
John Travolta

MOVIE POSTERROCK OF AGES
dir. Adam Shankman
Stars:
Julianne Hough
Diego Boneta

 

Happy Birthday: Courtney Love

courtneylove.jpgHappy Birthday musician Courtney Love

Born: July 9, 1964 in San Francisco, California, USA

Married to:
Kurt Cobain (24 February 1992 – 5 April 1994) (his death) (1 child)
James Moreland (14 February 1989 – 15 June 1989) (divorced)

QUOTES:

[commenting on her brief relationship with Trent Reznor] “Trent and I had this torrid whatever-you-want-to-call-it…he said in “Details” that my alleged pregnancy would have to be immaculate conception, so I said in “Spin” ‘Don’t call your band “Nine Inch Nails” if you have a three inch one!’ My band is called “Hole.” It’s not called “big hole,” it’s not called “little hole,” it’s not called “flapping nony”, it’s not called “teeny rosebud”, it’s not called “Barbie pussy.” It’s called “Hole.”

[on her music career with Hole] “I said this band is going to be ten times bigger than Sonic Youth but not as big as Jane’s Addiction. What was the but for?! It’s like a fucking curse! The gods were listening that day! I could have said ‘this band will be ten times bigger than Sonic Youth and The Beatles’ and that’s where we’d be right now.”

[on Kathleen Hanna] I still don’t like her. She bugs me. Kathleen Hanna runs that ship [her relationship with Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz] in a way that is far more Yoko than I would be. I envision her being in a decked-out loft with a little corner for a desk that look like it belongs in a poor person’s East Village apartment, with her battered-women’s stuff and her Ms. magazines and all her communication with leading feminists.

Happy Birthday: Raymond Cruz

raymondcruz.jpgHappy Birthday actor Raymond Cruz

Born: July 9, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Raymond Cruz is a mild-mannered man who studied writing and theater. He is perhaps best-known for his portrayal of the frighteningly lethal “Tuco Salamanca” in AMC’s ground-breaking show Breaking Bad (2008), a character he later reprized for the first two episodes of the “Breaking Bad” spin-off, Better Call Saul (2015).

 

 

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MOVIE POSTERCLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
1994
dir. Phillip Noyce
Stars:
Harrison Ford
Willem Dafoe

 

Happy Birthday: Scott Grimes

scottgrimes.jpgHappy Birthday actor Scott Grimes

Born: July 9, 1971 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Once considered a career as a professional hockey player. Scott now plays only the position of center in benefit celebrity events.

Scott has performed with Bob Hope, The Carpenters, and Merv Griffin.

Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano were former co-stars of his who went on to play witches on Charmed (1998). Robin Tunney and Neve Campbell, also former co-stars, played witches in the The Craft (1996).

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ROBIN HOOD Movie PosterRobin Hood
dir. Ridley Scott
Stars
Russell Crowe
Cate Blanchett

 

Happy Birthday: Brian Dennehy

briandennehy.jpgHappy Birthday actor Brian Dennehy

Born: July 9, 1938 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Married to:
Jennifer Arnott (17 July 1988 – present) (2 children)
Judith Scheff (1959 – 1974) (divorced) (3 children)

While performing in “Death Of A Salesman” and “Long Day’s Journey into Night” on Broadway, so many of his fans wanted to meet him after the show that producers had to hire extra security to keep the crowds in control near the stage door.

THE NEXT THREE DAYS
dir. Paul Haggis
Stars:
Russell Crowe
Elizabeth Banks
RATATOUILLERatatouille
2007
dir. Brad Bird
Jan Pinkava
Voices by
Patton Oswalt
Ian Holm
FIRST BLOODFirst Blood
1982
dir. Ted Kotcheff
Cast
Sylvester Stallone
Dennehy
MOVIE POSTERTHE BIG YEAR
dir. David Frankel
Stars:
Owen Wilson
Jack Black
Best of GOOD WIFE Season 4
Stars:
Archie Panjabi
Christine Baranski
Righteous KillRighteous Kill
2008
dir. Jon Avnet
Starring
Robert DeNiro
Pacino
Stolen Summer
2002
dir. Pete Jones
Starring
Kevin Pollak
Bonnie Hunt
MOVIE POSTEREVERYONE’S HERO
2006
dir. Christopher Reeve
Stars:
Jake T. Austin
Brian Denneh
MOVIE POSTERSUMMER CATCH
2001
dir. Michael Tollin
Stars:
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Jessica Biel
MOVIE POSTERROMEO AND JULIET
1996
dir. Baz Luhrmann
Stars:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Claire Danes