TMP celebrates a very special birthday today! One of my favorite performers of all time, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, was born on June 30, 1917. Though she moved around the country quite a bit during her childhood, often traveling with her mother, by the 1930s Horne had made it back to her birth state of New York, where in 1933 she joined the Cotton Club … Continue reading Lena Horne: a tribute
Elizabeth June Thornburg isn’t a name that most people would recognize, but Betty Hutton certainly is a recognizable name in entertainment. Born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921, Betty was the daughter of a railroad foreman and his wife, a homemaker. The family lived in Battle Creek, Michigan. (And yes, the fact that she’s a fellow Michigander was a factor in my decision to … Continue reading Betty Hutton: A tribute
A girl named Ida was born February 4, 1918 to a comedian father and actress mother in England. Though her parents encouraged her to become an entertainer, none of them knew that she would become the Ida Lupino: a Hollywood star, writer and pioneering female filmmaker in a male-dominated industry. Ida’s career began on the stage, where she first appeared in school productions as a child. … Continue reading Ida Lupino: A tribute
Today is a very special day: the 90th anniversary of Frances Ethel Gumm’s birth. Most people would probably, upon reading that sentence, think “Franches Ethel who?,” but we classic film fans know that she later became the legendary actress and singer Judy Garland. Frances (nicknamed “Baby”) was born on June 10, 1922, to a Minnesota family that managed the town’s little theater. The family was … Continue reading Happy birthday, Joots!