Bob Clampett: Born May 8, 1913

Time for Beany! 9-24-50 (2 of 2)~ https://youtu.be/TUSGHun-WKc

In 1949, Clampett created “Time for Beany,” a 15-minute daily live puppet show for KTTV in Los Angeles. Played by legendary voice actor Daws Butler, Beany was a cheerful lad who flew with the help of his propeller-driven beanie. His devoted friend was Cecil the Sea-Sick Sea Serpent – voiced by the great Stan Freberg…”Time for Beany” quickly gained a following and graduated to daily syndication as part of the short-lived Paramount Television Network in an extended half-hour format.

Matty’s Funnies, Beany & Cecil 1962‬~
https://youtu.be/BJMa1EyIdes
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https://youtu.be/gt0mYBrLlLM
https://youtu.be/WBVfeozyBsg
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By 1961, “Time for Beany” had been transformed from a live-action puppet show into a cartoon series, re-titled “Beany and Cecil” (ABC, 1962) and produced and directed by Clampett through his own Bob Clampett Productions…Although only a single season of “Beany and Cecil” was produced, the cartoon resided in syndication on the network’s daytime children’s lineup from spring 1962 through fall 1966.


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Rudolph Valentino: Born May 6, 1895

While in New York during the spring of 1923, Rudolph Valentino paid a visit to the Brunswick studios and recorded two songs. El Relicario in Spanish and The Kashmiri Song in English. According to legend, Valentino recorded these songs for his new bride, Natacha Rambova since they had recently wed after a few very tense years of legal difficulties concerning Valentino’s divorce from Jean Acker.
It was reported that after he heard his voice, he quipped “There goes my opera career!
http://www.rudolph-valentino.com/rv-voice.htm

Richard D’Oyly Carte: Born May 3, 1844

Richard D’Oyly Carte, born 1844, died 1901; was theatrical manager of the Royalty Theatre, London, where Trial by Jury was produced in 1875, when he became the originator and promoter of a scheme for English “comedy-opera,” of which the first-fruit was The Sorcerer, brought out at the Opéra Comique, London, on November 17, 1877. H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and Patience followed at the same theatre, under the same auspices. In October, 1881, Patience was transferred to the Savoy Theatre, which Richard D’Oyly Carte had built specially for the production of Gilbert-Sullivan pieces, and of which he remained the owner and director, at the same time owning and directing numerous travelling companies both in the British provinces and in America. In January, 1891, he opened, in Cambridge Circus, London,–with Sullivan’s Ivanhoe specially written for the occasion–the English Opera House, of which he had been the projector, but which, in December, 1892, was re-christened the Palace Theatre, and later devoted, under other management, to “variety” performances. D’Oyly Carte himself wrote the music for two dramatic pieces entitled Dr. Ambrosias, his Secret (1887) and Maria (1871).
http://www.theatrehistory.com/british/richard_doyly_carte_001.html

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Richard D’Oyly Carte~  http://www.gsarchive.net/carte/burleigh.html

Savoy Hotel~  http://www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/hotelhistory/

Savoy Theatre~  http://grimsdyke.com/savoy-theatre-home-gilbert-sullivan/

Victoria and Albert Museum D’Oyly Carte Archive~ https://www.vam.ac.uk/

Savoy Scaffolding etching by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), D’Oyly Carte was a strong supporter of Whistler and a close friend.

Theo van Gogh: Born May 1, 1857

Theo van Gogh *1882Theo van Gogh (1857-1891) first worked as an art dealer in 1873 in the Brussels art gallery owned by his uncle Hendrick van Gogh. A few months later, he was sent to the Hague as an employee of Goupil & Co., an internationally-known Parisian merchant specialised in paintings and engravings who set up numerous branches in Europe and the United States.

Vincent, his brother and elder by four years, preceded him in this career as early as TvG21869. He acted as Theo’s mentor, guiding him in his reading, his visits to museums and encouraging him to collect prints, in particular reproductions of paintings by contemporary artists. These exchanges continued in Paris, where Theo was sent for the 1878 World Fair. He settled there and around 1880 he became director of the Paris branch of Goupil & Co. at 19 Boulevard Montmartre. As for Vincent, he left Goupil & Co. in 1876 and decided, after much hesitation, to become a painter. In 1886 he came to Paris, staying with his brother, before going two years later to the south of France.TvG3
Musée d’Orsay: Theo van Gogh : art-dealer, collector, Vincent’s brother~ http://tinyurl.com/kadvhwj

The Letters From Vincent to Theo~ http://www.vggallery.com/letters/to_theo_main.htm

The Letters From Theo to Vincent~ http://www.vggallery.com/letters/to_vincent.htm

Nelle Harper Lee: April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016


On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, ABC News named her their Person of the Week.

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“[T]he most creative To Kill a Mockingbird book cover designs, both real and conceptual, To-Kill-A-Mockingbird-lob-006that celebrate the coming-of-age spirit of the American modern classic”~ http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/long-lost-to-kill-a-mockingbird-sequel

6de25b970ea4bbb8c7716760a4595924“[A] selection of the film’s original artwork: some of the colour lobby cards and posters from its international release”~
https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/long-lost-to-kill-a-mockingbird-sequel28532006

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, first published in 1960: list of 403 editions on Goodreads~ https://www.goodreads.com/work/editions/3275794-to-kill-a-mockingbird?per_page=100&utf8=%E2%9C%93

Queen Elizabeth II: Born April 21, 1926

BabyLizNational Portrait Gallery Collection~
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp01454/queen-elizabeth-ii
Queen Elizabeth II: Her first year~
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/20/world/gallery/tbt-queen-elizabeth-ii-first-year/
Why Queen Elizabeth Has Two Different Birthdays~
http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/04/why-queen-elizabeth-has-two-different-birthdays
More Queen Elizabeth here~
https://schristywolfe.com/2015/04/21/elizabeth-alexandra-mary-born-april-21-1926/

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Tennessee Williams: Born on March 26, 1911

Williams first took up painting in the early 1960s when his career as a playwright ebbed.  He often relaxed on the patio of his Key West home and painted.  Williams’ patio was his preferred art studio.  People frequently visited his house on Duncan Street and purchased his artwork before the paint was dry.

Painting was a passion for him, almost to the point that it became a second profession.  Toward the end of his life, Williams gradually gave up writing for painting; a less harsh way to express himself.  Critics did not think as much of his painting as his plays, however his artwork remains widely popular among collectors.
http://www.kwahs.org/exhibitions/tennessee-williams-the-playwright-and-the-painter

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/tennessee-williams-writer-poet-painter/2015/04/09/dc93fe00-c7fb-11e4-aa1a-86135599fb0f_story.html
http://hyperallergic.com/209906/the-lonely-private-paintings-of-tennessee-williams/

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/tennessee-williams
http://shsmo.org/historicmissourians/name/w/williams/