MILESTONES: May 26 birthdays for Lenny Kravitz, Helena Bonham Carter, Stevie Nicks
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include sportscaster Brent Musburger, who was born in 1939; The Guess Who drummer Garry Peterson, who was born in 1945; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), who was born in 1948; “Foxy Brown” star Pam Grier, who was born in 1949; “Miami Vice” star Philip Michael Thomas, who was born in 1949; singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr., who was born in 1949; former Jets wide receiver Wesley Walker, who was born in 1955; “Independence Day” star Margaret Colin, who was born in Brooklyn in 1958; “The Green Mile” star Doug Hutchinson, who was born in 1960; “General Hospital” star Genie Francis, who was born in 1962; “Are You Gonna Go My Way” singer Lenny Kravitz, who was born in 1964; Oscar-winner Helena Bonham Carter, who was born in 1966; “South Park” co-creator Matt Stone, who was born in 1971; and singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill, who was born in 1975.
BEST OF THE WEST: John Wayne was born in this day in 1907. For five decades, “The Duke” was the quintessential Western actor, starring in such classic films as “Stagecoach” (1939), “Red River” (1948), “The Searchers” (1956) and “True Grit” (1969), for which he won an Oscar. His advice on acting was to “talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.” He died in 1979.
FEVER PITCH: Peggy Lee was born 100 years ago today. She got her start singing on a Fargo, N.D., radio station and was soon hired by Benny Goodman to sing with his band. Known for her simple, jazzy style as well as her sex appeal, her biggest hits were “Fever” (1958) and “Is That All There Is?” (1969). She is perhaps best remembered for the songs she co-wrote and performed in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp.” She died in 2002.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“If that’s all there is, my friends, then let’s keep dancing.”
— Peggy Lee, who was born on this day in 1920
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