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march twelfth

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1942: Italian opera star and occasional movie actor Ezio Pinza is held by the FBI at Ellis Island as an enemy alien.

 

1946: 20th Century Fox starts filming FOREVER AMBER with a $3 million budget.

 

1954: BEAT THE DEVIL premieres in New York.

 

1957: Howard Hughes and Jean Peters marry in Las Vegas.

 

1958: Billie Holliday has received one year probation based on a narcotics charge.

 

Tomorrow: a well-known singer is prevented from performing…

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march thirteenth

 

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1947: Fredric March and Olivia de Havilland receive Oscars for best acting.

 

1950: NBC has banned left-wing singer Paul Robeson from all its shows.

 

1961: Pablo Picasso has married a model half his age.

 

Tomorrow: wedding bells for Hemingway…

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march fourteenth

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1946: Ernest Hemingway has wed Mary Welsh in Havana.

 

1950: Senator Edwin Johnson (D-Colorado) attacks the immorality of film stars. He singles out Ingrid Bergman and introduces a bill to license producers and distributors.

 

1958: Perry Como receives the recording industry’s first gold record for sales. It is awarded for Como’s hit tune ‘Catch a Falling Star.’

 

Tomorrow: Al Jolson is back on top…

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march fifteenth

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1945: Ingrid Bergman and Bing Crosby are awarded Oscars in Hollywood.

 

1947: Top tune—Al Jolson’s Anniversary Waltz.

 

1949: For the first time since WWII began, Yugoslavia allows Hollywood films to be shown.

 

1950: Ingrid Bergman sues Peter Lindstrom for custody of her daughter Pia. She also asks for $154,000.

 

1957: Judy Garland sues CBS for $1.3 million, saying the network broke an agreement to do five specials from 1956-1960.

 

Tomorrow: Frank Sinatra’s latest film…

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Today on March 15, 44 BC/BCE- Julius Caesar assassinated.  I winder how many different movies have featured the assassination of Julius Caesar?  Gotta be a large number.  How many different actors have portrayed him?

 

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march sixteenth

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1948: THE MIRACLE OF THE BELLS premieres in New York.

 

1954: LA RONDE premieres in New York.

 

1957: Phil Silvers and Sid Caesar receive Emmy awards.

 

Tomorrow: an award for Mary Martin…

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march seventeenth

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1950: FDR’s papers are available for research in Hyde Park, New York, at the home of the Roosevelt Library. There are over 4 million papers.

 

1956: Mary Martin receives an Emmy award for playing Peter Pan on television.

 

1959: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow: new deals for Milton Berle and Lucille Ball…

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march seventeenth

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1950: FDR’s papers are available for research in Hyde Park, New York, at the home of the Roosevelt Library. There are over 4 million papers.

 

1956: Mary Martin receives an Emmy award for playing Peter Pan on television.

 

1959: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow: new deals for Milton Berle and Lucille Ball…

 

That looks more like Sandy Duncan the Mary Martin. I remember with great fondness the Mary Martin TV special...

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That looks more like Sandy Duncan the Mary Martin. I remember with great fondness the Mary Martin TV special...

Yes, I think you may be right. I pulled the wrong photo. Thanks for catching the error with your eagle eye! I will go back and fix the earlier post.

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The reason I accidentally posted the Sandy Duncan photo was because I had been looking for a Mary Martin picture as Peter Pan, but the only ones I could find online exposed the wires that held her up in the air. I wanted an image without the wires. When I finally found a photo without the wires, I immediately grabbed it but failed to notice it was Duncan not Martin.

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march eighteenth

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1951: Milton Berle signs a 30-year deal with NBC for over a million dollars.

 

1953: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz sign an $8 million deal to continue I Love Lucy through 1955.

 

Tomorrow: Mitzi Gaynor’s latest film…

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march nineteenth

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1950: Author Edgar Rice Burroughs has died in Encino. He was 59.

 

1953: Gary Cooper and Shirley Booth are awarded best acting Oscars in Hollywood.

 

1958: The film version of SOUTH PACIFIC premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow: an award for Bogart…

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march twentieth

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1945: Alfred Douglas, poet and lover of Oscar Wilde, dies in England at age 74.

 

1948: Oscars for best acting have been given to Loretta Young and Ronald Colman in Hollywood.

 

1952: Humphrey Bogart and Vivien Leigh earn top acting Oscars.

 

1954: The King and I closes on Broadway after 1,246 performances.

 

1956: Aldous Huxley has married a concert violinist in Yuma.

 

Tomorrow: an award for Helen Hayes…

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march twenty-first

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1950: Helen Hayes has been recognized for her dramatic acting on radio.

 

1951: Sinclair Lewis’ last novel is published by Random House—World So Wide.

 

1956: Ernest Borgnine and Anna Magnani are awarded best acting Oscars in Hollywood.

 

1957: Eva Gabor has obtained a divorce in Reno.

 

Tomorrow: Judy Garland is unlucky in love…

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march twenty-second

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1944: Top tunes—Mairzy Doats; and I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night.

 

1957: Judy Garland has divorced Vincente Minnelli in Los Angeles on grounds of mental cruelty.

 

1958: Mike Todd, age 48, has died in a plane explosion.

 

Tomorrow: super agent’s last days…

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Oh my gosh, I forgot about that song- Mairzy Doats. My mom used to sing that when I was little and the first time I heard her I thought she was singing something in Pennsylvania Dutch. Both my parents spoke it fluently. Especially when they wanted to say something they didn't want me to know.

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Oh my gosh, I forgot about that song- Mairzy Doats. My mom used to sing that when I was little and the first time I heard her I thought she was singing something in Pennsylvania Dutch. Both my parents spoke it fluently. Especially when they wanted to say something they didn't want me to know.

Yes, what a fun tune it is!

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march twenty-third

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1944: Agent Myron Selznick has died at age 45 in Santa Monica. He represented 300 actors and directors, earning $10 million in 1939.

 

1950: Broderick Crawford and Olivia de Havilland receive Oscars for best acting in Hollywood.

 

Tomorrow: Elvis in the military…

 

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Yes, what a fun tune it is!

 

 

"Now if these words sound Qu**r and funny to your ear, a little bit jumbled and jivey.

 

Sing Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy...

 

Oh Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lambsie divy

 

Akiddle dee ivy too.. Wouldn't you....."

 

 

They don't write them like that any more.....

 

There's more then one meaning to that word......

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"Now if these words sound Qu**r and funny to your ear, a little bit jumbled and jivey.

 

Sing Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy...

 

Oh Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lambsie divy

 

Akiddle dee ivy too.. Wouldn't you....."

 

 

They don't write them like that any more.....

 

There's more then one meaning to that word......

They sure don't make them like that anymore. Back in the day when popular songwriting was a wee bit more creative!

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march twenty-fourth

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1949: Jane Wyman and Laurence Olivier take home Oscars for best acting.

 

1955: Tennessee Williams’ latest play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens to mixed reviews on Broadway.

 

1958: Elvis has been inducted into the army in Memphis. He’s 23.

 

Tomorrow: a new purchase for Warner Brothers…

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march twenty-fifth

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1940: Edward Sheldon and Margaret Ayre Barnes have won a Supreme Court case against MGM. They sued for 20% of the profits from LETTY LYNTON. The studio was found to have violated copyright laws.

 

1941: Warner Brothers buys Edna Ferber’s Saratoga Trunk for $175,000.

 

1954: Audrey Hepburn and William Holden take home best acting Oscars in Hollywood.

 

1957: Top plays on Broadway—The Rose Tattoo and Guys & Dolls.

 

Tomorrow: last days of a legendary European director…

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march twenty-fifth

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1940: Edward Sheldon and Margaret Ayre Barnes have won a Supreme Court case against MGM. They sued for 20% of the profits from LETTY LYNTON. The studio was found to have violated copyright laws.

 

1941: Warner Brothers buys Edna Ferber’s Saratoga Trunk for $175,000.

 

1954: Audrey Hepburn and William Holden take home best acting Oscars in Hollywood.

 

1957: Top plays on Broadway—The Rose Tattoo and Guys & Dolls.

 

Tomorrow: last days of a legendary European director…

 

I'm surprised to see the Oscar awards given out this late in March.   I wonder what the latest date was for the Oscars?   Sometime in April?  

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I'm surprised to see the Oscar awards given out this late in March.   I wonder what the latest date was for the Oscars?   Sometime in April?  

Not sure about that, james. But we could look at it from the reverse perspective. People back then might have thought it odd to award the Oscars so early in February.

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I remember when they were given out in April at the Pantages Theater.  Then it changed to March and now February.  I still find this odd.  The Golden Globes, Grammys and American Music Awards are also held much earlier that they formerly were.  We have been having the same problem with our presidential primaries here in Florida for the past dozen years or so.   

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