"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Birthdays Today

Good birthdays today.   First, we have George S. Kaufman, born in 1889, who with Moss Hart wrote probably the greatest American Broadway comedy, You Can't Take It with You, which was made into a Capra movie in 1938 starring Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, and Jean Arthur.   Here's a beautiful scene where Barrymore is questioning Arthur about her love for Stewart and Barrymore remembers his love for his long-deceased wife and why he could never leave the house they lived in:

Also born today, in 1908, was Burgess Meredith, a great character actor, who younger folk will only know as the crusty old trainer in the Rocky movies.  Here he is as a younger man, starring in his first big role as the "smart" brother in 1939's classic of the Steinbeck novel, Of Mice and Men:

Finally, today is the birthday of the great jazz singer and pianist, Diana Krall, born in 1964.  Here she is, singing one of my favorites, "Fly Me to the Moon":

Man, that's good stuff.  They don't write them like that anymore, or sing them like that.

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