This is an early photo of Mr Riley B. King (1925 - 2015) described as a blues singer, song writer, and guitarist - but better described as legend.
B.B. King (his stage name) was born in Mississippi on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena. His parents were sharecroppers. His recording career began with his first single in 1949. It took a couple of years for him to catch on, but when he did, a legend was born.
He was married twice and had between 11 and 15 children. At the time of his death, on May 14th, 2015, he was living in Las Vegas.
You could say "the thrill is gone" but his music and his guitar, Luciille, will be with us forever.
Thank you, B.B!
Joan Rivers (Joan Alexandra (Molinsky) Rosenberg) was born June 8, 1933 In Brooklyn New York, the daughter or immigrant Russian Jews. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College and after trying a few other jobs began a career as a stand up comedian at a time when women weren't accepted as stand up comedians. She was always one gutsy lady - breaking into a career that wasn't easy for a woman, recovering and thriving after the suicide of her husband (which left her bankrupt), changing her image and material to reflect current standards, and working until she died. (Not to much all of the plastic surgery!)
Joan died on September 4 2014 in Manhattan, New York - not far from where she was born.
This is a picture of her with Johnny Carson on the tonight show, early in her career.
A photo of James Scott Bumgarner (James Garner) born April 7, 1928, taken in the 1950's. He was born in Norman, Oklahoma, the youngest of 3 boys. His mother died when he was 5 and he and his brothers went to live with relatives until his father remarried. His relationship with his step-mother was rocky at best, and her actions led to a divorce by his father.
He joined the Army during the Korean War and won a Purple Heart during that conflict. After the war, he turned to acting, legally changing his name to "Garner".
He is probably best known to Baby Boomers as Bret Maverick on "Maverick" and Jim Rockford in "The Rockford Files". My favorite movie role of his was in "Support Your Local Gunfighter" - he was good looking and funny!
James Garner died on July 19, 2014 in Brentwood Hollywood of natural causes. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
RIP Alice. A picture of Ann B Davis and Allan Melvin - Alice and Sam the butcher on "The Brady Bunch."
Ann Bradford Davis was born Schenectady, New York on May 5, 1926. She first became well-known as the character "Schultzy" on the Bob Cummings show. Remember that? But her most well-known character was Alice the housekeeper on the Brady Bunch. .
Ann died June 1, 2014 after complications from a fall at her home in San Antonio Texas. She never married and had no children.
This is a photo of Maya Angelou in the 1950's when she was working as a singer - known as "Miss Calypso" - in San Francisco. Enduring a childhood of tough challenges, she survived and thrived with grace and compassion, becoming a well-respected poet and author. And a role model to millions of women throughout the world. She is missed.
A photo of Margaret Caskanette
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in 1938 - great friends, together again.
Mickey Rooney, Jr (birth name Joe Yule, Jr) was born September 23, 1920 to Joe Yule (Ninnian Joseph Ewell) and Nellie W. (Carter) Yule in Brooklyn New York. His father was from Scotland and his mother was from Missouri.
His parents were in vaudeville and that's where he got his start - as a toddler!
Vaudeville led to films and he began as a child actor, transitioning to the teenage Andy Hardy, starring in many films with good friend Judy Garland as well as in the film National Velvet with Elizabeth Taylor.
One of his great performances during this time was in Boy's Town, with Spencer Tracy. He won a special Juvenile Academy Award following this film. During his long career, he also won an Emmy, two Golden Globes, and an Honorary Academy Award. He starred in films, radio, and television.
Only 5 feet two inches, he was a big presence on stage and screen - as well as life. Married 8 times and with 9 children, he died as a single man at the age of 93. He brought laughter to many generations and was loved by his audience.
Some of his films: The Andy Hardy series, Boy's Town, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Captains Courageous, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babes in Arms, National Velvet, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Bridges at Toko-Ri, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Pete's Dragon, and Night at the Museum.
A picture of Sid Caesar, born Isaac Sidney Caesar to Jewish parents (from Poland and Russia) in Yonkers, New York. He was perhaps best known for the 1950's television show "Your Show of Shows" in which he starred with Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, and Imogene Coca. For those who don't remember "Your Show of Shows", it was a variety show starring these fabulous comedians as well as musical guests and famous actors (Burgess Meredith hosted the premier).
After "Your Show of Shows" ended in 1954, he had his own variety hour on tv (Caesar's Hour) and then went on to star in many television shows and movies. He also wrote several books.
Born in Yonkers on September 8, 1922, he died February 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. He left us a lifetime of laughter.
This is a photo of Russell Johnson ("The Professor" on Gilligan's Island) with his two brothers and neighbor Don Koons (the small boy without the hat) circa 1930 in Ashley Pennsylvania. The boys were at their Grandparent's house. All three brothers have the same hats - it's believed that Russell is the one on the right.
This photo was sent to the website gilligansisle.com by the daughter of Don Koons, Judy Koons.
Anyone know the Halloween Fairytale of the Gnome and the four pussies? I didn't think so but why would these 5 people be acting it out?!