Celebrity Birthdays: March 14, 2016 – March 20, 2016

Celebrity Birthdays of note for the week of
March 14, 2016 – March 20, 2016

March 14 – Grace Park

Grace Park (March 14, 1974) American-Canadian actress currently stars as Officer Kono Kalakaua in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0, which debuted on September 20, 2010.

Grace Park (March 14, 1974) American-Canadian actress currently stars as Officer Kono Kalakaua in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0, which debuted on September 20, 2010.

March 15 – Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria (March 15, 1975) American actress known for her award winning role as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives.

Eva Longoria (March 15, 1975) American actress known for her award winning role as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives.

March 15 – Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney (March 15, 1986) Australian actor movies include Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, I Frankenstein, Terminator Genisys, and the Divergent Film Series.

Jai Courtney (March 15, 1986) Australian actor movies include Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, I Frankenstein, Terminator Genisys, and the Divergent Film Series.

March 16 – Sienna Guillory

Sienna Guillory (March 16, 1975) English actress known for her portrayal of Jill Valentine in the action horror Resident Evil film series.

Sienna Guillory (March 16, 1975) English actress known for her portrayal of Jill Valentine in the action horror Resident Evil film series.

March 17 – Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe (March 17, 1964) American actor currently stars in the FOX comedy series The Grinder. Movies include St. Elmo's Fire, Wayne's World, Tommy Boy, and Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me.

Rob Lowe (March 17, 1964) American actor currently stars in the FOX comedy series The Grinder. Movies include St. Elmo’s Fire, Wayne’s World, Tommy Boy, and Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me.

March 18 – Lily Collins

Lily Collins (March 18, 1989) British-American actress movies include Stuck in Love, The English Teacher, The Mortal Instruments-City of Bones, Mirror Mirror and Love Rosie.

Lily Collins (March 18, 1989) British-American actress movies include Stuck in Love, The English Teacher, The Mortal Instruments-City of Bones, Mirror Mirror and Love Rosie.

March 19 – Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis (March 19, 1955) Multi Award winning American actor movies include Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, Armageddon, The Sixth Sense, Sin City, Red, Red 2 and the Die Hard Film Series.

Bruce Willis (March 19, 1955) Multi Award winning American actor movies include Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, Armageddon, The Sixth Sense, Sin City, Red, Red 2 and the Die Hard Film Series.

March 19 – Glenn Close

Glenn Close (March 19, 1947) American actress is widely regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation. She has won 3 Emmy Awards, 3 Tony Awards and received 6 Academy Award nominations.

Glenn Close (March 19, 1947) American actress is widely regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation. She has won 3 Emmy Awards, 3 Tony Awards and received 6 Academy Award nominations.

March 20 – Bianca Lawson

Bianca Lawson (March 20, 1979) American actress is probably best known for her regular roles in the television series Saved by the Bell The New Class, Goode Behavior, Pretty Little Liars, and Rogue.

Bianca Lawson (March 20, 1979) American actress is probably best known for her regular roles in the television series Saved by the Bell The New Class, Goode Behavior, Pretty Little Liars, and Rogue.

Other notable birthdays of the week:
March 14: Comedian/Actor Billy Crystal, Actor Michael Caine
March 15: Actor Kellan Lutz
March 16: Actress Alexandra Daddario, Actress Lauren Graham
March 17: Actor Kurt Russell, Actor Gary Sinise, Soccer Legend Mia Hamm
March 18: Singer/Actress Queen Latifah
March 19: Actress Josie Loren, Model Anne Vyalitsyna
March 20: Actress Holly Hunter

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Retro 1950’s Short shorts in Los Angeles

Retro 1950’s
1950s Short shorts in Los Angeles
photos by Allan Grant for LIFE Magazine

Retro 1950s Short shorts in Los Angeles --  photos by Allan Grant for LIFE Magazine

Retro 1950s Short shorts in Los Angeles —
photo by Allan Grant for LIFE Magazine

Retro 1950s Short shorts in Los Angeles -- photo by Allan Grant for LIFE Magazine

Retro 1950s Short shorts in Los Angeles —
photo by Allan Grant for LIFE Magazine

Retro 1950s Short shorts in Los Angeles -- photo by Allan Grant for LIFE Magazine

Retro 1950s Short shorts in Los Angeles —
photo by Allan Grant for LIFE Magazine

 

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Celebrity Birthdays: March 07, 2016 – March 13, 2016

 

Celebrity Birthdays of note for the week of
March 07, 2016 – March 13, 2016

March 7 – Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon (March 7, 1980) American actress known for her role as Donna Pinciotti in That '70s Show (1998−2006) and as Alex Vause in Orange Is the New Black (2013−present).

Laura Prepon (March 7, 1980) American actress known for her role as Donna Pinciotti in That ’70s Show (1998−2006) and as Alex Vause in Orange Is the New Black (2013−present).

March 7 – Jenna Fischer

Jenna Fischer (March 7, 1974) American actress is best known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Pam Beesly on the NBC situation comedy The Office.

Jenna Fischer (March 7, 1974) American actress is best known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Pam Beesly on the NBC situation comedy The Office.

March 8 – James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek March 8, 1977) American actor rose to fame beginning for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the WB series Dawson's Creek. He currently stars in CSI Cyber on CBS.

James Van Der Beek (March 8, 1977) American actor rose to fame beginning for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the WB series Dawson’s Creek. He currently stars in CSI Cyber on CBS.

March 9 – Brittany Snow

Brittany Snow (March 9, 1986) American actress and singer known for her role as Chloe Beale in Pitch Perfect (2012) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015).

Brittany Snow (March 9, 1986) American actress and singer known for her role as Chloe Beale in Pitch Perfect (2012) and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015).

March 10 – Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde (March 10, 1984) American actress movies include Tron Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens, and Rush. Wilde has a recurring role in HBO's rock 'n' roll drama series, Vinyl (2016).

Olivia Wilde (March 10, 1984) American actress movies include Tron Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens, and Rush. Wilde has a recurring role in HBO’s rock ‘n’ roll drama series, Vinyl (2016).

March 11 – Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard (March 11, 1969) American actor was nominated an Academy Award for his role in Hustle & Flow. He currently stars as the lead character Lucious Lyon in the television series Empire.

Terrence Howard (March 11, 1969) American actor was nominated an Academy Award for his role in Hustle & Flow. He currently stars as the lead character Lucious Lyon in the television series Empire.

March 11 – Thora Birch

Thora Birch (March 11, 1982) American actress movies include Patriot Games, Dark Corners, Train, and Winter of Frozen Dreams. Currently stars in the 2016 television series Colony.

Thora Birch (March 11, 1982) American actress movies include Patriot Games, Dark Corners, Train, and Winter of Frozen Dreams. Currently stars in the 2016 television series Colony.

March 12 – Jaimie Alexander

Jaimie Alexander (March 12, 1984) American actress known for for portraying Sif in the 2011 superhero film Thor, its 2013 sequel, Thor The Dark World, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Jaimie Alexander (March 12, 1984) American actress known for for portraying Sif in the 2011 superhero film Thor, its 2013 sequel, Thor The Dark World, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

March 13 – Dana Delaney

Dana Delany (March 13, 1956) American actress movies include Tombstone, Exit to Eden, The Margaret Sanger Story, Fly Away Home, True Women, and Wide Awake.

Dana Delany (March 13, 1956) American actress movies include Tombstone, Exit to Eden, The Margaret Sanger Story, Fly Away Home, True Women, and Wide Awake.

March 13 – Kaya Scodelario

Kaya Scodelario (March 13, 1992) English actress has been cast as Carina Smyth, the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is slated for a 2017 release.

Kaya Scodelario (March 13, 1992) English actress has been cast as Carina Smyth, the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is slated for a 2017 release.

March 13 – Lucy Fry

Lucy Fry (March 13, 1992) Australian actress best known for portraying Zoey in Lightning Point, Lyla in Mako Island of Secrets and as Vasilisa Dragomir in Vampire Academy.

Lucy Fry (March 13, 1992) Australian actress best known for portraying Zoey in Lightning Point, Lyla in Mako Island of Secrets and as Vasilisa Dragomir in Vampire Academy.

Other notable birthdays of the week:
March 07: Actress Rachel Weisz
March 08: Tattoo Artist Kat von D, Actor Freddie Prinze Jr.
March 09: Actor Mathew Gray Gubler
March 10: Singer Carrie Underwood, Actor Chuck Norris, Actress Sharon Stone
March 11: Stage Actor and Singer John Barrowman, Actress Alex Kingston
March 12: Actress Liza Minnelli
March 13: Actress Emile Hirsch, Actor William H. Macy

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Today in History: The Hula Hoop is patented on March 5, 1962

Today in History
March 5, 1962
The Hula Hoop is Patented

On March 5, 1962 the hula hoop is patented by Wham-O toy company co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. The hula-hoop gained international popularity in the late 1950s when a plastic version was successfully marketed by California’s Wham-O toy company. With give aways and national marketing and retailing, a fad was started in July, 1958. Twenty-five million plastic hoops were sold in less than four months and in two years sales reached more than 100 million units. The hula hoop was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 1999.

Children hula hooping in the 1950s

Children hula hooping in the 1950s

 

Forever Young - Old gentleman using a hula hoop 1950s.

Forever Young – Old gentleman
using a hula hoop 1950s.

 

Hula hooping was a huge craze in the 1950's

Hula hooping was a huge craze in the 1950’s

 

The Hula Hoop Craze of the 1950s.

The Hula Hoop Craze of the 1950s.

 

A young Japanese woman in a kimono takes part in the Hula-Hoop craze that swept America and Japan in this October 30, 1958 picture.

A young Japanese woman in a kimono takes part
in the Hula-Hoop craze that swept America and Japan
in this October 30, 1958 picture.

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Today in History: Ronald Reagan marries Nancy Davis (March 4, 1952)

Today in History
Ronald Reagan marries Nancy Davis
March 4, 1952

Ronald Reagan met actress Nancy Davis in 1949 after she contacted him in his capacity as president of the Screen Actors Guild to help her with issues regarding her name appearing on a Communist blacklist in Hollywood. She had been mistaken for another Nancy Davis. She described their meeting by saying, “I don’t know if it was exactly love at first sight, but it was pretty close.” They were engaged at Chasen’s restaurant in Los Angeles and were married on March 4, 1952, at the Little Brown Church in the Valley (North Hollywood, now Studio City) San Fernando Valley. Actor William Holden served as best man at the ceremony. They had two children together, Patti (born October 21, 1952) and Ron (born May 20, 1958).

Newlyweds Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan cutting their wedding cake. March 4, 1952

Newlyweds Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan cutting their wedding cake. March 4, 1952

 

Nancy and Ronald Reagan cutting their wedding cake flanked by best man William Holden (right) and his wife Brenda Marshall (left). March 4, 1952

Nancy and Ronald Reagan cutting their wedding cake flanked by best man William Holden (right) and his wife Brenda Marshall (left). March 4, 1952

Observers described the Reagans’ relationship as close, authentic and intimate. During his presidency they were reported to frequently display their affection for one another. One press secretary said, “They never took each other for granted. They never stopped courting.” He often called her “Mommy” and she called him “Ronnie.” He once wrote to her, “Whatever I treasure and enjoy … all would be without meaning if I didn’t have you.” When Reagan was in the hospital in 1981, Nancy slept with one of his shirts to be comforted by his scent. In a letter to U.S. citizens written in 1994, Reagan wrote “I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease…. I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience,” and in 1998, while Reagan was stricken by Alzheimer’s, Nancy told Vanity Fair, “Our relationship is very special. We were very much in love and still are. When I say my life began with Ronnie, well, it’s true. It did. I can’t imagine life without him.” Reagan died of pneumonia, complicated by Alzheimer’s disease, at his home in Bel Air, California, on the afternoon of June 5, 2004. A short time after his death, Nancy Reagan released a statement saying, “My family and I would like the world to know that President Ronald Reagan has died after 10 years of Alzheimer’s disease at 93 years of age. We appreciate everyone’s prayers.” Nancy Reagan passed away on March 6, 2016 at age 94 of congestive heart failure.

Ronald Reagan and his bride, Nancy Davis, smile at each other following their marriage, March 4, 1952, in the Little Brown Church of the Valley in north Hollywood, Calif.

Ronald Reagan and his bride, Nancy Davis, smile at each other following their marriage, March 4, 1952, in the Little Brown Church of the Valley in north Hollywood, California.

 

Ronald and Nancy Reagan (center) with Bill Holden (right) and his wife Brenda Marshall (left) at the Holden's house in Toluca Lake, California after the Reagan's wedding. March 4, 1952.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan (center) with Bill Holden (right) and his wife Brenda Marshall (left) at the Holden’s house in Toluca Lake, California after the Reagan’s wedding. March 4, 1952.

 

Governor Ronald Reagan, Ron Junior, Nancy Reagan, and Patti Davis. (1967 Family Photo)

Governor Ronald Reagan, Ron Junior, Nancy Reagan, and Patti Davis. (1967 Family Photo)

 

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