Happy 85th Birthday, Mel Brooks

Posted by The G on June 28, 2011 under Celebrities | Be the First to Comment

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks

Happy 85th Birthday, Mel Brooks.  The comedian/actor/director has had such a positive influence on my life.  I recall being a little g and having my entire family having bonding time while watching movies such as “Young Frankenstein,” “History of the World, Pt. 1” and “Blazing Saddles.”  Those movies provided endless hours of laughs for us and I am grateful to this day for the positive experiences.  The day I met Mel Brooks was at the premiere for his movie “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”  I was also fortunate enough to meet Mel’s wife, the exquisite Anne Bancroft.  Good memories!  Happy birthday Mel!

Happy 85th Birthday, Allen Ginsberg

Posted by The G on June 3, 2011 under Celebrities | Be the First to Comment

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg

It’s poet and writer Allen Ginsberg’s birthday today.  Unfortunately, I never got to meet him before his death in 1997, but I wrote him a letter requesting his autograph and he wrote me back!  That’s poetic justice!

Also born today: singer Curtis Mayfield, actor Tony Curtis, not out but gay news anchor Anderson Cooper and singer Josephine Baker.

Happy 85th Birthday, Marilyn Monroe

Posted by The G on June 1, 2011 under Celebrities | Read the First Comment

Photo by G.  Art by Michael Kalish.

Marilyn Monroe by Michael Kalish

Marilyn Monroe by Michael Kalish

Sex goddess, actress and over-used art icon Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926.  I love seeing her immortalized in art because pretty much every image of her is iconic, but please artists – can you find another muse?!  Her candle burned out long before her legend ever did… we get it!

Also born today – singer Alanis Morissette, actor Morgan Freeman and singer Pat Boone.

Happy Birthday, Hugh Hefner

Posted by The G on April 9, 2011 under Celebrities | Read the First Comment

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner

Every day when I write these birthday blogs and I reflect on all the interesting people I’ve met over the years, I am so thankful to the universe!  Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner was born on this day.  Happy birthday Hef!  Thanks again for signing my photo and spelling my name correctly!  You are in a rare category of people that have gotten it right!

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