Saturday, November 12, 2011

Grace Kelly, Penny Singleton and Eve Arden

Who was born on this date:

Actress Grace Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Grace Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions as well as in more than forty episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. In October 1953, with the release of Mogambo, she became a movie star, a status confirmed in 1954 with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination as well as leading roles in five films, including The Country Girl, in which she won the Oscar for best actress. On April 18, 1956, she married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and became The Princess of Monaco. She retired from acting at 26 to enter upon her duties in Monaco. She died on September 14, 1982, when she lost control of her automobile and crashed after suffering a stroke. Her daughter Princess Stephanie, who was in the car with her, survived the accident. Princess Grace is buried at the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Who died on this date

On November 12, 2003, actress Penny Singleton died. She was born on September 15, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During her sixty year career Singleton is best known for her role as Blondie in the Blondie film series from 1938 until 1950. She also provided the voice of Jane Jetson in the animated series, the Jetson’s. Singleton began her show business career when she was a child, singing at a silent movie theater, and toured in vaudeville as part of an act called "The Kiddie Kabaret.” She was cast opposite Arthur Lake in the feature film Blondie in 1938, based on the comic strip. As Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead they proved so popular that a series of 27 sequels were made from 1938 until 1950. Singleton died on November 12, 2003 from a stroke and was interred at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in San Fernando, California.

 On November 12, 1990, actress Eve Arden died. She was born on April 30, 1908 in Mill Valley, California. Her almost 60-year career crossed most media frontiers with supporting and leading roles, but she may be best-remembered for playing the sardonic but engaging title character, a high school teacher, on Our Miss Brooks, and as the Rydell High School principal in the films Grease and Grease 2. She made her film debut in Song of Love (1929) but her movie career began in earnest in 1937 when she appeared in the films Oh Doctor and Stage Door. Her many memorable screen roles include At the Circus (1939), Mildred Pierce (1945) for which she received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress, and Anatomy of a Murder (1959). Arden's quick wit made her a natural talent for radio and television. She died on November 12, 1990 from cancer and is interred at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

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