Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Agnes Moorehead, Lynn Fontanne & Don Ameche

Who was born on this date:

Actress Agnes Moorehead was born on December 6, 1900 in Clinton, Massachusetts. She appeared in more than seventy films beginning with Citizen Kane (1941) and on dozens of television shows during a career that spanned more than thirty years, Moorehead is most widely known to modern audiences for her role as Endora on the 1960’s TV series Bewitched. While rarely playing leads in films, Moorehead's skill at character development and range earned her one Emmy Award, two Golden Globes and four Academy Award nominations. She appeared in the 1956 movie The Conqueror, which was shot near Saint George, Utah, downwind from the Yucca Flat, Nevada nuclear test site. She was one of over 90 (of 220) cast and crew members, including costars Susan Hayward, John Wayne, and Pedro Armendariz, as well as director-producer Dick Powell, who, over their lifetimes, all developed cancer. Moorehead died of uterine cancer on April 30, 1974 in Rochester, Minnesota and is buried at Dayton Memorial Park in Dayton, Ohio.

Actress Lynn Fontanne was born on December 6, 1887 in Woodford, England. From the late 1920s onward, Fontanne acted exclusively with her husband Alfred Lunt. She made only three movies, but nevertheless was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931’s, The Guardsman. Lynn Fontanne died on July 30, 1983 and is interred next to her husband at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Who died on this date: 

On December 6, 1993, actor Don Ameche died. He was born on May 31, 1908 in Kenosa, Wisconsin. His acting career spanned sixty years and he won the 1985 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Cocoon. He made his film debut in 1935 and by the late 1930s, had established himself as a leading actor in Hollywood appearing films such as Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938), The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939), Heaven Can Wait (1943), Trading Places (1983). He also enjoyed a substantial Broadway career and appeared in numerous TV shows. Ameche died on December 6, 1993 from prostate cancer and his ashes are buried at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.

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