Archive for November 18th, 2011

IMOGENE COCA

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Imogene Fernandez de Coca (November 18, 1908 – June 2, 2001)

Imogene was best known for her role opposite Sid Caesar on the NBC-TV 
series Your Show of Shows (1950-1954). She was nominated for five Emmy
awards for the show, winning Best Actress in 1951 and was singled out for 
a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting in 1953. Though her fame
began late, she worked well into her 80s.
 

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Imogene with Sid Caesar

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Imogene coca as aunt Edna in National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

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DOING “THE STROLL” IN IDAHO

 

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SONGWRITER BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1909

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John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer
(November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976)
 

Mercer was a lyricist, songwriter and singer. From the mid-1930 through the mid-
1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most
popular hits of the time. He wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs
including compositions for films and Broadway shows. He received nineteen
Academy Award nominations and won four. Johnny Mercer was also a co-
founder of Capital Records.


“Baby It’s Cold Outside” was recorded on March 18, 1949
and first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on May 6. It
lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at number four.

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EPIC FILM PREMIERED ON THIS DAY IN 1959

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Charlton Heston

Ben-Hur premiered at Loew’s State Theatre in New York City. The epic film
went on to win a record of eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, a
record equaled only by Titanic in 1997 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return
of the King
in 2003.

 

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SHINDIG! ON THIS DAY IN 1964

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Sixties pop-icon Donna Loren with Shindig! host Jimmy O’Neill

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Donna turned 64 in March

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