Archive for April 9th, 2014

MAX VON SYDOW IS 85 TODAY

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Carl Adolf "Max" von Sydow

Von Sydow has had numerous film roles including, Jesus in The Greatest Story
Ever Told (1965), Father Lankester Merrin in The Exorcist (1973), Joubert the
assassin in Three Days of the Condor (1975), and Ming the Merciless in Flash
Gordon (1980).

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Von Sydow portraying Jesus

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Max Von Sydow in The Exorcist

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FIRST NATIONAL TV APPEARANCE

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From left: Guest star Douglas Fairbanks and show host Bob Hope.
Other guests included Dinah Shore, and the Mexico City Boys Choir
singing the Hallelujah Chorus.

It was Easter Sunday, April 9, 1950 and the national TV debut of Bob
Hope on NBC in a 90 minute variety extravaganza called The Star
Spangled Review.
He had previously appeared on a 1947 West
Coast broadcast, but this was a Big Deal, his first national television
appearance.

The TV special, produced by Max Liebman who was also responsible
for Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca’s “Your Show of Shows” at the time.

The show was a ratings success and Hope agreed to become the host
on a regular basis. It was much like Hope’s radio show, a mixture of jokes,
skits, and musical quest stars. It was eventually renamed the Bob Hope
Special and aired as a staple on NBC until 1997.

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COVERED BY TIME ON THIS DAY IN 1965

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LOOKING BACK AT TODAY IN HISTORY

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Sandy Kozel

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MICHAEL LEARNED IS 75 TODAY

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Learned played the role of the mom, Olivia on the CBS television series,
The Waltons (1972-1981). She has appeared in many stage productions
both on and off Broadway.   

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