Is it National Birthday Month or what?
Apparently, God appointed April 5 as Worldwide Day of Classic Cinema Actors' Births, as we celebrate the birthdays of five immensely talented individuals who now reside in the annals of Hollywood history.
Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (1900-1967)
- born in La Jolla, California, Peck was an only child whose parents' divorce when he was five years old necessitated that he live with his grandmother.
"I just do things I really enjoy. I enjoy acting. When I'm driving to the studio, I sing in the car. I love my work and my wife and my kids and my friends. And I think, 'You're a lucky man, Gregory Peck, a damn lucky man.'"
Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (1908-1989)
- born in Lowell, Massachusetts, to parents who eventually divorced, leaving the care of Bette and her sister to the girls' mother, Ruthie.
- enrolled in John Murray Anderson's dramatic school, from which she soon moved onto Broadway (she debuted there in 1929).
- earned an astounding eleven Oscar nominations, all for Best Actress in a Leading Role; two wins for Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938) .
- was the first female preisdent of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- was married four times, with her longest marriage lasting for ten years (1950-1960). She also has three children.
- claims to have coined the nickname "Oscar" for the Academy Award.
- had a delicious, lifelong rivalry with archnemesis Joan Crawford.
- her epitaph reads, "She did it the hard way."
"Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it's because I'm not a bitch. Maybe that's why (Joan) Crawford always plays ladies."
Two other birthdays today include veteran actor Melvyn Douglas (1901-1981), and respected writer Robert Bloch (1917-1994), author of the novel on which Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is based.