Novelist NathaNAEL West, Playwright Arthur Miller & Actors Montgomery Clift, Howard Rollins, Jr., Born This Day
Author of The Day of the Locust and Miss Lonelyhearts, he was born this day in 1903. It's also the birthday of actor, Montgomery Clift, who starred in the 1958 film adaptation of Lonelyhearts.
Born this day in 1915, this "last of the great playwrights" is remembered nowadays for writing Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and The Misfits. And also for marrying Marilyn Monroe. Here is a clip from Miller's Charlie Rose interview about why today's theater seems to lack the greatness of the past.
Howard Rollins, Jr.
Before he was typecast as Virgil Tibbs in the TV version of In the Heat of the Night, Howard Rollins, Jr., born this day in 1950, gave us exquisite performances in A Soldier's Story and Ragtime. Here is a clip from the latter.
I like big books, and I cannot lie. My background includes talk radio, newspapers and TV news. I've hosted a morning-drive classical music program on the California coast and published nationally in Reader's Digest, the Christian Science Monitor, and Playboy. I've won awards for my journalism and my fiction. One of my essays even made it into an anthology for college English courses. For real? Yes, for real.
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