Femmes Fatales Jun 3 2009
VENUS IN SPURS
The smartest name change in showbiz history helped propel her toward international fame.

Her given name was comically awful—Willis Marie Van Schaack. But when she decided to abandon the chorus line for a career as an erotic dancer, she became Lili St. Cyr. From that point forward her life was a turbulent, pulptacular ride, marked by marriages and divorces, suicide attempts, obscenity lawsuits, and lots of tabloid headlines. Hers were perhaps the most creative acts in all of burlesque, and her influence changed acquaintance Marilyn Monroe from just another brown-haired girl to a platinum sex goddess. Lili St. Cyr, aka the Anatomic Bomb, was born today in 1918.

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Femmes Fatales Feb 28 2009
A GALAXINA FAR FAR AWAY
All stars burn bright but some don't last long.

Canadian centerfold, actress and cult celebrity Dorothy Stratten in four publicity stills from the film Galaxina. She was born today in 1960, and murdered by her estranged husband in 1980.

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Intl. Notebook Jan 19 2009
POE DISPOSITION
What do you mean? I am smiling.

American poet, writer and inventor of the detective story Edgar Allen Poe, looking his typically cheerful and raucous self. He was born today in 1809.

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Femmes Fatales Dec 21 2008
A STAR IN STRIPES
Birthday Barbie is still queen of the galaxy, in our book.

What would sci-fi be without Jane Fonda? Just watching her overheat Dr. Durand Durand’s Excessive Machine is enough to get your juices flowing. We have several Barbarella posters, but we’ll save those until their premiere dates. Meantime, here’s a promo shot from Barbarella. Jane Fonda turns 61 today.

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
July 01
1941—NBC Airs First Official TV Commercial
NBC broadcasts the first TV commercial to be sanctioned by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC began licensing commercial television stations in May 1941, granting the first license to NBC. During a Dodgers-Phillies game broadcast July 1, NBC ran its first commercial, from Bulova, who paid $9 to advertise its watches.
1963—Kim Philby Named as Spy
The British Government admits that former high-ranking intelligence diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent. Philby was a member of the spy ring now known as the Cambridge Five, along with Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt and John Cairncross. Of the five, Philby is believed to have been most successful in providing classified information to the Soviet Union. He defected to Russia, was feted as a hero and even given his commemorative stamp, before dying in 1988 at the age of seventy-six.
1997—Robert Mitchum Dies
American actor Robert Mitchum dies in his home in Santa Barbara, California. He had starred in films such as Out of the Past, Blood on the Moon, and Night of the Hunter, was called "the soul of film noir," and had a reputation for coolness that would go unmatched until Frank Sinatra arrived on the scene.
June 30
1908—Tunguska Explosion Occurs
Near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai in Russia, a large meteoroid or comet explodes at five to ten kilometers above the Earth's surface with a force of about twenty megatons of TNT. The explosion is a thousand times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic blast, knocks over an estimated 80 million trees and generates a shock wave estimated to have been 5.0 on the Richter scale.
1971—Soviet Cosmonauts Perish
Soviet cosmonauts Vladislav Volkov, Georgi Dobrovolski and Viktor Patsayev, who served as the first crew of the world's first space station Salyut 1, die when their spacecraft Soyuz 11 depressurizes during preparations for re-entry. They are the only humans to die in space (as opposed to the upper atmosphere).
June 29
1914—Rasputin Survives Assassination Attempt
Former prostitute Jina Guseva attempts to assassinate Grigori Rasputin in his home town of Pokrovskoye, Siberia by stabbing him in the abdomen. According to reports, Guseva screamed "I have killed the Antichrist!" But Rasputin survived until being famously poisoned, shot, bludgeoned, and drowned in an icy river two years later.
1967—Jayne Mansfield Dies in Car Accident
American actress and sex symbol Jayne Mansfield dies in an automobile accident in Biloxi, Mississippi, when the car in which she is riding slams underneath the rear of a semi. Rumors that Mansfield were decapitated are technically untrue. In reality, her death certificate states that she suffered an avulsion of the cranium and brain, meaning she lost only the top of her head.
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