Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thursday Thirteen 95 (week 3)

I did a similar post 2 years ago, but that blog is long gone, so I thought I'd revise it.

Thirteen Celebrities who were BORN in THE BRONX
(there are 14 here, but you'll understand why)

1. Stanley Kubrick
July 26, 1928 - March 7, 1999
(Aged 70)
Film Director & Producer

Stanley Kubrick was born in Lying-In Hospital in Manhattan, New York. His father Jacques Kubrick, whose parents and paternal grandparents were Jewish of Austrian, Romanian and Polish origin was a doctor. At Stanley's birth, the Kubricks lived in an apartment at 2160 Clinton Avenue in THE BRONX. Kubrick attended William Howard Taft High School (Bronx Public HS) from 1941–45.

He is best known for movies such as "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining". He died in his sleep of a heart attack.

2. Ellen Barkin
April 16, 1954
(Age 56)

Barkin was born in THE BRONX. She was raised in a lower-middle-class Jewish family a descendant of immigrants from Siberia and the Russia-Poland border. Barkin received her high school diploma at Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts. She then attended Hunter College and double majored in history and drama.

3. E.L. Doctrow
January 6, 1931
(Age 79)

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow was born in THE BRONX, the son of second-generation Americans of Russian Jewish descent. He attended city public grade schools and the Bronx High School of Science where.

He has written such works as "Ragtime" and "Billy Bathgate". "Billy Bathgate" takes place in THE BRONX during Prohobition. He is a fictional character. The name Bathgate comes from a street in THE BRONX named Bathgate Avenue.

4. June Allyson
October 7, 1917 - July 8, 2006
(Aged 88)

Allyson was born Eleanor Geisman in THE BRONX. She was terrified that people would discover her background from the "tenement side of New York City". Following hip-replacement surgery in 2003, Allyson's health began to deteriorate. With her husband at her side, she died July 8, 2006, aged 88.

5. Carly Simon
June 25, 1945
(Age 65)
Singer, Songwriter

*Note: Unsure if she was BORN in THE BRONX, but she was raised in THE BRONX. After all both my son and I were born in Manhattan but lived/raised in the Bronx.

Her father, of Jewish descent, was Richard L. Simon (co-founder of Simon & Schuster).
(Bet you didn't know that).

Her mother was Andrea Louise Simon a civil rights activist and singer of black and German descent. (Bet you didn't know that either).

Carly Simon was raised in the Riverdale neighborhood of THE BRONX. She attended Riverdale Country School which is a Bronx Private school that still stands today. Of course you have to be well-off to attend, the yearly tuitions range from - Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Five: $36,500 and Grades Six through Twelve: $38,800.

6. Garry and Penny Marshall
Garry: November 13, 1934 (Age 75)
Penny: October 15, 1942 (Age 68)
Actor/Actress, Director, Producer

Their father was of Italian descent, his family having come from Abruzzo,and their mother was of English and Scottish descent. Their father changed his last name from "Marsciarelli" to "Marshall" before Penny was born. In the 1950s, she grew up in an apartment on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx on a block that also spawned Neil Simon, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren.

Garry attended De Witt Clinton High School (an all boys public HS at the time), Penny attended the sister school Walton High School (an all girls public HS at the time).

Penny was once married to our next BRONX born entry.

7. Rob Reiner
March 6, 1947
(Age 63)
Actor, Director, Producer, Writer

Reiner was born to a Jewish family in THE BRONX. As a child, Reiner lived in New Rochelle, New York (the next town over from THE BRONX) where his family lived at 48 Bonnie Meadow Road. This is similar to 148 Bonnie Meadow Road, the fictional address of the Petries on The Dick Van Dyke Show, the 1960s CBS sitcom created by his father. At the age of 13, Rob relocated with his family to the Los Angeles area, where he attended Beverly Hills High School.

8. Chazz Palminteri
May 15, 1952
(Age 58)
Actor, Writer

Chazz Palminteri was born Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri in THE BRONX. Now if the name Calogero sounds familiar, it is because it was the name of the young boy/man in the movie "A Bronx Tale", starring Robert DeNiro and the now imfamous Lillo Brancato Jr. who had his own Bronx Tale.

Chazz wrote the screenplay to the movie based on his childhood growing up in The Bronx (the movie was semi-autobiographical while the play was autobiographical). In the movie Chazz plays Mob boss Sonny.

9. Bobby Darin
May 14, 1936 - December 20, 1973
(Age 37)

Bobby Darin was born Walden Robert Perciville Cassotto was born to a poor, working-class family of mostly Italian descent in The Bronx. The person thought to be his father (who was actually his grandfather) died in jail a few months before he was born. It was the height of the Great Depression, and he once remarked that his crib was a cardboard box, then later a dresser drawer. He was initially raised by his mother Polly, who was Anglo-American, and his sister Nina, subsisting on Home Relief until Nina later married and started a family with her new husband Charlie Maffia. It was not until Darin was an adult that he learned Nina, who was 17 years his senior, was in fact his birth mother, and that Polly, the woman he thought was his mother, was really his grandmother. (You can't make this stuff up people).

Darin was frail and sickly as an infant and, beginning at the age of 8, was stricken with multiple recurring bouts of rheumatic fever. The illness left him with a seriously weakened heart. Overhearing a doctor tell his mother he would be lucky to reach the age of 16, Darin lived with the constant knowledge that his life would be short. In 1973, Darin's ill health took a turn for the worse. After failing to take medication (prescribed to protect his heart) before a dental visit, he developed blood poisoning. This weakened his body and badly affected one of his heart valves. On December 11, Darin entered Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for surgery to repair the two artificial heart valves he received in the previous 1971 operation. On December 19, the surgery began. A five-man surgical team worked for over six hours to repair his damaged heart. However, although the surgery was initially successful, Darin died minutes afterward in the recovery room without regaining consciousness on December 20, 1973, at age 37.

10. Tony Curtis
June 3, 1925 - September 29, 2010
(Age 85)

Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz in THE BRONX. His parents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants from Mátészalka, Hungary. Hungarian was Curtis' only language until he was five or six, postponing his schooling. Curtis joined a neighborhood gang whose main crimes were playing hooky from school or minor pilfering at the local dime store. When he turned 11, a friendly neighbor saved him from what he felt would have led to a life of delinquency, by sending him to a Boy Scout camp, where he was able to settle down and work off his energy. He attended Seward Park High School (Public HS in Manhattan, New York) and received his first bit part in a stage play at age 16.

11. Anne Bancroft
September 17, 1931 -June 6, 2005
(Aged 73)

Anne Bancroft was born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano (Gotta love that name). She was born in THE BRONX. Her parents were both children of Italian immigrants. She was brought up as a Roman Catholic. Bancroft graduated from Christopher Columbus High School (Publich HS) in the Bronx in 1948. Anne Bancroft died, age 73, of uterine cancer on June 6, 2005, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

12. Regis Philbin
August 25, 1931
(Age 79)
TV Personality

Note: Unsure if he was BORN in THE BRONX, but it doesn't matter, because he has a street named after him, so he gets a special pass. After all both my son and I were born in Manhattan but lived/raised in the Bronx.

Regis lived at 1990 Cruger Avenue in the Van Nest section of The Bronx. Philbin was raised Roman Catholic (this would explain his entire name Regis Francis Xavier Philbin). Philbin attended Our Lady of Solace grammar school in the Bronx. He went on to graduate from Cardinal Hayes High School (All Boys Catholic HS) in the Bronx.

13. James Caan

March 26, 1940
(Age 70)
Caan was born in The Bronx, New York City, the son of Sophie and Arthur Caan, Jewish refugees from Germany. His father was a meat dealer. Caan grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City.

Boo....he moved out of the Boogie Down Bronx!


Rekaya Gibson said...

Cool list. The Bronx has some talented folks. Thanks for sharing.

The Food Temptress

Adelle Laudan said...

Penny Marshall always makes that theme song from Laverne and Shirley run through my head lol
Happy T13!

Danielle said...

The Bronx has produced some great celebs!! Love them. Great list.

CountryDew said...

Wow, who knew? Great idea for a Thursday Thirteen, too. I learned something!

I am Harriet said...

LOVED your t-13. Nicely done :)

Have a great day!

Wall-to-wall books said...

Wow, I like so many of these people.
Carly Simon is one of my very favorite female singers!!!!! I never get tired of listening to her.

Anonymous said...

Very informative - thanks for sharing your research. :)