Great moments in history and popular culture happen every day, and ON THIS DAY will share a few of them with you. We’ll also point you to related resources in our collection, helping you to discover classic films, musical favorites, and historical tidbits. The primary focus will be on our e-material – e-books, e-audio, and downloadable and streamable music and film – but physical books and DVDs will also be part of the fun.
|On this day in 1925, Tony Curtis was born. Curtis was one of Hollywood's most popular actors in the 1950s and 1960s, skilled in both drama (Sweet Smell of Success, Spartacus, The Defiant Ones) and comedy (Operation Petticoat, Some Like It Hot). By the 1970s, his film career had begun to slow, and he starred in several television series. Curtis never gave up acting entirely, but from the early 1980s on, he took smaller parts in fewer films, and spent more time on his second career as a painter. Curtis stars with Kirk Douglas and Janet Leigh in the 1958 historical swashbuckler The Vikings, which is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1936, Larry McMurtry was born. McMurtry is a novelist and screenwriter whose novels are usually set in Texas; the time period varies from the old west to the current day. As a screenwriter, he usually adapts his own books, though he won the Academy Award (with co-writer Diana Ossana for his adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain). The four novels in McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series tell the stories of a group of Texas Rangers over the second half of the 19th century; they are available as an e-book bundle at OverDrive.|
|And on this day in 1942, Curtis Mayfield was born. Mayfield was a singer and songwriter who began his career with the R&B group The Impressions. From 1958 to 1970, Mayfield wrote several of the group's biggest hits -- "Gypsy Woman," "People Get Ready," "It's All Right." He left the group in 1970, and continued to appear regularly on the charts for the next decade as a solo act with such songs as "Freddie's Dead" and "Superfly." Several of Mayfield's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.|