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On This Day: August 3

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.

Bird of Paradise On this day in 1904, Dolores del Rio was born. Del Rio was a Mexican actress whose career began in silent films in the mid-1920s. She successfully made the transition to sound, and was one of Hollywood's most popular leading ladies in the 1930s and early 1940s. She returned to Mexico, where the film industry was booming, and was a major star during the 1940s/1950s golden age of Mexican cinema. She came back to Hollywood in 1960 (to play Elvis Presley's mother in Flaming Star) but made relatively few films before retiring in 1978. Del Rio stars with Joel McCrea in the 1932 South Pacific adventure-romance Bird of Paradise; her naked swimming scene was terribly scandalous at the time. Bird of Paradise is available for streaming at Kanopy.
Marlene VerPlanck: You Gotta Have Heart On this day in 1921, Richard Adler was born. For the first half of the 1950s, Adler and his songwriting partner, Jerry Ross, could seemingly do no wrong. Their song "Rags to Riches" was a #1 hit for Tony Bennett, and they wrote two smash Broadwy musicals -- The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees -- each of which generated several more hit songs. When Ross died in 1955, Adler continued to write on his own and with other partners, but never again found the level of success he'd had with Ross. Marlene VerPlanck's You Gotta Have Heart collects some of Adler's best songs, including "Whatever Lola Wants" and "Hey There;" it's available for streaming at Hoopla.
Leon Uris: Exodus And on this day in 1924, Leon Uris was born. Uris was an author of historical fiction, best known for Exodus, his 1958 novel about the founding of Israel. The book was an enormous bestseller, spending nineteen months atop the New York Times bestseller; it continued to sell well for so long that a paperback edition would not be published for seven years. Exodus is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.

 


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