Friday, April 10, 2015

Classic film stars born under the sign of Aries

April is the Lucky Movie Month

Mary Pickford
The Little Princess
"Is it any wonder that the same sign of the Zodiac should produce Mary Pickford the screen's best known star and Charlie Chaplin, the screen's greatest artist? 

"Is it to be wondered that Harold Lloyd and Lon Chaney and Thomas Meighan and George Arliss and Wallace Reid and Mary Brian and Constance Talmadge and Warner Baxter and Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson are all Aries children? Aries in astrological language is symbolized by the Ram -- and you can't keep a good ram down! ...

"Aries is a cardinal sign - a fiery spectacular publicity sign. Mars is the ruling planet of Aries. Mars is electric, forceful, active and aggressive. It gives courage, initiative, punch. It governs sex. It gives IT. It is the planet of personal appeal."
-- New Movie Magazine 1931

Gloria Swanson, Janis Joplin Janis Joplin, Margot Kidder and Dave Meggyesy appeared together on The Dick Cavett Show August 1970. Meggyesy was a linebacker St. Louis Cardinals in the 1960s and he wrote a bestselling memoir, Out of Their League.

We have a bunch of March birthdays around here to celebrate. I read that it's particularly lucky for those born under this sign in the Year of the Ram (Sheep) so Happy Birthday to all! 

Lon Chaney Sr.
Elizabeth Montgomery 4/15/1933 and
Dick Sargent 4/19/1930 with their
Bewitched children
 Other current and vintage stars who happen to be Aries March babies, or just on the cusp are Florenz Ziegfeld Jr, Elton John, Harry Houdini, Karl Malden (quite the quartet right there). Add to that Pearl Bailey, Rosie O'Donnell, Joseph Barbera, Chico Marx, Alan Arkin, Spencer Tracy and director WS Van Dyke.

The list of those born in April is very long, we'll limit it to 15 at random: Gregory Peck, Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Maya Angelou, Loretta Lynn, Wallace Beery, Barbara Hale, Rick Moranis, Virginia Cherrill, Billie Holiday, Roger Corman, Walter Connolly, Bea Benaderet, Elizabeth Montgomery and one of her Bewitched Darrens, Dick Sargent. Add 1920s stunt woman and leopard trainer Olga Celeste for good luck.

On March 17, 1914 Teddy, the Mack Sennett dog was born. Teddy the dog actor, an Aries, was born in the Year of the Tiger.
-- Picture Play Magazine 1921

The above list of Aries celebrities makes for one terrific answer when someone asks for your list of guests to the ultimate dinner party. Clara Bow was well known for having IT. In 1927, she made a movie with that title. Bow was born in late July, under the sign of Leo. If you're born in March or April you have some great company.

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