DCS: etta moton barnett

George and Ira Gershwin wrote the character “Bess” in their opera “Porgy and Bess” with popular contralto Etta Moton Barnett in mind. When she was approached to play the role, the singer was firm about refusing to sing the “N” word that was prominent throughout the libretto. The Gershwins honored her conviction and deleted the …

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DCS: elizabeth cotten

At 11 years old, Elizabeth Cotten scraped together three dollars and seventy-five cents and purchased a guitar from Sears & Roebuck. It was a right-handed model, so the young, aspiring musician turned it upside-down to play, as she was left handed. She developed her own unorthodox playing style, using her fingers to play bass lines …

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DCS: katherine helmond

How could you not love Katherine Helmond? Every character she portrayed was a delight, even if they were quirky and odd. But that’s what Katherine brought to her characters. And that’s what made them endearing. And that is the mark of an accomplished actor. She was a staple on television, with roles on the sitcoms …

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IF: fashion

Born in the tiny town of Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada, pretty Hayley Marie Kohle was signed to a modeling contract by the prestigious international agency Panache Management. At eighteen years old, Hayley found herself modeling across the globe, walking the runways of New York, Athens, Istanbul, Milan,London. She graced the pages of fashion magazines worldwide. On …

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DCS: bradley bolke

You may not recognize Bradley Bolke, but you certainly know his voice. Through the 1960s and the 70s, Bradley provided the voice for some of the most popular and beloved characters of a generation…. my generation. He voiced the antagonistic “Ghostly Trio” (all three of ’em!) on the Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons. He voiced …

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