Saturday, January 17, 2015

19 People Who Share the Siren's Birthday

Greetings! It’s the Siren's birthday, and she thought she'd pop in to have a little fun. The fact that one shares a birthday with someone famous is probably not significant, but then again, maybe it is. Or we can pretend it is. Jan. 17 is, for some reason, a pretty big day for birthdays. So here is a short and by no means complete list of people with whom the Siren shares her birthday, with small notes. Have a great Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, and go see Selma. The Siren, an Alabama native, thinks it's terrific.



Who's this?: Moira Shearer, ballerina and star of The Red Shoes, Tales of Hoffman, Peeping Tom and The Story of Three Loves.
What she has that the Siren wants: Absolute grace of movement.
What we share: Red hair.


Who's this?: The great James Earl Jones.
What he has that the Siren wants: A beautiful voice.
What we share: Love of the American theater, and of August Wilson.


Who's this?: Mack Sennett.
What he has that the Siren wants: A pioneering spirit and directing genius.
What we share: Love of a good anecdote.


Who's this?: Françoise Hardy.
What she has that the Siren wants: You mean, besides being a terrific chanteuse, tall, lights-out gorgeous and once made a movie with Yves Montand, Toshiro Mifune and James Garner?
What we share: Love of fashion.

Who's this?: Benjamin Franklin.
What he has that the Siren wants: Political courage.
What we share: Patriotism.


Who's this?: Michelle Obama.
What she has that the Siren wants: Strength, grace and the ability to ignore the haters. And her arms. I want her arms.
What we share: An irrational love of belts.


Who's this?: Muhammad Ali.
What he has that the Siren wants: Fierce commitment and, on certain occasions, his jab.
What we share: We like kids.

Who's this?: Betty White.
What she has that the Siren wants: She smiles at her enemies.
What we share: A determination to get old any damn way we see fit.

Who's this?: Anton Chekhov
Excuse me, Siren, but Anton Chekhov was born on Jan. 29.: That's the New Calendar. In this one instance, the Siren goes by the Old Style Calendar and claims him anyway. Because Chekhov is her favorite playwright, OK?
What he has that the Siren wants: Genius.
What we share: Give the Siren a minute ... she once yearned to go to Moscow?

Who's this?: Anne Bronte.
What she has that the Siren wants: The will to write even when met with indifference.
What we share: A tendency to get sick a lot.

Who's this?: Eartha Kitt.
What she has that the Siren wants: Aside from the obvious, a wonderful, funny cynicism about sex.
What we share: We both tend to look pissed-off in photos.

Who's this?: Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles.
What she has that the Siren wants: Great hair and a friendship with Prince.
What we share: We both had a fabulous time in the 1980s.

Who's this?: Nils Asther
What he has that the Siren wants: Well, the Siren didn't choose this photo for the way Garbo looks. And she loves Garbo.
What we share: We both disappear from screens from time to time.

Who's this?: Al Capone.
What he has that the Siren wants: Um, well ... There have been times in life when it would have been nice to scare the bejesus out of everybody.
What we share: The Siren has a scar, but as longtime readers may remember, it's on her nose.



Who's this?: Dalida.
What she has that the Siren wants: A beautiful singing voice, and REALLY great hair.
What we share: Arabophilia.

Who's this?: Andy Kaufman.
What he has that the Siren wants: Good comic timing.
What we share: Sometimes people don't know what the hell the Siren is talking about.

Who's this?: Kid Rock.
What he has that the Siren wants: The hat's not bad.
What we share: Sometimes a common birthday is just a common birthday.


Who's this?: In the foreground, Mick Taylor, the greatest guitar player the Rolling Stones ever had.
What he has that the Siren wants: Musical genius.
What we share: We love rock 'n roll.

Who's this?: Patsy Ruth Miller, in costume as Esmeralda in the silent version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
What she has that the Siren wants: Movie-making memories, friendships with great writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Siren would like Patsy Ruth to throw in that tambourine.
What we share: We don't always need words.

23 comments:

VP81955 said...

The happiest of birthdays to you!

Susan Reynolds said...

Happy Birthday, Siren! I once saw Susannah Hoffs do the splits, while wearing a mini skirt and playing the guitar. Wouldn't you rather have that skill than her hair and her friendship with Prince?

Susan Reynolds said...

Happy Birthday, Siren! I once saw Susannah Hoffs do the splits, while wearing a mini skirt and playing the guitar. Wouldn't you rather have that skill than her hair and her friendship with Prince?

David Simmons said...

The Siren also shares a birthday with one of my ex-girlfriends. Happy birthday!

Birgit said...

Happy Birthday! I love how you mentioned something you would love to have and what you share. Nils is hot!

The Siren said...

Susan, I would love to be able to do the splits, period. Never could.

Vanwall said...

Happy Birthday, Oh Siren! Mine is demoniacally common, yours sounds so much more fun, so enjoy yourself!

Kirk said...

Happy birthday, Siren.

Tonio Kruger said...

A belated happy birthday to you, Ms. Siren. I hope it was a good one.

AndrewBW said...

Lucky you. I share mine with Hulk Hogan and Jerry Falwell. Happy birthday!

Pat O'Connor said...

Been checking for you on regular basis. Glad you are back. My son plays guitar for Susanna on her solo shows and she is a dreamboat in spirit as well as appearance.

Pat O'Connor said...

Oh, and Happy Birthday. Recent took the Alfred Hitchcock San Francisco walking tour which visits many locations for his films, mostly Vertigo. The guide also wrote the tour. I sent him your Kim Novak piece.

Caftan Woman said...

Hope it was a wonderful day. The article is charming.

Conversation a few weeks ago between myself and one of my film fan sisters - on the subway yet!

Miss McCrocodile: Are you coming to see "The Wind" this weekend?

Caftan Woman: No. It's too cold and it's not one of my favourites.

Miss McCrocodile: Lars Hanson!

Caftan Woman: He's no Nils Asther!

yojimboen said...

Casey Kasem; Sheena Easton; U.S. Grant; Samuel Morse?
Meh.

Anouk Aimee?
Ahh...

Sorry I'm late - happy happy.

Lemora said...

Happy Birthday, Siren! Hope it was a good one. I've been spending my Endless Flu That Waxes And Wanes reviewing your archives and thoroughly enjoying myself. Love the one about the Talmadge girls putting condoms and suppositories on the Christmas tree. I still have 2010, 2011, and 2012 to go.

I share mine --birthday, that is-- with Clara Bow, Theda Bara, and The Black Dahlia. (And there's a famous 19th century composer, but I forget who.) Your impressive list reminds me that I need to investigate this more thoroughly.

KC said...

Happy late birthday. This is an impressive list! Especially Ms. Hardy. She wear leather pants the way most people wear yoga pants.

X. Trapnel said...

Belated birthday greetings, Siren. I too have used the old Russian calendar so as to share a birthday with Gogol and Rachmaninoff. Without this expedient it would just be Wm. Jennings Bryan.

Wisewebwoman said...

Happy birthday Siren, I love your posts.
Not enough of them for me. :)

XO
WWW

CarolMR said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

Happy Miser said...

Can someone identify the actress and or movie that heads this blog, presently.
Apologies, for my ignorance.
Also, a very merry Un-Birthday, Siren!

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yojimboen said...

Joan Tabor in Teenage Millionaire.

Crocheted Lace said...

I share a common birthday with a great great uncle who happened to be the Prime Minister of Canada.
What he has that I want: oh, fortitude, ambition, organization.
What we share in common: date of birth. Nothing else.