Samuel Barber (March 9, 1910 - January 23, 1981)
American composer, born in West Chester, Virginia. He had a relationship with Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti for thirty years. Works: Adagio for strings, Vanessa (opera)
Lionel Bart (August 1, 1930 - April 3, 1999)
British composer, whose greatest successes were the musical 'Oliver' and songs like the Bond-movie tune 'From Russia with love' (Matt Monro) and 'Livin' doll' (Cliff Richard). His real name was Lionel Begleiter.
Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 - October 14, 1990)
American bisexual composer, pianist and conductor, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Music: On the town (1944), Candide (1956), West Side Story (1957), 1600 Pensylvania Avenue (1976)
Richard Chamberlain (March 31, 1934)
American actor, born in Beverly Hills, California as George Richard Chamberlain. He studied art at Pomona College in Claremont. He became famous as dr. Kildare in the TV-series of the same name. TV: 'Dr.Kildare', 'Thornbirds', 'Shogun', 'A hero's story', The lost daughter (1997), Too rich: The secret life of Doris Duke Films: The secret of purple reef (1960), A thunder of drums (1961), Twilight of honor (1963), Joy in the morning (1965), Petulia (196
, The portrait of a lady (196
, The madwoman of Challiot (1969), Julius Ceasar (1970), The music lovers (1970), The woman I love (1972), Lady Caroline Lamb (1972), The Three Musketeers (1973), The lady's not for burning (1974), The last of the belles (1974), The towering inferno (1974), The four Musketeers (1974), The count of Monte Christo (1975), The slipper and the Rose (1976), The man in the iron mask (1976), The last wave (1977), The swarm (197
, Centennial (197
, Murder by phone (1980), Wallenberg: a hero's story (1984), King Solomon's mines (1985), Dream West (1986), Casanova (1987), The Bourne identity (198
, Night of the hunter (1993), Bird of Prey (1995), The lost daughter (1996), River made to drown in (1997), All the winters that have been (1997), The red phone (2001) Theatre: West Side Story (1966), Private lives (1966), The Philadelphia story (1966), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1967), Richard II (1971-1972), Lady's not for burning (1972), The Fantasticks (1972-1973), Cyrano de Bergerac (1973), The night of the Iguana (1976-1977), Arms and the man (197
, Fathers and sons (1979), Blithe spirit (1987), My Fair Lady (1993-1995), The Sound of music (1999-2000), The shadow of greatness (2000) Book: Toward love (2002)
Anderson Cooper (June 2, 1967)
American CNN News Anchor and former ABC News correspondent and host of 'The Mole'. He's the son of actress, writer and designer Gloria Vanderbilt. Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 in political science and also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi.
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Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 - July 23, 1966)
Montgomery Clift was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska. His father, a successful Wall Street stockbroker, was always in New York on business so his mother filled both parental roles. She would take Monty, his twin sister Roberta, and his older brother Brooks on long trips to Europe or spend time at their second home in Bermuda. Private tutors traveled with the family and taught Monty and his siblings. When Wall Street crashed, the Clift’s had to accept a different lifestyle and moved to a modest home in Sarasota, Florida when Monty was 13. He joined a local youth theatrical club there and tried acting for the first time. He was very committed to his work and his mother realized how natural he looked on stage. She started pushing Monty towards an acting career. His family moved to Sharon, Massachusetts where he auditioned for a part in the Broadway play, Fly Away Home. Monty was cast and the play ran for two seasons. His family moved to Manhattan when Monty secured another lead in the play Dame Nature. His lead in Dame Nature earned him Broadway star status, and he was only 17.
Over the next three years, Clift would take the lead in several Broadway plays like: There Shall Be No Night, The Skin of Our Teeth, Our Town, and Foxhole in the Parlor. During this time, members of the film industry continually tried to coax Monty to Hollywood. He rejected every offer. He loved to act, but on stage, not on camera. His passion was for Broadway. As with any growing young star, new horizons were inviting, and he finally decided to visit Hollywood for talks. He remained adamant about going there on his own terms. When MGM would not give him the agreements he requested, he walked out of the studio.
Almost immediately, United Artists agreed to what Monty wanted and he was cast alongside John Wayne and Walter Brennan in what became one of the most famous westerns of all time, Red River. Monty was excited to try a new type of role with both film acting and a western movie. Soon after Red River was completed, he was asked to play American G.I. Ralph Stevenson in The Search. This heartfelt war story gave Monty his Hollywood fame.
His sexuality was carefully guarded from fans but few in Hollywood did not know. He had one great love in hid life, a fellow actor and the pair were inseparable until he went into the Navy in 1942.
Becoming a Hollywood star, Monty formed many new friendships. One of his close friends was Mira Rostova, who coached Monty in almost every acting role he had. Perhaps the most famous friendship in Monty’s life was his relationship with Elizabeth Taylor. The bond between them strengthened when the two starred together in A Place in the Sun. He would act with Taylor in two other films, Raintree County (1956) and Suddenly Last Summer (1959). He accepted both roles without even looking at a script. He just wanted to act with Taylor. After A Place in the Sun, Clift did not make a movie for two years.
Clift's life as he grew older was filled with drink and drugs. Insecure about his acting abilities, and seeing a Hollywood fixated on youth, he lived much of the last third of his life in a haze.
His return to the movie screen was in From Here to Eternity, which won eight Oscars, and Monty was nominated for Best Actor. He starred in the Hitchcock film I Confess and the movie Indiscretion of an American Housewife before took another leave from acting. Monty was not seen on a stage or screen for more than three years.
One night in May of 1957, Liz Taylor was having a dinner party and Monty accepted the invitation. He was one of the first to leave, afraid he would not be able to see his way home on the winding road Taylor lived on. Monty veered off the road and his car collided into a telephone pole. The accident left Monty with a broken jaw and nose, a crushed sinus cavity, two missing teeth, and severe facial lacerations which required plastic surgery. His remarkable recovery let him return home after only eight weeks in the hospital and soon after Raintree County was finished.
After the accident, Monty starred in seven movies, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Judgment at Nuremberg. He also co-starred in The Misfits, which was Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable's last movie. 1962 was the last time the world would see Monty on-screen. He was to co-star with Elizabeth Taylor in Reflections in a Golden Eye, but filming would not start until after her current project. So in the meantime, he was cast for The Defector, which would be his last role. After The Defector, while he was still waiting to begin work on Reflections, Clift suffered a heart attack and died in h