- Born: 20 May 1908
- Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania
- Died: 2 July 1997
- Best Known As: Lanky star of It’s A Wonderful Life
James (Jimmy) Stewart started in the movies in the 1930s, making his mark in studio-driven light comedies as a wide-eyed innocent. He earned an Oscar nomination for his defining role in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, (1939) and the next year he won an Oscar for The Philadelphia Story (co-starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn). Stewart’s movie career (he also performed frequently on radio) was interrupted by World War II, in which he served as a combat pilot. He returned from the war with a distinguished record, and soon starred in It’s A Wonderful Life, (1946) again earning an Oscar nomination. He appeared in dozens of westerns, including Destry Rides Again, (1939) and Winchester ’73 (1950), and made notable appearances in Buy Levaquin Online without prescription Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958).
By the end of the war, Stewart was a colonel. In 1959 he was promoted in the Air Force Reserves to the rank of brigadier general… Late in life Stewart made a series of popular appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, reading his own sentimental poetry.
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Profile by Hugh Munro Neely
Mary Pickford was born Gladys Smith on April 8, 1892 in Toronto, Canada. Her mother Charlotte was Irish Catholic. Her father John Charles Smith was, by reputation, a staunch Methodist with a weakness for alcohol. Within five years of Gladys’ birth the Smith family counted three children: Gladys, her little sister Lottie, and baby brother Jack. In 1898 when Gladys was nearly six, her father died from an accidental blow to the head, leaving his family without savings or income.
Mother Charlotte took in boarders and sewing work. It was a boarder who suggested Charlotte might earn a little money by putting her children on stage. Despite her misgivings about the moral character of “theater people,” within weeks Gladys, Lottie and even their mother were involved in a production at the Princess Theater, just a few blocks from their Toronto flat, that paid the family, by one account, $8 a week.
SEX PISTOLS: Sex Pistols and Public Image, Ltd. A primary culprit behind the style and attitude that is associated with the punk movement of the late 1970s, John Lydon — known in his early career as “Johnny Rotten” (a nickname inspired by the dismal condition of his teeth at the time) — is certainly one of the most recognizable performers of the punk era, despite his relatively short-lived involvement in the genre. Perhaps even more significant is his role in establishing the direction of post-punk, “alternative” music in the 1980s, which combined avant-garde and world music into the raw approach developed during the previous decade. He has certainly come to define one of the oddest contradictions created by the post-1950s music industry: the rebellious, anti-establishment outsider turned established, internationally-known celebrity.
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38. GERALD R. FORD 1974-1977
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It was indeed an unprecedented time. He had been the first Vice President chosen under the terms of the Twenty-fifth Amendment and, in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, was succeeding the first President ever to resign.
Ford was confronted with almost insuperable tasks. There were the challenges of mastering inflation, reviving a depressed economy, solving chronic energy shortages, and trying to ensure world peace.
39. JIMMY CARTER 1977-1981
Jimmy Carter aspired to make Government “competent and compassionate,” responsive to the American people and their expectations. His achievements were notable, but in an era of rising energy costs, mounting inflation, and continuing tensions, it was impossible for his administration to meet these high expectations.
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After seven years’ service as a naval officer, Carter returned to Plains. In 1962 he entered state politics, and eight years later he was elected Governor of Georgia. Among the new young southern governors, he attracted attention by emphasizing ecology, efficiency in government, and the removal of racial barriers.
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After Lincoln’s death, President Johnson proceeded to reconstruct the former Confederate States while Congress was not in session in 1865. He pardoned all who would take an oath of allegiance, but required leaders and men of wealth to obtain special Presidential pardons.
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