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Lady Soames, Daughter of Winston Churchill Passes Away, Aged 91
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"The King's Speech" tells the story of a man compelled to speak to the world with a stammer. It must be painful enough for one who stammers to speak to another person. To face a radio microphone and know the British Empire is listening must be terrifying. At the time of the speech mentioned in this title, a quarter of the Earth's population was in the Empire, and of course much of North America, Europe, Africa and Asia would be listening — and with particular attention, Germany.
The king was George VI. The year was 1939. Britain was entering into war with Germany. His listeners required firmness, clarity and resolve, not stammers punctuated with tortured silences. This was a man who never wanted to be king. After the death of his father, the throne was to pass to his brother Edward. But Edward renounced the throne "in order to marry the woman I love," and the duty fell to Prince Albert, who had struggled with his speech from an early age.
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A New Addition to the Elegant Survivors List
Photo of Wiliam Booker Courtesy of KING 5 News
|Posted on December 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM|
The elegant, always-dignified Ray Price (article at Rolling Stone Magazine, December 13th 2013), classic country-western singer and band-leader, needs our prayers. Ray Price, a one-time colleague of legendary fiddler Bob Wills, has worked with Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and many other country music luminaries throughout the decades. Ray had continued his concert-tours even after he developed pancreatic cancer two years ago, but has been essentially bed-ridden for the past twelve months. The "Cherokee Cowboy" has returned to his East Texas home from hospital this week, and extends the following message to his many generations of admirers: "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day."
|Posted on September 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM|
Elegant Singer Gia Maione Prima, Music Archivist and Widow of the Great Bandleader Louis Prima Dies at 72
We were listening to Louis Prima today and I decided to do some research regarding him on the internet, and discovered that his wife, Gia, had passed away five days ago on September 23rd, 2013. Mrs Prima cared for her husband Louis until he died, after he was unsuccessfully operated upon for a brain-tumour. In the following years, Gia Maione Prima catalogued, preserved and re-released many of Louis Prima, the King of the Swing's songs. The pair had homes in New Orleans, whence Mr Prima hailed, and Las Vegas. Mrs Prima was originally from New Jersey, and had studied singing with an instructor at Princeton University.
|Posted on August 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM|
Japanese-American Masao Abe received two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and a Congressional Gold Medal for his service in the U.S. Army. He died of natural causes in Issaquah, Washington on Aug. 6, 2013.
|Posted on February 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM|
Today is the birthday of Anna Howard Shaw.
Anna Howard Shaw was born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, in 1847. As a child, Ms Shaw moved to the United States, where they lived a rustic life on the Michigan frontier. Anna Howard Shaw attended college, became a minister, and eventually joined the women's suffragette movement which concentrated its efforts on gaining women the right to vote. A natural born leader, Ms Shaw was head of the Women's Committee of the United States Council of National Defense during World War I, for which she became the first woman to earn the Distinguished Service Medal.
Read the Anna Howard Shaw Biographical Tribute at The Free Dictionary.com
|Posted on November 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM|
Deborah Raffin, 1953--2012
Beautiful blonde actress Deborah Raffin became a philanthropic entrepreneur when after a very successful film career she and her husband began producing books-on-tape, which benefit greatly those who cannot see to read. An Associated Press obituary for Ms Raffin dated November 24th, 2012, details another one of her charitable projects: "Ms. Raffin also compiled celebrities’ Christmas anecdotes for a 1990 book, “Sharing Christmas,” which raised money for groups serving the homeless. It included stories from Margaret Thatcher, Kermit the Frog and Mother Teresa."
In the mid-1970s, I was on-set with Deborah Raffin and Edward Albert Jr., appearing in one scene at a big band dining-and-dancing venue. Edward Albert came to my table and asked me for "a match", whereupon I lit his cigarette. 1930s clothing and music are fabulous; there was a live, professional swing band, so I had a blast.
Deborah Raffin was elegant and lovely, a shining example of womanhood who made the world a better place for the disadvantaged.
©M-J de Mesterton 2012