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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Happy Birthday!

"One of my mottos is flaunt what you've got left." ~ Cybill Shepherd


1). Joanne Woodward/wikipedia

Joanne Woodward was born in Thomasville, Georgia, daughter of Elinor Gignilliat (née Trimmier) and Wade Woodward, Jr., who at one point was vice president of publisher Charles Scribner's Sons. Her middle name, "Gignilliat", originates from distant Huguenot ancestry. She was influenced to become an actress by her mother's love of movies. Her mother named her after Joan Crawford, using the Southern pronunciation of the name - "Joanne". Attending the premiere of Gone with the Wind in Atlanta, nine-year-old Woodward rushed out into the parade of stars and sat on the lap of Laurence Olivier, star Vivien Leigh's partner and future husband. She eventually worked with Olivier in 1979, in a television production of Come Back, Little Sheba. During rehearsals, she mentioned this incident to him and he told her he remembered her doing it.

Woodward lived in Thomasville until she was in the second grade. Her family relocated to Marietta, Georgia. They moved once again when she was a junior in high school, after her parents divorced. She graduated from Greenville High School in 1947, in Greenville, South Carolina. Woodward won many beauty contests as a teenager. She appeared in theatrical productions at Greenville High and in Greenville's Little Theatre, playing Laura Wingfield in their staging of The Glass Menagerie directed by Robert Hemphill McLane. She returned to Greenville in 1976 to play Amanda Wingfield in another Little Theatre production of The Glass Menagerie. She had also returned in 1955 for the premiere of her debut movie, Count Three And Pray, at the Paris Theatre on North Main Street.

2) Elizabeth Taylor/wikipdedia

FYI: Taylor has been married eight times to seven husbands:

Conrad "Nicky" Hilton (6 May 1950 – 29 January 1951) (divorced)
Michael Wilding (21 February 1952 – 26 January 1957) (divorced)
Michael Todd (2 February 1957 – 22 March 1958) (widowed)
Eddie Fisher (12 May 1959 – 6 March 1964) (divorced)
Richard Burton (15 March 1964 – 26 June 1974) (divorced)
Richard Burton (again) (10 October 1975 – 29 July 1976) (divorced)
John Warner (4 December 1976 – 7 November 1982) (divorced)
Larry Fortensky (6 October 1991 – 31 October 1996) (divorced)

Taylor and Wilding had two sons, Michael Howard Wilding (born 6 January 1953), and Christopher Edward Wilding (born 27 February 1955).

She and Todd had one daughter, Elizabeth Frances Todd, called "Liza" (born 6 August 1957).

In 1964 she and Fisher started adoption proceedings for a daughter, whom Burton later adopted, Maria Burton (born 1 August 1961).

She became a grandmother on 25 August 1971, at age 39

(Have you ever heard anything about her grownup children?)

3) Josh Groban/ wikipedia

Classifying Groban's voice
Various music critics have described Groban's voice in different ways, with some referring to him as a tenor and others as a baritone. In performance, Groban's music goes as low as G2 (as in the song "To Where You Are") and extends up to at least B4 flat or the first B flat above middle C (as heard in "You Raise Me Up"). This places his voice lower than the tenor range on the low end, and just short of Tenor C, and therefore above the baritone range, on the high end. In a 2002 New York Times article, Groban described himself as a "tenor in training".

4) Chatty

The world is absurd. Ugly absurd.
To repair ugly absurdity, you can't just be normal.
You need an alternative absurdity.
A beautiful absurdity.
We call it "divine madness.

We only go around once. There's really no time to be afraid. So stop. Try something you've never tried. Teach it. Do it. Risk it. - Jon Blais

"In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions." – Henry Ward Beecher

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” —Fredrick Koeing

I really love all my blogger friends - thank you! Hope I'm a good friend to you!


Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Sandie what a great tribute to the birthday folks of today and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you my dear friend, you certainly are a good friend to all.

Jojo said...

I got distracted seeing Cybill Shepherd's quote. I have never asked him about it but one of the folks who works with me reportedly grew up down the street from CS. As kids she grew up telling him, "you're so ugly." I couldn't help but think of that when I saw her name.

Linda said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Sandie have a great day and again Happy Birthday! I'm off to spend the day with my February birthday girl!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Such a cool post!
Hope your birthday is full of everything that means the most to you! Enjoy this brand new year of wisdom, fun, and love.

Angela said...

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Hope you enjoy your day!


Deb said...

Happy Birthday Sandie! I hope it is a memorable day for you!

Did you know in this month's Southern Living magazine, the restaurant we all went to is featured as one of the best places to eat on Canton Street? We were there yesterday and our favorite waiter told us about it. Am going to buy it!

Happy..Happy Birthday!

Susan said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday, Dear Sandie, Happy Birthday to you! If we chatted on the phone, I'd sing you another special birthday song my niece taught me. But for now, this will have to do. I hope you have a WONDERFUL, star studded day. Enjoy every single sweet second of it! Sincerely, Susan from

Mimi said...

What a great group of people to share a date with!!!!!
Josh Groban is a big favorite of mine!!!!!Joanne Woodward and Liz Taylor are gems, 8 marriages are alot of unions, but her children are her greatest assets!!!!
Hope you spend your special day doing what you love most!!!!
One of my Calif blogger friends will be in Savannah, Ga soon for the craft/art fair, I LOVE Savannah, I told her to expect such fun!!!!!
Beautiful charming things to amaze you!!!!

Cynthia K. said...

Sandie! Happy Beautiful Birthday to you, dear friend!! Hope your day is filled with hugs and giggles and happiness galore! Let your family pamper you - you deserve it...

Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

That corgi :) said...

Happy birthday Sandie!!! what a very nice tribute to people that share your birthday (but you're the best in the lot :)

glad you got your birthday present of catching that squirrel!

enjoy the day and the year ahead!


Buttercup said...

Happy, healthy, wonderful birthday to a dear friend. Thank you for all the thoughtful and sweet things you write. Enjoy a great day!

Good to be a Queen said...

Happy Birthday!!!
I meet Joanne Woodward once, her mother was a patient at a hospital I used to work at...She was as graceful and charming as you think...A true Southern Belle

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Happy Birthday my friend!

ocmist said...

Happy Birthday, my friend! I think that you are "divinely mad..." since it sounds like a counteractant to being ugly absurd... You are so beautiful and share so much fun and goodness with us all! We are just totally blessed to be able to call you friend! Linda

Cheryl Moore said...

Wow, thanks Sandie! :) Happy Birthday! I loved the quote, the video, and the precious mouse pic! So, so cute! I'll be waiting for the tribute to the September birthdays. (wink, wink) As always, I love your posts! :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hey, I am a day late, but I wanted to wish you a Very Happy Birthday belatedly! Hope you had a great day, Sandie, filled with lots of love, and I pray you have a year filled with the same!

Love you...


Sheila :-)