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March 21st Today in History

Famous People & Celebrities Born on March 21st:

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    (1685) - He was married twice and fathered 20 children. A self-described "motivational healer" named Dr. Typhon Ra Ausara-Lasaru, claims the frequencies and tones in Bach's music have the power to produce euphoria in many people.
  • Russ Meyer
    (1922) - The film director is nicknamed the "Fellini of Soft Porn." Meyer, the son of a nurse and a cop, was among the earliest photographers of centerfolds for Playboy magazine. He directed the 1970 soft porn flick Beyond the Valley of the Dolls which was written by film critic Roger Ebert. Meyer admits the recent respectability lavished on his works comes as a shock since he never thought his nudie flicks would ever play outside of adult movie parlors. He says back in the 1960s when he started making soft-core films, he was just trying to satisfy men who liked to look at big-bosomed women. Although he himself confesses to having a huge fascination with buxom ladies, Meyer says Ebert isn't any different. "Ebert is more obsessed with breasts than I could ever hope to be," says Meyer. Other Meyer flicks: Supervixens (1975), Vixen! (1968), Mondo Topless (1966), Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965).
  • Timothy Dalton
    (1946) - Dalton played James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). The producers originally wanted the current 007, Pierce Brosnan, to play the role, but a contract with the TV series Remington Steele prevented Brosnan from playing Bond at that time.
  • Gary Oldman
    (1958) - The actor's full name is Leonard Gary Oldman. Flicks: Lost in Space (as Dr. Smith) (1998), Air Force One (1997), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), JFK (as Lee Harvey Oswald) (1991) Sid and Nancy (as Sid Vicious) (1986).
  • Matthew Broderick
    (1962) - The actor is married to actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Broderick considers himself lucky that he's one of the few people who don't have to call his wife "Sarah Jessica." "If I had to say five syllables every time I wanted her to get me another beer, I'd have little time for anything else," says Matthew. Sarah once told Redbook that she loves acting but she'd be willing to give up the glamorous life and be the fat, cranky housewife of Broderick. According to Sarah: "I look forward to being fat and being at home and eating a lot and having spit-up all over me and being tired and cranky and having some small child desperately need me." Broderick flicks: Inspector Gadget (1999), Godzilla (1998), The Cable Guy (1996), The Road to Wellville (1994), The Night We Never Met (1993), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). Broderick states he was born on March 21 not August 21 as reported by some sources.
  • Rosie O'Donnell
    (1962) - A 1999 poll conducted by Pet Assure revealed Rosie is the celebrity who most reminds Americans of their cat. A 1997 restaurant survey revealed Rosie is the celebrity most likely to have a restaurant dish named after her, followed by Ellen DeGeneres, Elvis Presley, John Wayne and Dolly Parton. Did you ever wonder how Rosie became a celebrity? She claims she became inspired in the fifth grade after touching Karen Carpenter's sweater. It seems Rosie and a friend snuck backstage at a Carpenters show and managed to cop a feel of Karen's sweater. After that, Rosie became a big shot on the playground where she would tell other kids, "This is the hand that touched Karen Carpenter's sweater." Rosie admits that her very first crush was on teen idol Bobby Sherman, but says she had the hots for Lucie Arnaz, too. She also says she was "obsessed" with Olympic diver Greg Louganis and actress Kate Mulgrew, and has what she calls "appreciation crushes" for Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler. As for her much publicized crush on Tom Cruise, Rosie says it had nothing to do with adult emotions and was only "...a prepubescent girl's desire to have his picture thumbtacked..." to her bedroom wall. Rosie once had dreams of teaching elementary school. Her first acting role was playing Glinda, the Good Witch in a second grade production of The Wizard of Oz. Her childhood nickname was "Dolly Bloomer Bottoms" because she wore bloomers instead of shorts. Rosie says she's afraid to slim down because she fears romantic commitment. "Once I went down to 140 lbs. -- which is skinny for me -- and suddenly all these guys started flirting with me. I got so anxious, I didn't know what to do. So I filled up on ice cream." Rosie says her favorite sandwich is a bagel topped with tuna and melted cheddar cheese. She hates cauliflower because it makes her "...gag even if it's covered with Cheez-Whiz."
Famous and Noteworthy Events on March 21st:
(1891) - The famous Hatfield-McCoy family feud finally came to an end after 20 years when a Hatfield married a McCoy. The feud started over a stolen pig and resulted in the deaths of more than half a dozen Hatfields and McCoys.

(1965) - More than 3000 marchers including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., began a five-day civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

(1963) - Alcatraz Prison was shut down after 37 years of housing some of America's toughest criminals including Al Capone. During its operation in San Francisco Bay, it's believed only one man managed to escape to the mainland -- and he was caught by cops as soon as he crawled ashore.

(1969) - The day after a quickie marriage at the Rock of Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent their honeymoon at the Amsterdam Hilton and staged the first of two "Bed-Ins for Peace." Yoko invented the Bed-In as a way to promote global peace.

(1980) - In a cliffhanger episode on TV's Dallas soap opera, J.R. Ewing was shot by an unknown assailant. Viewers had to wait eight months to find out who shot J.R. Then on November 21, 1980, more than 83 million tuned in to discover it was Kristin Shephard -- played by Mary Crosby -- who fired the shot. At the time, the Dallas episode was watched by more viewers than any other TV program in history.

(1987) - Dean Martin, Jr., died in an airplane accident. He was only 35 years old.

(1991) - A settlement was reached in the Donald and Ivana Trump divorce case. The two divorced in December 1990, but on this day a New York judge awarded Ivana $10 million dollars, a new apartment in the Trump Plaza in New York, a house in Greenwich, Connecticut, and other unspecified "considerations."

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