Tennessee Williams was an American playwright who received many of the top theatrical awards for his works of drama. His greatest are A Streetcar Named Desire & Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He suffered with alcoholism, and had a nervous breakdown in 1969. In 1983 he used his mouth to open an eyedrop bottle. He would routinely hold the bottle cap in his mouth while administering drops to his eyes. On this occasion, the lid of the bottle became lodged in his throat and he choked to death……
Dixie Lee (1911-1952). Born Wilma Winifred Wyatt. She married Bing Crosby at the age of 18, and had four sons with him, two of whom, Lindsay and Dennis, would eventually commit suicide as adults. Dixie drank socially to keep up with Bing. She succeeded in curbing Bing’s alcohol consumption, but ironically her own alcoholism worsened. She had a brief film career, starring in a few features. She died from ovarian cancer, three days before her 41st birthday……
Arnold Schwarzenegger takes a ballet lesson from dancer Marianne Claire. October 4th, 1976
Jesse Owens wins gold in Nazi Germany.
Owens said, “Hitler didn’t snub me – it was President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) who snubbed me. The president didn’t even send me a telegram.” On the other hand, Hitler sent Owens a commemorative inscribed cabinet photograph of himself. Jesse Owens was never invited to the White House nor were honors bestowed upon him by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) or his successor Harry S. Truman during their terms. In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower honored Owens by naming him an “Ambassador of Sports.”
George Harrison on holiday aged 15, already devoted to music
Bonnie and Clyde
The Beatles waiting to cross Abbey Road, 1969. By Iain Macmillan