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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Very Pissed-Off Pigeons

Two big birthdays today. First, Happy 81st Birthday to Tippi Hedren, who went from stardom running from angry crows in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" to becoming a renowned animal rights activist. Oh, and she also gave birth to actress Melanie Griffith. Hedren, who also starred in Hitchcock's "Marnie", epitomized the great director's penchant for cool, icy blondes.

(r.-suzanne pleshette and hedren
l.-veronica cartwright, rod taylor, hedren, jessica tandy, hitchcock)

Hedren has never stopped working since her iconic role as the woman who pissed off the bird world, recently appearing in such mainstream projects as the movie "I Heart Huckabees" and the t.v. series, "The 4400". Upcoming for Hedren in 2011 is a string of low-budget horror films.

And Happy 65th Birthday to our favorite hillbilly girl who made it big, Dolly Parton. Jolene's nemesis has entertained us for decades as a singer, actor, producer and songwriter. Her achievements as a singer are undeniable; she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, and will probably, one day, make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But even more astonishing is her songwriting prowess; she reportedly has authored over 3,000 songs in her career, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. Our favorite Dolly Parton story comes from the time in which she was filming the movie, "Steel Magnolias" in Louisiana on a brutally hot, steamy day, and all the other actresses were complaining about the conditions. Julia Roberts noticed that Dolly was the only star who was taking it all in stride, and when she asked Parton why she wasn't complaining, Dolly replied that when she was a dirt-poor little girl in the Appalachian mountains, she dreamed of and desperately yearned for a career as an entertainer, and now that her dreams had come true, she wasn't about to complain about it now. Amen. Take notes, Hollywood stars, take notes.

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