Famous Names-An Alphabet Game Vol. 2

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  1. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I think we're ready for some "E's". I have a few here.

    Edward VIII. King of England who gave up the throne to marry a twice-
    divorced American named Wallis Simpson. My folks had a record of radio
    bloopers decades ago. On it the couple was introduced as "The Duck and
    Doochess of Windsor.

    Emily Dickinson, reclusive American poet; the Belle of Amherst.

    Elmer Fudd, noted orator and movie star.

    Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist and radio personality. After a long and successful
    career he died at Caesar's Palace where he was making his farewell performance.
    His daughter Candice sometimes appeared on his radio show. Wonder what
    ever happened to her. We know where Charlie McCarthy is: in the Smithsonian.

    Easley Blackwood, Bridge player and writer. Inventor of the most popular
    convention in bridge which enables a partnership to determine how many
    aces it holds.

    Ernest Shepard, illustrator of Wind in the Willows and Winnie the Pooh.

    Rock
  2. hangininthere

    hangininthere Well-Known Member

    e.e. cummings - poet

    My fave poem of his. So beautiful it makes me cry.

    'anyone lived in a pretty how town' by e.e. cummings

    anyone lived in a pretty how town
    (with up so floating many bells down)
    spring summer autumn winter
    he sang his didn't he danced his did.

    Women and men (both little and small)
    cared for anyone not at all
    they sowed their isn't they reaped their same
    sun moon stars rain

    children guessed (but only a few
    and down they forgot as up they grew
    autumn winter spring summer)
    that noone loved him more by more

    when by now and tree by leaf
    she laughed his joy she cried his grief
    bird by snow and stir by still
    anyone's any was all to her

    someones married their everyones
    laughed their cryings and did their dance
    (sleep wake hope and then)they
    said their nevers they slept their dream

    stars rain sun moon
    (and only the snow can begin to explain
    how children are apt to forget to remember
    with up so floating many bells down)

    one day anyone died i guess
    (and noone stooped to kiss his face)
    busy folk buried them side by side
    little by little and was by was

    all by all and deep by deep
    and more by more they dream their sleep
    noone and anyone earth by april
    with by spirit and if by yes.

    Women and men (both dong and ding)
    summer autumn winter spring
    reaped their sowing and went their came
    sun moon stars rain


    Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Poet

    My fave poem by her.

    'How Do I Love Thee?' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
    I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
    My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
    For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
    I love thee to the level of every day's
    Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
    I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
    I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
    I love with a passion put to use
    In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
    I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
    With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath,
    Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose,
    I shall but love thee better after death.


    And my fave poem by Emily Dickinson.

    'If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking' by Emily Dickinson

    If I can stop one heart from breaking,
    I shall not live in vain;
    If I can ease one life the aching,
    Or cool one pain,
    Or help one fainting robin
    Unto his nest again,
    I shall not live in vain.
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  3. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Patti, Those are beautiful, you've got me in tears. I've loved "How Do I Love Thee" ever since I first read it when I was about 10 years old. Thanks, GB
  4. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Rock, for starting this thread!

    More E's:

    Elvira Mistress of the Dark :)

    Emmett Kelly Clown

    Elizabeth Taylor Actress

    Edna Ferber Novelist

    Elizabeth Montgomery Actress

    Emma Samms Actress

    Emma Thompson Actress

    Edward R. Murrow Newscaster

    Ed O'Neill Actor

    Edmund Purdom Actor

    Edwin Newman Newscaster

    Elsie The Cow
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  5. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Very good, GB. I remember when magazines used to have ads featuring Elsie
    and her husband Elmer. School projects sometimes involved cutting out pics
    from mags and bringing them in. Illustrating a healthful diet and what not.
    I think Elmer and Elsie had kids too. No, wait. Goats have kids. Well,
    anyhoo, I forget their names. Did they have names?

    Ernest Hemingway. One of America's great writers. Not one of my favorites
    though.

    Edna St. Vincent Millay, one of our great poets. Her stuff was terse and punchy.
    I quoted one her poems in my speech at H.S. graduation. Had forgotten that till
    I looked at a list of her best known stuff. She was an icon of the 20s.

    Eddie Fisher, golden voiced crooner who married Debbie Reynolds, then fell into
    the Elizabeth Taylor black hole and pretty much ruined his career. Had three
    other wives. Was father of Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia.

    Ellis Peter, author of many mysteries. Like me, of Welsh ancestry.

    Elizabeth Arden, founder of a cosmetics empire.

    And the similarly named Eve Arden. Used to listen to her Our Miss
    Brooks radio program in my yute. Was in the I Love Lucy episode at
    the Brown Derby and decades later had a principle part in Grease.

    Rock
  6. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Patti, Thanks for the poetry. Every ten or 15 years I get a big anthology
    of poetry from the library and reread favorite poems. Mostly stuff we
    read in High School. In those days we memorized poetry. Despite
    Alzheimer's I still remember a few fragments by poets like Henry
    Wadsworth Longfellow and Robert Frost and William Cullen Bryant
    and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

    Funny though. We were never told anything about the poets' lives
    except for Wilfred Owen who was killed in WWI. Some of them
    were living, some gay, one had a strange relationship with his
    half sister. And some had written best sellers (Edgar Lee Masters).

    Anyhoo, there's a hint of a nip in the air this morning. I think that
    suggests Fall and the "F's".

    Frank James, brother of Jesse, bank and train robbers from the Mid West.

    Fanny Crosby, blind hymn and song writer. Wrote Pass Me Not, O Gentle
    Savior and Blessed Assurance which I used to play in church.

    Frank and Fanny both died in 1915 when my father was in first grade. And
    the following two "F' were born in 1915.

    Frank Sinatra and Fred Friendly. Fred was the head of CBS news in the
    days when Edward R. Murrow was the chief newscaster and host of the
    interview program Person to Person. When Ricky and Lucy did a similar
    interview program they called the TV show Face to Face.

    As Ed used to say at the end of each program, "Good night and good luck."

    Rock
  7. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Very good selections. Elsie the cow was Borden's. They are the ones that had the display of Elsie made from butter.

    More F's:

    Frederic Chopin Composer

    Francis X. Bushman Actor and Director

    Fran Dresher Actress

    Fanny Brice Comedian, Singer, Actress

    Faye Dunaway Actress

    Faith Ford Actress

    Fred MacMurray Actor

    Farley Granger Actor

    Francoit Tone Stage and Film Actor

    Fess Paker Actor

    Faith Hill Singer

    Franklin Graham Preacher
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  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Somebody sculpted Elsie in butter? Hope the sculptor got a gold ribbon.
    Or at least a yellow one. The Iowa state fair has had a butter cow for
    a long time. The Minnesota state fair has busts of the Dairy Queen and
    her court sculpted in butter. The busts are kept in a cold room. Visitors
    can watch the sculptors at work through the glass walls.

    The Dairy Queen is "Princess Kay of the Milky Way". Doesn't matter if
    her real name is Ausa. For one year she is Princess Kay. Our college
    freshman class had two of these wholesome beauties. For a couple
    reasons they were very popular. One was named Hope and she married
    my friend Larry. Last I heard they were living in Rochester.

    "Ause" BTW was the name of my grandmother. It is a Norwegian name.
    In Norse mythology Ause was the daughter of Gyrla who is mentioned
    in the sagas of Snorri Stuluson.

    Anybody up for some "G/s"? I can think of two double "G's" right off
    the bat: Greta Garbo, George Gobel, and Greer Garson.

    Rock
  9. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Rock, When I was a kid, Borden's had a display in a local department store. There was a replica of their logo, Elsie the Cow, chiseled in butter. They gave out bottles of cold chocolate milk to all the kids. Great idea, got lots of traffic. GB
  10. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Gee, is it time for G's already!

    Gale Storm Actress

    Glenn Ford Actor

    Ginger Rogers Actress

    Gordon MacRae Actor/Singer

    G Gordon Liddy Lawyer

    Grace Kelly Actress/Princess

    Gracie Allen Comedian/Actress

    Grant Tinker Co-founder of MTM enterprises

    Gerald Ford President
  11. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Nice list, GB. I had some chocolate milk today although it was from a local dairy,
    not Borden's. Maybe tomorrow I'll use some Elmer's glue.

    Golda Meir, born in Russia, grew up in Milwaukee, WI. Became foreign minister
    and later Prime Minister of Israel. One of her famous quotes:
    "Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40
    years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East
    that has no oil!"

    Gary Larson, a great cartoonist although not a great draftsman.

    Gunnar Myrdal, Nobel Prize winner in economics. Gunnar is a Norskie name.
    We had a Gunnar Johnson in my home town.

    Gordon Jenkins, musician, composer, band leader, recording executive. He
    discovered the Weavers; responsible for their first recordings.

    George Cukor, director in the Golden Age of Movies and beyond. His films
    include The Philadelphia Story, A Star is Born, Camile, Little Women, and
    My Fair Lady.

    George Clooney, nephew of singer Rosemary Clooney and also of Jose
    Ferrar. (Don't know anything about what George himself does.)

    Gunter Grass, Nobel Prize winner for literature. Born in Danzig. Wrote
    The Tin Drum. Died 4 months ago.

    George Hayes, character actor. Most famous role: Roy Rogers sidekick,
    Gabby.

    Rock
  12. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Rock, Glad you had some chocolate milk. Always a good thing to do.

    Speaking of Gunnar, one of Ricky Nelson's twin sons has that name. The other is Matthew. They are both musicians.

    I think I've heard of George Clooney, hum, let me think. His father was the host of one of those retro movie channels a few years ago, think his name is Nick.

    More G's:

    Gary Cooper Actor

    Guy Lombardo Band Leader

    Geena Davis Actress

    Glenda Jackson Actress

    George Burns Actor/Comedian

    Gracie Allen Actress/Comedian

    Gary Owen Comedian

    George Washington President
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  13. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Goldie Hawn, actress

    Garth Brooks, singer

    Gilda Radner, comedian, Saturday Night Live cast member

    George Jones, singer

    Gene Tierney, actress

    Gloria Estefan, singer

    Gregory Peck, actor

    Glenn Close, actress

    Gene Autry, "The Singing Cowboy"

    ***************

    That's it for now................

    Diane :)
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  14. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    On to the H's:

    Howard Hughes Business tycoon

    Hank Azaria Actor

    Hal Linden Actor

    Henry Jones Actor

    Herbert Hoover President

    Helen Hayes Actress

    Hilary Swank Actress

    Hillary Clinton Politician

    Halle Berry Actress
  15. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Dame Helen Mirren, actress

    Hugh Laurie, actor (I *LOVED* him in "House")

    Harrison Ford, actor

    Hank Williams, singer/songwriter

    Helen Reddy, singer

    Harry Connick, Jr., singer/actor

    That's it for now........

    Diane
  16. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hip, Hip Hooray for the "H's"!

    I made a list too. I have four names that you guys posted. Great minds etc.

    Helen of Troy In the middle of the 19th century a German archaeologist
    found the city of Troy (more or less) in Turkey. So if there really was a
    Troy, maybe there was a Helen. Helen is also a figure in Greek mythology,
    a daughter of Zeus.

    Harriet Hilliard, Harriet was a band singer. The band leader was Ozzie
    Nelson. Their children were David and Ricky and, as GB pointed out,
    one or their grandsons was Gunnar.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Professor at Harvard who quit teaching
    to write and became America's most popular poet in the 19th century.

    Hubert Humphrey, the youngest Mayor of Minneapolis and Vice
    President under LBJ.

    Hattie McDaniel, Won an Oscar for her role in GWTW.

    Henry VIII, much married British tyrant.

    Homer Hickam, prolific author and rocket scientist whose book Rocket
    Boys was made into a movie.

    Hugo Black, Supreme Court Justice nominated by Franklin D Roosevelt.

    Hatti Carnegie, designer from Austria who won a medal from the US Congress
    for designing the uniform for the WAC (Women's Army Corps).

    Horatio Alger, 19th century prolific writer of books for boys. In his stories
    a poor boy would become wealthy by displaying courage and industry. Luck
    helped too as the young hero would stop a runaway horse, rescue someone from
    a fire, etc.

    Harpo Marx, actor, mime and harp player. His mother intended to name him
    Oprah, but she was so groggy from the anesthesia that she spelled the name
    backwards.

    Rock
  17. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Speaking of Oprah, I heard her once say that her mother named her Orpha, a biblical name, but it was misspelled on the birth record.

    I saw an old musical video clip on tv a long time ago with Ozzie Nelson and wife Harriet singing a song together. I didn't recognize her at first. She was really beautiful and had a nice voice. I don't know if they were married when they made the 'movie', I think she was the girl singer in his band. GB
  18. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    More H's ...............

    Henry Fonda, actor

    Humphrey Bogart, actor

    Harry Houdini, stunt performer

    Henry Winkler -- "The Fonz"! :)

    Helen Hunt, actress

    ********************************

    Time to think of more -- unless we move on to the *I* category!

    Diane
  19. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    How about those I's:

    Isadora Duncan A dancer, born in 1927

    Ida Lupino Actress

    Irene Dunn Actress

    Ingmar Bergman Swedish writer and director
  20. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    OK, moving on to the "I's".

    Ivan the Terrible, Russian Czar in the 16th century.

    Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer who moved to America and lived in LA.
    Became an American citizen. Famous for his ballets such as The Rite of Spring.
    Not to be confused with Igor, assistant to Dr. Frankenstein.

    Ilva, Ligabue, Italian opera soprano.

    Ida Lupino, born in London. Also became an American citizen. Actress and
    director of films and TV shows.

    Ida Cantor, actress and wife of Eddie Cantor. They had five daughters.

    Ina Claire, actress; vaudeville, Broadway and both silent and sound films.

    Ya know what. There really aren't too many "I" names.

    Rock


    Hi GB, We were simultaneous again. Interesting that all but one of
    these folks were in the arts-entertainment arena.