On this day in Movie History, February 23, 1630 Popcorn Introduced to English Colonists

1630 – OK, maybe not a movie fact, this is a go-with! Popcorn was introduced to English colonists on this day (as nearly as any can tell) when Quadequine, brother of Massasoit, brought a bag of the stuff over to dinner this day. There was no featured movie then, um, as they hadn’t been invented. So, the Indians had a big feast and sat around and watched the sun set. Oooh, Aaaah! Sorta, kinda like a movie…

1907 – Robert (George) Young (Emmy Award-winning actor: Father Knows Best, [1958], Marcus Welby M.D. [1970], The Bride Wore Red, Crossfire, Honolulu, Northwest Passage; died July 21, 1998)

1907 – Sheldon Leonard (Bershad) (actor: It’s a Wonderful Life, Guys and Dolls; Emmy Award-winning Director: The Danny Thomas Show [1957, 1961], and Executive Producer: My World and Welcome to It [1970]; died Jan 10, 1997)

1908 – Sir John Mills (actor: Frankenstein, A Tale of Two Cities, Around the World in 80 Days, Gandhi, Oklahoma Crude, Ryan’s Daughter, King Rat, The Swiss Family Robinson, War and Peace, Great Expectations, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Ghost Camera; father of actresses Juliet and Hayley Mills; died April 23, 2005)

1926 – Bud Yorkin (Emmy Award-winning Director: An Evening with Fred Astaire [1959] and The Jack Benny Specials [1960])

1928 – Paul Dooley (actor: The Underneath, Flashback, Last Rites, Sixteen Candles, Endangered Species, Paternity, Slap Shot, Breaking Away, The Player)

1944 – Jonathan Demme (Academy Award-winning director: Silence of the Lambs; Philadelphia, Married to the Mob, Swimming to Cambodia, Swing Shift, Melvin and Howard, Last Embrace, Caged Heat; playwright: Fighting Mad, Caged Heat, Hot Box, Angels Hard as They Come)

1950 – Miou-Miou (Sylvette H’ry) (actress: Little Indian Big City, Going Places, Entre Nous, La Lectrice)

1950 – Julie Walters (actress: Just like a Woman, The Summer House, Mack the Knife, Pick Up Your Ears, Educating Rita)

1959 – Kyle MacLachlan (actor: Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, The Flintstones, Dune, In Justice)

1975 – Drew Barrymore (actress: Bad Girls, Irreconcilable Differences, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Altered States, Wayne’s World 2, Batman Forever, Scream, The Wedding Singer, Charlie’s Angels, Riding in Cars with Boys, 50 First Dates; autobiography [at age 14]: Little Lost Girl; daughter of actor/director John Barrymore Jr.; granddaughter of actor John Barrymore Sr.; great-niece of actors Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore)


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