WindyCityOperaman

Dan Soda (Windy City Operaman) is a Chicago native whose first visit to opera was at age 17 and Massenet’s Werther with Troyanos and Kraus. Nothing was ever the same. Opera and concert performances, recordings and video are an obsession. He prepares Parterre Box’s daily birthday and anniversary tributes. He also enjoys concerts, live theater and movies.


Queen of MGM Queen of MGM

Born on this day in 1902 actress Norma Shearer.

on August 10, 2022 at 10:15 AM
Unrelenting determination Unrelenting determination

On this day in 1975, Liza Minnelli jumped into the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago, the start of a five-week stint filling in for Gwen Verdon, who was recovering from throat surgery.

on August 09, 2022 at 9:16 AM
“Prima donnas in anything are bad” “Prima donnas in anything are bad”

Born on this day in 1910 actress Sylvia Sidney.

on August 08, 2022 at 5:52 AM
Who can I get at this hour? Who can I get at this hour?

Born on this day in 1886 actress and producer Billie Burke.

on August 07, 2022 at 6:04 AM
Give him the ooh-la-la! Give him the ooh-la-la!

Born on this day in 1911 actress Lucille Ball.

on August 06, 2022 at 6:39 AM
“The easiest job in the world” “The easiest job in the world”

Born on this day in 1911 actor Robert Taylor.

on August 05, 2022 at 2:31 AM
The Queens gambit The Queens gambit

Born on this day in 1910 actress Anita Page.

on August 04, 2022 at 8:00 AM
“A woman must be soignée” “A woman must be soignée”

Born on this day in 1904 actress Dolores del Rio.

on August 03, 2022 at 6:09 AM
Women and children first! Women and children first!

Born on this day in 1905 actress Myrna Loy.

on August 02, 2022 at 4:55 AM
“I tried to show that fashion is an art” “I tried to show that fashion is an art”

Born on this day in 1936 fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

on August 01, 2022 at 2:30 AM
“I am a stone” “I am a stone”

Happy 83rd birthday to actress France Nuyen.

on July 31, 2022 at 5:40 AM
Slumber party Slumber party

Happy 66th birthday actress Delta Burke.

on July 30, 2022 at 5:23 AM
‘It’ had to be you ‘It’ had to be you

Born on this day in 1905 actress Clara Bow.

on July 29, 2022 at 12:28 AM
A fat lady and a duck A fat lady and a duck

Born on this day in 1948 actress Georgia Engel.

on July 28, 2022 at 1:50 AM
My heroine My heroine

Born on this day in 1909 actress and singer Vivian Vance.

on July 26, 2022 at 4:10 PM
Up is where to grow Up is where to grow

Born on this day in 1935 actress Barbara Harris.

on July 25, 2022 at 6:00 AM
When my baby smiles at me When my baby smiles at me

Happy 71st birthday to actress, singer and icon Lynda Carter.

on July 24, 2022 at 8:00 AM
American dream American dream

Happy 62nd birthday mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

on July 23, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Like a spring shower Like a spring shower

Born on this day in 1908 etiquette maven Amy Vanderbilt.

on July 22, 2022 at 8:00 AM
I ain’t no machine I ain’t no machine

Happy 71st birthday to Broadway goddess Lillias White.

on July 21, 2022 at 8:00 AM
You better take my advice You better take my advice

Born on this day in 1924 chanteuse Lola Albright.

on July 20, 2022 at 11:30 AM
I’m gonna miss you, baby I’m gonna miss you, baby

On this day in 1951, Dolores Gray, Bert Lahr and a flock of other talent invaded the Mark Hellinger Theatre for the revue Two on the Aisle.

on July 19, 2022 at 4:21 AM
“I will never fail” “I will never fail”

Born on this day in 1908 actress, dancer and singer Lupe Vélez.

on July 18, 2022 at 8:00 AM
I want your sax I want your sax

Born on this day in 1917 actress, comedian and voice artist Phyllis Diller.

on July 17, 2022 at 10:40 AM
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