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    Olivia, Sydney and the Birthday Crowd

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    As the U.S. looks forward to celebrating its 240th birthday on Monday, it’s only fitting to offer up birthday tributes to the wealth of movie luminaries born today, quite a stellar confluence of talents indeed. Not in the Twilight Time hi-def Blu-ray library but worthy of slices of celebratory cake are such legends as Charles Laughton (1899-1962), William Wyler (1902-1981), Farley Granger (1925-2011), Leslie Caron (turning 85), Claude Berri (1934-2009), Jamie Farr and Jean Marsh (both turning 82), Geneviève Bujold (turning 74), Dan Aykroyd (turning 64) and Andre Braugher (turning 54). Within the TT family, producer-director-actor Sydney Pollack (1934-2008) is richly represented by one terrific directorial credit (The Way We Were, available here: http://screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/26203/THE-WAY-WE-WERE-1973-SPECIAL-PROMOTION/), two dandy executive producer projects (The Fantastic Baker Boys and Sense and Sensibility) and the upcoming September release of the romantic auto racing drama Bobby Deerfield. In addition, TT joins the world in wishing a wonderful 100th birthday to the luminous two-time Academy Award® winner Olivia de Havilland, who headlined one of our label’s early DVD releases My Cousin Rachel (now sold out), but will soon rejoin the fold with October’s release of the long-awaited Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte. She's also Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month and her films will unspool starting tonight and for four successive Fridays. Also looking to the future,  fellow birthday celebrant and The Heiress director Wyler will also be admitted into the TT ranks down the road. Long may their flags wave among movie fans everywhere.