Gloria Swanson was born in 1899 on this day. Carl Barks, creator of Scrooge McDuck (one of the very few good Disney cartoon characters), was born in 1901 (and died only in 2000 at age 99). Budd Schulberg, the great screenwriter but moral coward, was born in 1914. And the wonderful singer Sarah Vaughan was born in 1924.
But the day belongs to someone you’ve never heard of: Charles Lang, who was born on this day in 1902. He is one of the greatest cinematographers in film history. He won the Academy Award for A Farewell to Arms. But check this out: he received Oscar nominations for 17 other films. These include four films I’m very fond of: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Sabrina, Separate Tables, and Some Like It Hot.
So happy birthday to Charles Lang! And to the rest of you: now you have some good suggestions for a movie to watch this weekend.