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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was born on this day in 1840, in Votkinsk, in the Russian Empire. Though he never played Santa Claus, the score he wrote for the two-act ballet, “The Nutcracker,” adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," is part of our collective Christmas soundtrack, and attending a stage performance is an annual family tradition for many during the holiday season. I know this has to be a @Drosselmeyer favorite!

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Born William Lyle Richardson on this day in 1922, in Spokane Washington, Darren McGavin (1922-2006) was a star of the stage, screen and television, but for those of us who remember him with cult-like devotion for his role in Bob Clark’s 1983 Christmas comedy classic, A Christmas Story, he will always be “the Old Man.”

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Many thanks !!!

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Albert Finney (1936-2019) was born May 9, 1936, in Charlestown, Salford, England. Legendary star of film, television and stage, Finney was nominated for five Academy Awards for films that include Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984), and as Best Supporting Actor for Erin Brockovich (2000). But for those who love him like the “Dickens” he will always be remembered as Scrooge in the 1971 musical movie adaptation of A Christmas Carol, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy in 1971. “Thank You Very Much” Albert!

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Considered by many to be the most influential dancer in the history of film, Omaha, Nebraskan, Frederick Austerlitz, better known as Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – 1987), was a legendary American dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer. Astaire’s movie roles included musicals, comediesa,d dramatic parts such as The Towering Inferno (1974) and Ghost Story (1981) but Kringle lovers everywhere remember him for his 9 roles (yes – 9!) in the television movie, The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979) and as the lovable narrator and postman, Special Delivery “S.D.” Kluger, in Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970). 

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American composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin (born Israel Beilin, May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989), is, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. During his 60-year career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including the scores for 20 original Broadway shows and 15 original Hollywood films. For many, however, one Berlin song tops them all – “White Christmas.” The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on NBC radio show’s Kraft Music Hall, on Christmas Day, 1941. Crosby later recorded the song in 1942, as part of an album of six 78-rpm discs from the musical film Holiday Inn. The version crooned by Bing Crosby is the world's best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.

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Great research in this posting.

 

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American actor, Edward Ernest "Judge" Reinhold, Jr. was born May 21, 1957, in Wilmington, Delaware @Drosselmeyer. Reinhold has appeared in in over 75 motion picture and television roles including Ruthless People, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Stripes, Gremlins, Beverly Hills Cop, and his Emmy-winning performance as “the close talker” on Seinfeld, but Christmas movie lovers everywhere remember him as Dr. Neil Miller - the doubting stepfather/psychiatrist in an ugly sweater, who finally gets his "weenie whistle" in The Santa Clause (1, 2 & 3).

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