April 8: Celebrities

Births

Actress Patricia Arquette is 50 today!

Patricia_Arquette_2015Patricia Arquette made her film debut as “Kristen Parker” in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987). Her notable films include Tony Scott‘s True Romance (1993), Tim Burton‘s Ed Wood (1994), and David Lynch‘s Lost Highway (1997).

Arquette was married to Nicolas Cage (1995-2011) and then to Thomas Jane (2006-2011). She belongs to the Arquette acting dynasty which includes sisters Rosanna (Desperately Seeking Susan) and Alexis (died 2016), and brothers Richmond, and David (Scream).

Also born today…

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Wacky fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood (1941)

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Movie special effects guy, Douglas Trumbull (1942)

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Horror writer, James Herbert (1943-2013)

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Shelley actor, Hywel Bennett (1944-2017)

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Yes guitarist, Steve Howe (1947)

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Ex-Guns n’ Roses guitarist, Izzy Stradlin (1962)

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Musician, Julian Lennon (1963)

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The Princess Bride actress, Robin Wright (1966)

Deaths

Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, died today in 1973

Pablo_PicassoPablo Picasso October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by the German and Italian airforces.

Picasso’s work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919), also referred to as the Crystal period. Much of Picasso’s work of the late 1910s and early 1920s is in a neoclassical style, and his work in the mid-1920s often has characteristics of Surrealism. His later work often combines elements of his earlier styles.

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