Sunday, March 08, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Charles Starkweather was a mass murderer who killed 11 people in Nebraska and Wyoming during a road trip with his 14 yr. old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate. His story inspired the films The Sadist, Badlands, Starkweather, Murder in the Heartland, The Frighteners and Natural Born Killers. His story also inspired the Bruce Springsteen song 'Nebraska'. Starkweather was executed in the electric chair at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.
American actor/singer Gordon MacRae’s releases for Capitol Records were quite successful. Through 1954 he scored numerous hits, among them "Rambling Rose," "So in Love," "It's Magic," "I Still Get Jealous," "Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue," and "At the Candlelight Café."
MacRae starred in two of the most popular musicals of the 1950s, the movie versions of Richard Rodgers' and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, and Carousel. In Oklahoma! he dazzled female hearts with such standards as "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'," "People Will Say We're in Love," and the title song.
I believe the music at the top of the marker is Oh What A Beautiful Mornin', Oh What A Beautiful Day.
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Sandy Dennis, Actress, was born in Hastings, NE. She was cast in a small role in the movie Splendor in the Grass in 1961. She won two consecutive Tony Awards for her performances in A Thousand Clowns in 1963 and Any Wednesday in 1964. In 1966, she was given an Academy Award for best supporting actress in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe. In 1967, Sandy was awarded a prize at the Moscow Film Festival for Up the Down Staircase and in 1970, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for The Out-of-Towners.
Teena Brandon, born female, identified and dressed as a man and referred to herself as Brandon Teena in the Falls City, NE. area. Brandon found happiness with a girlfriend and made a number of friends, but when Brandon’s secret was discovered,she was brutally attacked and later murdered.
Brandon’s story served as the basis for the film ‘Boys Don't Cry’, starring Hilary Swank, and also the documentary 'The Brandon Teena Story'.
Brandon Teena is in the striped shirt.