Wednesday, October 3, 2007
On this day, October 3rd 2003, Roy Horn, of the famed illusionist duo Siegfried and Roy, was mauled by a tiger during a performance in Las Vegas.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
American comedian Groucho Marx was born on this day, 2nd October, 1890.
Marx developed a routine as a wise-cracking hustler with a distinctive chicken-walking lope and an exaggerated greasepaint moustache and eyebrows, improvising insults to stuffy dowagers (often played by Margaret Dumont) and anyone else who stood in his way. He and his brothers starred in a series of extraordinarily popular stage shows and movies, often ad libbing.
"Groucho Marx was the best comedian this country ever produced. [...] He is simply unique in the same way that Picasso or Stravinsky are." —Woody Allen
"Lydia the Tattooed Lady", which became one of Groucho Marx's signature tunes, was written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, and first appeared in the movie At the Circus (1939).
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