Friday, December 25, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Humphrey Bogart #CousinoftheWeek

Humphrey DeForest Bogart was American actor who became a preeminent motion picture “tough guy” and was a top box office attraction during the 1940s and '50s. In his performances he projected the image of a worldly wise, individualistic adventurer with a touch of idealism hidden beneath a hardened exterior. Offscreen he gave the carefully crafted appearance of being a cynical loner, granting only minimal concessions to Hollywood conventions. He became a cult hero of the American cinema.
Bogart was the son of a prominent surgeon and a commercial artist. He served in the United States Navy at the end of World War I, and after the war he began a stage career in New York City playing juvenile roles in drawing-room and country-house comedies. By the mid-1920s he had won a leading role in the comedy Cradle Snatchers (1925) and other plays, and the young actor with the distinctive lisp began receiving good notices from critics. He often played the ascot-wearing playboy or country-club fixture who seemingly frolicked through life in dinner jacket and tails, which is the ultimate irony in light of his later screen persona as the hard-bitten, world-weary man of few words. He is reported to have originated the classic line of the mindless society fellow: “Tennis, anyone?”
Bogart's Broadway success led to roles in two film shorts—The Dancing Town (1928) and Broadway's Like That (1930)—and a contract with the Fox Film Corporation. His supporting roles in some 10 films made between 1930 and 1934 failed to make an impact, and the disillusioned Bogart returned to the Broadway stage. He scored his biggest triumph to date as the ruthless killer Duke Mantee in Robert Sherwood's The Petrified Forest (1935). He finally garnered some serious attention in Hollywood when Warner Bros. adapted the play for the screen the following year. Bogart spent the next five years playing numerous supporting roles—mostly gangster types—and occasional leading roles in B-films. His best pictures of this period are such films as Black Legion (1936), Marked Woman (1937), Dead End (1937), The Roaring Twenties (1939), and They Drive by Night (1940).
Two films in 1941 marked the turning point of Bogart's career. In High Sierra he played a killer with a tortured soul and a sense of morality—a departure from the one-dimensional thugs he had portrayed earlier. His performance as detective Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941), John Huston's adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett detective thriller, helped make the film a classic. He followed this with leading roles in such well-regarded films as All Through the Night and Across the Pacific (both 1942) before he was cast in what is perhaps his quintessential screen characterization, that of cabaret owner Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942). Despite its hurried, chaotic production, begun when the script was only half-finished, Casablanca is one of the best in moviemaking history; it ranked second only to Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941) on the American Film Institute's 1999 list of the top 100 American films. Released just after America's entrance into World War II, Casablanca's topicality and sentimental cynicism helped to make it an enormous success. The film won the Oscar for best picture, and Bogart's Oscar-nominated performance secured his newfound status as Warners' top male star.
From this success Bogart went on to compile an impressive list of screen credits. Few actors can match his track record for quality films: To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Key Largo (1948), In a Lonely Place (1950), The African Queen (1951; Academy Award for best actor), Sabrina (1954), and The Caine Mutiny (1954) are all regarded as screen classics. He seldom appeared in a truly bad picture, and his legend helped such minor films as Sahara (1943), Passage to Marseilles (1944), Dark Passage (1947), Beat the Devil (1953), and The Barefoot Contessa (1954) to achieve cult status.

Humphrey Bogart is your 8th cousin five times removed.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Mamie C. Nichols (Collins) 
his mother →  Daniel J. COLLINS 
her father →  Catherine Poff Stump Collins 
his mother →  Sarah Wilson 
her mother →  Joshua Wilson 
her father →  Catherine Huff 
his mother →  Ruth Brownson 
her mother →  Roger Brownson 
her father →  Jacob Bronson (1641-1708) 
his father → Isaac Brunson 
his father →  Hannah Brunson 
his mother →  Hannah Scott 
her mother →  Mary North 
her sister →  Thomas North, Sr. 
her son →  Lydia Humphrey (North) 
his daughter →  Isaac Humphrey 
her son →  Jonathon Humphrey 
his son →  Harvey Humphrey 
his son →  John Perkins Humphrey 
his son →  Maud A. Humphrey 
his daughter →  Humphrey Bogart 
her son

Friday, December 11, 2015

John Quincy Adams #CousinOfTheWeek

John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the USA is my 12th cousin 7 times removed.  

   →  Mom 
your mother →  Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran 
her father →  Burrell H Hancock 
his father →  Samuel Austin Hancock 
his father → Peter Hancock, CSA Soldier 
his father →  John Hancock 1785 
his father →  Benjamin Hancock 1759 
his father →  John Hancock 
his father →  Benjamin Hancock 
his father →  John Hancock 
his father →  William Hancock, III 
his father →  Elizabeth Hancock 
his mother →  Nicholas William Spencer 
her father →  Mary Spencer 
his mother → Thomas Elmes, Sir 
her father →  Alice St. John 
his mother →  Sir John St. John, Kt. 
her father →  Sybil Saint John 
his mother → Margred (Margaret) or Jane or Jonnet Mathew 
her mother →  Thomas Mathew, Esq., of Radyr, Glamorgan 
her brother →  Janet Stradling 
his daughter → Jane Stradling 
her daughter →  Dorothy Griffiths 
her daughter →  Jane Coytmore 
her daughter →  Captain Rowland Coytmore 
her son →  Elizabeth Coytemore 
his daughter → Anna Tyng 
her daughter →  Anna Quincy 
her daughter →  Colonel John Quincy 
her son →  Elizabeth Smith (Quincy) 
his daughter → Abigail Adams (Smith), First Lady of the United States 
her daughter →  Hon. John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the USA 
her son

Friday, December 04, 2015

Andrew Jackson #CousinOfTheWeek

Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the USA is your 7th cousin 7 times removed.   

   →  Mom 
your mother →  Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran 
her father →  Burrell H Hancock 
his father →  Samuel Austin Hancock 
his father → Elizabeth Edwards Hancock 
his mother →  Brice Edwards 
her father →  Ambrose Edwards, Jr. 
his father →  Ambrose Edwards, the Immigrant 
his father → Isabella / Elizabeth Edwards (Downing) 
his mother →  Sir George Downing, 2nd Baronet 
her father →  Frances Downing 
his mother → Sir William Howard of Naworth 
her father →  Margaret Howard 
his mother →  Mary Gerard 
her mother →  Sir William Dormer, KB. MP for Buckinghamshire 
her father → Anne Hungerford 
his daughter →  Lucy St. John 
her daughter →  Lucy Apsley 
her daughter →  Lady Lucy Apsley 
her daughter →  John Hutchinson 
her son → Francis Cyrus Hobart Hutchinson 
his son →  Elizabeth "Betty" Hutchinson 
his daughter →  Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the USA 
her son


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