Stephanie Powers - June 16, 2014

It has been a while since last we visited the "Faces of the Tour," the collection of celebrity photographs on display throughout the American Treasure Tour's Toy Box.  It's time to change that.  And today, we are happy to talk about the career of Stephanie Powers.

Powers is one of a very small population of Americans actually born and raised in Hollywood, California.  A schoolmate with Nancy Sinatra, Powers started acting at a young age, and got parts in many films and television shows, with her big break coming with The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., the spin-off to the popular 1960's spy show The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which lasted only one season. Twelve years later, she co-starred with Robert Wagner in Hart to Hart.  The show lasted for five years, after which she has continued to appear on both stage and screen to this day.

QUESTION:  Loyal ATT blog readers will recall that we have discussed numerous movie posters on display in our Music Room.  Which of the following Stephanie Powers films was discussed in a past blog entry?

a)  The Magnificent Seven Ride!

b)  Herbie Rides Again

c)  The Boatniks

d)  Experiment in Terror

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

111 years ago today, a very important thing happened in Dearborn, Michigan:  The Ford Company was incorporated.  Automobiles had been around for a while, but none would make them as affordable as would the founder of the company, Henry Ford.  Everybody can Afford a Ford was the motto, and, indeed, it seemed that everybody bought them.  By the millions, cars came off the assembly line and filled the roads.  Today, thanks to Ford and his contemporaries, owning a car seems more important than owning a house for many Americans.

Today in 1967, a music festival began in the town of Monterey, California, that inspired a sense of community for many of its anti-war attendees.  It was called the Monterey Pop Festival, and it became closely associated with what was called "The Summer of Love."  It was also the first major live performance of many musical acts, including Jimmy Hendricks, the Who, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.  Monterey became the event all others aspired to emulate, including the one two years later popularly known as Woodstock.

BIRTHDAYS:

Today, we would like to celebrate the birthday of a mostly-forgotten talent from the first half of the twentieth century.  His name was Bobby Clark, and he was a comedian who performed in vaudeville and the circus, while also making an occasional appearance in front of the camera. If Clark was to be recognized, it would be because of his trademark glasses, which he actually drew onto his face.  He starred in numerous films between the 1920s and 1950s.  Look him up the next time you're looking for something new in old cinema.

Joan Van Ark also celebrates a birthday today.  The television actress turns seventy.  Her resume is long.  She began acting in her twenties, and has not stopped since.  Like Stephanie Powers, she appeared in numerous programs during her career, stopping only once in a while for series work, most notably playing Valene Ewing in both Dallas and Knots Landing.  Happy seventy!

QUOTE:  Journalists have made celebrity into an industry. - Stephanie Powers.

Answer:  c)  The Boatniks, co-starring Phil Silvers and Norman Fell.  We know.  You didn't really need the answer, since it is so obvious.