The American Treasure Tour is highly recommended for anyone who wants to celebrate music, movies, collectibles, popular culture, and of course history. Our items on exhibit range from 19th century Edison phonographs to stuffed animals honoring the characters from the popular current television series Spongebob Squarepants. And then, we have on display hundreds of pictures of celebrities ranging from the silent movie era through to today who may have been born overseas, but who wound up in the United States. Is that a big surprise, though? Our "Faces of the Tour" series continues, with the face of the English actor Nicollette Sheridan.
Sheridan was born in England in 1961, but moved to the States as a child after her actress mother, Sally, started dating a star of the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Telly Savalas is the father of Nicollette's half-brother Nicholas. Nicholette started her own career in her twenties, landing a role in the night-time soap opera Knot's Landing in 1986, and spent the remainder of the decade as Paige Matheson. Active in both television and film, Sheriden was cast in Desperate Housewives in 2004, and enjoyed continued success for five more years before she left. She continues to work in Hollywood, but more importantly, she remains in a prominent position in the Toy Box, here at ATT.
In which of the following films did Nicollette Sheridan not make an appearance?
a) Beverly Hills Ninja
c) Code Name: The Cleaner
d) Monster Mania
e) Noises Off!
Two very bad things happened on this day - the death of a president and the sinking of a famous cruise ship. First, the president. It was 1865 and he was Abraham Lincoln. Most - if not all - Americans know the story. John Wilkes Booth shot him in the head at point-blank range in Ford's Theater during a showing of the play My American Cousin on April 14th. He survived the night, albeit unconscious. And died on the morning of April 15th. 47 years later, on the same day, the British passenger liner RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank, taking most of the passengers and crew with it. Both of these stories have been told dozens of times. And neither of them are happy stories.
So let's address another landmark date. April 15, 1955 is the day Ray Kroc celebrated as the founding of the McDonald's franchise as we know it today. The first McDonald's ever opened fifteen years prior, by brothers in San Bernardino, California. BIt was Kroc who bought out the company and began the franchise with the store in Des Plaines, Illinois that would lead to the mega-chain we know it to be today. Now, serving close to 68 million customers daily in 119 countries around the world, McDonald's is one of the most recognizable and powerful companies in existence.
An advantage to heading up the American Treasure Tour blog is being able to celebrate personal heroes, regardless of whether anyone else has ever heard of them or not. So today, Charles Willson Peale gets a special call out. Born on this day in 1741, Peale was a multi-talented man. He was a saddle maker-turned painter and taxidermist who fought for the revolution, then proceeded to paint the portraits of prominent founding fathers, and presented them in his American museum, one of the first established in the United States. For a time, it was open on the second floor of what we now know as Independence Hall.
And we celebrate another favorite next! Hans Conreid was a character actor and voice talent born today in 1972. The role for which we celebrate him most is that of Snidely Whiplash, the green archenemy of Dudley Do-Right from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons of the 1960s, but Conreid was certainly an accomplished performer beyond this role. He acted in over eighty films, including Charlie Chaplin's exceptional satire The Great Dictator, the live-action interpretation of Dr. Seuss' The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, and The Cat From Outer Space. Conreid was 64 years old when he died in 1982.
I grew up feeling like the ugly duckling, and things haven't changed that much. - Nicollette Sheridan
Answer: d) Monster Mania. That is actually the name of a popular monster movie-themed convention that occurs annually in Cherry Hill, NJ. It is highly unlikely Nicollette Sheridan will ever appear there.