During the 1920’s, as cosmetic surgery began to grow in popularity across the country, many people, especially those in show business, took the plunge. Jewish comedian Fanny Brice had a rhinoplasty done. This surgery is more commonly referred to as a “nose job”. At the time noted writer Dorothy Parker commented that Brice had “cut off her nose to spite her race”. The general assumption is that by doing the rhinoplasty a person could be made to look “less ethnic” and more Anglo-Saxon, thereby more socially acceptable and in line with common standards of beauty.
Singer, actress, director, producer Barbara Streisand, who portrayed Miss Brice in the Broadway and movie versions of Funny Girl, as well as the sequel Funny Lady has said she thought about it early in her career but decided she didn’t really trust the doctors to get it right and she thought getting it “fixed” might actually ruin her career.
Nominated for 12 Academy Awards during the course of her career, the late Katherine Hepburn won the Best Actress Oscar a total of four times, for the following films: Morning Glory (1934); Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner(1968); The Lion in Winter (1969); and On Golden Pond (1982).
Actress Audrey Hepburn won her Best Actress Oscar for the film Roman Holiday, in 1954. Additionally, in 1993, she was posthumously given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Her son, Sean Ferrer accepted the award on her behalf.
The purchase was negotiated by William H. Seward, Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and subsequently, his successor Andrew Johnson. Due to the exorbitant cost, and the fact that critics saw no real gain from the area, the deal quickly became known as “Seward’s Folly“, and alternately “Seward’s Icebox”.
Alaska Day, celebrating the formal transfer of the territory from Russia to the United States, is observed on October 18. It was declared an official state holiday in 1917.
The father of our country, George Washington, was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Through his leadership, determination, and military skill, he secured our independence from British rule.