Photographer Gene Stratton-Porter was born on August 17, 1863.
Shakespearean actress Julia Marlowe was born on August 17, 1866, in England.
Actress Mae West was born on August 17, 1893.
Actor Monty Wooley was born on August 17, 1888.
Travel writer Vivienne de Watteville was born on August 17, 1900, in the United Kingdom. She is the author of
two books Africa: Out in the Blue (1927) and Speak to the Earth: Wanderings and Reflections Among Elephants and Mountains(1935).
Hemingway’s original manuscript for the short story The Snows of Kilimanjaro included an epithet from Speak to the Earth. Here is a link to an article about her in The Telegraph called On the trail of the greatest female British adventurer you’ve never heard of by Anthony Peregrine.
Expressionist artist Larry Rivers was born on August 17, 1923. Neither here nor there, but he has been a favorite of mine ever since a wonderful painting teacher named Fred Lynch showed me a thick book of his paintings in 1999.
Jazz tenor saxophonist Ike Quebec was born on August 17, 1918.
Also born on August 17th:
Lucky number: 5
Magic Eight Ball says: Don’t count on it.
Robert De Niro movie to watch: Goodfellas
Closing Thoughts: Vacation. It’s all you ever wanted.