Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Brightest Star in American History

Happy Memorial Day!!
A Man to be Remembered.

He was one of

the Brightest stars
in American History

James Cagney
#1 Hollywood Star
UNITED STATES POSTAL STAMP







I have been working on this painting of Cagney. I have to be in the mood to go back to finish a painting. Should I try to finish it when not feeling it ,I screw it up. It may be October befor I get back to it. The yard is growing like mad this summer and I have these Art shows. Plus I am adding a Sun Room to the back of the house.
The Dark one is the last try.. Think it looks like him? Be honest..











1938 was nominated for Best Actor at Academy
Awards for Angels with Dirty Faces.
1942 he won the Oscar for Yankee Doodle Dandy
He was nomanated three times for Love Me or Leave
Me, with Doris Day.





My Two favorite DANCERS are Eleanor Powell and Cagney.
Wonder why they never danced together.
I have seen all his movies, love the way he dances.





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I met him in Houston when I was 16.

A friend working in the Rice Hotel said he

asked about the girl in the drug store
having the soda.
I went over and he said I looked like some one he knew years ago. I was in a hurry for

a date. Wish I had stayed and talked to him.



Cagney liked farms he had another around

Sandfordville near NY Duchess County
President Ronald Reagan presented and awarded the MEDAL OF FREEDOM
to James Cagney in 1984. During World War Two Cagney did many tours.


He was President of the Screen Actors Guild for two years.
Cagney Died of a heart attack at his farm 1986. He had Diabetes
He is buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery ,in Hawthorne NY




My Dad grew up in his neighborhood and said he was a real scrapper.


Dad Said that a gang would hide and try to jump him and yell "Sissy" because he was coming back from Tap dance lessons. Dad said he could hold his own and was an Amateur Boxer Graduated with Honor's at Stuyvesant school 1917



When Cagney's Dad died he was in his teens and had jobs, Night doorman,Copy boy at
New York Sun, Junior Draughtsman. and worked at Wanamaker's,

America's first Department store. Now MACY"S.

Cagney went to Columbia Univ. Studied Drafting.
He Married and adopted two children.







Posted by Yvonne Rosenfield @ La Petite Gallery
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