Friday, April 20, 2012

April 20

April 20
Savvy Vol. 4 No. 3, April 20, 1998
On the Cover: China Cojuangco
Events that happened on April 20
1578 – Brunei was declared a vassal state of Spain by Governor-general Francisco de Ande after defeating Sultan Seif-ur-Rijal
1654 – The cornerstone of the Manila Cathedral was put in place by archibishop Miguel Poblete.
1898 – Spain declared war on the United States.

Personalities and celebrities born on April 20:
1874 – Servillano Aquino, Tarlac revolutionary general – in Concepcion, Tarlac (February 3, 1959).
1978 – Jaypee de Guzman (full name Jaypee James Tragico de Guzman), actor.
1953 – Nanette Inventor (real name Agness Maritza Inventor), singer, comedian and actress – in Manila.

Audrey Hepburn on the cover of Life (April 20, 1962).
Picture Trivia
          British Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn (real name Audrey Kathleen Ruston, 1929-1993) was born in Ixelles, a district in Brussels, Belgium. During her childhood, at the height of World War II, she and her family suffered hardship and transferred from one residence to another in Belgium, England and the Netherlands. Her childhood experiences during the war gave Hepburn the inspiration to dedicate a part of her life to social and humanitarian works for UNICEF.           Hepburn’s star began to shine in Hollywood after her performance in the film Gigi (1951), followed by Roman Holiday (1953), where she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway play Ondine (1954). She is one among a few who have won awards in Oscar, Tony, Emmy at Grammy.
          In 1961, Hepburn was chosen to play the lead role of Holly Golightly, an extraordinary New York City call girl, for the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Truman Capote, who wrote the novel from which the film was based, said the role is not suited for Hepburn but for Marilyn Monroe. Although Hepburn also said “I can’t play a hooker” in passing, she was still chosen for the lead role. The character she portrayed didn’t have much sexual innuendos, but she was nominated for the Academy Best Actress Award, and Holly Golightly became an iconic symbol in American cinema.

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