Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today in Pop Culture History

30 November 1900: Novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and all-around intellectual and style icon Oscar Wilde died much too young in Paris of cerebral meningitis. The latter part of Wilde's life was marred by the infamous "gross indecency" case, which was also one of the first celebrity trials. The case, which centered on publicly humiliating Wilde for his homosexuality, was poignantly represented in the biopic Wilde starring Stephen Fry. In addition to his life, which is pure movie material, many of Wilde's works have been adapted for the screen, including the Colin Firth double-header of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest. Pop Culture field trip: Go to Paris's gorgeous necropolis, Pere Lachaise, and give Wilde's stunning art deco tomb a lipsticked smooch.

You can also check out the graves of Jim Morrison and Rin Tin Tin while you're there for the pop culture trifecta.

30 November 1940: "Lucy, I'm home!" Lucille Ball married Desi Arnez. Though the marriage ended in the mid-50s, their partnership produced and nurtured the classic sitcom I Love Lucy. Here's one of my favorite moments:

30 November 1982: The motion picture Gandhi had its world premiere in New Delhi. The Richard Attenborough epic biopic went on to win 8 Oscars that year, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Ben Kingsley. It's included in the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, and my blogger-in-crime and I dutifully posted on it over here.

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