Katherine Helmond

Another year, another dead Soap star. However unlike Robert Mandan, who played Chester Tate in the classic, ground-breaking sitcom, Katherine Helmond had no issues getting an obituary. Helmond started her career off as a stage actress – receiving a Tony nomination in 1973 – and didn’t really develop a presence on TV or film until […]

Andre Previn

Born Andreas Priwin in Berlin, Previn’s family escaped Nazi Germany and came to the United States when he was just 9. Seven years later, he was already working for MGM’s music department. His first credited piece of music was the score for the 1949 Lassie movie The Sun Comes Up, which he later called “one […]

Hilde Zadek

Your first time singing on stage is bound to be nerve-wrecking. Especially if it’s opera. Especially if it’s at the Vienna State Opera. Especially if you’re 29 and had no formal training. Especially if it’s in the lead role of Aida. And you have the first lines. And it’s the first time the opera has […]