Birthday Bells: Poitier, Leigh, Blethyn and Altman

So many Happy Returns of the Day in order:

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Sidney Poitier – catch him in The Defiant Ones (1958) co-starring Tony Curtis, In the Heat of the Night (1967), To Sir, with Love (1967) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) co-starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as the surprised in-laws to be – Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1963 for Lilies in the Field.

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Robert Altman – check out his beautiful, bittersweet western,  McCabe and Mrs Miller (1971) starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with an all Leonard Cohen soundtrack and the LA set ensemble piece Short Cuts (1993).

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Mike Leigh – as he shares a birthday with one of his leading ladies from one of his greatest films, check out Secrets and Lies, with an incredible performance by Brenda Blethyn as the surprised mother of Hortense Cumberbatch:

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Brenda Blethyn – besides Secrets and Lies, watch Brenda as down-on-her-luck widow-turned marijuana cultivator in Saving Grace (2000).

Brenda winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress 1997: