Today, August 18, is Robert Redford's 75th birthday! Man, does that make me feel old!!! Remember how some of us female AARP members swooned over him in "The Way We Were?"
Robert was a rascal in high school. One of his pastimes was stealing hub caps! He managed to graduate, though, and went on to the University of Colorado on a basketball scholarship. Unfortunately, he was kicked out for doing way too much drinking. He studied art at the Pratt Institute, then headed to Europe to live the life of an artist. He later returned to New York, and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he met and married Lola Van Wagenen in 1958. The two had four children, but divorced in 1985.
His first big roll was the part of Sundance in "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" in 1969.
He named his famed Sundance Film Festival after his character in the film. Remember the scene where Butch and Sundance jumped off that cliff into a river??
I have seen "Jeremiah Johnson" (1972) more times than I care to admit. It is one of my favorite Redford films.
"The Sting" came out in 1973. I think it was more of a guy film, but Redford sure looked fine in that tux!
"The Great Gatsby" (1974) wasn't a box office hit, but I still loved it!
"The Natural" came out in 1984. What a sweet story that was!
The next year Redford starred with Meryl Streep in "Out of Africa," another one of my favorite films. I cried my eyes out during the memorial scene!
I didn't really mean to go on so long here, but I had a serious crush on the guy for a lot of years. Not only was he sexy, but he has done so much for the movie industry over the years, as an actor, a director, and a philanthropist. He's a good citizen, too.
Happy Birthday, Robert!! Thanks for all the great films!
p.s. I wrote this late on Thursday, and forgot to tell you all to read the other offerings for Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday. I'm heading there now to catch up on MY reading!!