I don’t think I ever expected anything like an Oscar ever, to tell you the truth. That is not my motivation when I do these roles. I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.
Tumblr - this is Simone Veil. She died today at 89.
She was a French magistrate, politician, first female President of the European Parliament, Holocaust survivor and feminist icon among many things.
In November 1974 she addressed the French National Assembly (9 women and 481 men in those days) as the then-health minister to propose a law legalising abortion. The debates lasted three days during which she fought opposition from her own government, received death threats and letters from people telling her they regretted she’d survived Auschwitz, argued against male politicians who spat on her, hurled insults and likened the legislation to a Nazi genocide. She broke down in tears in the Assembly but never backed down, and on 17 January 1975 abortion was legalised in France. It is known as the “Loi Veil” (Veil law).
In her now famous opening address to the Assembly in 1974, Veil said: “Just listen to women.”
George Harrison and Olivia Trinidad Arias waiting for the Dark Horse Tour band to clear customs, 2 November 1974, as included in the Living in the Material World book
Photo: Henry Grossman
“I fell for her immediately. She is a very calming influence. She has been very supportive and we are blissfully happy together. I told her I didn’t want her doing all that typing. We started going with each other, and four years later we married.” - George Harrison [x]
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“Before she became Olivia Harrison in 1978, she was Olivia Trinidad Arias, an Angeleno whose grandparents immigrated to Los Angeles from Mexico. She grew up in Hawthorne, hometown of the Beach Boys, which turned out to be a major point of interest for George when she gave him a tour of her old neighborhood. She was working at A&M Records, which distributed Dark Horse releases at the time, and started chatting with Harrison when he’d call about business. They found they had musical and philosophical interests in common and soon began seeing each other regularly. ‘I was from outside of his world,’ she says. 'I was shelter from the storm. I was simple, and he needed some simplicity at that point.’ She says she never really stopped to think about the implications of getting involved with a musician, much less an ex-Beatle. 'You can’t really think about it that way, otherwise you’re just playacting.’ How will she cope when all the projects are completed? Is she simply postponing the feelings of loss with all the activity? Those are questions she doesn’t worry about, and she knows what George would have said on the subject. ‘One of his favorite things to say was, “Be here now,”’ she says. His song by that title, from his 1973 album 'Living in the Material World,’ remains one of her favorites, and it’s one she plays any time she feels in need of a booster shot of moral support. 'Sometimes he and Dhani would be talking and Dhani would ask, “Well what if this happens?” or “What if that happens?”’ she says. 'George would say, “Be here now. Be here now.”'” - “Here now, she lives for George” by Randy Newman, Los Angeles Times, 9 March 2005 [x]
In the early morning hours of 13 November, 1974, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr systematically shot and killed his father, mother, and his four siblings, as they slept in their beds of their Amityville, Long Island, New York home.
During his trial, he claimed that he had killed his family in self-defence because he had heard their voices plotting to kill him. But the story doesn’t end there: In December 1975, the Lutz family purchased the house and over the course of 28 days, they claimed they were plagued and terrorised by paranormal phenomena while living there, before fleeing the property. Some such claims included green slime running from the walls, hidden rooms, images of half headed demons, a demonic pig, as well as mysterious welts and wounds appearing out of nowhere.
After the family fled the macabre home, they called in investigators which was when the photograph above was snapped, apparently showing a ghost of a little boy peering out from behind the door; many believe it to be the ghost of 9-year-old John Matthew DeFeo. Whether the truth in this haunting case was stretched or even a hoax all together, it still remains one of the most sensationalised ghost stories worldwide, even inspiring multiple books and movies.
On November 14th, 1974, numerous eyewitnesses claimed to see a “fiery object” plummet to Earth approximately five miles away from Bald Mountain in Lewis County, Washington.
Three days after this event, Seattle grocer Earnest Smith was deer hunting in the area when he spotted a strange creature that was unlike anything he had ever seen before. He described it to Jim Brandon of “Weird America” as horse-sized, covered with scales and standing on four rubbery legs with suckers like octopus’s tentacles. Its head was football-shaped with an antenna sticking up, and it gave off a green, iridescent light.
Days later, Roger Ramsbaugh and his wife were driving along State Route 7- a nearly 60-mile stretch of road between Morton and Tacoma- on a fog shrouded evening, when they suddenly noticed a dull green glow near the side of the road. When they slowed down to investigate, they saw that very same creature standing there, and they presumably sped off out of fear.
These reports soon reached the local paper, who dubbed it the Crazy Critter of Bald Mountain. Eventually, William H. Wiester the Lewis County sheriff began an investigation. Shortly after, he was visited by United States Air Force and NASA officials and instructed not to continue his investigations. The sheriff’s own team of county officials was replaced by heavily armed agents wearing uniforms with no insignia. As soon as they swooped in, no new information regarding the Crazy Critter was revealed, and no more sightings have been reported ever since.
On November 8, 1974, an attractive man claiming to be a police detective approached 18-year-old Carol DaRonch inside a Salt Lake City shopping mall. The man requested she tell him her license plate number, explaining that somebody had just attempted to break into her car. She followed the young man back to her car which appeared to be undisturbed. The man requested she accompany him back to the police station for her to look at suspects.
She got into his car, a Volkswagen, and they drove off. She noticed that the detective went down the wrong street and told him. He responded by slapping handcuffs onto one of her wrists and producing a gun, telling her to keep quiet. DaRonch managed to force the door open and jump out. He chased her with a crowbar and attempted to hit her over the head with the weapon, missing. She escaped into a nearby car and the man fled.
The young woman had just narrowly escaped one of the worlds most prolific serial killers, Ted Bundy.
United States/Estados Unidos; New York/Nova York; Rhinoceros Club; “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road” Opening Party/Festa de estréia do espetáculo
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road”; November 17th 1974/17 de novembro de 1974.