It was on this date, December 9, 1953, that American actor John Gavin Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois. John Malkovich was educated at Eastern Illinois University and Illinois State University. At age 30 he won an Obie award for an off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s play True West, then starred with Dustin Hoffman in a 1984 Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman. That same year he won an Oscar nomination for playing a blind man in the film Places in the Heart.
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Originally published December 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.
Jane Addams (1860) It was on this date, September 6, 1860, that American social reformer Jane Addams, was born in Cedarville, Illinois. Addams graduated valedictorian from the Rockford Female Seminary in 1881. She met and became life-long friends with Ellen Gates Starr,* with whom she traveled in Europe from 1883-1885. There they studied social conditions. […]