June 2 Birthday: Johnny Weissmuller. LIVES OF THE ATHLETES

Johnny Weissmuller, athlete
June 2, 1904-January 20, 1984

Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1997)

An Olympian in swimming, Weissmuller also made his mark as Tarzan in the movies. His motto—”Le’s go.”

See at photo of Weissmuller aboard the S.S. President Roosevelt, July 1928 (coming or going) to the Olympic Games.

May 4 Birthday: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn, actor and philanthropist

May 4, 1929-Jan. 20, 1993

Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo, illustrated by Julia Denos (Blazer+Bray, 2011)

A touching story of the acclaimed actress who grew up in Nazi-occupied Europe and found her greatest role in motherhood and serving others. Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and other iconic films live on, as do Hepburn’s charitable endeavors.

The Official Site of Audrey Hepburn spotlights her life & career and her Children’s Fund.

May 2 Birthday Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON (STARS OF TODAY)

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, actor, wrestler
May 2, 1972-

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (Stars of Today Series) by Jody Jensen Shaffer (The Child’s World, 2013)

An inside look at Dwayne Johnson and how he started as a football player who rose to wrestling star and famous actor. Many insights into his life on and off the screen including his big heart.

March 22 Birthday: Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words

Marcel Marceau, actor
March 22, 1923-September 22, 2007

Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words by Leda Schubert, illustrated by Gerard DuBois  (Roaring Brook, 2012)

This is the story of the amazing French mime, who acted without words. As a child, he loved the antics of Charlie Chaplin, the silent film star. During WWII he resisted the Nazis, and led children to safety. Then, he created the character of Bip and became the most famous mime in the world. The 2013 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Winner for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children!

Watch Marcel Marceau onstage in this YouTube video.