Datebook: May 13 - Basil Rathbone Turns 120

Jun 13, 2012

In addition to having a cool name, Sir Philip St. John Basil Rathbone appeared in over 70 films in Hollywood's early days, rising to prominence for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in 14 films (and a radio series). The South African-born, English-raised Shakespearean actor primarily played suave villains or morally ambiguous characters, such as Murderstone in David Copperfield and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood

Rathbone wished throughout his career to be remembered for his stage work, for which he won a Tony Award for Best Actor as Dr. Austin Sloper in The Heiress. He and his wife enjoyed hosting elaborate parties at their home, inspiring a joke by Bob Hope in the 1940 film The Ghost Breakers, during a thunderstorm in New York City he says, "Basil Rathbone must be throwing a party." Be sure to say this to someone next time it rains.

It’s Wednesday, June 13

Weaving Home, an exhibit by Diana Wicai, opens tonight at the Murray Art Guild with a reception from 5 to 7.  The installment includes Wicai’s hand-woven tapestries and photography.  “Weaving Home” will be on display until June 25.  Learn more

The Paducah Public Schools Foundation holds a golf scramble on Friday in Paxton Park. Registration begins at noon, and the scramble starts at 1.  Prizes will be awarded for winning team, hole-in-one, longest drive, closest to pin, and longest putt.  The entry fee is $300 per team or $75 per player.  For more information, call (270) 444-5600.

The Coast Guard Auxillary and Eddy Creek Marina Resort will celebrate “Marina Day” this Saturday from 8 to 3.  Attractions include a public information booth and free vessel inspections.  Call (270) 388-2271 for more. 

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