Leaping in

Only about 0.07 percent of the population was born on the 29th of February, what with the day showing up only once every four years or so, and this year isn’t one of them. While as a rule I object to anything that makes February, a generally tedious month, go on any longer than it has to, sometimes there is redeeming social value to that extra day:

Dinah Shore

You’re looking at Dinah Shore, long before she urged us to see the USA in a Chevrolet. Dinah was born on the 29th of February in 1916, the last year Chevrolet operated as an independent car company. Her late-1950s variety show on NBC was something I could never bring myself to miss for some inscrutable reason.

Another Leap Year babe, after the jump:

Tempest Storm

This is Tempest Storm, who owns one of the all-time great stage names — eventually Annie Blanche Banks adopted the name legally — and, per Martin and Lewis circa 1950, “the two biggest props in Hollywood.” (Recent interview and more photos here.) This year she’s 20½ eighty-two.



  1. LeeAnn »

    28 February 2010 · 4:52 pm

    My sister-in-law had her doctor rush things along as she was still in labor as it approached midnight of Leap Day. She later lamented her lack of forethought, as the niece’s birthdays got more and more expensive. :)

  2. Jim - PRS »

    28 February 2010 · 6:52 pm

    Dinah Shore … legs … Who knew?

  3. CGHill »

    28 February 2010 · 8:52 pm

    She wasn’t one to jump around, generally: she had a bout with polio as a child. She recovered, but she had a slight limp the rest of her days.

  4. becky »

    28 February 2010 · 9:47 pm

    I got married on leap day in 2004. No, hubby doesn’t really get out of the anniversary thing just cuz it occurs every 4 years. ;)

    (Ok that’s a lie – we really aren’t that big on forcing a celebration for things.)

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