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:
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:
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