Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Name of the Day...

...belongs to Rita Gam, an actress who died last week at age 88.

According to her obit in the Times, Gam was her real name, sort of:

Rita Eleanore Mackay was born in Pittsburgh on April 2, 1927, to Milton A. Mackay, a native of Alsace-Lorraine who died when she was 4, and the former Belle Fately, who was born in Romania.

She took the name of her stepfather, Benjamin J. Gam, a dress manufacturer, who was born in Russia. (As a synonym for glamorous legs, “gams” predates her film career.)

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