Past & Curious: Oh, Mary!, Silent Tragedy, 101-Year-Old Whiz & More!

Links to the past with relevance today ...

It's practically perfect in every way! (Image via Disney)

HARPER'S BAZAAR: Julie Andrews, 83, adores the new film Mary Poppins Returns! The sequel's director says she sent him a message in all caps: "I LOVED IT." Andrews is described as "over the moon" about the entire cast and all the details.

The popular actress died a frightening, painful death. (Image via head shot)

HOLLYWOODLAND: Find out about Gladys Brockwell (1894-1929), the so-called "woman of a thousand expressions." This silent actress of the teens and '20s had a colorful (and short, don't forget short!) life.

THR: RIP Robert Ruth. The actor, who appeared in Reservoir Dogs (1992) and on Everybody Loves Raymond (2001), died December 29 at 82.

CBS EVENING NEWS: Meet the 101-year-old man who just can't quit working — and his latest endeavor, meant to help us control climate change, led to him becoming the oldest man ever awarded a patent.

Lessie ate a sweet potato every day in her 100s! (Image via family photo)

CBS EVENING NEWS: Meet the 101-year-old man who just can't quit working — and his latest endeavor, meant to help us control climate change, led to him becoming the oldest man ever awarded a patent.

NBC NEWS: RIP Lessie Brown, the oldest person in the U.S., who died at 114 this week. That means there is no one alive in the U.S. born in 1904 or earlier. The person thought to be the current oldest human being alive is 116-year-old Kane Tanaka of Japan, and the oldest living U.S. citizen at the moment is Alelia Murphy, born July 6, 1905.

TV LINE: Phylicia Rashad, 70, is coming back to TV in a big way.

GREG IN HOLLYWOOD: A tribute to Joan Baez on her 78th birthday!

BACK2STONEWALL: Remembering the 70th anniversary of a gay witch hunt at the University of Missouri, in which four men pleaded guilty and were placed on four years' probation for engaging in "homosexual activities."

Worth a pretty penny! (Image via Heritage Auctions)

PEOPLE: In 1947, a kid in Massachusetts found a rare copper penny in his high school cafeteria. It was one of only a "handful" mistakenly minted from copper instead of zinc-coated steel, but he was told it had no value. He held onto it anyway, and now — following his recent death — it is expected to bring in well over a million bucks at auction.

BOY CULTURE: Flashing back to when Fernando Lamas (1915-1982) looked mahvelous!

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