When American soldiers went to war in 1917, several women from the Salvation Army followed them to France to create a “home away from home” which included the female troop to darn socks, mend uniforms and create doughnuts from scratch. Years later on this day in 1938, the first National Doughnut Day was celebrated in Chicago as a way to raise money for the needy. Today, National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June and is used more or less as a reason for people to snag a free doughnut at some local bakery.
‘Brady Bunch’ Maid Passes Away
Ann B. Davis, best known for her role as the family housekeeper of the Brady family passed away on this day in 2014. She was 88. After playing Alice for five years during the show’s initial run, she reprised her role over and over again for reunion movies and spin-offs. Lesser known is the fact that Davis won two Emmys for the role of Schultzy the secretary on The Bob Cummings Show. She also received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of fame in 1960 for the part. In 1994 Davis wrote “Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook” and in 1995 she played a cameo role in The Brady Bunch Movie spoof.
Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Debuts
Described as an “Australian–American jukebox musical romantic comedy film,” Moulin Rouge! debuted in American theaters on this day in 2001. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the movie starred Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in her first singing role. The film was set in 1899 Paris, was loosely based on the Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice and featured modern pop music that ranged from “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” to “Rhythm of the Night” to “Your Song.” Although most of the production went on without a hitch, it was reported the Kidman injured her ribs during one of the dance sequences and actually broke a rib while getting into a corset trying to achieve an 18-inch waist. Moulin Rouge! was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture, the first musical to do so in ten years following Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast. However, Luhrmann was not nominated for Best Director. This film only won two for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.