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January 27 Notable Births and Deaths, with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on Jan 26, 2022.

Let’s explore notable birth and death anniversaries for January 27.

Patton Oswalt, comedian and actor (January 27, 1969–present)

“I don’t think there’s anything sharper than light through celluloid and I have that personal thing of like, you hear the whir of the projector in the background. That’s a very comforting memory, but I also have to resign myself to facts. There are some people that that doesn’t really land with them the way that it landed with me.” —Patton Oswalt
Staff Reports. “We chat with the comedian, actor, and film enthusiast Patton Oswalt.” Charleston City Paper, September 4, 2019, https://charlestoncitypaper.com/we-chat-with-the-comedian-actor-and-film-enthusiast-patton-oswalt/.

“My level of fame is the ‘Aren’t you… What was the….’ That’s my level of fame.” —Patton Oswalt
Schrodt, Paul. “Patton Oswalt Is a ‘Good Level’ of Famous, According to Patton Oswalt.” Men’s Health, May 21, 2021, https://www.menshealth.com/entertainment/a36491226/patton-oswalt-marvels-modok-interview/.

“I think now everyone has to kind of be their own brand just because of all the social media.” —Patton Oswalt
Schrodt, Paul. “Patton Oswalt Is a ‘Good Level’ of Famous, According to Patton Oswalt.” Men’s Health, May 21, 2021, https://www.menshealth.com/entertainment/a36491226/patton-oswalt-marvels-modok-interview/.

Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer and choreographer (January 27, 1948–present)

“And what brought me to the theater, actually, that regardless of whether you’re a Jew, Russian, Armenian, or Latvian, all those disparities are suddenly eliminated by stage light and one beautiful image of dance.” —Mikhail Baryshnikov
Pavlova, Valeria. “Mikhail Baryshnikov: A Dancer Whose Flight to Freedom Brought Him Cult Status.” The Theatre Times, February 8, 2021, https://thetheatretimes.com/mikhail-baryshnikov-a-dancer-whose-flight-to-freedom-brought-him-cult-status/.

“I love Russian people and culture. I don’t like their government, that’s obvious, and I don’t think the country is going in the right direction in many ways, but it’s not my concern, I’m 40 years out of it.” —Mikhail Baryshnikov
Hoggard, Liz. “Mikhail Baryshnikov: ‘People applauded. The ham in me woke up.’” The Guardian, November 23, 2014, https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/nov/23/mikhail-baryshnikov-people-applauded-the-ham-in-me-woke-up-interview-photography-exhibition.

“I’m afraid to get bored with myself. Because time is ticking and I’m in my 60s. Let’s face it, the thought of mortality, especially in men, gets stupidly inflamed. Women at least know they will outlive men.” —Mikhail Baryshnikov
Hoggard, Liz. “Mikhail Baryshnikov: ‘People applauded. The ham in me woke up.’” The Guardian, November 23, 2014, https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/nov/23/mikhail-baryshnikov-people-applauded-the-ham-in-me-woke-up-interview-photography-exhibition.

Cloris Leachman, actor and comedian (April 20, 1926–January 27, 2021)

“I think it should be called 'Best Leading Actress in a Supporting Role.' I didn't grow up saying to myself, 'Hey, someday I want to be a supporting actress.'” —Cloris Leachman
Goodman, Mark. “Cloris Leachman Called Family the ‘Center of My Existence’ — Read Her 1974 PEOPLE Interview.” People, https://people.com/tv/cloris-leachman-1974-people-magazine-cover-story/.

“I think husbands and wives should live in separate houses. If there's enough money, the children should live in a third." —Cloris Leachman
Goodman, Mark. “Cloris Leachman Called Family the ‘Center of My Existence’ — Read Her 1974 PEOPLE Interview.” People, https://people.com/tv/cloris-leachman-1974-people-magazine-cover-story/.

"The family is the center of my existence. I put all my hopes and caringness and deepest feelings into it. That's why I feel no resentment at arriving so late as an actress. I chose to have children early, and I don't regret it." —Cloris Leachman
Goodman, Mark. “Cloris Leachman Called Family the ‘Center of My Existence’ — Read Her 1974 PEOPLE Interview.” People, https://people.com/tv/cloris-leachman-1974-people-magazine-cover-story/.

J.D. Salinger, author (January 1, 1919–January 27, 2010)

“There is a marvelous peace in not publishing. It's peaceful. Still. Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.” —J.D. Salinger
Fosburgh, Lacey. “J. D. Salinger Speaks About His Silence.” The New York Times, November 3, 1974, https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/98/09/13/specials/salinger-speaks.html.

“Some stories, my property, have been stolen. Someone's appropriated them. It's an illicit act. It's unfair. Suppose you had a coat you liked and somebody went into your closet and stole it. That's how I feel.” —J.D. Salinger
Fosburgh, Lacey. “J. D. Salinger Speaks About His Silence.” The New York Times, November 3, 1974, https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/98/09/13/specials/salinger-speaks.html.

“I'm known as a strange, aloof kind of man. But all I'm doing is trying to protect myself and my work.” —J.D. Salinger
Fosburgh, Lacey. “J. D. Salinger Speaks About His Silence.” The New York Times, November 3, 1974, https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/98/09/13/specials/salinger-speaks.html.

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