Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her childhood and teens...
“ Dame Julia (Julie) Elizabeth Andrews Edwards (nee Wells) DBE is an English film\stage actress, singer, author, theatre director, and dancer. She was born on October 1, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. ” - Nate76
Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer. He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946 the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles...
“ Alan Wolf Arkin is an American actor, director, and singer-songwriter. He was born on March 26, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York. ” - Nate76
Beloved French chanson entertainer Charles Aznavour, who wrote more than 800 songs, recorded more than 1,000 of them in French, English, German and Spanish and sold over 100 million records in all, was born Chahnour Varinag Aznavourian on May 22, 1924, in Paris, the younger of two children born to Armenian immigrants who fled to France...
“ Shahnour (Charles) Vaghenag Aznavourian OC OQ is a French-Armenian singer-songwriter, actor, public activist, and diplomat. He was born on May 22, 1924 in Paris, France. ” - Nate76
was the middle daughter of Albert Vinicio and Joan Bridge Baez. At age 10, her father took a job (and the family) to Baghdad, Iraq, for a year, after which they moved to Palo Alto, CA, home of Stanford University. In 1956, she bought her first guitar and heard Martin Luther King
, Jr.'s lecture on nonviolence; the following year...
“ Joan Chandos Baez is an American singer-songwriter and activist. She was born on January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, New York City, New York. ” - Nate76
Composer, singer and songwriter. She was a dancer, then a singer in New York in the early 1940s, touring with the Cootie Williams orchestra, and later a featured singer in night clubs, radio and television. She made stage appearances in "Arms and the Girl", "St. Louis Woman"; and "House of Flowers"...
“ Pearl Mae Bailey was an American actress and singer. She was born on March 29, 1918 in Southampton County, Virginia, and she died on August 17, 1990 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (age 72) ” - Nate76
Singing funny girl Kaye Ballard was born to perform...and perform she has in a career now broaching seven decades. With a strong comedy background and tunnel mouth to rival Martha Raye
, the broad and bouncy trouper has drawn laughs on the musical stage, in night clubs, in recordings and on TV. As the archetypal over-emotive...
“ Catherine Gloria Ballotta (Kaye Ballard) is an American musical theatre and television actress, comedian, and singer. She was born on November 20, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. ” - Nate76
Shirley Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales, and raised in the nearby working class neighborhood of Splott. Her mother was originally from Yorkshire, and her father was a Nigerian seaman who left the family when she was less than two. She later helped to support her family by working in an Enamelware factory...
“ Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey DBE is a Welsh singer. She was born on January 8, 1937 in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales. ” - Nate76
Actor, composer, author, producer and singer, educated at the New York Dramatic Workshop. He grew up in Jamaica, British West Indies, and did folk-singing in night clubs and theatres, and on television and records. His debut was at the Village Vanguard in New York. Also, he appeared in the Broadway revues "John Murray Anderson
's Almanac" and "Three for Tonight"...
“ Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr. (Harry Belafonte) is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and social activist. He was born on March 1, 1927 in Harlem, New York. ” - Nate76
“ Vittoria Marisa Schiaparelli Berenson is an American actress, and model. She was born on February 15, 1947 in New York City, New York. ” - Nate76
One cool, eternally classy lady, Candice Bergen was elegantly poised for trendy "ice princess" stardom when she first arrived on the 60s screen, but she gradually reshaped that débutante image in the 70s both on- and off-camera. A staunch, outspoken feminist with a decisive edge, she went on to take a sizable portion of these contradicting qualities to film and, most particularly, to late 80s TV...
“ Candice Patricia Bergen is an American actress, producer, and former fashion model. She was born on May 9, 1946 in Beverly Hills, California. ” - Nate76
“ Edgar John Bergen was an American ventriloquist, actor, and radio performer. He was born on February 16, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, and he died on September 30, 1978 in Paradise, Nevada (age 75) ” - Nate76
Milton Berle was born Milton Berlinger on July 12, 1908, in New York City. He was educated at New York Professional Children's School and began performing at age 5. His first stage appearance was in "Florodora" in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He appeared at the Palace Theater in New York in 1931, then in nightclubs and theaters...
“ Milton Berlinger (Berle) was an American comedian, and actor. He was born on July 12, 1908 in New York City, New York, and he died on March 27, 2002 in Los Angeles, California (age 93) ” - Nate76
A performer at Disneyland for many years. A big influence on a young Disneyland employee, Steve Martin, who was fascinated with Boag's zany comedy and balloon animals.
“ Wallace (Wally) Vincent Boag was an American performer, actor, and comedian. He was born on September 13, 1920 in Portland, Oregon, and he died on June 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, California (age 90) ” - Nate76
Pianist, composer, songwriter, entertainer and actor, educated at Borgerdydskolen and the Conservatory of Copenhagen. He studied with Egon Petri and Frederic Lammond. His concert career began in 1922, and he performed in a musical revue in 1934, and in films by 1937. Arriving in the US in 1940, he made his American radio debut on the Bing Crosby show...
“ Borge Rosenbaum (Victor Borge) was a Danish-American pianist, comedian, and conductor. He was born on January 3, 1909 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and he died on December 23, 2000 in Greenwich, Connecticut (age 91) ” - Nate76
“ Andres Bossard was a Swedish mime. He was born on August 9, 1944 (birthplace unknown), and he died on March 25, 1992 (deathplace unknown) (age 47) ” - Nate76
Singer, songwriter ("Down the Holiday Trail"), and author. Educated at Waite High School and later a singer in theaters and night clubs and on radio and television. She made many records and joined ASCAP in 1956. Her other song compositions include "I Love Mickey", "Imp", "There's Nothing as Lonesome as Saturday Night", and "Hush-a-bye, Wink-a-bye Do".
“ Theresa Breuer (Teresa Brewer) was an American singer. She was born on May 7, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio, and she died on October 17, 2007 in New Rochelle, New York (age 76) ” - Nate76
The entertainment world has enjoyed a five-decade love affair with comedienne/singer Carol Burnett. A peerless sketch performer and delightful, self-effacing personality who rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball
as the carrot-topped "Queen of Television Comedy," it was Burnett's traumatic childhood that set the stage for her comedy...
“ Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. She was born on April 26, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas. ” - Nate76
“ Naftaly "Nathan" Birnbaum (George Burns) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. He was born on January 20, 1896 in New York City, New York, and he died on March 9, 1996 in Beverly Hills, California (age 100) ” - Nate76
Ruth Buzzi was Born July 24, 1936 in South County (Westerly), Rhode Island to Rena Pauline and Angelo Peter Buzzi, a nationally recognized stone sculptor. She Raised in Wequetequock, Connecticut, and attended Stonington High School. She Gained experience as a cheerleader performing before crowds at athletic events...
“ Ruth Ann Buzzi is an American comedian, and a film\stage\theatre actress. She was born on July 24, 1936 in Westerly, Rhode Island. ” - Nate76
Perhaps best known for her trademark curly blond tresses and her faithful appearances at L.A. Lakers basketball games, Dyan Cannon has enjoyed nearly fifty years in the entertainment industry. Born Samille Diane Friesen in Tacoma, Washington, Cannon had early dreams of becoming an actress. She made her screen debut with a small part in the critically acclaimed crime drama The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
“ Samille Diane Friesen (Dyan Cannon) is an American film\television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer. She was born on January 4, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington. ” - Nate76
“ Linda (Lynda) Jean Cordova Carter is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She was born on July 24, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona. ” - Nate76
Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to Carrie Cash (Rivers) and Raymond Cash. He made his first single, "Hey Porter", for Sun Records in 1955. In 1958 he moved to Columbia Records. He had long periods of drug abuse during the 1960s, but later that decade he successfully fought his addiction with the help of singer June Carter Cash...
“ John R "JR" (Johnny) Cash was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author. He was born on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas, and he died on September 12, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee (age 71) ” - Nate76
Carol Channing was born January 31, 1921, at Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a prominent newspaper editor, who was very active in the Christian Science movement. She attended high school in San Francisco and later worked as a model in Los Angeles. She attended prestigious Bennington College in...
“ Carol Elaine Channing is an American actress, singer, and comedian. She was born on January 31, 1921 in Seattle, Washington. ” - Nate76
Petula Sally Olwen Clark was born in West Ewell Surrey, England on November 15, 1932. Petula made her first broadcast as a singer for the BBC Radio Overseas Service in October 1942, and became an overnight star on BBC National Radio in December 1942 at the age of 10. After many radio shows for the BBC during World War 2...
“ Petula Sally Olwen Clark CBE is an English singer-songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 15, 1932 in Epsom, Surrey, England. ” - Nate76
“ Roy Linwood Clark is an American musician. He was born on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia. ” - Nate76
John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he was often tormented for his height...
“ John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He was born on October 27, 1939 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England. ” - Nate76
Lanky, charismatic and versatile actor with an amazing grin that put everyone at ease, James Coburn studied acting at UCLA, and then moved to New York to study under noted acting coach Stella Adler
. After being noticed in several stage productions, Coburn appeared in a handful of minor westerns before being cast as the knife-throwing...
“ James Harrison Coburn III was an American film\television actor. He was born on August 31, 1928 in Laurel, Nebraska, and he died on November 18, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California (age 74) ” - Nate76
Born in New York City of humble means, character player James Coco was the son of Feliche, an Italian shoemaker, and Ida (Detestes) Coco. Shining shoes as a youngster with his father, his interest in acting occurred early on as a child. At age 17 he toured with a children's theatre troupe for three years portraying Old King Cole and Hans Brinker...
“ James Emil Coco was an American actor. He was born on March 21, 1930 in New York City, New York, and he died on February 25, 1987 in New York City, New York (age 56) ” - Nate76
“ Judith (Judy) Marjorie Collins is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on May 1, 1939 in Seattle, Washington. ” - Nate76
“ Rita Coolidge is an American singer. She was born on May 1, 1945 in Lafayette, Tennessee. ” - Nate76
Alice Cooper was born Vincent Damon Furnier, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of a minister. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona, at a young age and still lives in the state today. At age 17, he formed a rock band called the Earwigs, who changed their name to The Spiders and then The Nazz, before finally settling on Alice Cooper...
“ Vincent Damon Furnier (Alice Cooper) is an American singer-songwriter. He was born on February 4, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. ” - Nate76
“ Morris Mac Davis an American singer-songwriter, and actor. He was born on January 21, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas. ” - Nate76
As might be said for the late and great comedians Harvey Korman
and Madeline Kahn
, it seems that Mel Brooks
was the only director on the planet who knew how to best utilize this funnyman's talents on film. Brooks once quipped that, whenever he hired Dom DeLuise for one of his films, he would...
“ Dominick (Dom) DeLuise was an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author. He was born on August 1, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, and he died on May 4, 2009 in Santa Monica, California (age 75) ” - Nate76
His birth occurred on Friday, December 31st, 1943, as the son of an Air Force officer, Denver was constantly moved from state to state and country to country. It was in Tucson, Arizona, that his grandmother gave him his first acoustic guitar, a gift that would prove an icebreaker when meeting other students at the many new schools in which he was placed...
“ Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (Denver) was an American singer-songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. He was born on December 31, 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico, and he died on October 12, 1997 in Monterey Bay, California (age 53) ” - Nate76
The indefatigable nonagenarian finally put out an autobiography in 2005 and entitled it "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", which pretty much says it all when recalling the misfit life and career of the fabulous, one-of-a-kind Phyllis Diller. It may inspire all those bored, discouraged and/or directionless...
“ Phyllis Ada Driver (Diller) was an American actress and comedian. She was born on July 17, 1917 in Lima, Ohio, and she died on August 20, 2012 in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California (age 95) ” - Nate76
This wholesome "Chatty Cathy" delight had all the earmarkings of becoming a dithery TV star in the early 70s and a couple of sitcom vehicles were handed to her with silver platter-like enthusiasm. Neither, however, made the best use of her elfin charm and both series died a quick death. Nonetheless...
“ Sandra (Sandy) Kay Duncan is an American stage\television\film actress, singer, and dancer. She was born on February 20, 1946 in Henderson, Texas. ” - Nate76
American leading lady of musical westerns of the 1940s. Born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde, Texas. She was raised in Texas and Arkansas. Married at 14 and a mother at 15, she was divorced at 17 (some sources say widowed). Intent on a singing career, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and worked in an insurance company while taking occasional radio singing jobs...
“ Lucille Wood Smith (Dale Evans) was an American singer-songwriter, writer, and actress. She was born on October 31, 1912 in Uvalde, Texas, and she died on February 7, 2001 in Apple Valley, California (age 88) ” - Nate76
Born in Philadelphia in 1942, Lola Falana left home as a teenager to seek her fortune in entertainment. She often slept in subway stations before finding work. She studied African dance, and her big break came when she appeared opposite Sammy Davis Jr.
in "Golden Boy" on Broadway in 1964. She then toured Italy and won fame there in two Italian movies...
“ Loletha (Lola) Elaine Falana is an American singer, dancer, and actress. She was born on September 11, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey. ” - Nate76
"I am too old to die young, and too young to grow up," Marty Feldman told a reporter -- a week before he died. This beloved comedian, who poked fun at himself, as well as others, was born Martin Alan Feldman on July 8, 1934, in London, England. His parents were of Ukrainian Jewish heritage (from Kiev)...
“ Martin (Marty) Alan Feldman was an English writer, comedian, and actor. He was born on July 8, 1934 in London, England, and he died on December 2, 1982 in Mexico City, Mexico (age 48) ” - Nate76
“ Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE is an English television show host, and entertainer. He was born on February 22, 1928 in Edmonton, Middlesex, England. ” - Nate76
“ Floriana Frassetto is a Swedish mime (birthdate, birthplace, deathdate, deathplace, and age at death are unkown) ” - Nate76
Born January 9, 1951, in Paintsville, Kentucky, Crystal Gayle moved with her family to Wabash, Indiana, when she was still quite young. Her music career was given a big boost by her older sister, country superstar Loretta Lynn
. Loretta thought that Crystal's real name of Brenda Gail Webb was not quite "classy" enough...
“ Brenda Gail Webb (Crystal Gayle) is an American singer. She was born on January 9, 1951 in Paintsville, Kentucky. ” - Nate76
“ Phyllis Ann George Brown is an American businesswoman, actress, and former sportscaster. She was born on June 25, 1949 in Denton, Texas. ” - Nate76
John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker
, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. He was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, and was the youngest of nine children. He began playing piano at the age of four and received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina...
“ John (Dizzy) Birks Gillespie was an American singer-songwriter, bandleader, and musician. He was born on October 21, 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina, and he died on January 6, 1993 in Englewood, New Jersey (age 75) ” - Nate76
“ Joel David Katz (Grey) is an American film\stage actor, singer, and dancer. He was born on April 11, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio. ” - Nate76
Arlo Guthrie was born July 10, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York; the son of legendary folk artist Woody Guthrie
and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham
Company and founder of the Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease. Arlo grew up surrounded by renowned folk musicians: Pete Seeger
“ Arlo Davy Guthrie is an American singer. He was born on July 10, 1947 in Coney Island, New York City, New York. ” - Nate76
“ Mark Richard Hamill is an American actor, voice artist, producer, director, and writer. He was born on September 25, 1951 in Oakland, California. ” - Nate76
Making people laugh is only one facet of Valerie Harper's career, which extends from the stage to television and feature films. A native of Suffern, New York -- "I was born to suffer" -- Harper began her career as a dancer with the corps de ballet at Radio City Hall during its spectacular heyday. She gradually moved into acting...
“ Valerie Harper is an American actress. She was born on August 22, 1939 in Suffern, New York. ” - Nate76
Deborah Harry was born Angela Tremble on July 1, 1945 in Miami, Florida. At three months, she was adopted by Catherine (Peters) and Richard Smith Harry, and was raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey. In the 1960s, she worked as a Playboy Bunny and hung out at Max's Kansas City, a famous Warhol-inhabited nightspot...
“ Angela Trimble (adoption name Deborah (Debbie) Ann Harry) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She was born on July 1, 1945 in Miami, Florida. ” - Nate76
was considered by protocol executive Jerold Franks, CSA to be "...one of the most generous stars I have ever worked with." Los Angeles, New York and all parts of the country, Florence has helped raise millions of dollars for various charitable organizations. Jerold Franks, friend and confidante to actress Mary Martin
as well as producer of Ms...
“ Florence Agnes Henderson is an American actress and singer. She was born on February 14, 1934 in Dale, Indiana. ” - Nate76
“ Douglas James Henning was a Canadian magician and politician. He was born on May 3, 1947 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and he died on February 7, 2000 in Los Angeles, California (age 52) ” - Nate76
Comedian Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England, the fifth of seven sons of Avis (Townes), light opera singer, and William Henry Hope, a stonemason from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. His maternal grandmother was Welsh. Hope moved to Bristol before emigrating with his parents to the US in 1908...
“ Leslie Townes Hope KBE KCSG KSS was an American comedian and actor. He was born on May 29, 1903 in Eltham, London, England, and he died on July 27, 2003 in Toulca Lake, Los Angeles, California (age 100) ” - Nate76
Lena Calhoun Horne was born June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. In her biography she stated that on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs. Her parents divorced while she was still a toddler. Her mother left later in order to find work as an actress and Lena was left in the care of her grandparents...
“ Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, actress, dancer, and civil rights activist. She was born on June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, and she died on May 9, 2010 in New York City, New York (age 92) ” - Nate76
Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in Birkenhead...
“ Glenda May Jackson CBE MP is an actress, and politician. She was born on May 9, 1936 in Birkenhead, Wirral, Cheshire, England. ” - Nate76
Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (unsuccessfully) as lead singer for the progressive rock bands King Crimson
and Gentle Giant...
“ Sir Reginald Kenneth Dwight CBE Hon DMus Hon RAM (Elton Hercules John) is an English singer-songwriter, and actor. He was born on March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England. ” - Nate76
Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Freda (Goldberg) and Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer. She was of Russian Jewish descent. Madeline began her acting career in high school and went on to university where she trained as an opera singer and starred in several campus productions...
“ Madeline Gail Wolfson (Kahn) was an American actress, comedian, and singer. She was born on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, and she died on December 3, 1999 in New York City, New York (age 57) ” - Nate76
Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. It was there he learned the basics of show biz. From there he went through a series of jobs in and out of the business. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut in "Straw Hat Revue,"...
“ David Daniel Kaminsky (Danny Kaye) was an American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. He was born on January 18, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, and he died on March 3, 1987 in Los Angeles, California (age 74) ” - Nate76
Eugene Curran Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third son of Harriet Catherine (Curran) and James Patrick Joseph Kelly, a phonograph salesman. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Irish and German ancestry. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in Hollywood when Gene Kelly arrived in town in 1941...
“ Eugene (Gene) Curran Kelly was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer. He was born on August 23, 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he died on February 2, 1996 in Beverly Hills, California (age 83) ” - Nate76
“ Gladys Maria Knight is an American singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, humanitarian, and author. She was born on May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. ” - Nate76
Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. Moore. He was the youngest of four sons in a family that had been in America since the 17th century. His first stint as an entertainer was as a ventriloquist...
“ Jesse (Don) Donald Knotts was an American actor, and comedian. He was born on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, and he died on February 24, 2006 in Los Angeles, California (age 81) ” - Nate76
Harvey Korman was a lanky, popular TV comedy veteran with a flair for broad comic characterizations, who shone for a decade as leading man and second banana par excellence on The Carol Burnett Show
but failed to find much success in his own projects. Harvey Herschel Korman was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ellen (Blecher) and Cyril Raymond Korman...
“ Harvey Herschel Korman was an American actor, and comedian. He was born on February 15, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, and he died on May 29, 2008 in Los Angeles, California (age 81) ” - Nate76
Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas, to Mary Ann (Ashbrook) and Lars Henry Kristofferson. His paternal grandparents were Swedish, and his father was a United States Air Force general who pushed his son to a military career. Kris was a Golden Gloves boxer and went to Pomona College in California...
“ Kristoffer (Kris) Kristofferson BPhil is an American singer-songwriter, and actor. He was born on June 22, 1936 in Brownsville, Texas. ” - Nate76
“ Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor (Ladd) is an American actress, singer, and author. She was born on July 12, 1951 in Huron, South Dakota. ” - Nate76
“ Dame Clementina Dinah Campbell DBE, (Cleo Laine) Lady Dankworth is an English singer, and actress. She was born on October 28, 1927 in Southall, Middlesex, England. ” - Nate76
“ Christopher (Chris) Langham is an English writer, actor, and comedian. He was born on April 14, 1949 in London, England. ” - Nate76
Born in Portland, Maine to a musically-inclined family (her mother was once an opera singer) and on stage from the age of 5, singer/actress Linda Lavin graduated from The College of William and Mary with a theatre degree. She pounded the New York pavements in the early 1960s searching for work following some stock roles in New Jersey...
“ Linda Lavin is an American singer and actress. She was born on October 15, 1937 in Portland, Maine. ” - Nate76
The record-breaking actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars
. Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She is of Czech (from her maternal grandmother) and English descent...
“ Cloris Leachman is an American stage\film\television actress. She was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa. ” - Nate76
Most remembered for his extravagant costumes and trademark candelabra placed on the lids of his flashy pianos, Liberace was loved by his audiences for his music talent and unique showmanship. He was born as Wladziu Valentino Liberace on May 16, 1919, into a musical family, in Wisconsin. His mother, Frances Liberace
“ Wladziu Valentino Liberace was an American musician. He was born on May 16, 1919 in West Allis, Wisconsin, and he died on February 4, 1987 in Palm Springs, California (age 67) ” - Nate76
Born in 1931, Bronx-born Hal Linden was the son of Charles Lipshitz and Frances Rosen and had an older brother who would become a future professor of music at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Similarly musical, Hal took up classical clarinet in his late teens and played regularly with symphony orchestras...
“ Harold Lipshitz (Hal Linden) is an American stage\television actor, and television director. He was born on March 20, 1931 in New York City, New York. ” - Nate76
Born in Canada, Rich Little got his start just like almost every other comic of his time - night clubs. he was a very popular comic in these clubs, but if there was one thing Rich was best known for, it was impersonations. He studied the voices of many stars his whole life, stars like James Stewart
“ Richard (Rich) Caruthers Little is a Canadian-American impressionist, and actor. He was born on November 26, 1938 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ” - Nate76
“ Loretta Lynn (nee Webb) is an American singer-songwriter, and author. She was born on April 14, 1935 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. ” - Nate76
She attended the Manhattan School of Music and Arts and learned to play the Piano and Harpsicord. Her father is a Basson player in the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In the early 1970s, Melissa studied songwriting at the University School of the Arts in New York City, under the direction of Paul Simon
“ Melissa Manchester is an American singer-songwriter, and actress. She was born on February 15, 1951 in New York City, New York. ” - Nate76
Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, USA as Stephen Glenn Martin to Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913-2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914-1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He was raised in Inglewood and Garden Grove in California. In 1960, he got a job at the Magic shop of Disney's Fantasyland...
“ Stephen (Steve) Glenn Martin is an American actor, comedian, musician, author, playwright, and producer. He was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas. ” - Nate76
Born in the Astoria section of Queens, New York City, Ethel Merman surely the pre-eminent star of 'Broadway' musical comedy. Though untrained in singing, she could belt out a song like quite no one else, and was sought after by major songwriters such as Irving Berlin
and Cole Porter
. Having debuted in 1930 in "Girl Crazy...
“ Ethel Agnes Zimmermann (Merman) was an American actress and singer. She was born on January 16, 1908 in Astoria, Queens, New York, and she died on February 15, 1984 in New York City, New York (age 76) ” - Nate76
“ Roger Dean Miller was an American singer-songwriter, and actor. He was born on January 2, 1936 in Fort Worth, Texas, and he died on October 25, 1992 in Los Angeles, California (age 56) ” - Nate76
Spike was born an 'Army Brat', the son of an Irish Captain in the British Raj in India. Educated in a series of Roman Catholic schools in India and at Lewisham Polytechnic in England, he spent his formative years playing the fool and playing the trumpet in local jazz bands. He joined the British Army himself (under protest if you believe his auto-biogs) as a conscript at the outbreak of WWII...
“ Terence (Spike) Alan Patrick Sean Milligan was an Irish comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier, and actor. He was born on April 16, 1918 in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, British India, and he died on February 27, 2002 in Rye, East Sussex, England (age 83) ” - Nate76
“ Liza May Minnelli is an American actress, and singer. She was born on March 12, 1946 in Hollywood, California. ” - Nate76
Dudley Moore, the gifted comedian who had at least three distinct career phases that brought him great acclaim and success, actually started out as a musical prodigy as a child. He was born in Dagenham, Essex, England, in 1935, to working class parents, Ada Francis (Hughes), an English secretary, and John Havlin Moore...
“ Dudley Stuart John Moore CBE was an English actor, comedian, and musician. He was born on April 19, 1935 in Hammersmith, London, England, and he died on March 27, 2002 in Plainfield, New Jersey (age 66) ” - Nate76
will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery
in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down. Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. He first wanted to be an artist...
“ Sir Roger George Moore KBE is an English actor. He was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England. ” - Nate76
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío...
“ Rosita Dolores Alverio (Rita Moreno) is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer, and actress. She was born on December 11, 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico. ” - Nate76
Jaye P. Morgan
Sassy, dusky-voiced entertainer Jaye P. Morgan was not always so sassy, but today this is for which she is fondly remembered. She was born Mary Margaret Morgan in 1931 and began performing at an early age for family and friends. She eagerly entertained at school assemblies and, when she graduated from Verdugo Hills High School (California) in 1949...
“ Mary Margaret (Jaye P) Morgan is an American singer, actress, and game show panelist. She was born on December 3, 1931 in Montezuma County, Colorado. ” - Nate76
Zero Mostel was born Samuel Joel Mostel on February 28, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, one of eight children of an Orthodox Jewish family. Raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the young Zero, known as Sammy, developed his talent for painting and drawing at art classes provided by the Educational Alliance...
“ Samuel (Zero) Joel Mostel was an American stage\film actor. He was born on February 28, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, and he died on September 8, 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (age 62) ” - Nate76
Anne Murray is a major recording star. She has won numerous Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, as well as a number of Juno Awards in her native Canada. Anne lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children. She has sold over 24 million records. She is known for such hits as "Snowbird", "Danny's Song", "You Won"t See Me", "You Needed Me", "What Would It Take" etc...
“ Morna Anne Murray CC ONS is a Canadian singer. She was born on June 20, 1945 in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada. ” - Nate76
Tall, spade-jawed, hopelessly genial balladeer/actor Jim Nabors was born in 1930 in Alabama and raised there, graduating from the University of Alabama. A typing clerk at the UN in his salad days, he eventually moved to Los Angeles due to his asthmatic condition and became a film cutter for NBC. Jim was discovered on stage doing a cabaret act at "The Horn"...
“ James (Jim) Thurston Nabors is an American actor, and singer. He was born on June 12, 1930 in Sylacauga, Alabama. ” - Nate76
He was an ethnic Tatar. He was educated at the Leningrad Ballet School and starred with Kirov Ballet. His first film was a USSR short Le Corsaire (1958). While performing in Paris in 1961 he defected to the West. He then performed internationally, becoming an Austrian citizen in 1982. The English/French documentary I Am a Dancer
“ Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev was a Russian dancer. He was born on March 17, 1938 near Irkutsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, and he died on January 6, 1993 in Levallois-Perret, France (age 54)
Note: Nureyev's exact birthplace is unverified, because he was born on a Trans-Siberian train. ” - Nate76
Bernadette Peters was born Bernadette Lazzara on February 28, 1948 in Queens, New York City. Peters is one of the most critically-acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two, and eight Drama Desk Awards, winning three. Four of the Broadway cast albums on which she has starred have won Grammy Awards...
“ Bernadette Lazzara (Peters) is an American actress, singer, and author. She was born on February 28, 1948 in Ozone Park, Queens, New York. ” - Nate76
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles...
“ Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was an American actor. He was born on May 27, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri, and he died on October 25, 1993 in Los Angeles, California (age 82) ” - Nate76
Born in India to South African parents, Juliet studied to be a dancer from the age of 4. Attending the Royal Academy of Dance, by the time Juliet was 14, she was deemed too tall at just under six feet to enter the world of ballet. She signed as a chorus dancer with the London Palladium and then pursued a career as a dancer in European nightclubs...
“ Juliet Anne Prowse was an Anglo-Indian dancer, and actress. She was born on September 25, 1936 in Bombay, India, and she died on September 14, 1996 in Los Angeles, California (age 59) ” - Nate76
Gilda Radner was one of the great comic geniuses of the 20th century, ranked up with Lucille Ball
and other comedy legends of the highest caliber. She was born on June 28, 1946, in Detroit, Michigan, the younger of two children of Henrietta (Dworkin), a legal secretary, and Herman Radner, a businessman...
“ Gilda Susan Radner was an American comedian, and actress. She was born on June 28, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, and she died on May 20, 1989 in Los Angeles, California (age 42) ” - Nate76
“ Jean-Pierre Louis Rampal was a French musician. He was born on January 7, 1922 in Marseilles, France, and he died on May 20, 2000 in Paris, France (age 78) ” - Nate76
Tony Randall was born on February 26, 1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma as Aryeh Leonard Rosenberg. He attended Tulsa Central High School and later Northwestern University and New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. After graduating, he starred in two plays: George Bernard Shaw
's 'Candida' alongside 'Jane Cowl' and 'Emyln Williams'' 'The Corn Is Green' alongside Ethel Barrymore
“ Arthur Leonard Rosenberg (Tony Randall) was an American actor, comedian, producer, and director. He was born on February 26, 1920 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and he died on May 17, 2004 in New York City, New York (age 84) ” - Nate76
Rawls was born on 1st December 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. His father abandoned his family and Lou was raised by his grandmother. His first meeting with music was when he was seven years old, in a Baptist church choir. He was mostly influenced by the Chicago Regal theatre where he had the opportunity to see the best in black entertainment...
“ Louis (Lou) Allen Rawls was an American singer\songwriter, actor, and record producer. He was born on December 1, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, and he died on January 6, 2006 in Los Angeles, California (age 72) ” - Nate76
The #1 Grammy-winning "I Am Woman" became not only THE anthem of the feminist movement during the radical 1970s, but also the signature song for its crop-haired composer and singer Helen Reddy. Three decades later this is the hit people still remember her for, despite the fact she had an abundance of other "top ten" records over the course of her long career...
“ Helen Reddy is an Australian-American singer, actress, and activist. She was born on October 25, 1941 in Melbourne, Australia. ” - Nate76
“ Lynn Rachel Redgrave OBE was an English actress. She was born on March 8, 1943 in Marylebone, London, England, and she died on May 2, 2010 in Kent, Connecticut (age 67) ” - Nate76
Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson
(née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve
(Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Supreme Court justice Mahlon Pitney...
“ Christopher D'Olier Reeve is an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter, author, and activist. He was born on September 25, 1952 in New York City, New York, and he died on October 10, 2004 in Mount Kisco, New York (age 52) ” - Nate76
“ Bernard (Buddy) Rich is an American musician, and bandleader. He was born on September 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, and he died on April 2, 1987 in Los Angeles, California (age 69) ” - Nate76
Born in Texas, the fourth of eight children, singer Kenny Rogers grew up in a poor area of Houston where his father worked in a shipyard and his mother in a hospital. He became the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He took an interest in singing while quite young and as a teenager joined a doo-wop recording group who called themselves "The Scholars"...
“ Kenneth (Kenny) Donald Rogers is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, enterpreneur, photographer, and author. He was born on August 21, 1938 in Houston, Texas. ” - Nate76
Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in 1930, aged 18. He played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws, and his own group, the International Cowboys. In 1934 he formed a group with Bob Nolan
called Sons of the Pioneers
. While in that group he was known as Leonard Slye...
“ Leonard Franklin Slye (Roy Rogers) was an American singer and actor. He was born on November 5, 1911 in Cincinatti, Ohio, and he died on July 6, 1998 in Apple Valley, California (age 86) ” - Nate76
“ Linda Marie Rondstadt is an American singer. She was born on July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona. ” - Nate76
Best known as the the lead singer of the popular 1960s singing group The Supremes
, Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, the second of six children of African-American parents Ernestine Lillian (Moten), a schoolteacher, and Fred Earl Ross, who served in the army...
“ Diana Ross is an American singer\songwriter, and actress. She was born on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan. ” - Nate76