The Worst. Birthday. Present. Ever. Club

by Robert-159 | created - 29 Aug 2011 | updated - 02 Mar 2014 | Public

Twelve celebrities who died on their birthdays

1. Ingrid Bergman

Actress | Spellbound

Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...

29 August 1915 - 29 August 1982

2. William Shakespeare

Writer | Ax Saloon: The Legend

William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an ...

23 April 1564 (?) - 23 April 1616

3. Chris Marker

Writer | Twelve Monkeys

Chris Marker was born on July 29, 1921 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Christian François Bouche-Villeneuve. He was a director and writer, known for Twelve Monkeys (1995), Sans Soleil (1983) and Description d'un combat (1960). He died on July 29, 2012 in Paris, France.

29 July 1921 - 29 July 2012

4. Yasujirô Ozu

Director | Tôkyô monogatari

Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first ...

12 December 1903 - 12 December 1963

5. Betty Friedan

Actress | Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

Betty Friedan was born on February 4, 1921 in Peoria, Illinois, USA as Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan. She was an actress, known for Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995), The Mike Douglas Show (1961) and The Irv Kupcinet Show (1953). She was married to Carl Friedan. She died on ...

4 February 1921 - 4 February 2006

6. John Banner

Actor | Hogan's Heroes

John Banner, who achieved television immortality for his portrayal of the Luftwaffe POW camp guard Sergeant Schultz in the TV series Hogan's Heroes (1965). He was born on Tuesday, January 28th, 1910 in Vienna. Vienna was the capital of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The 28-year-old ...

28 January 1910 - 28 January 1973

7. Otto Kruger

Actor | High Noon

The grandnephew of South African pioneer and former president Paul Krüger, Otto Kruger trained for a musical career from childhood, but after enrolling in Columbia University he switched his career choice to acting. Making his Broadway debut in 1915, at 30, he shortly became a matinée idol of the ...

6 September 1885 - 6 September 1974

8. Mike Douglas

Actor | Cinderella

Mike Douglas was born on August 11, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Michael Delaney Dowd. He was an actor, known for Cinderella (1950), The Mike Douglas Show (1961) and Bugsy (1991). He was married to Genevieve Purnell. He died on August 11, 2006 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA.

11 August 1925 - 11 August 2006

9. Edna May Oliver

Actress | The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger

She was born Edna May Nutter, a child of solid New England stock, on 9th November 1883 in Malden, Massachusetts. The daughter of Ida May and Charles Edward Nutter, Edna was a descendant of the 6th American president John Quincy Adams. Miss Oliver took an early interest in the stage, and she would ...

9 November 1883 - 9 November 1942

10. Julie Bishop

Actress | Northern Pursuit

Colorado-born leading lady Julie Bishop, who also acted under her birth name of Jacqueline Wells and the stage name Diane Duval, started off as a silent movie child actress, working with such legends as Clara Bow and Mary Pickford.

The daughter of a wealthy banker and oilman, she was raised in Texas ...

30 August 1914 - 30 August 2001

11. Sidney Bechet

Soundtrack | JFK

Sidney Bechet was born on May 14, 1897 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Sidney Joseph Bechet. He was married to Elizabeth Ziegler, Marieluise Bechet and Norma Hale. He died on May 14, 1959 in Garches, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

14 May 1897 - 14 May 1959

12. Diane Shalet

Actress | The Reivers

Diane Shalet was born on February 23, 1935 in New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Reivers (1969), The Waltons (1971) and The Last Tycoon (1976). She was married to Michael Strong. She died on February 23, 2006 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

23 February 1935 - 23 February 2006