William Dafoe Jr
Born: 22 July 1955
Star of "Platoon" for which he was nominated for an
Oscar, "The Last Temptation of Christ", "Mississippi Burning",
"Body of Evidence" with Madonna, "The English
Patient", "Wild at Heart" and more. He got his first break in a so
called "soft-porn" video.
Ruth Elizabeth Davis
Born: 5 April 1908
Known as the first lady of American cinema, Bette
Davis defined stardom for evey subsequent actress. She starred in
nearly 100 films, winning 2 Best Actress Oscars, as well as 8 Best
Actress nominations - and all on her own terms.
Born: 21 January 1956
Actress, model and athlete. She tried out
(unsuccessfully) for the US Archery Team for the 2000 Olympics.
Starred with Madonna
in "A League Of Their Own", best remembered for her role in "Thelma
and Louise", she began her career by modelling in Victoria's Secret
lingerie catalogues in the hope that it would get her noticed for
acting roles. It did!
Doris von Kappelhoff
Best known as the squeaky clean move star from the
1950s. Starred in "Pillow Talk" with Rock Hudson . Also well known for her
singing, she won an Ocsar for the song "Que Sera, Que Sera" from
the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much".
Born: 21 April 1951
Brooklyn, New York
Best known for his TV roles in "Taxi" (1978-83) and
"Who's The Boss?" (1984-92).
Born: 23 April 1942
Bayonee, New Jersey
Became Sandra Douvan when she began modelling at the
age of eight years old. The studios renamed her Sandra Dee when her
movie career got started in the late 1950s. Always playing virginal
roles, she once said she was the junior Doris Day for years. Starred in "Tammy
Tell me True" with Stefanie
Powers and Gina
Lollobrigida in "Come September".
Born: 22 October 1943
Enormously popular French icon. Best Actress Cesar
for "The Last Metro" (1981). Was the model for the symbol of French
Republic (which graces francs, postage stamps and statuary in many
of the nation's town halls from 1985-99. One of the many famous
wives of director Roger
|Portia De Rossi
Born: 31 January 1973
First major break in the movie "Sirens", co-starring
with Sam Neill and Elle MacPherson. Went on to star
as Nelle Porter in "Ally McBeal". Real life partner of Ellen De
Born: 30 September 1931
Kulm, North Dakota, USA
Best known as Sgt "Pepper" Anderson in TV show
"Police Woman" (1974-78). Starred in "Rio Bravo" (1959) alongside
John Wayne and Dean Martin.
Born: 18 July 1967
New York, NY
Steven Spielberg created a role for Diesel in his
film "Saving Private Ryan" after seeing "Multi-Facial", a short
film written, starred, directed, produced and financed by Diesel
himself. Multi-Facial was selected to be screened at the 1995
Cannes Film Festival.
Marie Magdelene Dietrich von
Born: 27 December 1901
Died: 6 May 1992, in Paris of natural causes.
Phylliss Ada Driver
Born: 17 July 1917
Lima, Ohio, USA
Pioneering female stand-up comedian, continued her
nightclub performances until the age of 84. Also known as a
recording artist, writer, and concert pianist.
Mary Cathleen Collins
Born: 20 November 1956
Long Beach, California
Best known as an early 80s sex symbol. Discovered and
manufactured by director/actor John
Derek at the age of 16 while working under the stage name of Bo
Shane. She then starred in the 1979 smash hit comedy "10" with
Dudley Moore and directed by Blake Edwards.
Born: 12 August 1926
Died: 22 May 1998
Good looking hero of B-Grade movies he starred in
"The Ten Commandments" with Charlton Heston. But he is better
known for his marriages than his directing and acting capabilities.
He married 18 year old Bo Derek 34
years his junior, divorcing wife Linda Evans, previouly having been
married to actresses Ursula Andress and Patti Behrs.
Diana Mary Fluck
Born: 23 October 1931
Died: 4 May 1984 (stomach cancer)
Actress known as the English Marilyn Monroe. When her agent told
her pushy mother "We should change her name", niave Diana (then in
her teens) did not have a clue why!
Born: 9 December 1916
Amsterdam, New York
It has been stated in Douglas' bio that his "real"
name is Issur Danielovich, apparently Izzy Demsky wasn't elegant
enough for Hollywood, even for a previous name, so the re-namers
gave it a Russian Twist, hence Issur was born. Crowing achievement
with epic movie "Spartacus". Father of Michael Douglas, who if his
father had not changed his name would be Michael Danielovitch, or
Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg
Born: 5 April 1901
Died: 4 August 1981
Broadway star from 1931. Starred opposite Greta Garbo in "Ninotchka" (1939).
Born: 19 June 1925
"The Worker". Stood only 5'2" tall, or should that be
Richard Stephen Dreyfus
Born: 29 October 1947
New York, USA
John Barrymore Jnr
Father of Drew Blythe Barrymore. Complicated? YES!
But it explains where Drew gets her middle name from.
Barrymore, and John
Joanne La Cock
Born: 31 January 1923
Logan, West Virginia
A former model and showgirl, she made her film debut
in 1946. Played leads in a variety of films of the 40s and 50s, but
is best remembered as the feminine touch in such male-centred
Western classics as "Red River" (1949), "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"
(1949) and "Wagonmaster" (1950). Her first two husbands were Dick
Haymes (1941 - 49) and actor John Ireland (1949 - 56). She is the
oldest sister of Peter
David William Ducovny
Born: 7 August 1960
New York, USA
Best known as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder in theTV
sci-fi show "The X-Files", and as DEA Agent Dennis/Denise Bryson in
the TV series "Twin Peaks".
Married to actress Tea Leoni.
Born: 24 February 1940
New York, USA
Theatre, TV and film actor. Best known for his role on "Alias Smith and Jones".