13 January


1884

 Sophie Tucker
Sophie Tucker (January 13, 1887 – February 9, 1966) was a Ukrainian-born American singer, comedian, actress, and radio personality. Known for her stentorian delivery of comical and risqué songs, she was one of the most popular entertainers in America during the first half of the 20th century. She was widely known by the nickname “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas”. Born Sonya Kalish in Tulchyn, Podolia Governorate Russian Empire. (d. 1966)

1905

 Kay Francis
Kay Francis (January 13, 1905 – August 26, 1968) was an American stage and film actress. After a brief period on Broadway in the late 1920s, she moved to film and achieved her greatest success between 1930 and 1936, when she was the number one female star at the Warner Brothers studio and the highest-paid American film actress. Born Katherine Edwina Gibbs in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (d. 1968)

1913

 Jeff Morrow
Jeff Morrow (January 13, 1907 – December 26, 1993) was an American actor. Morrow turned to film acting relatively late in his career, commencing with the Biblical epic The Robe in 1953. He entered the science fiction/monster movie genre with This Island Earth (1955), followed by The Creature Walks Among Us (1956), Kronos (1957) and The Giant Claw (1957). Born Leslie Irving Morrow in New York City, New York. (d. 1993)

1914

 Lord Ted Willis
Ted Willis, Baron Willis (13 January 1914 – 22 December 1992) was a British playwright, novelist and screenwriter who was also politically active in support of the Labour Party. He was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most prolific writer for television, and also wrote 34 stage plays and 39 feature films. He was best known for writing the television series Dixon of Dock Green. Born Edward Henry Willis in Tottenham, Middlesex. (d. 1992)

1919

 Robert Stack
Robert Stack (January 13, 1919 – May 14, 2003) was an American actor, sportsman, and television host. In addition to acting in more than 40 feature films, he starred in the ABC-TV television series The Untouchables (1959-63), for which he won the 1960 Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, and later hosted Unsolved Mysteries (1987-2002). He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film Written on the Wind (1956). Born Charles Langford Modini Stack in Los Angeles, California. (d. 2003)

1923

 Jack Watling
Jack Watling (13 January 1923 – 22 May 2001) was an English actor. Early appearances in film were in We Dive at Dawn (1943), The Demi-Paradise (1943), The Way Ahead (1944) and The Winslow Boy (1948). In 1958 he played Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall in A Night To Remember. In 1960 he appeared in the film Sink the Bismarck! On TV, between 1964-69 he was Don Henderson in The Plane Makers and its sequel The Power Game. Watling also appeared as Doc Saxon in the 1970s series Pathfinders. He played Professor Edward Travers in the BBC science-fiction television series Doctor Who. Born Jack Stanley Watling in Chingford, Essex, England. (d. 2001)

1926

 Michael Bond
Michael Bond CBE (13 January 1926 – 27 June 2017) was a British author. He is best known for a series of fictional stories for children, featuring the character of Paddington Bear. More than 35 million Paddington books have been sold around the world, and the characters have also been featured in film and on television. His first book was published in 1958 and his last in 2017, a span of 59 years. Born Thomas Michael Bond. (d. 2017)

1930

 Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen (born January 13, 1930) is an American actress. Sternhagen has appeared On- and Off-Broadway, in movies, and on TV since the 1950s. She has won two Tony awards, for “Best Supporting Actress (Dramatic)” in 1974 for the original Broadway production of Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor and in 1995 for the revival of The Heiress. Born Frances Hussey Sternhagen in Washington, DC.

1931

 Ian Hendry
Ian Hendry (13 January 1931 – 24 December 1984) was an English film, television and stage actor. He was best known for his work on several British TV series of the 1960s and 1970s, including the lead in the first series of The Avengers and The Lotus Eaters, as well as for his roles in films such as The Hill (1965), Repulsion (1965), Get Carter (1971), and Theatre of Blood (1973). Born Ian Mackendrick Hendry in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. (d. 1984)

1935

 Elsa Martinelli
Elsa Martinelli (30 January 1935 – 8 July 2017) was an Italian actress and fashion model. she appeared in films such as Hatari! (1962), The V.I.P.s (1963), and Candy (1968). In 1956 she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 6th Berlin International Film Festival for playing the title role in Mario Monicelli’s Donatella. Born Elisa Tia in Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy. (d. 2017)

1942

 Carol Cleveland
Carol Cleveland (born 13 January 1942) is a British actress and comedian, most notable for her work with Monty Python. She appeared in 30 of the 45 episodes in the series, plus all four Monty Python movies. Born in East Sheen, London, England.

1961

 Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (born January 13, 1961) is an American actress, comedienne, and producer. In television comedy, she is known for her work in Saturday Night Live (1982-1985), Seinfeld (1989-1998), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-2010), and Veep (2012 onwards). She has won more Emmy Awards than any other performer. Born Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus in Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfu.
 Suggs
Suggs (born 13 January 1961) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, radio personality and actor. Suggs came to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead singer of the ska band Madness, which released fifteen singles that entered the Top 10 charts in the United Kingdom. Born Graham McPherson in Hastings, Sussex, England.

1962

 Trace Adkins
Tracy Adkins (born January 13, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. Adkins made his debut in 1996 with the album Dreamin’ Out Loud. Since then, Adkins has released ten more studio albums and two Greatest Hits compilations. In addition, he has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country music charts. Born Tracy Darrell Adkins in Sarepta, Louisiana.

1964

 Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey (born 13 January 1964) is an English comedian, musician, singer, TV and radio presenter and author. Bailey is well known for his role in Black Books and for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You and QI, as well as his extensive stand-up work. Bailey was listed by The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy in 2003. In 2007, and again in 2010, he was voted the seventh greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups. Born Mark Robert Bailey in Bath, Somerset, England.

1968

 Traci Bingham
Traci Bingham (born January 13, 1968) is an American actress, model, and television personality who is best known for playing Jordan Tate on the television series Baywatch between 1996 and 1998. Born in North Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1969

 Stephen Hendry
Stephen Hendry MBE (born 13 January 1969) is a Scottish former professional snooker player and current commentator for the BBC and ITV. He is best known for his domination of the sport in the 1990s, during which he won the World Championship seven times, a record in the modern era, and was ranked world number one for eight consecutive seasons between 1990 and 1998, and again in 2007. Born Stephen Gordon Hendry in South Queensferry, Edinburgh, Scotland.

1977

 Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. After having his breakthrough as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he rose to fame by further appearing in epic fantasy, historical epic, and fantasy adventure films. His other roles include Legolas in The Hobbit trilogy, Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and Paris in Troy (2004). Born Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom in Canterbury, Kent, England.
 William Ash
William Ash (born 13 January 1977) is a British actor. He is known for roles in the television dramas Where the Heart Is (1997-98), Clocking Off (2001-02), and Waterloo Road (2009-11). Born in Chadderton, Oldham, England.

1978

 Nate Silver
Nate Silver (born January 13, 1978) is an American statistician and writer who analyzes baseball and elections. He is the editor-in-chief of ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight and a Special Correspondent for ABC News. Silver first gained public recognition for developing PECOTA, a system for forecasting the performance and career development of Major League Baseball players. In the 2012 United States presidential election, Silver correctly predicted the winner of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Born Nathaniel Read Silver in East Lansing, Michigan.

1979

 Katy Brand
Katy Brand (born 13 January 1979) is an English actress, comedian and writer, known for her ITV2 series Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show and for Comedy Lab Slap on Channel 4. Born Katherine Frances Brand in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England.

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