2 February


1650

 Nell Gwynne
English actress and royal mistress (d. 1687)

1754

 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
French diplomat and statesman (d. 1838)

1861

 Solomon R. Guggenheim
American art collector and philanthropist (d. 1949)

1882

 James Joyce
Irish author (d. 1941)

1883

 S. Z. Sakall
Szőke Szakáll (2 February 1883 – 12 February 1955), known as S.Z. Sakall, was a Hungarian film character actor. He was in many films including In the Good Old Summertime, Lullaby of Broadway, Christmas in Connecticut and Casablanca in which he played Carl, the head waiter. Chubby-jowled Sakall played numerous supporting roles in Hollywood musicals and comedies in the 1940s and 1950s. His rotund cuteness caused studio head Jack Warner to bestow on Sakall the nickname “Cuddles”. Warner asked that he be billed as S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall in his later films, though he was never happy with the name. Born Gerő Jenő in Budapest, Hungary. (d. 1955)

1897

 Howard Johnson
American hotelier (d. 1972)

1901

 Jascha Heifetz
Lithuanian violinist (d. 1987)

1905

 Ayn Rand
Russian-born American author and philosopher (d. 1982)

1920

 Hughie Green
Hugh Hughes Green (2 February 1920 – 3 May 1997) was the host of numerous British television shows. Green became a household name in 1955, with the ITV quiz show Double Your Money. Green’s most successful show format was his self-developed long-running talent show, Opportunity Knocks. Born in London. (d. 1997)

1925

 Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014) was an American actress and singer, best known for her work on Broadway. She appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals, feature films, and many television programs. She starred with Donald Sinden in the ITV sitcom Two’s Company, which ran from 1975 to 1979 and earned her a BAFTA TV Award nomination. She won an Emmy Award in 1993 for her guest role on Law & Order and another in 2004 for the television documentary of her one woman show. From 2007 to 2012, she had a recurring role as Jack Donaghy’s mother, Colleen, on NBC’s 30 Rock, a role that won her a third Emmy in 2008. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995. (d. 2014)
 Fanny Carby
Fanny Carby was born on February 2, 1925 in Sutton, Surrey, England. She is known for her work on The Elephant Man (1980), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972) and Mrs Dalloway (1997). (d. 2002)

1926

 Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
French politician.

1927

 Stan Getz
American musician (d. 1991)

1931

 Les Dawson
British comedian (d. 1993)
 Glynn Edwards
Glynn Edwards (born 2 February 1931) is a British actor. He is best known for his role as Dave ‘the barman’ Harris, owner of the Winchester Club in 10 series of ITV drama Minder. His most notable film appearances were in Robbery, Zulu and Get Carter. Born in Malaya.

1937

 Tom Smothers
American musician and comedian.

1940

 David Jason
English actor.

1941

 Terry Biddlecombe
Terry Biddlecombe (2 February 1941 – 2 January 2014) was an English National Hunt racing jockey in the 1960s and 1970s. He was Champion Jockey in 1965, 1966 and 1969. (d. 2014)

1942

 Graham Nash
English-American musician (The Hollies and Crosby & Nash).

1943

 Susan Hanson
English actress.

1944

 Andrew Davis
British conductor.
 Geoffrey Hughes
English actor (d. 2012)

1947

 Farrah Fawcett
American actress (d. 2009)

1949

 Duncan Bannatyne
Scottish entrepreneur.
 Brent Spiner
American actor.

1951

 Ken Bruce
Kenneth Robertson Bruce (born 2 February 1951) is a British broadcaster who hosts the The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.

1952

 Carol Ann Susi
Carol Ann Susi (February 2, 1952 – November 11, 2014) was an American actress best known for providing the voice of recurring unseen character Mrs. Wolowitz on the television series The Big Bang Theory. (d. 2014)

1954

 Christie Brinkley
American model.

1955

 Virginia Leng
British equestrian.

1963

 Eva Cassidy
American singer (d. 1996)

1977

  Shakira
Colombian singer.

1979

 Christine Bleakley
Christine Louise Bleakley (born 2 February 1979) is a Northern Irish broadcaster, best known for her current television work with ITV. Born in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland.

1986

 Gemma Arterton
Gemma Christina Arterton (born 2 February 1986) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles in St Trinian’s (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), Clash of the Titans (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Byzantium, and Runner Runner (all in 2013). Born in Gravesend, Kent.

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