31 January


1797

 Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer. Schubert was extremely prolific during his short lifetime. His output consists of over 600 secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music, all before he died at age 31. Born Franz Peter Schubert in Himmelpfortgrund, Vienna, Archduchy of Austria. (d. 1828)

1872

 Zane Grey
Zane Grey (January 31, 1872 – October 23, 1939) was an American author and dentist best known for his popular adventure novels and stories associated with the Western genre in literature and the arts; he idealized the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) was his best-selling book. Born Pearl Zane Grey in Zanesville, Ohio. (d. 1939)

1892

 Eddie Cantor
Eddie Cantor (January 31, 1892 – October 10, 1964) was an American “illustrated song” performer, comedian, dancer, singer, actor, and songwriter. Some of his hits include “Makin’ Whoopee”, “Ida”, “If You Knew Susie”, “Ma! He’s Makin’ Eyes at Me”, “Baby”, “Margie”, and “How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree)?”. Born Edward Israel Itzkowitz in New York City, New York. (d. 1964)

1902

 Tallulah Bankhead
Tallulah Bankhead (January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress of the stage and screen. Primarily an actress of the stage, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1972, and the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1981. Born Tallulah Brockman Bankhead in Huntsville, Alabama. (d. 1968)

1921

 Carol Channing
Carol Channing (born January 31, 1921) is an American actress, singer, dancer and comedian, notable for starring in Broadway and film musicals. She began as a Broadway musical actress, starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1949, and Hello, Dolly! in 1964, when she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. As a film actress, she won the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). Born Carol Elaine Channing in Seattle, Washington.
 Mario Lanza
Mario Lanza (January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959) was an American tenor of Italian ancestry, and an actor and Hollywood film star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. In “The Toast of New Orleans”, his featured popular song “Be My Love” became his first million-selling hit. In 1951, he played the role of tenor Enrico Caruso, his idol, in the biopic The Great Caruso, which produced another million-seller. Born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (d. 1959)

1923

 Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer (January 31, 1923 – November 10, 2007) was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor, and political activist. His novel The Naked and the Dead was published in 1948 and brought him renown. His best-known work is widely considered to be The Executioner’s Song (1979) winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Armies of the Night won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and the National Book Award. Born Norman Kingsley Mailer in Long Branch, New Jersey. (d. 2007)

1929

 Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons, OBE (31 January 1929 – 22 January 2010) was an English actress and singer. One of J. Arthur Rank’s “well-spoken young starlets”, she appeared predominantly in films, beginning with those made in Great Britain during and after the Second World War, followed mainly by Hollywood films from 1950 onwards. Simmons was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Hamlet (1948), and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for Guys and Dolls (1955). Other notable film appearances included Young Bess (1953), The Robe (1953), Elmer Gantry (1960), Spartacus (1960), and the 1969 film The Happy Ending, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also won an Emmy Award for the 1983 miniseries The Thorn Birds. Born Jean Merilyn Simmons in Lower Holloway, London, England. (d. 2010)

1931

 Christopher Chataway
Sir Christopher Chataway (31 January 1931 – 19 January 2014), often known as Chris Chataway, was a British middle- and long-distance runner, television news broadcaster, and Conservative politician. Born Christopher John Chataway in Chelsea, London, England. (d. 2014)

1934

 James Franciscus
James Franciscus (January 31, 1934 – July 8, 1991) was an American actor, known for his roles in feature films and in four television series: Mr. Novak, The Naked City, The Investigators, and Longstreet. Born James Grover Franciscus in Clayton, Missouri. (d. 1991)

1937

 Philip Glass
Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American composer. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the late 20th century. He has written numerous operas and musical theatre works, eleven symphonies, eleven concertos, seven string quartets and various other chamber music, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards. Born in Baltimore, Maryland.
 Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Pleshette (January 31, 1937 – January 19, 2008) was an American actress and voice actress. Pleshette started her career in the theatre and began appearing in films in the late 1950s and later appeared in prominent films such as Rome Adventure (1962) and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963). Born in New York City, New York. (d. 2008)

1941

 Jessica Walter
Jessica Walter (born January 31, 1941) is an American actress. She is known for appearing in the films Play Misty for Me and Grand Prix. Born in Brooklyn, New York.

1942

 Daniela Bianchi
Daniela Bianchi (born 31 January 1942) is an Italian actress, best known for her role of Bond girl Tatiana Romanova in the 1963 movie From Russia with Love. She played a Soviet cipher clerk sent to entrap agent 007, James Bond. Born in Rome, Italy.
 Derek Jarman
Derek Jarman (31 January 1942 – 19 February 1994) was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener and author. He made his debut in narrative film making with Sebastiane (1976). He followed this with Jubilee (shot 1977, released 1978). Released in 1986, Caravaggio attracted a comparatively wide audience; it is still, barring the cult hit Jubilee, probably Jarman’s most widely known work. Born Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman in Northwood, Middlesex, England. (d. 1994)

1944

 Connie Booth
Connie Booth (born 1944) is an American-born writer, actress, comedienne and psychotherapist based in Britain. She has appeared in several British television programmes and films, including her role as Polly Sherman on BBC2’s Fawlty Towers, which she co-wrote with her then-husband John Cleese. Born Constance Booth in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1956

 John Lydon
John Lydon (born 31 January 1956), also known by his stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known as the lead singer of the late 1970s British punk band the Sex Pistols. Born John Joseph Lydon in Holloway, London, England.

1959

 Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony M. LaPaglia (born 31 January 1959) is an Australian actor. He played FBI agent Jack Malone on the American TV series Without a Trace, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. He also appeared in 8 episodes of Frasier. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

1961

 Lloyd Cole
Lloyd Cole (born 31 January 1961) is an English singer and songwriter, known for his role as lead singer of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions from 1984 to 1989. Born in Buxton, Derbyshire, England.

1966

 Dexter Fletcher
Dexter Fletcher (born 31 January 1966) is an English actor and director. He has appeared in the Guy Ritchie film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, crime comedy Smoking Guns as well as television roles in such shows as the comedy-drama Hotel Babylon, the HBO series Band of Brothers, and earlier in his career, the children’s show Press Gang, and the film Bugsy Malone. Born in Enfield, London, England.

1970

 Minnie Driver
Minnie Driver (born 31 January 1970) is an English actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Gus van Sant’s Good Will Hunting (1997) for her role as Skylar, and for the Emmy Award and Golden Globe for her work in the television series The Riches (2007-2008). Her film work includes Sleepers, Grosse Pointe Blank, Tarzan, Return to Me, Ella Enchanted, and The Phantom of the Opera. Born Amelia Fiona Driver in Marylebone, London, England.

1971

 Patrick Kielty
Patrick Kielty (born 31 January 1971) is a comedian and television personality from Northern Ireland. Born in Dundrum, County Down, Northern Ireland.

1973

 Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi (born 31 January 1973)is an Australian and American actress, model, and philanthropist. She appeared in the political thriller television series Scandal and is also known for her role as lawyer Nelle Porter on the American television series Ally McBeal—for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1999. Born Amanda Lee Rogers in Horsham, Victoria, Australia.

1981

 Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, and record producer. Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time. Timberlake is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including ten Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, three Brit Awards, and nine Billboard Music Awards. Born Justin Randall Timberlake in Memphis, Tennessee.

1987

 Marcus Mumford
Marcus Mumford (born 31 January 1987) is a British singer, songwriter, musician and producer best known as the lead singer of the band Mumford & Sons. Born Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford in Orange County, California.

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