14 April


1904

 Sir John Gielgud
Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH (14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000), was an English actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades. During the 1930s Gielgud was a stage star in the West End and on Broadway. He was one of a great trinity of actors who dominated the British stage for much of the 20th century. Although largely indifferent to awards, Gielgud had the rare distinction of winning an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and a Tony. Born in South Kensington, London. (d. 2000)

1917

 Valerie Hobson
Valerie Hobson (14 April 1917 – 13 November 1998) was a British actress who appeared in a number of British films during the 1940s and 1950s. She appeared as Baroness Frankenstein in Bride of Frankenstein (1935) with Boris Karloff and Colin Clive. Her second husband was a Government Minister, John Profumo. She was born Babette Valerie Louise Hobson in Larne, County Antrim, Ireland, UK. (d. 1998)

1925

 Rod Steiger
Rodney Stephen “Rod” Steiger (April 14, 1925 – July 9, 2002) was an American actor known for his performances in such films as On the Waterfront, The Big Knife, Oklahoma!, The Harder They Fall, Across the Bridge, The Pawnbroker, Doctor Zhivago, In the Heat of the Night, and Waterloo as well as the television programs Marty and Jesus of Nazareth. Born in Westhampton, New York. (d. 2002)

1929

 Gerry Anderson
Gerry Anderson, MBE 14 April 1929 – 26 December 2012) was an English television and film producer, director, writer and occasional voice artist. He was known for his futuristic television programmes, especially his 1960s productions filmed in “Supermarionation”. Anderson’s first television production was the 1957 Roberta Leigh children’s series The Adventures of Twizzle. Supercar (1961–62) and Fireball XL5 (1962) followed later, both series breaking into the US television market in the early 1960s. In the mid-1960s Anderson produced his most successful series, Thunderbirds. Other television productions of the 1960s include Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Born Gerald Alexander Abrahams in Bloomsbury, London, England.

1930

 Bradford Dillman
Bradford Dillman (born April 14, 1930) is an American actor and author. He appeared in many films such as Compulsion (1959) for which he won an award at Cannes, The Mephisto Waltz (1969), The Bridge at Remagen,(1971), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), The Iceman Cometh (1973), The Way We Were (1973) and The Enforcer (1976). Born in San Francisco, California.

1932

 Loretta Lynn
oretta Lynn (née Webb; born April 14, 1932) is a chart-topping, multiple-gold-album-selling American country music singer-songwriter whose work has spanned more than 50 years. Lynn has written over 160 songs and released 60 albums, and has sold 45 million records worldwide. She has had ten Number 1 albums and sixteen Number 1 singles on the country charts. Born Loretta Webb in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.

1933

 Shani Wallis
Shani Wallis (born 14 April 1933) is an English actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the West End, and for the role of Nancy in the 1968 Oscar-winning film musical Oliver!. Born in Tottenham, London.

1935

 Erich von Däniken
Erich Anton Paul von Däniken (born 14 April 1935) is a Swiss author of several books which make controversial claims about extraterrestrial influences on early human culture, including the best-selling Chariots of the Gods?, published in 1968. Born in Zofingen, Aargau, Switzerland.

1936

 Frank Serpico
Francesco Vincent Serpico (born April 14, 1936) is a retired American New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer who is most famous for blowing the whistle on police corruption in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Most of Serpico’s fame came after the release of the 1973 film Serpico, which starred Al Pacino. Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York.

1941

 Julie Christie
Julie Frances Christie (born 14 April 1940 or 1941) is a British actress. A pop icon of the “swinging London” era of the 1960s, she has won the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Christie’s breakthrough film role was in Billy Liar (1963). In 1965, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Diana Scott in Darling. That same year, she starred as Lara Antipova in Doctor Zhivago. In the following years, she starred in Fahrenheit 451 (1966), Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), Petulia (1968), The Go-Between (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Don’t Look Now (1973), Shampoo (1975), and Heaven Can Wait (1978). Born in Chabua, Assam, British India.

1944

 John Sergeant
John Sergeant (born 14 April 1944) is a British television and radio journalist and broadcaster. He was the BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent from 1992 to 2000 and the Political Editor of ITN from 2000 to 2002. Sergeant competed in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing. Although he repeatedly finished bottom of the score board, the public consistently voted to keep him in the competition. Born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.

1945

 Ritchie Blackmore
Richard Hugh “Ritchie” Blackmore (born 14 April 1945) is a British guitarist and songwriter. Blackmore was one of the original members of Deep Purple. During his solo career, he established neoclassical metal band called Rainbow. Born in Weston-super-Mare, England.

1949

 Sonja Kristina
Sonja Kristina (born 14 April 1949) is an English musician, best known for being the vocalist of Curved Air. In 1968, Sonja won the part of “Crissy” in the London stage production of the stage musical Hair. She features on the original cast album singing the song “Frank Mills”. Born in Brentwood, Essex, England.
 Chris Langham
Christopher “Chris” Langham (born 14 April 1949) is an English writer, actor, and comedian. He is known for playing the cabinet minister Hugh Abbot in the BBC Four sitcom The Thick of It, and as presenter Roy Mallard in People Like Us. Born in London, England.

1951

 Julian Lloyd Webber
Julian Lloyd Webber (born 14 April 1951) is a British solo cellist who has been described as the “doyen of British cellists”. He is the younger brother of the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

1958

 Peter Capaldi
Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a Scottish actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It, and its spin-off film In the Loop. In 1995, he won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film for Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life, which he wrote and directed. He has also won two BAFTA Awards, and two British Comedy Awards. Since 25 December 2013 he has portrayed the Twelfth Doctor in the BBC Television series Doctor Who.

1961

 Robert Carlyle
Robert Carlyle, OBE (born 14 April 1961) is a Scottish actor. He is known for a variety of roles in films such as Trainspotting, The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela’s Ashes, The 51st State, and 28 Weeks Later. In addition to his film work, he is also known for his roles in the television shows Hamish Macbeth, Stargate Universe, and Once Upon a Time. Born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland.

1964

 Gina McKee
Georgina “Gina” McKee (born 14 April 1964) is an English actor known for her television roles in Our Friends in the North (1996), The Lost Prince (2003) and The Forsyte Saga (2002); and her portrayal of Bella in the film Notting Hill (1999); and her portrayal of Caterina Sforza in the Showtime series The Borgias. Born in Peterlee, County Durham, England.

1973

 Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor. He received widespread recognition and acclaim after starring in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29, the only actor under 30 to do so. Brody is also the only American actor to receive the French César Award. Born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York.

1977

 Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar (born April 14, 1977) is an American actress and producer. Gellar came to prominence in the late 1990s, landing roles in 1997’s horror films I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2. She portrayed Buffy Summers on the WB/UPN TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), for which she won six Teen Choice Awards, the Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actress and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. Born in New York City, U.S.

1983

 Elena Baltacha
Elena Sergeevna Baltacha (14 August 1983 – 4 May 2014) was a Ukrainian-born British professional tennis player. Being a four-time winner of the Aegon Award, she was also a long-term British No. 1 Born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. (d. 2014)

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