17 April


1885

 Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)
Danish author. (d. 1962)

1896

 Señor Wences
Spanish ventriloquist. (d. 1999)

1897

 Thornton Wilder
American dramatist. (d. 1975)

1915

 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Sri Lankan politician and the world’s first female head of government. (d. 2000)

1918

 William Holden
American actor. (d. 1981)

1923

 Lindsay Anderson
English director. (d. 1994)

1926

 Gordon Rollings
British actor who mainly appeared on television, but also appeared on-stage and in feature films. (d. 1985)

1929

 James Last
German bandleader.

1930

 Chris Barber
English trombonist.

1940

 Billy Fury
British singer. (d. 1983)
 John McCririck
English horse racing pundit.

1942

 David Bradley
British actor.

1951

 Olivia Hussey
Argentine actress.

1957

 Nick Hornby
English author.

1959

 Sean Bean
English actor.

1971

 Claire Sweeney
English actress.

1972

 Jennifer Garner
American actress.

1974

 Victoria Beckham
English singer (Spice Girls).

1985

 Rooney Mara
American actress.
 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
French tennis player.

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