18 April


1480

 Lucrezia Borgia
Lucrezia Borgia (18 April 1480 – 24 June 1519) was a Spanish-Italian noblewoman of the House of Borgia who was the daughter of Pope Alexander VI and Vannozza dei Cattanei. She reigned as the Governor of Spoleto, a position usually held by cardinals. Born in Subiaco. (d. 1519)

1819

 Franz von Suppé
Franz von Suppé (18 April 1819 – 21 May 1895) was an Austrian composer of light operas and other theatre music. Remembered for the Light Cavalry Oveture. Born Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo Cavaliere di Suppé-Demelli in Split, Dalmatia, Austrian Empire. (d. 1895)

1857

 Clarence Darrow
Clarence Darrow (April 18, 1857 – March 13, 1938) was an American lawyer. He defended high-profile clients in many famous trials of the early 20th century, including teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb for murdering 14-year-old Robert “Bobby” Franks (1924); teacher John T. Scopes in the Scopes “Monkey” Trial (1925); and Ossian Sweet in a racially charged self-defense case (1926). Born Clarence Seward Darrow in Kinsman, Ohio. (d. 1938)

1882

 Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski (18 April 1882 – 13 September 1977) was an English conductor of Polish and Irish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and his appearance in the Disney film Fantasia. Born Leopold Anthony Stokowski in London, England. (d. 1977)

1918

 Avril Angers
Avril Angers (18 April 1918 – 9 November 2005) was an English stand-up comedian and actress. She took on many and various roles in television (including Dad’s Army, All Creatures Great and Small, Are You Being Served? and Odd Man Out), as well as in film and theatre. One of her best remembered roles was that of Hayley Mills’s shrewish mother in the film version of Bill Naughton’s play The Family Way (1966). Born Florence Avril Angers in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. (d. 2005)

1922

 Barbara Hale
Barbara Hale (April 18, 1922 – January 26, 2017) was an American actress best known for her role as legal secretary Della Street on more than 270 episodes of the Perry Mason television series from 1957 to 1966, earning her a 1959 Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Born in DeKalb, Illinois. (d. 2017)

1930

 Clive Revill
Clive Revill (born 18 April 1930) is a New Zealand singer and character actor, best known for his performances in musical theatre and on the London stage. Born Clive Selsby Revill in Wellington, New Zealand.
 Angus Lennie
Angus Lennie (18 April 1930 – 14 September 2014) was a Scottish film and theatre character actor, with a career spanning 50 years. He played the character of Flying Officer Archibald Ives in The Great Escape, and Shughie McFee in the popular television soap opera Crossroads. Born Angus Wilson Lennie in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. (d. 2014)

1934

 James Drury
James Drury Jr. (born April 18, 1934) is an American actor best known for his success in playing the title role in the 90-minute weekly Western television series The Virginian, broadcast on NBC from 1962-71. Born James Child Drury Jr in New York, New York.

1942

 Jochen Rindt
Jochen Rindt (18 April 1942 – 5 September 1970) was a German-born racing driver who represented Austria during his career. In 1970, he was killed during practice for the Italian Grand Prix and became the only driver to be posthumously awarded the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship. Born Karl Jochen Rindt in Mainz, Volksstaat Hessen, Germany. (d. 1970)

1944

 Robert Hanssen
Robert Hanssen (born April 18, 1944) is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who spied for Soviet and Russian intelligence services against the United States from 1979 to 2001. His espionage was described by the Department of Justice as “possibly the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history.” He is currently serving 15 consecutive life sentences at ADX Florence, a federal supermax prison near Florence, Colorado. Born Robert Philip Hanssen in Chicago, Illinois.

1946

 Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills (born 18 April 1946) is an English actress. The daughter of Sir John Mills and Mary Hayley Bell, and younger sister of actress Juliet Mills, Mills began her acting career as a child and was hailed as a promising newcomer, winning the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in the British crime drama film Tiger Bay (1959), the Academy Juvenile Award for Disney’s Pollyanna (1960) and Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress in 1961. During her early career, she appeared in six films for Walt Disney, including her dual role as twins Susan and Sharon in the Disney film The Parent Trap (1961). Her performance in Whistle Down the Wind (a 1961 adaptation of the novel written by her mother) saw Mills nominated for BAFTA Award for Best British Actress. Born Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills in Marylebone, London, England.

1947

 Kathy Acker
Kathy Acker (April 18, 1947 – November 30, 1997) was an American experimental novelist, punk poet, playwright, essayist, postmodernist and sex-positive feminist writer. Born Karen Alexander in New York City, New York. (d. 1997)
 Cindy Pickett
Cindy Pickett (born April 18, 1947) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Dr. Carol Novino on the television drama St. Elsewhere and Katie Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s loving and unsuspecting mother, in the 1986 American comedy movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Born in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
 James Woods
James Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American actor and producer. His most well known roles are in Videodrome, Once Upon a Time in America, Casino, and Contact. Additionally, Woods has also been nominated for two Academy Awards, one in the Best Actor category for Salvador and the other in the Best Supporting Actor category for Ghosts of Mississippi. He is the recipient of three Emmy Awards for the television movies Promise and My Name Is Bill W. and the animated series Hercules. Promise additionally brought him a Golden Globe Award. On television, he is known for portraying the lead character in Shark (2006-08) and for voice-acting as himself on eight episodes of Family Guy. Born James Howard Woods in Vernal, Utah.
 Polly Brown
Polly Brown (born 18 April 1947) is an English singer. A member of Pickettywitch and Sweet Dreams – and with each group lead singer on a Top Ten hit, respectively “That Same Old Feeling” and “Honey Honey” – Brown had an international solo hit in 1975 with “Up in a Puff of Smoke”. Born Polly Browne in Birmingham, England.

1953

 Rick Moranis
Rick Moranis (born April 18, 1953) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, musician, and songwriter. He came to prominence in the sketch comedy series Second City Television (SCTV) in the 1980s and later appeared in several Hollywood films, including Ghostbusters (1984), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Spaceballs (1987), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) and The Flintstones (1994). Born Frederick Allan Moranis in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

1961

 Jane Leeves
Jane Leeves (born 18 April 1961) is an English actress, model, producer, comedienne, singer, and dancer. She is best known for playing Daphne Moon on the television sitcom Frasier from 1993 until 2004, for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. Born Jane Elizabeth Leeves in Ilford, Essex, England.

1962

 Jeff Dunham
Jeffrey Dunham (born April 18, 1962) is an American ventriloquist and comedian who has also appeared on numerous television shows. His characters are politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered. Born in Dallas, Texas.

1963

 Conan O’Brien
Conan O’Brien (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows. Born Conan Christopher O’Brien in Brookline, Massachusetts.

1966

 Camille Coduri
Camille Coduri (born 18 April 1965) is an English actress. She is best known for playing Jackie Tyler, the mother of Rose Tyler, in Doctor Who, and also for her roles as Faith in Nuns on the Run, Miranda in King Ralph, and Dot Clapton, chambers secretary in Rumpole of the Bailey. Born in Wandsworth, London.

1971

 Samantha Cameron
Samantha Cameron (born 18 April 1971) is a British businesswoman and the wife of David Cameron, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016. Until 13 May 2010, Cameron was the Creative Director of Smythson of Bond Street. Born Samantha Gwendoline Sheffield in Paddington, London, England.
 David Tennant
David Tennant (born 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova, Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, and Barty Crouch, Jr. in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Born David John McDonald in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland.

1972

 Eli Roth
Eli Roth (born April 18, 1972) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. As an actor, Roth’s most prominent role has been as Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz in Quentin Tarantino’s war film Inglourious Basterds. He directed The House with a Clock in Its Walls, his first PG-rated film and his highest domestic grosser to date. Born Eli Raphael Roth in Newton, Massachusetts.

1976

 Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress. She is best known for her starring roles as the titular characters in the sitcoms Clarissa Explains It All (1991-1994), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003), and Melissa & Joey (2010-2015). Born in Smithtown, New York.
 Sean Maguire
Sean Maguire (born 18 April 1976) is an English actor and singer, who rose to fame in 1988 when at the age of eleven he took on the role of “Tegs” Ratcliffe on the BBC children’s drama Grange Hill. Born in Ilford, London, England.

1979

 Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson (born 18 April 1979) is a British racing driver from England. He has raced in Formula One for Minardi and Super Aguri, and has been a test or reserve driver for the British American Racing, Honda, and Brawn GP teams. He is also an analyst for the Sky Sports F1 television channel. Born Anthony Denis Davidson in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England.
 Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney Kardashian (born April 18, 1979) is an American television personality, socialite, businesswoman and model. In 2007, she and her family were picked to star in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Born Kourtney Mary Kardashian in Los Angeles, California.

1984

 America Ferrera
America Ferrera (/born April 18, 1984) is an American actress. Ferrera is the recipient of numerous accolades including an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award among others. She took the leading part on the ABC comedy drama Ugly Betty (2006-2010). Born America Georgine Ferrera in Los Angeles, California.

1987

 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (born 18 April 1987) is an English model, actress, designer, and businesswoman. She is best known for her work for lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret, for being the face of Burberry’s 2011 brand fragrance “Burberry Body”, and for her work with Marks & Spencer. Born Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley in Plymouth, Devon, England.

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