22 June


 H. Rider Haggard
H. Rider Haggard, KBE (22 June 1856 – 14 May 1925) was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the Lost World literary genre. His novels include King Solomon’s Mines and She. Born Henry Rider Haggard in Bradenham, Norfolk, England. (d. 1925)


 Erich Maria Remarque
Erich Maria Remarque (22 June 1898 – 25 September 1970) was a German novelist who created many pacifistic works about the terror of war. He is best-known for his breakthrough novel All Quiet on the Western Front (1928) about German soldiers in the First World War, which was also made into a Oscar-winning movie. Born Erich Paul Remark in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, Germany. (d. 1970)


 Naunton Wayne
Naunton Wayne (22 June 1901 – 17 November 1970), was a British character actor. He became best known for his role as a supporting character, Caldicott, in the 1938 film version of The Lady Vanishes, a role he repeated in three further films, alongside Basil Radford as his equally cricket-obsessed friend, Charters. Born Henry Wayne Davies in Llanwonno, Glamorgan, Wales. (d. 1970)


 John Dillinger
John Herbert Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American gangster in the Depression-era United States. He operated with a group of men, known by some as the so-called Dillinger gang or Terror Gang, who, as an organised body, amongst other activities, robbed twenty-four banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice; he was also charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana police officer who shot Dillinger in his bullet-proof vest during a shootout, prompting him to return fire. It was Dillinger’s only homicide charge. Born John Herbert Dillinger in Indianapolis, Indiana. (d. 1934)


 Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder (June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was a Jewish Polish-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood’s golden age. Wilder is one of only five people to have won Academy Awards as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film (The Apartment). Wilder earned the Best Director and Best Screenplay Academy Awards for the adaptation of a Charles R. Jackson story The Lost Weekend (1945), about alcoholism. In 1950, Wilder co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Sunset Blvd. From the mid-1950s on, Wilder made mostly comedies. Among the classics Wilder created in this period are the farces The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Some Like It Hot (1959). Born Samuel Wilder in Sucha, Galicia, Austria-Hungary. (d. 2002)


 Mike Todd
Mike Todd (June 22, 1909 – March 22, 1958) was an American theater and film producer, best known for his 1956 production of Around the World in 80 Days, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He is known as the third of Elizabeth Taylor’s seven husbands and is the only one whom she did not divorce. He was the driving force behind the development of the eponymous Todd-AO widescreen film format. Born Michael Todd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (d. 1958)


 Ralph Waite
Ralph Waite (June 22, 1928 – February 13, 2014) was an American actor. His best known role was as John Walton Sr., on the 1970s CBS TV series The Waltons. He also portrayed the slave ship first mate Slater in the mini-series Roots. Born in White Plains, New York. (d. 2014)


 Prunella Scales
Prunella Scales, CBE (born 22 June 1932) is an English actress best known for her role as Basil Fawlty’s wife Sybil in the BBC comedy Fawlty Towers and her BAFTA award-nominated role as Queen Elizabeth II in A Question of Attribution (Screen One, BBC 1991) by Alan Bennett. Her early work included the second UK adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (1952), Hobson’s Choice (1954), Room at the Top (1959) and Waltz of the Toreadors (1962).Her career break came with the early 1960s sitcom Marriage Lines starring opposite Richard Briers. She has had roles in BBC Radio 4 sitcoms, and comedy series including After Henry, Smelling of Roses and Ladies of Letters; on television she starred in the London Weekend Television/Channel 4 series Mapp & Lucia. Born Prunella Margaret Rumney Illingworth in Sutton Abinger, Surrey, England.
 Amrish Puri
Amrish Puri (22 June 1932 – 12 January 2005) was an Indian leading theatre and film actor. He is primarily remembered for playing iconic negative roles in Hindi cinema as well as other Indian and international film industries. To Indian audiences he is the most remembered for his role as Mogambo in Shekhar Kapur’s Hindi film Mr. India (1987), and to Western audiences he is best known as Mola Ram in Steven Spielberg’s Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Born Amrish Lal Puri in Nawanshahr. (d. 2005)
 Princess Soraya
Princess Soraya of Iran (22 June 1932 – 26 October 2001) was Queen of Iran, the second wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, and a notable actress. Born Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari in Isfahan, Iran. (d. 2001)


 Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and U.S. Army veteran. He is known for writing and recording such hits as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “For the Good Times,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” Kristofferson is the sole writer of most of his songs, and he has collaborated with various other figures of the Nashville scene such as Shel Silverstein. In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also known for his acting work, including starring roles in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and A Star Is Born, the latter for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Born Kristoffer Kristofferson in Brownsville, Texas.


 Esther Rantzen
Dame Esther Louise Rantzen DBE (born 22 June 1940) is an English journalist and television presenter, best known for presenting the hit BBC television series That’s Life! for 21 years from 1973 until 1994. She is well known for her work with various charitable causes. She is founder of the child protection charity ChildLine, which she set up in 1986, and The Silver Line, designed to combat loneliness, which she set up in 2012. Born Esther Louise Rantzen in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.


 Michael Lerner
Michael Lerner (born June 22, 1941) is an American actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Barton Fink (1991). Born in Brooklyn, New York.


 Judith Barker
Judith Barker (born 22 June 1943) is an English actress, best known for her role as the upwardly mobile homewrecker Janet Reid on Coronation Street, which she played from 1969–77. Born in Oldham, Lancashire.


 Peter Asher
Peter L. Asher CBE (born 22 June 1944) is a British guitarist, singer, manager and record producer. He first came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the pop music vocal duo Peter and Gordon, before going on to a successful career as a manager and record producer. Their first (and biggest) hit was the 1964 Paul McCartney song “A World Without Love.”. Born in London, England.
 Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer (born 22 June 1943) is an Austrian actor, film director, and professor at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. Born Klaus Georg Steng in Bad Aussee, Austria.


 Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and record producer. During the 1970s and 1980s, Rundgren prolifically engineered and/or produced many notable albums for other acts. His best-known songs include the 1972 singles “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light”. Born Todd Harry Rundgren in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.


 Alan Osmond
Alan Osmond (born June 22, 1949) was a member of the family musical group The Osmonds. Alan has multiple sclerosis. In 2000, Alan Osmond received the Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Born Alan Ralph Osmond in Ogden, Utah, United States.
 Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. A three-time Academy Award winner, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. In 1978, she won an Emmy Award for her role in the miniseries Holocaust, and received her first Academy Award nomination for The Deer Hunter. Nominated for 19 Academy Awards in total, Streep has more nominations than any other actor or actress in history, winning Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), and Best Actress for Sophie’s Choice (1982) and for The Iron Lady (2011). Streep has also received 29 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight—more nominations and more competitive (non-honorary) wins than any other actor (male or female) in history. Her work has also earned her two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, five New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two BAFTA awards, two Australian Film Institute awards, five Grammy Award nominations, and five Drama Desk Award nominations, among several others. She was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2004 at the Kennedy Center Honor in 2011 for her contribution to American culture through performing arts. President Barack Obama awarded her the 2010 National Medal of Arts and in 2014 the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2003, the government of France made her a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. Born Mary Louise Streep in Summit, New Jersey.
 Lindsay Wagner
Lindsay Wagner (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Jaime Sommers in the 1970s television series The Bionic Woman (for which she won an Emmy Award). Born Lindsay Jean Wagner in Los Angeles, California.


 Sharon Maughan
Sharon Maughan (born 22 June 1950) is a British actress. Maughan was chosen for the coveted role of Rachel Rosing in a Granada Television serialisation of Howard Spring’s novel, Shabby Tiger. Alan Bennett asked her to appear alongside him at the Lyric Theatre in his original production of Habeas Corpus. She worked with John Stride in the final series of Yorkshire Television’s The Main Chance, playing the Nordic Inge Lindstrom. Maughan starred in such series as The Enigma Files, and The Flame Trees of Thika. From 1987 to 1998, whilst running the internationally successful ‘Gold Blend Couple’ television advertisements for Nescafé alongside actor Anthony Head, Maughan starred in episodes of Inspector Morse, Hannay, and Murder She Wrote. Later she joined the cast of the BBC One medical drama television series Holby City. Born Sharon Patricia Maughan in Liverpool.


 Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT activist. Her career has spanned over 30 years. Her debut solo album She’s So Unusual (1983) was the first debut female album to chart four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—”Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Time After Time”, “She Bop”, and “All Through the Night” earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors (1986). Born Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper in Queens, New York City, New York.


 Danny Baker
Danny Baker (born 22 June 1957) is an English comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter. Since the late 1970s, he has worked for a wide range of publications and broadcasters including NME, LWT, the BBC and Talk Radio. Born in Deptford, London, England.


 Eddie Kidd
Eddie Kidd, OBE (born 22 June 1959) is an English former stunt performer. He was paralysed and suffered brain damage following an accident in 1996. In 1993, he jumped over the Great Wall of China on a motorcycle. Despite performing over 12,000 jumps in his career, he did not have a UK motorcycle licence until 1995. Born in Islington, London, England.


 Erin Brockovich
Erin Brockovich-Ellis (born June 22, 1960) is an American legal clerk and environmental activist, who, despite the lack of a formal education in the law, was instrumental in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) of California in 1993. This was the focus of the 2000 feature film, Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts in the title role. Born Erin Pattee in Lawrence, Kansas.


 Jimmy Somerville
Jimmy Somerville (born 22 June 1961) is a Scottish pop singer and songwriter. He sang in the 1980s with the pop groups Bronski Beat and The Communards, and has also had a solo career. Born James William Somerville in Glasgow, Scotland.


 Dan Brown
Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction who is best known for the 2003 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code. Brown’s novels are treasure hunts set in a 24-hour period, and feature the recurring themes of cryptography, keys, symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories. His books have been translated into 52 languages, and as of 2012, sold over 200 million copies. Three of them, Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), and Inferno (2013), have been/are being adapted into films. Born Daniel Brown in Exeter, New Hampshire.


 Laila Rouass
Laila Rouass (born 22 June 1971) is a British actress. She is best known for her portrayals of Amber Gates in Footballers’ Wives (2004–2006) and Sahira Shah in Holby City (2011–12). She has also starred in Primeval and Spooks and been a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, in which she finished fourth. Born Laila Abdesselam Rouass in Stepney, London, England.

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