27 June


1880

 Helen Keller
Helen Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. Born Helen Adams Keller in Tuscumbia, Alabama. (d. 1968)

1906

 Catherine Cookson
Dame Catherine Cookson, DBE (27 June 1906 – 11 June 1998) was an English author. She became the United Kingdom’s most widely read novelist, with sales topping 100 million, while retaining a relatively low profile in the world of celebrity writers. Born Catherine Ann McMullen in South Shields, Tyneside, England. (d. 1998)

1921

 Muriel Pavlow
Muriel Pavlow (born 27 June 1921) is a British actress. Pavlow’s roles include the Maltese girl Maria in Malta Story (1953); Joy, the girlfriend of Simon Sparrow, in Doctor in the House (1954); and Thelma Bader, the wife of the Second World War fighter pilot Douglas Bader in Reach for the Sky (1956). Born Muriel Lilian Pavlow in Leigh, Kent, England.

1922

 Peter Bayliss
Peter Bayliss (27 June 1922 – 29 July 2002) was an English actor. His 20 films ranged from The Red Shoes (1948) to Darling (1965). He acted in more than 40 television productions including Please Sir!, The Sweeney, Coronation Street, Lovejoy and The Bill. Born in Kingston upon Thames. (d. 2002)

1930

 Ross Perot
Ross Perot (born June 27, 1930) is an American businessman best known for being an independent presidential candidate in 1992 and the Reform party presidential candidate in 1996. Perot founded Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in 1962, sold the company to General Motors in 1984, and founded Perot Systems in 1988. Perot Systems was bought by Dell for $3.9 billion in 2009. Born Henry Ross Perot in Texarkana, Texas.

1932

 Anna Moffo
Anna Moffo (June 27, 1932 – March 9, 2006) was an American opera singer, television personality, and award-winning dramatic actress. One of the leading lyric-coloratura sopranos of her generation, she possessed a warm and radiant voice of considerable range and agility. Because of her physical appearance she was nicknamed “La Bellissima”. Born in Wayne, Pennsylvania. (d. 2006)

1938

 Tommy Cannon
Tommy Cannon (born 27 June 1938) is a comedian and the feed member of comedy double act Cannon and Ball, along with Bobby Ball. He is most well known for the show The Cannon and Ball Show. Born Thomas Derbyshire in Oldham, Lancashire, England.
 Shirley Anne Field
Shirley Anne Field (born 27 June 1938) is an English actress who has performed on stage, film and television since 1955. Her breakthrough came when she was chosen by Laurence Olivier to play the role of model Tina Lapford in The Entertainer 1960. The same year she appeared in probably her best known role as Doreen, the would-be girlfriend of rebellious Arthur Seaton (played by Albert Finney), in the influential New Wave film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Born Shirley Broomfield in Bolton, Lancashire, England.
 Alan Coren
Alan Coren (27 June 1938 – 18 October 2007) was an English humourist, writer and satirist who was well known as a regular panellist on the BBC radio quiz The News Quiz and a team captain on BBC television’s Call My Bluff. Coren was also a journalist, and for nine years was the editor of Punch magazine. Born in Southgate, North London. (d. 2007)

1941

 Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Kieślowski (27 June 1941 – 13 March 1996) was an influential Polish film director and screenwriter known internationally for The Decalogue (1989), The Double Life of Véronique (1991), and The Three Colors Trilogy (1993–1994). Born in Warsaw, Poland. (d. 1996)

1949

 Vera Wang
Vera Wang (born June 27, 1949) is an American fashion designer based in New York City. Wang began figure skating at the age of eight. While in high school, she trained with pairs partner James Stuart, and competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Beginning in 1970, Wang was a senior fashion editor for Vogue. Wang has made wedding gowns for many well-known public figures, such as Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Victoria Beckham, Avril Lavign and Jennifer Lopez. Born Vera Ellen Wang in New York City, New York.

1950

 Joanna McCallum
Joanna McCallum (born 27 June 1950) is an English theatre, film and television actress. She is the daughter of English actress Googie Withers. McCallum played writer Winifred Holtby in the last episode of Testament of Youth (1979) and Virginia Woolf in the film Tom & Viv (1994).

1951

 Julia Duffy
Julia Duffy (born June 27, 1951) is an American actress, best known for playing Stephanie Vanderkellen on the sitcom Newhart (1983–90). For this role, she received seven Emmy Award nominations and a 1988 Golden Globe Award nomination. Born Julia Margaret Hinds in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 Mary McAleese
Mary McAleese (born 27 June 1951) served as the eighth President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011. She was the second female president and was first elected in 1997 succeeding Mary Robinson. Born Mary Patricia Leneghan in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1955

 Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani (born 27 June 1955) is a French film actress and singer. A five-time winner of the César Award for Best Actress. She was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 2010, and a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2014. Born Isabelle Yasmina Adjani in Paris, France.

1961

 Meera Syal
Meera Syal CBE (born 27 June 1961) is a British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress. She rose to prominence as one of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me and became one of the UK’s best-known Indian personalities portraying Sanjeev’s grandmother, Ummi, in The Kumars at No. 42. Born Feroza Syal in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.

1962

 Michael Ball
Michael Ashley Ball, OBE (born 27 June 1962) is an English actor, singer and broadcaster, who is known for his work in musical theatre. He made his West End debut in 1985 playing Marius in the original London production of Les Misérables, and went on star in 1987 as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. In 1989, he reached number two in the UK singles chart with “Love Changes Everything”, a song taken from the musical Aspects of Love. In 1992, Ball represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing second with the song “One Step Out of Time”. Born Michael Ashley Ball in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

1966

 J. J Abrams
J.J. Abrams (born June 27, 1966) is an American director, producer, writer, actor, and composer. Abrams wrote and/or produced feature films such as Armageddon (1998), and Cloverfield (2008). He created or co-created a number of TV drama series, including Lost. His directorial film work includes Star Trek (2009), Mission: Impossible III and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
. Born Jeffrey Jacob Abrams in New York City, New York.

1971

 Jo Frost
Jo Frost is a British television personality who leveraged her 15-year-experience as a nanny for the reality television program Supernanny, in which she was the central figure. Born Joanne Frost in London, England.

1975

 Tobey Maguire
Tobey Maguire (born June 27, 1975) is an American actor and film producer. He is known for his role as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film trilogy (2002–2007), as well as for his roles in the fantasy comedy-drama Pleasantville (1998), and the drama The Cider House Rules (1999). Born Tobias Vincent Maguire in Santa Monica, California.

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