29 June


1901

 Nelson Eddy
Nelson Eddy (June 29, 1901 – March 6, 1967) was an American singer and actor who appeared in 19 musical films during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as in opera and on the concert stage, radio, television, and in nightclubs. A classically trained baritone, he is best remembered for the eight films in which he costarred with soprano Jeanette MacDonald. Born Nelson Ackerman Eddy in Providence, Rhode Island. (d. 1967)

1910

 Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser (June 29, 1910 – July 28, 1969) was an American songwriter who wrote the lyrics and music to the Broadway hits Guys and Dolls and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, among others. He won separate Tony Awards for the music and lyrics in both shows, as well as sharing the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the latter. He also wrote numerous songs for films and Tin Pan Alley, many of which have become standards, and was nominated for five Academy Awards for best song, winning once, for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. Born Frank Henry Loesser in New York City, New York. (d. 1969)

1919

 Slim Pickens
Slim Pickens (June 29, 1919 – December 8, 1983) was an American rodeo performer and film and television actor. During most of his career, he epitomized the profane, tough, sardonic cowboy, but is perhaps best remembered today for his comic roles in Dr. Strangelove and Blazing Saddles. Born Louis Burton Lindley Jr in Kingsburg, California. (d. 1983)

1920

 Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen (June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013) was an American visual effects creator, writer, and producer who created a form of stop-motion model animation known as “Dynamation”. His most memorable works include the animation on Mighty Joe Young (1949), with his mentor Willis H. O’Brien, which won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects; The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), his first color film; and Jason and the Argonauts (1963), featuring a famous sword fight against seven skeleton warriors. His last film was Clash of the Titans (1981), after which he retired. Born Raymond Frederick Harryhausen in Los Angeles, California. (d. 2013)

1921

 Jean Kent
Jean Kent (29 June 1921 − 30 November 2013) was a British film and television actress. She signed to Gainsborough Pictures during the Second World War. The turning point in her career came when she was given a dramatic part in 1945 film Fanny by Gaslight. She appeared in several British films during the 1940s and 1950s. Born Joan Mildred Summerfield in Brixton, London, England.

1928

 Ian Bannen
Ian Bannen (29 June 1928 – 3 November 1999) was a Scottish character actor and occasional leading man. Bannen was known for starring as the character Christopher Lowe in From Beyond the Grave (1974), and Jim Prideaux in the BBC production of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979). His performance as Crow in The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Born in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland. (d. 1999)

1941

 Stokely Carmichael
Stokely Carmichael (June 29, 1941 – November 15, 1998), also known as Kwame Turé, was a Trinidadian-American revolutionary active in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and later, the global Pan-African movement. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. (d. 1998)

1943

 Little Eva
Little Eva (June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003) was an American pop singer. As a teenager, she worked as a maid and earned extra money as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. They wrote “The Loco-Motion” for her. Born Eva Narcissus Boyd in Belhaven, North Carolina. (d. 2003)

1944

 Gary Busey
Gary Busey (born June 29, 1944) is an American actor. He has appeared in films such as Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974),The Gumball Rally (1976), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Silver Bullet (1985), Eye of the Tiger (1986), and Lethal Weapon (1987). Born William Gary Busey in Goose Creek, Texas.

1948

 Fred Grandy
Fred Grandy (born June 29, 1948) is a american actor best known for his role as “Gopher” on the sitcom The Love Boat and who later became a member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Iowa. Born Fredrick Lawrence Grandy in Sioux City, Iowa.

1958

 Mark Radcliffe
Mark Radcliffe (born 29 June 1958) is an English broadcaster, musician and writer. He is best known for his broadcasting work for the BBC, for whom he has worked in various roles since the 1980s. Born in Bolton, Lancashire.

1962

 Amanda Donohoe
Amanda Donohoe (born 29 June 1962) is an English film and television actress. She is known for her 1980s relationship with popstar Adam Ant and her later work on television – including L.A. Law and Emmerdale. Born in London, England.

1963

 Anne-Sophie Mutter
Anne-Sophie Mutter (born 29 June 1963) is a German violinist. Supported early in her career by Herbert von Karajan, she has built a strong reputation for championing contemporary music with several works being composed specially for her. Born in Rheinfelden, West Germany.

1967

 Melora Hardin
Melora Hardin (born June 29, 1967) is an American actress and singer, known for her roles as Jan Levinson on NBC’s The Office and Trudy Monk on USA’s Monk. Born Melora Diane Hardin in Houston, Texas.

1977

 Sam Bailey
Sam Bailey (born 29 June 1977) is an English singer, known for winning the tenth series of The X Factor in 2013. She was the first X Factor winner in three years to gain the Christmas number one spot. Born Samantha Florence Bailey in Bexley, London, England.

1978

 Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger (born June 29, 1978) is an American singer, dancer, actress and television personality. After reaching one-hit wonder success with girl group Eden’s Crush, she signed with Interscope Records in 2003 as a member of the Pussycat Dolls, a burlesque troupe-turned-recording act. The group established themselves as a prominent girl group with the release of their debut album, PCD (2005) which spawned the top five hits “Don’t Cha” and “Stickwitu”. Born Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1980

 Katherine Jenkins
Katherine Jenkins, OBE (born 29 June 1980) is a Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano, singer and songwriter. She is a popular classical-crossover singer who performs across a spectrum of operatic arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns. Born in Neath, Wales.

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