23 July


1888

 Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an American novelist and screenwriter. Chandler published just seven full novels during his lifetime . All but one have been made into motion pictures including Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The Big Sleep (1946), The Little Sister (1949), and The Long Goodbye (1953). Born Raymond Thornton Chandler in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 1959)

1892

 Haile Selassie I
Haile Selassie I (23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975), born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael, was Ethiopia’s regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He was the heir to a dynasty that traced its origins by tradition from King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Haile Selassie is a defining figure in both Ethiopian and African history. Born in the village of Ejersa Goro. (d. 1975)

1894

 Arthur Treacher
Arthur Treacher (23 July 1894 – 14 December 1975) was an English actor. His film career included roles in four Shirley Temple films and as P.G. Wodehouse’s perfect valet character Jeeves. Born Arthur Veary Treacher in Brighton, Sussex, England. (d. 1975)

1912

 Michael Wilding
Michael Wilding (23 July 1912 – 8 July 1979) was an English stage, television and film actor. He appeared in numerous British films, often opposite Anna Neagle. Born Michael Charles Gauntlet Wilding in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England. (d. 1979)

1913

 Michael Foot
Michael Foot, FRSL, PC (23 July 1913 – 3 March 2010) was a British Labour Party politician and man of letters. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1945 to 1955 and from 1960 until 1992. He was deputy leader of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1980, and later became the Leader of the Opposition from 1980 to 1983. Born Michael Mackintosh Foot in Plymouth, Devon. (d. 2010)

1925

 Gloria DeHaven
Gloria DeHaven (born July 23, 1925) is an American actress, singer and a former contract star for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She began her career as a child actor with a bit part in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936). Despite featured roles in such films as Best Foot Forward (1943), The Thin Man Goes Home (1944), Scene of the Crime (1949) and Summer Stock (1950) she did not achieve film stardom. Born Gloria Mildred DeHaven in Los Angeles, California.

1933

 Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers, Baron Rogers of Riverside CH Kt FRIBA FCSD (born 23 July 1933) is an Italian-born British architect noted for his modernist and functionalist designs. Rogers is perhaps best known for his work on the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd’s building and Millennium Dome both in London, and the European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg. He is a winner of the RIBA Gold Medal, the Thomas Jefferson Medal, the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Minerva Medal and Pritzker Prize. Born Richard George Rogers in Florence, Italy.

1942

 Madeline Bell
Madeline Bell (born July 23, 1942) is an American soul singer, who became famous as a performer in the United Kingdom during the 1960s. She had a number of Top 20 hits with the group Blue Mink. Born in Newark, New Jersey.

1943

 Larry Manetti
Larry Manetti (born July 23, 1943) is an American actor best known for his role as Orville Wilbur Richard “Rick” Wright on the long-running CBS television series Magnum P.I. which starred Tom Selleck as the title character. Born Lawrence Francis Manetti in Chicago, Illinois.

1947

 David Essex
David Essex OBE (born 23 July 1947) is an English musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Since the 1970s, Essex has attained nineteen Top 40 singles in the UK (including two number ones), and sixteen Top 40 albums. He has also had an extensive career as an actor performing on stage and screen. Born David Albert Cook in Plaistow, Essex.

1950

 Cheryl Hall
Cheryl Hall (born 23 July 1950, London) is a British actress. She is best known for playing the role of Shirley, the girlfriend of Wolfie Smith in the British sitcom Citizen Smith. She also appeared in Dear Mother…Love Albert playing Rodney Bewes’ screen girlfriend. Born in London, England.

1957

 Jo Brand
Jo Brand (born 23 July 1957) is a BAFTA-winning English comedienne, writer, and actress. In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. Born Josephine Grace Brand in Wandsworth, London.
 Kate Buffery
Kate Buffery (born 23 July 1957) is an English actress/writer. Buffery is possibly best known for her role in the British TV drama Wish Me Luck. Born Katharine Winifred Buffery in Cambridge, England.
 Quentin Willson
Quentin Willson (born 23 July 1957) is an English TV presenter, motoring journalist, author, TV producer and former car dealer, perhaps most widely known as a presenter of the motoring programmes Britain’s Worst Driver, Fifth Gear, and the original incarnation of Top Gear. Born in Leicester, England.

1961

 Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor. Harrelson’s breakout role came in the television sitcom Cheers as bartender Woody Boyd. Born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson in Midland, Texas.

1962

 Eriq La Salle
Eriq La Salle (born July 23, 1962) is an American actor, director, writer and producer known for his portrayals of Darryl in the 1988 comedy film Coming to America and Dr. Peter Benton on the NBC drama series ER. Born Erik Ki La Salle in Hartford, Connecticut.

1964

 Matilda Ziegler
Matilda Ziegler (born 23 July 1964) is an English television, stage and film actress best known for her roles as Pearl Pratt in Lark Rise to Candleford, Irma Gobb in Mr. Bean (Mr. Bean’s girlfriend) and as Donna Ludlow in the long-running BBC1 serial EastEnders and Ruth in the BBC Three sitcom Swiss Toni. Born in Ashford, Kent.

1965

  Slash
Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), better known by his nickname Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. Born in Hampstead, London.

1966

 Samantha Beckinsale
Samantha Beckinsale (born 23 July 1966) is an English actress best known for her role as Firefighter Kate Stevens in London’s Burning and for her role as Lesley in the sitcom Shelley in 1989-1992. She is the elder daughter of Richard Beckinsale and half-sister of Kate Beckinsale. Born Samantha Jane Beckinsale in London.

1967

 Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor and director. In 2005, Hoffman played the title role in the biographical film Capote (2005), for which he won multiple acting awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor. Born in Fairport, New York. (d. 2014)

1970

 Charisma Carpenter
Charisma Carpenter (born July 23, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Cordelia Chase in the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Born Charisma Lee Carpenter in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1972

 Marlon Wayans
Marlon Wayans (born July 23, 1972) is an American actor, model, producer, comedian, writer, and director. Born Marlon L Wayans in New York City, New York.

1973

 Monica Lewinsky
Monica Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having had an “improper relationship” while she worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996. The affair and its repercussions (which included Clinton’s impeachment) became known as the Lewinsky scandal. Born Monica Samille Lewinsky in San Francisco, California.
 Daisy Donovan
Daisy Donovan (born 23 July 1973) is an English television presenter, actress and writer. Born Daisy Constance Donovan in Brooklyn, New York.

1974

 Stephanie March
Stephanie March (born July 23, 1974) is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Alexandra Cabot on the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Born Stephanie Caroline Marc in Dallas, Texas.

1980

 Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams (born July 23, 1980), commonly known as Michelle Williams, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Williams rose to fame in the 2000s as a member of R&B girl group Destiny’s Child. Born Tenitra Michelle Williams in Rockford, Illinois.

1989

 Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor who rose to prominence playing the title character in the Harry Potter film series. Born Daniel Jacob Radcliffe in West London.

1995

 Faryl Smith
Faryl Smith (born 23 July 1995) is a British teen mezzo-soprano who rose to fame after appearing on the second series of the ITV television talent show Britain’s Got Talent in 2008. Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

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