11 August


1897

 Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) was a British children’s writer also known as Mary Pollock. Her books have sold over 600 million copies. One of Blyton’s most widely known characters is Noddy, intended for early years readers. However, her main work is the genre of young readers’ novels in which children have their own adventures with minimal adult help. Series of this type include The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Born Enid Mary Blyton in East Dulwich, London. (d. 1968)

1902

 Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan (August 11, 1902 – September 27, 1985) was an American film and television actor. His most famous films include: Wells Fargo; Every Day’s A Holiday; Bataan; and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Born Lloyd Benedict Nolan in San Francisco, California. (d. 1985)

1914

 Peggy Thorpe-Bates
Peggy Thorpe-Bates (11 August 1914 – 26 December 1989) was an English actress who appeared in the first three series of Rumpole of the Bailey as Rumpole’s fearsome wife Hilda. She also appeared in numerous other supporting roles on both stage and screen. Born in London. (d. 1989)

1921

 Alex Haley
Alex Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992) was an American writer. He is best known as the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Born Alexander Murray Palmer Haley in Ithaca, New York. (d. 1992)

1922

 Ron Grainer
Ron Grainer (11 August 1922 – 21 February 1981) was an Australian composer who worked for most of his professional career in the United Kingdom. He is mostly remembered for his film and television music, especially the theme music for Doctor Who. Born Ronald Erle Grainer in Atherton, Queensland, Australia. (d. 1981)

1926

 Claus von Bülow
Claus von Bülow (born 11 August 1926), is a British socialite of German and Danish ancestry. He was accused of the attempted murder of his wife Sunny von Bülow (born Martha Sharp Crawford, 1931-2008) by administering an insulin overdose in 1980 which left her in a persistent vegetative state for the rest of her life, but his conviction in the first trial was reversed and he was found not guilty in both his retrials. Born Claus Cecil Borberg in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1937

 Anna Massey
Anna Massey, CBE (11 August 1937 – 3 July 2011) was an English actress. She won a BAFTA Award for the role of Edith Hope in the 1986 TV adaptation of Anita Brookner’s novel Hotel du Lac. Born Anna Raymond Massey in Thakeham, Sussex, England. (d. 2011)

1944

 Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid (born 11 August 1944) is a Scottish theatre actor and director, who has also made appearances on television, and appeared in 47 films since 1976. Internationally, he is perhaps most famous for his role as Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. Born in Carnoustie, Scotland.

1945

 David Horovitch
David Horovitch (born 11 August 1945) is an English actor, perhaps best known for playing the character of Inspector Slack in Miss Marple. Horovitch has played many roles on popular British TV shows and has also had a long and distinguished theatre career. Born in London, England.

1946

 Marilyn vos Savant
Marilyn vos Savant (born August 11, 1946) is an American magazine columnist, author, lecturer, and playwright who rose to fame through her listing in the Guinness Book of World Records under “Highest IQ”. Born Marilyn Mach in St Louis, Missouri.

1949

 Eric Carmen
Eric Carmen (born August 11, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist. He scored numerous hit songs across the 1970s and 1980s, first as a member of the Raspberries, and then with his solo career, including hits such as “All By Myself”. Born Eric Howard Carmen in Cleveland, Ohio.
 Ian Charleson
Ian Charleson (11 August 1949 – 6 January 1990) was a Scottish stage and film actor. He is best known internationally for his starring role as Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire. He is also well known for his portrayal of Rev. Charlie Andrews in the 1982 Oscar-winning film Gandhi. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland. (d. 1990)

1950

 Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak (born August 11, 1950), known as “Woz”, is an American inventor, computer engineer and programmer who co-founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. Wozniak single-handedly invented both the Apple I and Apple II computers in the 1970s. Born Stephen Gary Wozniak in San Jose, California.

1953

 Hulk Hogan
Terry Gene Bollea (born August 11, 1953) known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, actor, television personality and entrepreneur. Born Terry Gene Bollea in Augusta, Georgia.

1955

 Ted Robbins
Ted Robbins (born 11 August 1955) is an actor, television presenter and radio broadcaster. Ted has performed as a warm-up artist for numerous pre-recorded comedy shows and starred in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights. Born in Liverpool, England.

1965

 Viola Davis
Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress. She won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in the original production of King Hedley II, and the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Rose Maxon in the revival of Fences. In 2014, she began starring as Annalise Keating on the ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder, and in 2015 she became the first African American woman, as well as the first black woman of any nationality, to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. For her lead role as Aibileen Clark in the film The Help (2011), she received nominations for the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and the Academy Award for Best Actress. Born in St Matthews, South Carolina.

1969

 Ashley Jensen
Ashley Jensen (born 11 August 1969) is a British actress. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role on the television series Extras, on which she appeared from 2005-2007. She was also a cast member of the show Ugly Betty and the sitcom Accidentally on Purpose. Born in Annan, Scotland.

1982

 Alan Halsall
Alan Halsall (born 11 August 1982) is an English actor best known for playing Tyrone Dobbs in Coronation Street. Born Alan David Halsall in Walkden, Salford, Greater Manchester.

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