Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1815. Born at Ajaccio in Corsica. (d. 1821)
Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, FRSE (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world in the 19th century. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor. Born in College Wynd, Edinburgh, Scotland. (d. 1832)
Edith Nesbit (15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit. She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children including The Railway Children and The Phoenix and the Carpet. Born in Kennington, Surrey. (d. 1924)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (15 August 1875 – 1 September 1912) was an English composer who achieved such success that he was once called the “African Mahler”. Born in Holborn, London. (d. 1912)
Ethel Barrymore (August 15, 1879 – June 18, 1959) was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors. She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film None but the Lonely Heart (1944). Born Ethel Mae Blythe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (d. 1959)
Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968) was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were especially popular and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into the celebrated 1927 musical), Cimarron (1929; made into the 1931 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), and Giant (1952; made into the 1956 Hollywood movie). Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (d. 1968)
Julia Child (August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public. Born Julia Carolyn McWilliams in Pasadena, California. (d. 2004)
Dame Wendy Hiller DBE (15 August 1912 – 14 May 2003) was an Academy Award-winning English film and stage actress, who enjoyed a varied acting career that spanned nearly sixty years. Notable fiel appearances include Pygmalion for which she was nominated for the Academay Award for Best Actress, Major Barbara, and A Man for All Seasons. Despite her early film success and offers from Hollywood, she returned to the stage full-time after 1945 and only occasionally accepted film roles. Born Wendy Margaret Hiller in Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire. (d. 2003)
Rose Marie (born August 15, 1923) is an American actress. As a child performer she had a successful singing career as Baby Rose Marie. Rose Marie’s career includes film, records, theater, night clubs, and television. Her most famous role was television comedy writer Sally Rogers on the CBS situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show. Born in New York City, New York.
Robert Bolt, CBE (15 August 1924 – 21 February 1995) was an English playwright and a two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter. He is most known for writing Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and A Man for All Seasons, the latter two of which won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Born Robert Oxton Bolt in Sale, Cheshire. (d. 1995)
Oscar Peterson, CC, CQ, OOnt (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He released over 200 recordings and won eight Grammy Awards. Born Oscar Emmanuel Peterson in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (d. 2007)
Mike Connors (born August 15, 1925) is an American actor best known for playing detective Joe Mannix in the CBS television series, Mannix. Born Krekor Ohanian in Fresno, California.
Nicolas Roeg CBE BSC (born 15 August 1928) is an English film director and cinematographer. He was cinematographer on Roger Corman’s The Masque of the Red Death and Fahrenheit 451. He co-directed and photographed Performance in 1970. He later directed such films as Walkabout, Don’t Look Now and The Man Who Fell to Earth. Born Nicolas Jack Roeg in London.
Nosher Powell (15 August 1928 – 20 April 2013) was an actor (credited variously as Nosher Powell, Freddie Powell, Frederick Powell or Fred Powell), stuntman, and boxer. Born Frederick Powell in Camberwell, London. (d. 2013)
Bobby Helms (August 15, 1933 – June 19, 1997) was an American country music singer who enjoyed his peak success in 1957 with the seasonal hit, “Jingle Bell Rock”. Born Robert Lee Helms in Bloomington, Indiana. (d. 1997)
Jim Dale, MBE (born 15 August 1935) is an English actor, voice artist, singer and songwriter. He is best known in the United Kingdom for his many appearances in the Carry On series of films and in the US for narrating the Harry Potter audiobook series, for which he received two Grammy Awards, and the ABC series Pushing Daisies. Born James Smith in Rothwell, Northamptonshire.
Pat Priest (born August 15, 1936) is an American actress best known for portraying the second Marilyn Munster on the television show, The Munsters (1964-1966). Born Patricia Ann Priest in Bountiful, Utah.
Barbara Bouchet (born 15 August 1944) is a German-American actress and entrepreneur. She has acted in more than 80 films and television episodes. Some of her roles include Miss Moneypenny in Casino Royale, Kelinda in the episode “By Any Other Name” of the original Star Trek, and as Mrs. Schermerhorn in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. Born Barbara Gutscher in Reichenberg, Sudetenland, Germany.
Sir Tony Robinson (born 15 August 1946) is an English actor, comedian, amateur historian, TV presenter and political activist. He is known for playing Baldrick in the BBC television series Blackadder and for hosting Channel 4 programmes such as Time Team. Robinson is a member of the Labour Party and has served on its National Executive Committee. He has also written sixteen children’s books. Born Anthony Robinson in Homerton in the London Borough of Hackney, London.
Jenny Hanley (born 15 August 1947) is an English actress, the daughter of Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley. She remains best known for being one of the presenters of the ITV children’s magazine programme Magpie. Born in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England.
Anne, Princess Royal KG KT GCVO (born 15 August 1950), is the only daughter and second child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Born Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise in Clarence House, London, England.
Stieg Larsson (15 August 1954 – 9 November 2004) was a Swedish journalist and writer. He is best known for writing the “Millennium series” of crime novels, which were published posthumously. Born Karl Stig-Erland Larsson in Skelleftehamn, Sweden. (d. 2004)
Melinda Gates (born August 15, 1964) is an American businesswoman, philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is the wife of Bill Gates, whom she met while working at Microsoft, where she was project manager for Microsoft Encarta and Expedia. Born Melinda Ann French in Dallas, Texas.
Mark Labbett (born 15 August 1965) is an English television personality best known for his role as a “Chaser” on the ITV game show The Chase in the UK. He took up this role in 2009 and has since appeared on the American version as their sole Chaser in 2013. Born Mark Andrew Labbett in Tiverton, Devon, England.
Debra Messing (born August 15, 1968) is an American actress. She is widely known for her television role in Will & Grace for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Born Debra Lynn Messing in Brooklyn, New York.
Ben Affleck (born August 15, 1972) is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. In 1997, Affleck gained recognition as a writer when he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997), which he co-wrote and in which he co-starred with actor Matt Damon. Born Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt in Berkeley, California.
Natasha Henstridge (born August 15, 1974) is a Canadian actress and former fashion model. In 1995, she came to prominence with her debut movie role as the genetically engineered human-alien hybrid Sil in the science-fiction thriller Species. Born Natasha T Henstridge in Springdale, Newfoundland.
Jennifer Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her performance in the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook (2012) earned her the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Satellite Award and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress. Born Jennifer Shrader Lawrence in Louisville, Kentucky.