16 August


1888

 T. E Lawrence
Thomas Edward Lawrence CB DSO (16 August 1888 – 19 May 1935) was a British archaeologist, military officer, and diplomat. He was renowned for his liaison role during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign and the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916-18. The breadth and variety of his activities and associations, and his ability to describe them vividly in writing, earned him international fame as Lawrence of Arabia. Born Thomas Edward Lawrence in Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, Wales. (d. 1935)

1892

 Otto Messmer
Otto Messmer (August 16, 1892 – October 28, 1983) was an American animator, best known for his work on the Felix the Cat cartoons and comic strip produced by the Pat Sullivan studio. Born Otto James Messmer in Union City, New Jersey. (d. 1983)

1899

 Glenn Strange
Glenn Strange (August 16, 1899 – September 20, 1973) was an American actor who mostly appeared in Western films. He is best remembered for playing Frankenstein’s monster in three Universal films during the 1940s and for his role as Sam Noonan, the popular bartender on CBS’s Gunsmoke television series. Born George Glenn Strange in Weed, Otero County, New Mexico Territory. (d. 1973)

1902

 Georgette Heyer
Georgette Heyer (16 August 1902 – 4 July 1974) was an English historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Heyer essentially established the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year. Born in Wimbledon, London. (d. 1974)

1913

 Menachem Begin
Menachem Begin (16 August 1913 – 9 March 1992) was an Israeli politician, founder of Likud and the sixth Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Before the creation of the state of Israel, he was the leader of the Zionist militant group Irgun. Born in Brest, Russian Empire. (d. 1992)

1924

 Fess Parker
Fess Parker (August 16, 1924 – March 18, 2010) was an American film and television actor best known for his portrayals of Davy Crockett in the Walt Disney 1955-1956 TV miniseries and as Daniel Boone in a television series from 1964 to 1970. Born Fess Elisha Parker Jr in Fort Worth, Texas. (d. 2010)

1928

 Ann Blyth
Ann Blyth (born August 16, 1928) is an American actress and singer, often cast in Hollywood musicals, but also successful in dramatic roles. Her performance as Veda Pierce in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Born Ann Marie Blyth in Mount Kisco, New York.
 Eydie Gormé
Eydie Gormé (August 16, 1928 – August 10, 2013) was an American singer who performed solo as well as with her husband, Steve Lawrence, in popular ballads and swing. She earned numerous awards, including a Grammy and an Emmy. Born Edith Gorme in Manhattan, New York. (d. 2013)

1930

 Robert Culp
Robert Culp (August 16, 1930 – March 24, 2010) was an American actor, screenwriter, voice actor and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965-1968), the espionage series in which he and co-star Bill Cosby played a pair of secret agents. Born Robert Martin Culp in Oakland, California. (d. 2010)

1933

 Julie Newmar
Julie Newmar (born August 16, 1933) is an American actress, dancer and singer, known for a variety of stage, screen, and television roles. She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Katrin Sveg in the 1958 Broadway production of The Marriage-Go-Round, and reprised the role in the 1961 film version. In the 1960s, she starred for two seasons as Catwoman in the television series Batman (1966-67). Born Julia Chalene Newmeyer in Los Angeles, California.

1934

 Diana Wynne Jones
Diana Wynne Jones (16 August 1934 – 26 March 2011) was a British writer, principally of fantasy novels for children and adults. Some of her better-known works are the Chrestomanci series, the Dalemark series; the novels Howl’s Moving Castle and Dark Lord of Derkholm; and The Tough Guide To Fantasyland. Born in London, England. (d. 2011)
 Ketty Lester
Ketty Lester (born August 16, 1934) is an American singer and actress, who is known for her 1962 hit single, “Love Letters”, which reached the Top 5 of the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and her role in the American television series, Little House on the Prairie. Born Revoyda Frierson in Hope, Arkansas.
 John Standing
Sir John Ronald Leon Standing, 4th Baronet (born 16 August 1934) is an English actor. He was nominated for an Olivier award (1979) for Close Of Play at the National Theatre. He made film appearances in King Rat (1965), The Eagle Has Landed (1976), The Elephant Man (1980), and Mrs. Dalloway (1997). Born John Ronald Leon in London, England.

1939

 Seán Brady
Seán Brady (16 August 1939) is an Irish cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1996 until 2014, being elevated to the cardinalate in 2007. Born Seán Baptist Brady in Drumcalpin, County Cavan.

1940

 Bruce Beresford
Bruce Beresford (born 16 August 1940) is an Australian film director who has made more than 30 feature films over a 50-year career. Notable films he has directed include Breaker Morant (1980), Tender Mercies (1983), Crimes of the Heart (1986) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989). Born in Paddington, Sydney, Australia.
 John Craven
John Craven, OBE (born 16 August 1940) is an English journalist and television presenter, best known for presenting the BBC programmes Newsround, Countryfile and Beat the Brain. Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.

1941

 David Dickinson
David Dickinson (born 16 August 1941) is an English antiques expert, television presenter and entrepreneur. Between 2000 and 2004, Dickinson hosted the BBC One antiques show Bargain Hunt, where he was succeeded by Tim Wonnacott. Dickinson left the BBC in 2005 and Since 2006, Dickinson has been hosting the ITV daytime show Dickinson’s Real Deal. Born David Gulesserian in Stockport, Cheshire, England.

1942

 John Challis
John Challis (born 16 August 1942) is an English actor. He played Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce in the long-running BBC television comedy series Only Fools and Horses, and its spin-off The Green Green Grass. Born in Bristol, Gloucestershire.

1945

 Bob Balaban
Bob Balaban (born August 16, 1945) is an American actor, author, producer, and director. He was one of the producers nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for Gosford Park (2001), in which he also appeared. Born Robert Elmer Balaban in Chicago, Illinois.

1946

 Lesley Ann Warren
Lesley Ann Warren (born August 16, 1946) is an American actress and singer. She has been nominated once for an Academy Award and Emmy Award and five times for Golden Globe Award, winning one. She is known for her roles in films such as The Happiest Millionaire, Victor Victoria, Clue, Burglar, Cop, Color of Night and Secretary. She has also had roles in popular TV shows such as Mission: Impossible, and Desperate Housewives. Born in New York City, New York.

1947

 Katharine Hamnett
Katharine E. Hamnett CBE (born 16 August 1947) is an English fashion designer best known for her political t-shirts and her ethical business philosophy.
. Born in Gravesend, Kent.

1953

 Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford (née Epstein; August 16, 1953) is an American television host, singer, songwriter, comedian, and actress, best known for her 15-year run (1985-2000) on the talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, which she co-hosted with Regis Philbin. She has received 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and won her first Daytime Emmy in 2010 as part of the Today team. Born Kathryn Lee Epstein in Paris, France.

1954

 James Cameron
James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian filmmaker, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. He first found major success with the science fiction action film The Terminator (1984). He then became a popular Hollywood director and was hired to write and direct Aliens (1986); three years later he followed up with The Abyss (1989). He found further critical acclaim for his use of special effects in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). After his film True Lies (1994) Cameron took on his biggest film at the time, Titanic (1997), which earned him Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Film Editing. After Titanic, Cameron began a project that took almost 10 years to make: his science-fiction epic Avatar (2009), which was in particular a landmark for 3D technology, and for which he received nominations for the same three Academy Awards. Born James Francis Cameron in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada.
 George Galloway
George Galloway (born 16 August 1954) is a British politician, broadcaster, and writer. From 2012 to 2015 he was the Respect Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Bradford West. Born in Dundee, Scotland.

1958

  Madonna
Madonna (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and image, and for maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry. Often referred to as the “Queen of Pop”, she is cited as an influence by numerous other artists around the world. Throughout her career, Madonna has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including “Like a Virgin”, “Into the Groove”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up”, and “4 Minutes”. Madonna’s popularity was further enhanced by her film roles, including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), and Evita (1996); the latter earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay City, Michigan.

1960

 Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton (born August 16, 1960) is an American actor and director. He is the youngest male actor to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, which he won at the age of 20 for his performance as Conrad Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980). Born Timothy Tarquin Hutton in Malibu, California.

1962

 Steve Carell
Steve Carell (born August 16, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, director, producer and writer. Carell found fame for playing Michael Scott on the American version of The Office, on which he also worked as an occasional writer and director. He has also starred in lead roles in the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), and Get Smart (2008). Carell has also voiced characters in the animated films Over the Hedge (2006), Horton Hears a Who! (2008), and Despicable Me(2013). Carell was nominated as “America’s funniest man” in Life magazine, and received a Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Television Series for his work on The Office. Born Steven John Carell in Concord, Massachusetts.

1963

 Christine Cavanaugh
Christine Cavanaugh (August 16, 1963 – December 22, 2014) was an American voice actress who had a distinctive speaking style and provided the voice for a large range of cartoon characters. She was best known as the voice of the title character in the 1995 film Babe, Gosalyn Mallard in Darkwing Duck, and as the original voices of Chuckie Finster in Nickelodeon’s Rugrats and Dexter in Cartoon Network’s Dexter’s Laboratory. Born Christine Josephine Sandberg in Layton, Utah. (d. 2014)

1967

 Ulrika Jonsson
Ulrika Jonsson (born 16 August 1967) is a Swedish television presenter living and working in the UK. She became famous as a TV-am weather presenter and moved on to present Gladiators and became a team captain of the show Shooting Stars. Born Eva Ulrika Jonsson in Sollentuna, Sweden.

1972

 Frankie Boyle
Frankie Boyle (born 16 August 1972) is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour. He was a permanent panelist on the comedy panel show Mock the Week until 2009 and made guest appearances on several other panel shows. Born Francis Martin Patrick Boyle in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, Scotland.

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