20 September


1885

 Jelly Roll Morton
Jelly Roll Morton (October 20, 1890 – July 10, 1941), was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who started his career in New Orleans, Louisiana. Widely recognized as a pivotal figure in early jazz, Morton is perhaps most notable as jazz’s first arranger. Born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe in New Orleans, Louisiana. (d. 1941)

1902

 Stevie Smith
Stevie Smith (20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971) was an English poet and novelist. Her style was often very dark; her characters were perpetually saying “goodbye” to their friends or welcoming death. Her best-known poem is “Not Waving but Drowning”. Born Florence Margaret Smith in Kingston upon Hull, England. (d. 1971)

1914

 Kenneth More
Kenneth More CBE (20 September 1914 – 12 July 1982) was an English film and stage actor. Raised to stardom by the veteran car based film-comedy Genevieve (1953), he appeared in many roles as a carefree, happy-go-lucky gent. His biggest hits from this period include Raising a Riot (1955), Reach for the Sky (1956), and The Admirable Crichton (1958). He starred in Doctor in the House (1954), the first of the popular Doctor film series. Born Kenneth Gilbert More in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England. (d. 1982)

1917

 Fernando Rey
Fernando Rey (20 September 1917 – 9 March 1994) was a Spanish film, theatre, and TV actor, who worked in both Europe and the United States. A suave, international actor best known for his roles in the films of surrealist director Luis Buñuel (Tristana, 1970; Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, 1972; That Obscure Object of Desire, 1977) and as a drug lord in The French Connection (1971), he appeared in more than 150 films over half a century. Born Fernando Casado Arambillet in A Coruña, Spain. (d. 1994)

1927

 Johnny Dankworth
Johnny Dankworth (20 September 1927 – 6 February 2010), known in his early career as Johnny Dankworth, was an English jazz composer, saxophonist and clarinetist, and writer of film scores. With his wife, jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine, he was a music educator and also served as her music director. Born John Phillip William Dankworth in Woodford, Essex, England. (d. 2010)
 Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts (20 September 1927 – 26 November 1980) was a Welsh actress noted for her fervour and passion. Roberts is best remembered for her forthright screen performances as the older mistress of the central male character in two key films of the 1960s, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) and This Sporting Life (1963). For both films, she won the BAFTA Award for Best British Actress. She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for This Sporting Life. Born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales. (d. 1980)

1934

 Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren (20 September 1934) is an Italian film actress. Her talents as an actress were not recognized until her performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women; Loren’s performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962 and made her the first artist to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance. Aside from the Academy Award, she has won a Grammy Award, five special Golden Globes, a BAFTA Award, a Laurel Award, the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Honorary Academy Award in 1991. In 1995, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements. Born Sofia Villani Scicolone in Rome, Italy.

1936

 Andrew Davies
Andrew Davies (born 20 September 1936) is a Welsh writer of screenplays and novels, best known for House of Cards and A Very Peculiar Practice, and his adaptations of Vanity Fair, Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch and War and Peace. He was made a BAFTA Fellow in 2002. Born Andrew Wynford Davies in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, Wales.

1944

 Jeremy Child
Jeremy Child, 3rd Baronet (born 20 September 1944) is an English actor. He has played over 90 different roles in films and television. Born Coles John Jeremy Child in Woking, Surrey, England.

1948

 George R R Martin
George R R Martin (September 20, 1948), is an American screenwriter, television producer, and author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted for their dramatic series Game of Thrones. Born George Raymond Martin in Bayonne, New Jersey.

1955

 David Haig
David Haig, MBE (born 20 September 1955) is an Olivier Award-winning English actor and FIPA Award-winning writer. He appeared in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral and had a secondary lead in the BBC television sitcom The Thin Blue Line. Born David Haig Collum Ward in Aldershot, Hampshire, England.

1966

 Lee Hall
Lee Hall (born 20 September 1966) is an English playwright and screenwriter. He is best known for the 2000 film Billy Elliot. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England.

1967

 Kristen Johnston
Kristen Johnston (born September 20, 1967) is an American stage, film, and television actress. She may be most famous for her two-time Emmy Award-winning role as Sally Solomon in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun. Born in Washington, DC.

1969

 Mina Anwar
Mina Anwar (born 20 September 1969) is an English actress. She played Police Constable Maggie Habib in the situation comedy (sitcom) The Thin Blue Line. Anwar appeared in Coronation Street as the ex-wife of Dev Alahan. Born in Church, Lancashire, England.

1975

 Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya (born September 20, 1975) is a Colombian racing driver. He currently competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series driving for Team Penske. He had victories in the Indianapolis 500 (2000, 2015), Grand Prix of Monaco (2003), 24 Hours of Daytona (2007, 2008, 2013), British Grand Prix (2005), Italian Grand Prix (2001, 2005) and Grand Prix of Long Beach (1999). Born Juan Pablo Montoya Roldán in Bogotá, Colombia.

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