30 September


1861

 William Wrigley Jr
William Wrigley Jr. (September 30, 1861 – January 26, 1932) was an American chewing gum industrialist. He was founder and eponym of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in 1891. Wrigley sold baking powder, and gave his customers two packages of chewing gum for each can of baking powder they purchased. Wrigley found that the premium he offered was more popular than his base product, and his company began to concentrate on the manufacture and sale of chewing gum. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (d. 1932)

1882

 Hans Geiger
Hans Geiger (30 September 1882 – 24 September 1945) was a German physicist. He is perhaps best known as the co-inventor of the detector element of the Geiger counter and for the Geiger-Marsden experiment which discovered the atomic nucleus. Born Johannes Wilhelm Geiger in Neustadt an der Haardt, Rhineland, German Empire. (d. 1945)

1905

 Michael Powell
Michael Powell (30 September 1905 – 19 February 1990) was an English film director, celebrated for his partnership with Emeric Pressburger. Through their production company “The Archers”, they together wrote, produced and directed a series of classic British films, notably 49th Parallel (1941), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), A Matter of Life and Death (1946, also called Stairway to Heaven), Black Narcissus (1947), The Red Shoes (1948), and The Tales of Hoffmann (1951). His later controversial 1960 film Peeping Tom, while today considered a classic, was so vilified on first release that his career was seriously damaged. Born Michael Latham Powell in Bekesbourne, Kent, England. (d. 1990)

1917

 Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Known for his virtuoso technique, power and speed, Rich was billed as “the world’s greatest drummer” during his career. He performed with many bandleaders, most notably Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Count Basie, and led his own “Buddy Rich Big Band”. Born Bernard Rich in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 1987)

1921

 Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr CBE (30 September 1921 – 16 October 2007) was a Scottish-born film, theatre and television actress. During her career, she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the motion picture The King and I (1956) and the Sarah Siddons Award for her performance as “Laura Reynolds” in the play Tea and Sympathy (a role she originated on Broadway). She was also a three-time winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress. Born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. (d. 2007)

1923

 Donald Swann
Donald Swann (30 September 1923 – 23 March 1994) was a Welsh composer, musician and entertainer. He is best known to the general public for his partnership of writing and performing comic songs with Michael Flanders as one half of Flanders and Swann. Born Donald Ibrahím Swann in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales. (d. 1994)

1924

 Truman Capote
Truman Garcia Capote (September 30, 1924 – June 27, 1984) was an American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966). Born Truman Streckfus Persons in New Orleans, Louisiana. (d. 1984)

1931

 Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickinson (born September 30, 1931) is an American actress. She began her career on television before landing her breakthrough role in the 1959 Western film Rio Bravo, for which she received Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. Dickinson has appeared in more than 50 films, including Ocean’s 11 (1960). From 1974 to 1978, Dickinson starred as Sergeant Leann “Pepper” Anderson in the NBC crime series Police Woman, for which she received Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and three Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominations. As lead actress, she starred in Brian De Palma’s 1980 erotic crime thriller Dressed to Kill, for which she received a Saturn Award for Best Actress. Born Angeline Brown in Kulm, North Dakota.

1933

 Barbara Knox
Barbara Knox MBE (born 30 September 1933), is a British actress, known for her portrayal of Rita Tanner in the television soap opera Coronation Street. She appeared for one episode as Rita in 1964, before becoming a regular cast member from 1972 onwards. Knox has currently played the role of Rita for 40 years. Born Barbara Brothwood in Oldham, Lancashire, England.

1935

 Johnny Mathis
Johnny Mathis (born September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music and jazz. He became highly popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status and 73 making the Billboard charts to date. Johnny Mathis has sold well over 350 million records worldwide which makes Mathis the third biggest selling artist of the 20th century. Born John Royce Mathis in Gilmer, Texas.

1942

 Gus Dudgeon
Gus Dudgeon (30 September 1942 – 21 July 2002) was an English record producer, most notable for production of many of Elton John’s recordings. Born Angus Boyd Dudgeon in Woking, Surrey, England. (d. 2002)
 Frankie Lymon
Frankie Lymon (September 30, 1942 – February 27, 1968) was an American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, best known as the boy soprano lead singer of the New York City-based early rock and roll group, The Teenagers. Born Franklin Joseph Lymon in Harlem, New York. (d. 1968)

1943

 Ian Ogilvy
Ian Ogilvy (born 30 September 1943) is an English-American actor, playwright, and novelist. He is best known as the star of the television series Return of the Saint (1978-79), in which he assumed the role of Simon Templar. Born Ian Raymond Ogilvy in Woking, Surrey, England.

1946

 Dan O’Bannon
Dan O’Bannon (September 30, 1946 – December 17, 2009) was an American motion-picture screenwriter, director and occasional actor, usually in the science fiction and horror genres. He collaborated with John Carpenter on the 83-minute USC School of Cinema-Television short Dark Star (1970). Born Daniel Thomas O’Bannon in St Louis, Missouri. (d. 2009)

1947

 Marc Bolan
Marc Bolan (30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the first pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. Born Mark Feld in Stoke Newington, London. (d. 1977)
 Rula Lenska
Rula Lenska (born 30 September 1947) is an English actress. Her big break was as Little Ladies’ band member, “Q,” in the British TV series Rock Follies (1976). She has appeared in television series such as Special Branch, Minder, Boon, The Detectives, and Footballers’ Wives. Born Rosa Marie Lubienska in St Neots, Huntingdonshire, England.

1952

 Jack Wild
Jack Wild (30 September 1952 – 1 March 2006) was an English actor, known for his teenage performances as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! (1968) and as Jimmy in the NBC children’s television series H.R. Pufnstuf (1969). He appeared as Dodger in both stage and screen productions of the Lionel Bart musical, receiving an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor, as well as BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award nominations as Most Promising Newcomer. Born in Royton, Lancashire, England. (d. 2006)

1957

 Fran Drescher
Fran Drescher (born September 30, 1957) is an American film and television comedian, model, actress, producer, ordained Universalist minister, and activist. She is best known for her role as Fran Fine in the hit TV series The Nanny (1993-99), and for her nasal voice and thick New York accent. Born Francine Joy Drescher in Kew Gardens, New York.

1961

 Eric Stoltz
Eric Stoltz (born September 30, 1961) is an American actor, director and producer. He is known for playing the role of Rocky Dennis in the biographical drama film Mask, which earned him the nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, and has appeared in a wide variety of films from mainstream fare like Some Kind of Wonderful to independent films like Pulp Fiction. Born in Whittier, California.

1964

 Monica Bellucci
Monica Bellucci (born 30 September 1964) is an Italian actress and fashion model. Bellucci began her career as a model and made a transition to Italian films. She played the role of Persephone in the 2003 science-fiction films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, Mary Magdalene in the 2004 biblical drama The Passion of the Christ, and Alex in the controversial art film Irréversible. Bellucci was a Bond girl in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre, making her the oldest Bond girl in the franchise. Born Monica Anna Maria Bellucci in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy.

1965

 Omid Djalili
Omid Djalili (born 30 September 1965) is an Iranian-British stand-up comedian, actor, television producer, voice actor and writer. Djalili has appeared in a number of films, most notably Gladiator, The Mummy, The World Is Not Enough, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Grow Your Own, Notting Hill, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and provides his voice in Over the Hedge. Born in Chelsea, London, England.

1971

 Jenna Elfman
Jenna Elfman (born September 30, 1971) is an American television and film actress. She is best known for her role as Dharma on the 1997-2002 American television sitcom Dharma & Greg. Since the 1996-1997 tv season she has had 7 starring roles in comedies and only Dharma & Greg made it past a single season. Born Jennifer Mary Butala in Los Angeles, California.

1975

 Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard (born 30 September 1975) is a French actress, singer-songwriter, environmentalist and spokesperson for Greenpeace. She has received international acclaim for her performances in films such as La Vie en Rose (2007) and Inception (2010). In 2007, Cotillard starred as French singer Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, for which she received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, César Award, and the Golden Globe Award. Born in Paris, France.

1980

 Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis (born 30 September 1980) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in doubles by the WTA. She spent a total of 209 weeks as the singles world No. 1 and has won five Grand Slam singles titles, twelve Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, winning a calendar-year doubles Grand Slam in 1998, and five Grand Slam mixed doubles titles; for a combined total of twenty-two major titles. In addition, she has won the season-ending WTA Championships two times in singles and three times in doubles. Born in Košice, Czechoslovakia.

1982

 Lacey Chabert
Lacey Chabert (born September 30, 1982) is an American actress and voice actress. She first gained prominence as a child actress on television for her role as Claudia Salinger in the television drama Party of Five (1994-2000). She has also provided the voice of Eliza Thornberry in the animated series The Wild Thornberrys (1998-2004) and two feature films, and Meg Griffin during the first production season of the animated sitcom Family Guy. In film she has appeared in Lost in Space (1998). Born Lacey Nicole Chabert in Purvis, Mississippi.
 Ola Jordan
Ola Jordan (born 30 September 1982) is a Polish professional ballroom dancer. She appeared as a professional on the British TV show Strictly Come Dancing from 2006 to 2015. Born Aleksandra Grabowska in Legionowo, Poland.
 Michelle Marsh
Michelle Marsh, (born 30 September 1982), is an English professional singer and former glamour model, known for her appearances on Page 3 and in numerous British lads’ mags. Born in Royton, Greater Manchester.

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