7 August


1876

 Mata Hari
M’greet Zelle MacLeod (7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917), better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and accused spy who was executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I. Born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle MacLeod in Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands. (d. 1917)

1884

 Billie Burke
Billie Burke (August 7, 1884 – May 14, 1970) was an American actress. She is primarily known to modern audiences as Glinda the Good Witch of the North in the musical film The Wizard of Oz. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Emily Kilbourne in Merrily We Live. Born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke in Washington DC. (d. 1970)

1921

 Manitas de Plata
Manitas de Plata (Little Silverhands) (born August 7, 1921) is a French Gitano flamenco guitarist. Born Ricardo Baliardo in a Gypsy (Gitano) caravan in Sète in southern France.

1926

 Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg (born August 7, 1926) is an American author, recording artist, animation voice actor, comedian, radio personality, puppeteer and advertising creative director, whose career began in 1944. Born Stanley Friberg in Pasadena, California.

1927

 Carl Switzer
Carl Switzer (August 7, 1927 – January 21, 1959) was an American actor, professional dog breeder and hunting guide. Switzer began his career as a child actor in the mid-1930s appearing in the Our Gang short subjects series as Alfalfa, one of the series’ most popular and best-remembered characters. Born Carl Dean Switzer in Paris, Illinois. (d. 1959)

1928

 James Randi
James Randi (born August 7, 1928) is a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic best known for his challenges to paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Born Randall James Hamilton Zwinge in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

1932

 Abebe Bikila
Abebe Bikila (August 7, 1932 – October 25, 1973) was a double Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia, most famous for winning a marathon gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics while running barefoot. Born in Jato, Ethiopia. (d. 1973)
 Edward Hardwicke
Edward Hardwicke (7 August 1932 – 16 May 2011) was an English actor, possibly best known for his portrayal of Dr. Watson in the Granada TV series Sherlock Holmes. Born in London, England. (d. 2011)

1939

 Sue Lloyd
Sue Lloyd (7 August 1939 – 20 October 2011) was an English model turned actress with numerous film and television credits. Lloyd was a foil to Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer in the spy thriller The Ipcress File. She played the regular role of secret agent Cordelia Winfield in the television series The Baron. She is probably best known, however, for her long-running role as Barbara Hunter, née Brady, in the soap opera Crossroads. Born Susan Margery Jeaffreson Lloyd in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England. (d. 2011)

1940

 Duggie Brown
Duggie Brown (born 7 August 1940) is an English comedian and actor. He is the brother of actress and singer Lynne Perrie. He found success as one of the acts on Granada Television’s popular series The Comedians. Born Barry Dudley in Rotherham, West Riding of Yorkshire.

1942

 Garrison Keillor
Garrison Keillor (born August 7, 1942) is an American author, storyteller, humorist, and radio personality. He is known as host of the Minnesota Public Radio show A Prairie Home Companion (also known as Garrison Keillor’s Radio Show on United Kingdom’s BBC Radio 4 Extra). Born Gary Edward Keillor in Anoka, Minnesota.

1945

 Kenny Ireland
Kenny Ireland (7 August 1945 – 31 July 2014) was a Scottish actor and theatre director. Ireland was best known to television viewers for his role in Victoria Wood As Seen on TV in the 1980s, and for playing Donald Stewart in Benidorm from 2007. Born George Ian Kenneth Ireland in Paisley, Scotland. (d. 2014)

1949

 Walid Jumblatt
Walid Jumblatt (born 7 August 1949) is a Lebanese politician and the current leader of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP). He is the most prominent leader of Lebanon’s Druze community.

1951

 Suzanne Bertish
Suzanne Bertish (born 7 August 1951) is an English actress. She has also played small roles in several films, including the Harrison Ford vehicle Hanover Street. Born Suzanne C Bertish in Hammersmith, London, England.

1952

 Alexei Sayle
Alexei Sayle (born 7 August 1952) is an English stand-up comedian, actor and author. He was a central part of the alternative comedy circuit in the early 1980s. Born Alexei David Sayle in Anfield, Liverpool, England.

1955

 Wayne Knight
Wayne Knight (born August 7, 1955) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian. He is known for playing Newman in the TV sitcom Seinfeld and Officer Don Orville in 3rd Rock from the Sun. His other roles include Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park. Born Wayne Eliot Knight in New York City, New York.

1958

 Bruce Dickinson
Bruce Dickinson (born 7 August 1958) is an English musician, airline pilot and broadcaster best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Born Paul Bruce Dickinson in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

1960

 David Duchovny
David Duchovny (born August 7, 1960) is an American actor, writer, and director. He is best known for playing Fox Mulder on The X-Files and Hank Moody on Californication, both of which have earned him Golden Globe awards. Born David William Duchovny in New York City, New York.

1961

 Brian Conley
Brian Conley (born 7 August 1961) is an English comedian, television presenter, singer and actor. At the peak of his television career, he was the highest-paid male television personality in the UK. Born in Paddington, London.
 Maggie Wheeler
Maggie Wheeler (born August 7, 1961) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Janice on the sitcom Friends, she was a recurring character on Everybody Loves Raymond as Linda and Anita Warrell on the sitcom Ellen. Born Margaret Emily Wheeler in Manhattan, New York.

1966

 Jimmy Wales
Jimmy Wales (born August 7, 1966) is an American Internet entrepreneur best known as the co-founder and promoter of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia. Born Jimmy Donal Wales in Huntsville, Alabama.

1969

 Domino Harvey
Domino Harvey was an English bounty hunter, notable within that field for being female and from a privileged background. Daughter of actor Laurence Harvey. Born in London, England. (d. 2005)

1970

 Melanie Sykes
Melanie Sykes (born 7 August 1970) is an English television, radio presenter and model. She is best known for co-hosting Today with Des and Mel with Des O’Connor and Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel with Gino D’Acampo. Born Melanie Ann Sykes in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England.

1975

 Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African and American actress and fashion model. She rose to fame in the late 1990s following roles in the films The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). Theron received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Silver Bear and the Academy Award for Best Actress. Born in Benoni, in the then-Transvaal Province of South Africa.

1977

 Samantha Ronson
Samantha Ronson (born 7 August 1977) is an English singer-songwriter and disc jockey. Noted for her relationship with actress Lindsay Lohan. Born Samantha Judith Ronson in St John’s Wood, London.

1983

 Tina O’Brien
Tina O’Brien (born 7 August 1983) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Sarah-Louise Platt in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 1999 to 2007. Born in Rusholme, Manchester.

1990

 Helen Flanagan
Helen Flanagan (born 7 August 1990) is an English actress and model best known for playing the character of Rosie Webster in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. Born Helen Joyce Gabriel Flanagan in Bury, Greater Manchester.

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