Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, the childless Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Born in Palace of Placentia, Greenwich, England. (d. 1603)
William Friese-Greene (7 September 1855 – 5 May 1921) was an English portrait photographer and prolific inventor. He is principally known as a pioneer in the field of motion pictures. Born William Edward Green in Bristol, England. (d. 1921)
Grandma Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961) was a renowned American folk artist. She began painting in earnest at the age of 78. Her painting, The Sugaring Off, was sold for US$1.2 million in 2006. Born Anna Mary Robertson in Greenwich, New York. (d. 1961)
Dame Edith Sitwell DBE (7 September 1887 – 9 December 1964) was a British poet and critic and the eldest of the three literary Sitwells. She never married, but became passionately attached to the gay Russian painter Pavel Tchelitchew, and her home was always open to London’s poetic circle, to whom she was unfailingly generous and helpful. Born Edith Louisa Sitwell in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire. (d. 1964)
Leslie Hore-Belisha, 1st Baron Hore-Belisha, PC (7 September 1893 – 16 February 1957) was a British Liberal, then National Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) and Cabinet Minister. He later joined the Conservative Party. He is remembered for his innovations in road transport and for being an alleged victim of antisemitism. Hore-Belisha rewrote the Highway Code and was responsible for the introduction of two innovations that led to a dramatic drop in road accidents: the driving test and the Belisha beacon, named after him by the public. Born in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. (d. 1957)
Michael Ellis DeBakey (September 7, 1908 – July 11, 2008) was a world-renowned American cardiac surgeon, innovator, scientist, medical educator, and international medical statesman. He is known for his work on the treatment of heart patients and for his role in the development of the mobile army surgical hospital. Born Michael Ellis DeBakey in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (d. 2008)
Elia Kazan (September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was an American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as “one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history”. He directed a string of successful films, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), and East of Eden (1955). During his career, he won two Oscars as Best Director and received an Honorary Oscar, won three Tony Awards, and four Golden Globes. Born Elias Kazantzoglou in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire. (d. 2003)
Sir Anthony Quayle, CBE (7 September 1913 – 20 October 1989) was a British-born actor, film star and director. From 1948 to 1956 Quayle directed at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, and laid the foundations for the creation of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His own Shakespearian roles included Falstaff, Othello, Benedick and Henry VIII. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1969 for his role as Cardinal Wolsey in Anne of the Thousand Days. Television appearances include the title role in the 1969 ITC drama series Strange Report. Born John Anthony Quayle in Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire. (d. 1989)
Group Captain Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire VC, OM, DSO & Two Bars, DFC (7 September 1917 – 31 July 1992) was a highly decorated Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot during the Second World War and later philanthropist. As a pilot he received the Victoria Cross. He founded a hospice that grew into the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, and he became known for his work in conflict resolution. Born Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire in Chester, Cheshire. (d. 1992)
Ewen Solon (7 September 1917 – 7 July 1985) was a New Zealand-born actor, who worked extensively in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Film credits include: Rob Roy, tThe Dam Busters, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Wicked Lady. Television appearances include: The Four Just Men, Maigret, Danger Man, Dixon of Dock Green, and Doctor Who. Born Peter Ewen Solon in Auckland, New Zealand. (d. 1985)
Peter Lawford (7 September 1923 – 24 December 1984) was an English-born American actor. He was a member of the “Rat Pack” and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy. The casino caper Ocean’s 11 (1960) was a project Lawford first brought to Sinatra’s attention. It became the first film to feature all five main “Rat Pack” members. Other films included the acclaimed Israel-set drama Exodus (1960), and The Longest Day (1962). Born Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen in London, England. (d. 1984)
Laura Ashley (7 September 1925 – 17 September 1985) was a Welsh fashion designer and businesswoman. She originally made furnishing materials in the 1950s, expanding the business into clothing design and manufacture in the 1960s. The Laura Ashley style is characterised by Romantic English designs – often with a 19th-century rural feel – and the use of natural fabrics. Born Laura Mountney in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil,
Wales. (d. 1985)
Don Messick (September 7, 1926 – October 24, 1997) was an American voice actor, best known for his voice over roles for Hanna-Barbera. His best-remembered vocal creations include Scooby-Doo, Bamm-Bamm Rubble in The Flintstones, Astro in The Jetsons, and Muttley in Wacky Races. Born Donald Earl Messick in Buffalo, New York. (d. 1997)
Derek Royle (7 September 1928 – 23 January 1990) was a British actor. Most of his film appearances were in comedy films. Royle played an unfortunate guest in a Fawlty Towers episode, “The Kipper and the Corpse”, wherein he played the eponymous corpse. Born in London, England, UK. (d. 1990)
Bruce Reynolds (7 September 1931 – 28 February 2013) was an English criminal, who masterminded the 1963 Great Train Robbery. At the time it was Britain’s largest robbery, netting £2,631,684. Reynolds spent five years on the run before being sentenced to 25 years in 1969. He was released in 1978. Born Bruce Richard Reynolds in Charing Cross Hospital, Strand, London, England. (d. 2013)
Sir Malcolm Bradbury CBE (7 September 1932 – 27 November 2000) was an English author and academic. Bradbury’s best known novel,The History Man, was published in 1975. He also wrote extensively for television. His last television script was for Dalziel and Pascoe. Born Malcolm Stanley Bradbury in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. (d. 2000)
John Paul Getty
Sir John Paul Getty, KBE (born Eugene Paul Getty; 7 September 1932 – 17 April 2003), was a wealthy American-born British philanthropist and book collector. Getty donated over £140m to various artistic and cultural causes. The National Gallery alone received £50m from him. Born Eugene Paul Getty. (d. 2003)
Buddy Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959) was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. During his short career, Holly wrote, recorded, and produced his own material. He is often regarded as the artist who defined the traditional rock-and-roll lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums. His songs include “That’ll Be the Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”, “Raining in My Heart”, and “True Love Ways”. Born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas. (d. 1959)
John Phillip Law
John Phillip Law (September 7, 1937 – May 13, 2008) was an American film actor. He was best known for his role as the blind angel Pygar in the science fiction cult classic Barbarella (1968) with Jane Fonda. Born in Hollywood, California. (d. 2008)
Susan Blakely (born September 7, 1948) is an American film actress known for her leading role in Universal and ABC Television’s mini-series, Rich Man, Poor Man, which aired in 1976. Born in Frankfurt, Germany.
Gloria Gaynor (born September 7, 1949) is an American singer, best known for the disco era hits “I Will Survive” (Hot 100 number 1, 1979), and “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Hot 100 number 9, 1974). Born in Newark, New Jersey.
Julie Kavner (born September 7, 1950) is an American film and television actress, voice actress and comedian. She first attracted notice for her role as Valerie Harper’s character’s younger sister Brenda in the sitcom Rhoda for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She is best known for her voice role as Marge Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. Born Julie Deborah Kavner in Los Angeles, California.
Chrissie Hynde (born September 7, 1951) is an American musician who is best known as a founding member of the rock band The Pretenders. Her hits include “Stop Your Sobbing”, “Brass in Pocket”, and “Talk of the Town”. Hynde and The Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Born Christine Ellen Hynde in Akron, Ohio.
Corbin Bernsen (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor and director, known for his work on television. He is known for his roles as divorce attorney Arnold Becker on the NBC drama series L.A. Law. Born Corbin Dean Bernsen in North Hollywood, California.
Doug Bradley (born 7 September 1954) is an English actor, best known for his role as the Lead Cenobite “Pinhead” in the Hellraiser film series. Born Douglas William Bradley in Liverpool, England.
Mira Furlan (born 7 September 1955) is a Croatian actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as the Minbari Ambassador Delenn on all five seasons of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1993-98), and as Danielle Rousseau on Lost. Born in Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia.
Toby Jones (born 7 September 1966) is an English actor. After appearing in supporting roles in films between 1992 and 2005, he made his breakthrough when he played Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous (2006). Since then, his films have included The Mist (2007), W. (2008), Frost/Nixon (2008), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Berberian Sound Studio (2012) and The Hunger Games (2012). He has also provided the voice of Dobby the house elf in the Harry Potter films, appeared as the Dream Lord in the Doctor Who episode “Amy’s Choice” and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl (2012). Born Toby Edward Heslewood Jones.