Born on this day in 1947, in Nambour, Queensland, legendary record producer, Mike Chapman. In Chapman’s long and storried career, he’s worked with; Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Blondie, The Knack, Rod Stewart, Pat Benatar, and so many more.
Born on this day in 1923, in Chireno, Texas, actress and dancer, Ann Miller. Miller was one of the Golden Era’s premier talents, starring alongside James Stewart in You Can’t Take It With You, and The Marx Brothers in Room Service. Her career lasted long after many of her peers retired, as she toured with real-life friend, Mickey Rooney, well into the 1980’s with the hit show, Sugar Babies.
Born on this day in 1958, in Manchester, England, guitarist and singer, Stuart Adamson, of Big Country. Though Big Country is known internationally for their hit In A Big Country, in the UK some two dozen of their songs charted, from 1982 to 2000.
Born on this day in 1919, in Los Angeles, California, comedic actress, Virginia O’Brien. Her deadpan, emotionless delivery lead to roles in The Big Store, Ship Ahoy, Two Girls and A Sailor, Ziegfeld Follies, and The Harvey Girls.
Born on this day in 1928, actor James Garner. Garner starred in three successful TV series, Maverick, The Rockford Files and 8 Simple Rules. He also had a successful film career, with The Great Escape, Support Your Local Sheriff, Space Cowboys and Grand Prix.
Born on this day in 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, actress Bette Davis. Davis is one of film history’s most-celebrated talents, scoring ten Academy Award nominations and two wins. Some of her more memorable films include; Dangerous, Jezebel, Dark Victory, The Letter, The Little Foxes, Now, Voyager and All About Eve.
Born on this day in 1908, in Belleville, Illinois, actor and dancer, Buddy Ebsen. Ebsen is well-known for playing the part of Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, but he had a long career as a song and dance man during Hollywood’s Golden Era. Ebsen was also slated to play The Tin Man in The Wizard Of Oz, before an allergic reaction to the aluminum dust in the character’s makeup forced him to step down.
Born on this day in 1883, actor and master makeup artist, Lon Chaney. Chaney is remembered as Hollywood’s “Man Of A Thousand Faces,” and starred in; Oliver Twist, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Phantom of The Opera, Mr. Wu, London After Midnight and West of Zanzibar.
Born on this day in 1934, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, actor and singer, Shirley Jones. Jones starred in a number of successful musical films, including; Oklahoma, Carousel and The Music Man. Show would also go on to star in TV’s The Partridge Family, for four seasons.
born on this day in 1931, in Naponee, Nebraska, actor David Janssen. Though Janssen got his start in film, he is best remembered for his role in the TV cliffhanger, The Fugitive, which ran on ABC for three seasons.