July 16: Happy Birthday Phoebe Cates and Will Ferrell

Cates - Fast Times

She gave a generation of young boys impure thoughts that have lasted a lifetime.  He made frat boys laugh till liquid shot out their noses.  Celebrating birthdays today are Phoebe Cates and Will Ferrell among others.

The website I use to track celebrity birthdays ranks the famous folks by their current popularity.  Of the 48 notable birthdays listed for July 16, Phoebe Cates of Gremlins and Fast Times at Ridgemont High fame, is ranked at the bottom behind reality TV stars Chris Pontius and Charrisse Jackson-Jordan.  I understand Cates has been out of the limelight for a long, long time.  It’s not for nothing that she is one of the top WTHH subjects here at Le Blog.  But come on, people!  Phoebe Cates is an icon!

In addition to her WTHH article, Cates has her own gallery in case you want to spend some time staring at pictures of her in that famous red bikini.  Cates eventually married actor Kevin Kline and left showbiz to run a high-end shop in New York.  The actress-turned-entrepreneur is 53 years old today.  As one of our favorite subjects here at Le Blog, we are sending special birthday wishes.

Ferrell - Land of the Lost

Will Ferrell fared better in the popularity rankings.  He came in second place behind singer Luke Hemmings.  The kids love 5 Seconds of Summer.  I sampled some of their songs and didn’t recognize any of them, but my kids know who Hemmings is.  The singer has reached the ripe old age of 20.  Next year, he can legally drink.

Former Not Ready for Prime Time player, Will Ferrell, is turning 49 today.  He participated on our first-ever bracket game which was themed to SNL.  Ferrell was also a Golden Raspberry nominee for Bewitched in 2005 and Land of the Lost in 2009.

Also celebrating birthdays today are future WTHH subject and former Lost Boy Corey Feldman.  Feldman turns 45 today.  I should probably start writing his article now so I can have it ready for his fiftieth.  Something tells me it’s going to take a while.  Football coach and Survivor contestant Jimmy Johnson celebrates his 73rd birthday today.

In 1887, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was born on this day and Ginger Rogers was born in 1911.  Luke Hemmings’ fans should look them up.

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.


Posted on July 16, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I’m loving the fact that “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was mentioned (seemed like a heck of a baseball player; I lost interest in pro baseball for the most part after the 1994 strike, but I still like the New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays:-)
    Wow, Phoebe Cates, though; I remembered her more from “Gremlins” (really, that dad chimney speech will live with me forever) than “Fast Times At Ridegemont High” (love it, such a cool ensemble; so good, well done, feels like a slice of that life). She’s a beautiful woman though:-)


  2. Happy birthday to the beautiful Phoebe Cates! I think she’s beautiful and a good actress and one of the three actresses who make up the prettier version of myself. (Mila Kunis and the late Annette Funicello are the other two.)

    I also like how Corey Feldman is mentioned as a future WTHH subject. He would make a great subject because there’s more to his story than child stardom, direct-to-DVD crap, and his big mouth getting him into trouble.

    OT(sort of): Today is also my mom’s birthday.


  3. I’m 53 today as well… but I do not look like Phoebe Cates! lol!


  4. Also born on July 16 was one of the biggest stars of the 1940s, Barbara Stanwyck. Her filmography is amazing–few stars of that time made as big a mark in so many different genres. She is known for screwball comedies (The Lady Eve, Ball of Fire), film noir (Double Indemnity, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers), romantic comedy (Christmas in Connecticut), political satire (Meet John Doe), dark thrillers (Sorry, Wrong Number), and Westerns (Union Pacific, Forty Guns). After her film career began to decline she went on to a television career that brought her three Emmys.


    • Ooh, Barbara Stanwyck: she’s my favorite from her era. Tough and talented, and really knew the game. You mentioned those films, and totally agree, but I also like 1946’s “California”. I know I forget birthdays, but I really should’ve remembered Barbara Stanwyck’s:-).


  5. Lebeau, I think Corey Feldman would be a great WTHH subject. There’s more to his story than childhood stardom. There’s also direct-to-DVD crap, relality shows (I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of “The Surreal Life”, but he was on that reality show), drug addiction, and getting his big mouth into trouble.

    Please also consider C. Thomas Howell as a WTHH subject. I like him as an actor, but he is the only main cast member from “The Outsiders” who didn’t really do much after it was released.

    Please consider these suggestions.


    • I second Corey Feldman. He was one of those child actors that I remember seeing on a ton of different tv shows that I watched when I was a kid (Mork and Mindy, Alice, Eight Is Enough, Cheers, Love Boat, One Day At A Time, etc.). By the time he popped up in Gremlins I said “hey, it’s that kid!” And I have to say, he was excellent in Stand By Me, just a great film. It may not be anytime soon but I would like to see a Feldman write up sometime in the future. Any thoughts Lebeau?


    • I have to give credit to my maternal grandmother (gram) when it comes to “Soul Man” : “This is really dumb, but the girl is pretty”.


    • What really happened to Corey Feldman

      Corey Feldman was an ’80s icon who became something of an enigma. He launched his acting career with timeless favorites such as Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985), Stand By Me (1986), The Lost Boys (1987), and The ‘Burbs (1989), but in recent years, most of the buzz Feldman generates is bad press. What went wrong?


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