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July 28: Happy Birthday Elizabeth Berkley and Lori Loughlin

Berkley - Dances With the Stars

If you grew up in the 80’s, you probably watched two of today’s birthday girls on TV.  Elizabeth Berkley played the squeaky clean Jesse Spano on Saved by the Bell and Lori Loughlin portrayed Rebecca Donaldson on Full House.  Berkley went on to infamy playing a stripper in the cult classic Showgirls whereas Loughlin has gone back to Full House for the reunion series on Netflix.

As a WTHH subject, Berkley gets special treatment here.  She has her own gallery of course.  It contains several pictures from the movie that was supposed to make Berkley a movie star by shattering her goody-two-shoes image.  Showgirls has its own Facts You Need to Know article.  And of course, Berkely and Showgirls were big winners at the Golden Raspberry Awards.  The movie set records for the most nominations ever when it was released in  1995.  The Razzies added to the movie’s total number of wins a few years later when they did their decade retrospective for the nineties.  Berkley celebrates her 44th birthday today.

Loughlin has worked primarily in television.  In addition to Full House, she appeared in an episode of Seinfeld and had a recurring role on the Beverly Hills 90210 revival.  Loughlin turns 52 today.

Also celebrating birthdays today, Soulja Boy is cranking that at 26, Afroman is probably getting high at 42, Garfield creator Jim Davis is counting his money and laughing at 71 and voice of Optimis Prime Peter Cullen, is transforming into a 75-year-old.  Former First Lady and fashion icon, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was born on this day in 1929.

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.

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Posted on July 28, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. daffystardust

    I can’t help it. If you say “grew up in the ’80s” I tend to think that what follows will apply to me. But I was a little too old (and a little too snooty) to consider watching either Saved by the Bell or Full House. I was 17 by the time Full House came on the air and I was already in college by the time Saved by the Bell premiered. Despite the fact that they both began in the ’80s I think it’s a little more accurate to say that they were popular with people who were born in the late 70s early 80s.

    Anyway, happy birthday everybody.

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    • I have come to accept that we grew up in the 70s despite being teenagers in the 80s. Most of the time when I see “if you grew up in the 80s” what follows applies to my younger siblings a lot more than it does me. Like you, I watched neither Saved By the Bell nor Full House.

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      • It’s a combination of things.

        First, identifying someone by when they were born is much more specific than using the vague phrase “grew up in…” Going from 10 years old to 19 sure seems like “growing up” to me, but yes, I have the same experience as you do in finding myself distinctly out of the loop in those “if you grew up in the ’80s” articles.

        Secondly, the cycles of pop culture are probably better defined in half decades as opposed to decades. 1982 was very different from 1988 in my memory, and that’s largely because I was 12 in one and 18 in the other, but it’s also because there was now pop culture aimed at people younger than me. When you’re 12 all of pop culture lays out in front of you, even if there is some stuff you’re considered “too young” for. You catch up on it pretty quickly. There is almost always a disconnect from the stuff aimed at people younger than you.

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        • Seeing as how we are so close in age, it’s not surprising that my thoughts and experiences mirror yours. After reading a lot of those articles aimed at “children of the 80s” and realizing that they dealt primarily with things like The Smurfs, Teddy Ruxpin and the TGIF line-up that I was a few years too old to care about, I finally gave up the fight and decided that despite being 10 years old in 1980, I did not quite fit in that category. It’s an inaccurate label, but one that gets used often enough I figured most readers would be familiar with it. Also, I said that those who grew up in the 80’s “probably” watched these shows. You and I defy the odds. 😉

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      • I think that shows “Full House” and “Saved by the Bell” are the millennials what shows like “The Brady Bunch” is to Generation Xers. They were admittedly, extremely cheese-ball, corny sitcoms that somehow, manages to be very enduring years after its initial network runs.

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  2. Happy birthday to everyone celebrating today. A few other entertainment industry July 28 birthdays:

    -Singer, bandleader and sometime actor Rudy Vallee is sometimes considered to have been the first “teen idol” of the music industry. His periodic acting career includes one very big role, playing John D. Hackensacker in Preston Sturges’ classic The Palm Beach Story. He also played villainous Lord Marmaduke Ffogg on the 1960s Batman series.

    -Andrew McLaglen, son of actor Victor, was a busy director in the 1960s and 1970s, making a variety of Westerns, war movies, and other action films. He directed John Wayne five times. My favorite McLaglen film is probably The Wild Geese with Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Roger Moore.

    -If you, like me, were a teen in the 1970s, you probably would remember Sally Struthers, who won two Emmy awards as Gloria in All in the Family, and later was in Golden Girls.

    -Randall Wallace is best known for writing the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Braveheart, and more infamously for the Razzie-nominated screenplay for Pearl Harbor. I am personally fond of We Were Soldiers, which Wallace directed, produced and wrote.

    Some big names will be on tomorrow’s list. 🙂

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  3. Yeah, Lori Loughlin: I’m all about her in the 1985 film “Secret Admirer” (her character is the reason I like that film) and the 1986 BMX opus “RAD” (my favorite scene is when they’re doing this BMX-chorographed deal in the school gym while the song “Send Me an Angel” by the band Real Life is playing). “Full House”? I don’t know; most people I knew wouldn’t admit to watching it (peep pressure and all), same with “Saved By The Bell” (I would admit to watching that, but not “Full House”:-).
    As for what time period really counts as one that someone grows up in and how your take on pop culture is, I’d have to say that when you have milestones like getting a license & graduating high school, that era is very definitive because the journey into adulthood begins. For myself, I’d have to say I’m a mid to late 1990’s kid because that’s when those events occurred with me. However, I’m fond of the 1980’s though not for the toys (I’ll still view the Transformers movie though), because I stopped playing with toys around 1987 (not nostalgic of playing with toys at all, and don’t miss innocence or anything:-), but because of its vibe and pop culture. I guess this is another topic that’s different for everyone.
    I mean, when I was in 6th grade, I had a friend who was in 4th grade with me, and I was all like “4th grade rules!”, and was nostalgic about it, without being aware of the concept (I still say hanging out with him in 4th grade in and out of school was much more fun than 6th grade). The lesson really is, is that I’ve always been bonkers.

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    • Lori Loughlin was admittedly (besides the whole “guilty pleasure” and simple Nostalgia factor for people who grew up watching “Full House” as youngsters on ABC’s TGIF) the only real thing that made “Full House” worth watching. There’s this episode called “Honey, I Broke the House”, where Lori wore this really sexy, form-fitting black and grey chevron printed mini-dress. It sort of reminded me of Kim Basinger’s black dress from the scene in the 1989 Batman movie where Bruce Wayne and later, the Joker and his goons visit Vicki Vale’s appartment:

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