August 3: Happy Birthday Tony Bennett and Martha Stewart
Both of today’s birthday headliners were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2011. Martha Stewart built an empire around the Do It Yourself craze. In 2003, Stewart was indicted charges of securities fraud and obstruction of justice which was apparently not an issue for the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Post prison, M. Diddy (her for real prison name according to Stewart), has returned to advocating better living through arts and crafts. Marth Stewart is celebrating a tasteful 75th birthday.
Music legend Tony Bennett turns 90 today and he is still going strong. Last year, the Grammy winner toured with Lady Gaga.
Also celebrating a birthday today, universally beloved sports hero Tom Brady turns 39. The quarterback for the New England Patriots has deftly evaded controversy during a career that includes four Super Bowl Championships and three Super Bowl MVP Awards. He’s also married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen. No wonder everyone loves him!
Director John Landis, who turns 66 today, will always be remembered for directing Animal House and The Blues Brothers, and also, less happily, for the tragedy that took place during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie, when a helicopter crash killed three people, two of them young child actors, the third actor Vic Morrow. Landis was acquitted of criminal wrongdoing in the deaths, but admitted violating child labor laws in employing the two young children.
French filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz has been nominated for Cesar Awards (French Oscar equivalents) for acting, producing, editing, directing and writing, and won in the first three categories. US audiences may know him for his direction of Gothika and Babylon A.D. and for his role as the romantic lead, opposite Audrey Tautou, in Amélie. He turns 49 today.
Martin Sheen, star of Apocalypse Now and The West Wing and father to Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez, is 76. Metallica guitarist James Hetfield turns 53 today and Landry Bender from the Disney Channel TV show Best Friends Whenever is celebrating her sweet sixteen. Lost star Evangeline Lilly is 37 and Michael Ealy from Barbershop and 2 Fast 2 Furious turns 43. Isaiah Washington, who was fired from Grey’s Anatomy after using a homophobic slur during a fight with costar Patrick Dempsey. Jo Marie Payton, who played Harriette Winslow on the hit series Family Matters, turns 66. And finally, Jay North who played Dennis the Menace on TV from 1959-1963 turns 65.
Other notables born on August 3 included actress Dolores del Rio, who moved back and forth between Hollywood and the film industry of her native Mexico, Jean Hagen, remembered as the actress having trouble transitioning to sound in Singin’ in the Rain, the muscular Gordon Scott, an ex-lifeguard who is considered by some to be the best screen Tarzan ever, and novelist P. D. James, author of the Adam Dalgliesh novels, most of which were filmed by British television, and of Children of Men, filmed by Alfonso Cuarón.
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.