October 3: Happy Birthday Alicia Vikander and Gwen Stefani
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is 28 today. She began acting in Swedish television and won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actress (the Swedish Oscars) for the lead role in the 2009 film Pure. She then played Kitty Shcherbatskaya in Joe Wright’s adaptation of Anna Karenina, and received a BAFTA Rising Star nomination for playing Princess Caroline Matilda in A Royal Affair:
In the past few years Vikander has emerged as an international star. In 2015 she appeared in four major films, winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl (a bit controversially, as there was a good argument that her role was a lead part). She was nominated for Golden Globes for both Best Actress (The Danish Girl) and Best Supporting Actress (Ex Machina) and won a variety of other awards for one or both of those movies.
This year Vikander has appeared in Jason Bourne and The Light Between the Oceans. Her upcoming filmography includes Submergence, Wim Wenders’ adaptation of the novel by J. M. Ledgard, as well as the new Tomb Raider film reboot.
Gwen Stefani, who turns 47 today, began her musical career with No Doubt, a reggae and ska influenced rock band which she has been part of for 30 years. After a slow start, No Doubt had a huge success with their third album, Tragic Kingdom, in 1995—it reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and has sold an estimated 16 million copies worldwide. In 2004, Stefani issued her first solo album, and a year later had her first #1 single:
Stefani has continued to record and tour, both as a solo artist and with No Doubt. Her most recent album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, was released earlier this year and became her first solo album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200. She has won 3 Grammys, two with No Doubt and one as a solo artist.
At one time, Clive Owen, who is 52 today, seemed on track to become a major film star. He was an Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner for Closer, starred in Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur, played Dwight McCarthy in Sin City, and was in the critically acclaimed Children of Men. He was also rumored, at times, to be a possible replacement for Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. These days, he’s more likely to be found on the small screen: he was an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn, and picked up another Golden Globe nomination as the star of Cinemax’s The Knick.
WTHH subject Neve Campbell, who celebrates her 43rd, starred as one of the great Final Girls, Sidney Prescott of the Scream series, and in Party of Five. She was recently seen on the 4th season of Netflix’s House of Cards. Also turning 43 is Lena Headey, who is a 3-time Emmy nominee as Cersei Lannister in A Game of Thrones. She also starred in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and in films like Imagine Me & You, 300 and Dredd. Seann William Scott, who turns 40 today, played Steve Stifler in the four American Pie films. Tessa Thompson, who is 33, played civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma and will appear in next year’s Thor: Ragnarok as Valkyrie. Shannyn Sossamon, who turns 38, starred in films such as A Knight’s Tale and The Rules of Attraction, and more recently was seen in season 3 of Sleepy Hollow.
Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, who turns 49 today, is a three-time winner of the Genie Award (Canada’s Oscar equivalents) for Best Director. More recently he has moved to Hollywood and made the critically acclaimed crime films Prisoners and Sicario. Roy Horn, who turns 72, was once half of the star attraction at Las Vegas’s Mirage hotel—Siegfried & Roy. They were pretty famous, making cameos in films like Casino and Ocean’s Eleven. Then came the night when Roy was bitten in the neck by one of their white tigers. Horn survived, but it was the end of the act. Jack Wagner, who turns 57, is a long-time mainstay of soap operas, both in prime time (Melrose Place) and daytime (General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful). Janel Moloney celebrates her 47th birthday; she was a two time Emmy nominee for The West Wing and is a regular on HBO’s The Leftovers. John Patrick Shanley is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner for his play Doubt: A Parable, and won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Moonstruck. He turns 66 today.
In music, Lindsey Buckingham turns 67 today. The singer-songwriter is best known for his years with Fleetwood Mac, one of the best-selling groups of the 1970s and ’80s. Buckingham was the lead guitarist and one of the groups main vocalists from 1975-87, and again from 1997 to the present. He also wrote several of their biggest hits, like this one:
More music birthdays: Keb’ Mo’ (given name Kevin Moore), who turns 65, is a three-time Grammy-winning blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. Singer-actress Ashlee Simpson, who turns 32, had her first two albums, Autobiography and I Am Me, reach #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Tommy Lee, drummer and co-founder of heavy metal band Motley Crue, turns 54. Chubby Checker (given name Ernest Evans) turns 75. His most famous hit, “The Twist,” gave rise to a popular dance craze of the early 1960s. Stevie Ray Vaughn (1954-1990) built such a reputation as a blues guitarist in a relatively short career that he ranked 12th in Rolling Stone’s ranking of the 100 greatest guitarists. Eddie Cochran (1938-1960) died in a taxi accident before his 22nd birthday, but left us rock classics like “Summertime Blues” and “C’mon Everybody.” Singer-songwriter Alan O’Day (1940-2013) wrote hits like Helen Reddy’s “Angie Baby,” the Righteous Brothers’ “Rock and Roll Heaven,” and his own “Undercover Angel.”
Warner Oland (1879-1938) was a Swedish actor best-known for playing a Chinese character, detective Charlie Chan, in 16 films. Charles Middleton (1874-1949) was an American actor best known for playing a man from another planet, Ming the Merciless in the three Flash Gordon serials. Gertrude Berg (1899-1966) was one of the first women to become a major radio star as the creator/writer/star of The Goldbergs. Berg also won an Emmy when the show moved to television, and later won a Tony for A Majority of One. Ray Stark (1915-2004) was a very successful independent producer. His credits include two Best Picture nominees, Funny Girl and The Goodbye Girl, as well as several other films written by Neil Simon, and an Emmy-winning television movie, Barbarians at the Gate. Novelist Gore Vidal (1925-2012) was known for Myra Breckenridge, 1876, Lincoln and many other works. He was a sometime screenwriter who worked as a script doctor on Ben Hur.
Director Leo McCarey (1896-1969) was a three-time Oscar winner. He won Best Director for the screwball comedy The Awful Truth and for Going My Way, the first of two films featuring Bing Crosby as the musically-inclined priest, Father Chuck O’Malley, and also won Best Original Story for the latter film. He was also known for Duck Soup, often considered the Marx Brothers’ best film, and for the second Father O’Malley film, The Bells of St. Mary’s.
Gaius Cassius Longinus (85-42 BCE) was a Roman politician and a leader of the conspiracy which assassinated Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. He has been played on film, in adaptations of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, by John Gielgud, Richard Johnson, and David Collings, and on television in the HBO/BBC series Rome by Guy Henry.
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 October 3, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Alicia Vikander, Clive Owen, Denis Villeneuve, Gore Vidal, Gwen Stefani, Lena Headey, Leo McCarey, Lindsey Buckingham, Neve Campbell, Stevei Ray Vaughn. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.