January 4: Happy Birthday Dyan Cannon and Patty Loveless


Three time Oscar nominee (and avid Los Angeles Lakers fan) Dyan Cannon is celebrating her 80th birthday today.  Cannon began acting on television in the late 1950s and made her first feature films in the early sixties, but was almost certainly better known back then for her short marriage to Cary Grant.  That changed at the end of the 1960s when Cannon was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.

The 1970s were Cannon’s heyday.  She starred in a variety of films, including The Love Machine, Shamus, The Last of Sheila, and Revenge of the Pink Panther.  In 1976, she directed, produced and wrote a short film called Number One, which was nominated for Best Live Action Short.  And she capped the decade by receiving her third Oscar nomination, starring opposite Warren Beatty in Heaven Can Wait:

Cannon’s star seemed to fade rather dramatically in the 1980s; by the middle of the decade she was almost exclusively working in TV movies.  She had a bit of a resurgence in the late nineties with a couple of good feature films and a recurring role on Ally McBeal.  One of her last film roles was a cameo, as herself, in After the Sunset—appropriately, she was courtside at a Lakers game.

Two-time Grammy winner Patty Loveless turns 60 today.  As a cousin of country legend Loretta Lynn (and her younger sister, Crystal Gayle), Loveless had a lot of country music connections that helped her get started on a performing and recording career.  After a number of years working on the fringes of the business, Loveless got a contract with MCA in the mid-eighties.  Her first album was a moderate success, but it was her second album, If My Heart Had Windows, which produced her first top 10 Country hits.

Loveless has had over 30 singles reach the Top 20 in the Country charts.  She won her first Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for the single “Same Old Train” in 1998, and her second in 2011, for Best Bluegrass Album, for Mountain Soul II.  These days she is semi-retired but still makes appearances at the Grand Ole Opry.

Julia Ormond, who turns 52 today, won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries for Temple Grandin and was nominated for another Emmy for a guest role on Mad Men.  Her feature film roles have included Legends of the Fall, the 1995 remake of Sabrina, and The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonMatt Frewer, who is 59, first became known in the 1980s for the AI character Max Headroom, who appeared in a TV movie and a spinoff series.  He was recently a regular on the first two seasons of Orphan BlackAnn Magnuson, who turns 61 today, has done a little of everything: actress on TV on Anything But Love and in films like Desperately Seeking Susan, Making Mr. Right and more; singer with the band Bongwater and as a solo artist, performance artist, and cabaret and nightclub performer.  Dave Foley, who celebrates his 54th, was a co-founder of the sketch comedy troup The Kids in the Hall, and was one of the stars of NBC’s NewsRadio.

Spanish director Carlos Saura celebrates his 85th today.  Often mentioned in the same breath with names like Luis Buñuel and Pedro Almodóvar, he has been directing for over 60 years.  Three of his films have been nominated for Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film: Mamá cumple 100 años, Carmen, and TangoYvan Attal, who is turning 52, is an Israeli-born French actor who is a four-time Cesar nominee, winning Most Promising Actor in his 1989 debut in Love Without Pity.  American audiences might recognize him from his roles in films like The Interpreter and Munich.  German actor August Diehl, who turns 41, won multiple awards for his debut film, titled 23, and played supporting roles in Inglorious Basterds and Salt.

Michael Stipe, who is turning 57, was the lead singer of alternative rock band R.E.M. for over 30 years.  Country singer Deana Carter, who is 51 today, is a three-time Grammy nominee and had three #1 Country hits in the mid-1990s.

Director and writer Harmony Korine is 44 today.  He first became known for writing the script for Larry Clark’s controversial film Kids, and more recently wrote and directed Spring Breakers.  Irish actress Kerry Condon, who is turning 34, played Octavia in the HBO/BBC series Rome, and her voice is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Tony Stark’s new AI assistant, F.R.I.D.A.Y., who has been heard in Age of Ultron and Civil WarSeth Grahame-Smith, who turns 41, is the author of the mash-up novels Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and also the co-creator of the MTV series The Hard Times of RJ BergerLenora Crichlow, who celebrates her 32nd, has starred on the British television series Sugar Rush and Being Human, and has joined the cast of Suspects for its fifth season.

Don Shula, who is celebrating his 87th, was one of the most successful coaches in NFL history.  In 33 years coaching the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins, he had only two losing seasons, and he coached the Dolphins to their famous perfect season in 1972.  Boxer Floyd Patterson (1935-2006) was an Olympic gold medalist as a middleweight, and then moved up to box professionally as a heavyweight.  He won the world title at the age of 21 (at the time the youngest heavyweight champion ever), lost the title to Ingemar Johansson in 1959, and then became the first man to regain the title after losing it by knocking out Johansson in a rematch a year later.

Sterling Holloway (1905-1992) had a lot of roles in films and guest spots on television, but his most recognizable work is surely as a voice actor for Disney.  He provided the voices of, to give a few examples, the Chesire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Kaa in The Jungle Book, Roquefort in The Aristocats, and most of all Winnie the PoohLionel Newman (1916-1989) was one of the many members of the Newman family to make a name for himself in the field of film music.  He was an eleven time Oscar nominee, winning Best Original Score of a Musical for Oliver!  Sorrell Booke (1930-1994) is best known for playing Jefferson David “Boss” Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard.

The biggest historical birthday today is Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727), one of the giants of the history of science.  Everyone thinks “law of gravity” when they think of Newton, but he also worked out the laws of motion and was one of the inventors of calculus.  And that’s just for starters.  Likewise, while Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) is remembered for the collection of fairy tales that he and his brother Wilhelm compiled, he also was a pioneer of linguistics and the co-author (again with his brother) of a massive dictionary of the German language, the Deutsches WörterbuchLouis Braille (1809-1852) is famous for developing the tactile writing system that enables blind or visually impaired people to read and write.  Everett Dirksen (1896-1969) was a longtime US Congressman and Senator from Illinois, and for the last decade of his life the Republican floor leader in the Senate.  Dirksen also won a Grammy in the late 1960s for Best Spoken Word Album, for a collection of prose speeches titled Gallant Men.

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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  1. I saw Patty Loveless and for a second I thought we were celebrating the birthday of the actress from Deep Throat.

    Being a kid if the 70’s I was aware of Dyan Cannon and saw her as a guest on TV programs. But I didn’t actually catch up with her movies until much later.

    Julia Ormond was one of those “It” girls of the 90’s. For a brief while following Legends of the Fall, she was everywhere. Then her star faded and she was written off as a failure but as often happens she kept on working and ended up with a very impressive career even if she wasn’t the movie star she might have been. I enjoyed seeing her on Mad Men a few years ago.

    I remember watching Matt Frewer on Max Headroom. He’s been in a ton of stuff usually playing someone goofy and/or disturbed. I remember seeing him in Honey I Shrunk the Kid and The Stand. I have seen Dave Foley on Kids in the Hall and News Radio. He made the mistake of getting divorced while the latter was a hit and apparently got saddled with unreasonable alimony payments for years afterwards. He’s also the voice of Flick in A Bug’s Life.

    Is that Michael Stipe in the corner? I found something. Might be his religion, I’m not sure,


    • Interesting you should bring that up about Patty Loveless. When I researched this article I found that her first husband was a drummer named Terry Lovelace; she changed the spelling of her name specifically to avoid being confused with Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace.


  2. By the time I became aware of Dyan Cannon her career had cooled, but looking back she really did have a presence in the 1970’s. I was aware of her being a big Lakers fan (she was interviewed for 1997’s “The NBA at 50”) and I enjoyed 1997’s “8 Heads in a Duffel Bag” (8 heads are better than one).
    Patty Loveless, that a great Country Music NAME.
    Matt Frewer, I know him best playing the character of Cliff King during the Sonny Burnett arc of “Miami Vice” and in the TV series “Shaky Ground” (seriously).
    I’ve missed a lot of Julia Ormond’s work, but from what I’ve seen of her she seems pretty good. In looks, she makes me think of Sadie Frost (who I’ve actually seen in more films).
    Ann Magnuson, I looked her up a few weeks ago online and discovered that there’s a lot more to her than I ever realized, not only as an actress (I remember her best as a victim in “The Hunger” and in “Making Mr. Right”) but she managed a nightclub once and is an all-around artist.
    Dave Forley I know from “The Kids in the Hall” and “Newsradio”, but I’ve seen him pop up in many other shows and films too.
    I own most of R.E.M.’s albums, so I’ve been pretty familiar with Michael Stipe for a long time. 57? Yeah, that sounds about right.
    Sir Isaac newton definitely was a major contributor to the world of science, and how the world shaped itself in later years. Actually, he’s probably taken slightly for granted by now.


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