February 11: Happy Birthday Jennifer Aniston and Sheryl Crow
Our two headliners today are apparently good friends, and have been photographed together on a few occasions, as at this fundraising event where they are joined by Courtney Cox and OmniPeace founder Mary Fanaro.
Jennifer Aniston celebrates her 48th today. Both her parents had some acting experience; her father, John Aniston, has had a recurring role on Days of Our Lives for over 30 years. She began acting after finishing high school, doing some Off-Broadway plays and landing roles in several short-lived television series, including Ferris Bueller (based on the movie), where she played Ferris’s sister Jeannie.
In 1994 her persistence with series television paid off as she landed a role on a new NBC sitcom, playing a runaway bride who moves in with an old friend from high school, and becomes one of a group of Friends. Aniston played the role of Rachel Green for the show’s ten season run, and received five Primetime Emmy nominations during that time, winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2002; she also won a Golden Globe in 2003.
Aniston is the one member of the main cast of Friends to have a major career in film. She has been in major box office successes like Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, Marley and Me, and We’re the Millers. Cake brought her a Golden Globe nomination, and her performances in films like The Good Girl and Life of Crime have been very well received.
Sheryl Crow turns 55 today. She spent several years “in the trenches,” doing everything from teaching music in an elementary school to being a backup vocalist for Michael Jackson, before recording her first album, Tuesday Night Music Club. It sold over seven million copies and brought her three Grammys, and also included the most successful single of her career:
Crow has been nominated for over thirty Grammys, winning nine during her career. Our readers who are James Bond fans know that she wrote and recorded the title song for Tomorrow Never Dies. She is scheduled to release her ninth studio album, Be Myself, later this year.
English actor Damian Lewis, who is 46, has had a very successful career on American television. Early in the 2000s he starred on HBO’s miniseries Band of Brothers. He won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for playing Nicholas Brody on the first four seasons of Showtime’s Homeland and currently stars on Billions, airing on the same network. Taylor Lautner, who played Jacob Black in the Twilight films and now is featured on the BBC series Cuckoo (aired by Netflix in the US), is 25 today. For those who may have trouble keeping the acting Lawrence brothers straight, Matthew Lawrence, who turns 37 today, is the one who co-starred for several seasons on Boy Meets World.
Natalie Dormer, who celebrates her 35th, is known for her television work. She played Anne Boleyn on The Tudors, Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones, and Jamie Moriarty on Elementary. Bond Girl Carey Lowell turns 56 today. Aside from her role as Pam Bouvier in Licence to Kill, she is known for playing Jamie Ross on Law & Order. Tina Louise, who turns 83, made her Broadway debut in the original production of Li’l Abner, and won a Golden Globe for her film debut in God’s Little Acre. However, her name will always be associated with Gilligan’s Island, where she played “a movie star,” Ginger Grant. Georgia May Foote, who played Katy Armstrong on the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street for five seasons, turns 26 today.
Sarah Palin, who has been honored with being impersonated by Tina Fey, and who I believe once sought political office of some kind, turns 53.
Burt Reynolds, who is turning 81, was one of the biggest stars of the 1970s, know for films such as the dramatic thriller Deliverance and the sports/prison film The Longest Yard, for playing cops in films like Fuzz and Hustle, as well as rebels against authority in Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run. More recently he starred in the winner of our Movies of 1997 bracket game, Boogie Nights.
Kelly Rowland turns 36 today. She first became known as a member of Destiny’s Child, one of the most popular girl groups ever, and has since had a successful career as a solo R&B and dance-pop artist. Brandy Norwood, usually known simply as Brandy, is celebrating her 38th. She had considerable success as a pop star in the 1990s and also starred on the UPN’s Moesha. Her recording career since then has been uneven, and she has had legal issues to contend with, but in 2015 she made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Gerry Goffin (1939-2014) was a highly successful lyricist who was especially known for his partnership during the 1960s with his then-wife, Carole King.
For those who have trouble keeping the acting Gabor sisters straight, Eva Gabor (1919-1995) was the one who starred on Green Acres. She also did voice work for Disney, as Duchess in The Aristocats and Miss Bianca in the Rescuers films. Leslie Nielsen (1926-2010) had a lengthy acting career in serious roles, starring in the science fiction classic Forbidden Planet and the disaster film The Poseidon Adventure. Then, starting in 1980, he reinvented himself as a comic actor; he started by playing a doctor who did not like to be called Shirley in Airplane! Billy Halop (1920-1976) spent many years as one of the Dead End Kids (also known as the East Side Kids or the Little Tough Guys at times); one of the most notable films they appeared in was Angels With Dirty Faces. Max Baer (1909-1959) was a boxer who once held the heavyweight championship of the world. He also had an acting career which included films such as The Prizefighter and the Lady, where he got to romance Myrna Loy, and The Harder They Fall, Humphrey Bogart’s final film. Baer was played by Craig Bierko in the 2005 film Cinderella Man. His son, Max Bare, Jr., played Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies. Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007) won an Oscar for screenwriting for The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer and a Tony for the musical Redhead. He worked on television shows like The Patty Duke Show and Hart to Hart, and in his fifties, began writing extremely successful novels like The Other Side of Midnight and Rage of Angels.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909-1993) had a lengthy career as a producer, writer and director. He was twice honored with Oscars for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for the same film, for A Letter to Three Wives and then for All About Eve. His son Tom Mankiewicz is known for his work as a writer on several James Bond films and for his contributions to Superman: The Movie.
Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), arguably the greatest inventor in American history, held over 1000 patents during his lifetime. He is credited with major inventions like a practical electric lightbulb, the phonograph, the stock ticker, and the motion picture camera. Moreover, his inventions had major social effects—it’s hard to imagine modern society without electric power and lighting, or without audio and video recording. He has been played in film by Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy, and Benedict Cumberbatch will portray him in the upcoming The Current War.
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 February 11, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Burt Reynolds, Carey Lowell, Damian Lewis, Jennifer Aniston, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Natalie Dormer, Sheryl Crow, Sidney Sheldon, Tina Louise. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.