March 10: Happy Birthday Sharon Stone and Carrie Underwood
Sharon Stone turns 59 today. She is another WTHH subject, so readers eager for a detailed account of her career can go right here. After appearing in a run of, to be honest, mediocre-at-best films in the 1980s, Stone began to emerge as a star in 1990’s Total Recall. Her most famous, or infamous, role was as Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct. That scene that you all have at least heard of would definitely be NSFW, so no video, sorry. Instead, I will remember Stone’s most critically acclaimed performance (Golden Globe winning, Oscar nominated), as Ginger McKenna in Casino.
High points of the last 20 years for Stone have included Golden Globe nominations for The Mighty and The Muse and winning a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress on The Practice. Low points have included becoming a bit of a Razzie target, for films like Catwoman and Basic Instinct 2.
Country singer Carrie Underwood is celebrating her 34th. The winner of the 4th season of American Idol, she has had one of the most successful careers of any of the show’s alums. her records have sold in the vicinity of 60 million copies worldwide, and she has won seven Grammys and countless country music awards. Each of her albums—five studio albums and a greatest hits compilation—has reached #1 on the Country charts, and she has had over twenty Top Ten Country singles.
Underwood is also reportedly a fan of The Walking Dead.
Olivia Wilde, who is 33 today, played Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley on the last five seasons of House. She appeared in Alpha Dog with Sharon Stone and has also had major roles in Bickford Schmeckler’s Cool Ideas, Tron: Legacy and Cowboys & Aliens. Rafe Spall, the son of actor Timothy Spall, is 34 today. He has appeared in Edgar Wright’s “Cornettos” trilogy and is making a name for himself in films like Life of Pi, The Big Short, and Swallows and Amazons. Emily Osment, who is celebrating her 25th, currently stars on Freeform’s Young & Hungry. Edi Gathegi, who is 38 today, played Darwin in X-Men: First Class and currently stars on NBC’s The Blacklist: Redemption. Thomas Middleditch, an Emmy nominee as Richard Hendrick’s on HBO’s Silicon Valley, is turning 35 today.
Martial artist turned actor Chuck Norris, who is turning 77, starred in 1980s action films like Lone Wolf McQuade, Missing in Action, and Firewalker, was the lead on television’s Walker, Texas Ranger, and came out of retirement for a cameo in The Expendables 2. Also turning 77 is playwright and screenwriter David Rabe, a four-time nominee for the Tony for Best Play in the seventies (he won for Sticks and Bones), who also wrote screenplays for films such as State of Grace and The Firm. Canadian filmmaker Paul Haggis, who is 64 today, wrote and produced two consecutive Best Picture winners, Million Dollar Baby and Crash (and also directed the latter). Screenwriter Scott Frank, who is turning 57, was Oscar-nominated for the screenplay for Out of Sight and also wrote or co-wrote Get Shorty, Minority Report, The Wolverine, and Logan. Belgian filmmaker Luc Dardenne, who works in tandem with his brother Jean-Pierre, turns 63. The Dardennes have produced, directed and written a long list of award-winning European films; Marion Cotillard was nominated for Best Actress for their Two Days, One Night. Cinematographer Robert Yeoman turns 66. He was an Oscar nominee for The Grand Budapest Hotel, part of his long collaboration with Wes Anderson.
Jon Hamm, who is 46 today, won an Emmy and two Golden Globes for starring as Don Draper on Mad Men. Jasmine Guy, who turns 55, starred on NBC’s A Different World for six seasons and later was a regular on Dead Like Me. Paget Brewster, best known for playing Emily Prentiss on Criminal Minds, turns 48 today. Bree Turner, who played Rosalee Calvert on NBC’s Grimm, is turning 40.
Rick Rubin, who turns 54, is one of the most important music producers of the last three decades. He founded both Def Jam Records and American Recordings and has worked with an incredible range of artists running from Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C., to Johnny Cash, to Shakira. Timothy Mosley, aka Timbaland, who is 45 today, has won four Grammys in the Dance Recording and R&B categories. Singer and producer Robin Thicke, who is celebrating his 40th, has produced albums for a variety of artists and received three Grammy nominations for his album Blurred Lines and its title track. Dean Torrence, who is 77 today, is most famous as one half of the “vocal surf” duo Jan and Dean, who had mid-sixties hits like “Surf City” and “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena.” Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931) was one of the biggest names of the early days of jazz, a cornetist and pianist who ranks close to, if not equal with Louis Armstrong as a leading jazz soloist of his time.
Sports birthdays today include two big names in American gymnastics. Mitch Gaylord, who turns 55 today, was one of the leaders of the 1984 US Men’s team that won the team gold medal. Gaylord also won three medals in individual events. He later had just a bit of a film career, most notably as Chris O’Donnell’s stunt double in Batman Forever. Shannon Miller, who won a total of seven medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics with the US Women’s team (including team and balance beam gold medals in 1996), turns 40 today. Another sports birthday is Marques Haynes (1926-2015), one of the most famous members of the exhibition basketball legends known as the Harlem Globetrotters. Finally, NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson turns 52. One of the greatest defensive backs ever to play the game, he starred for the Pittsburgh Steelers for a decade and later helped the Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV.
Barry Fitzgerald (1888-1961) holds a unique place in the history of the Oscars; in 1945 he was nominated for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor as Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way (he won the latter, while Bing Crosby won in the former category). The quintessential Hollywood Irishman, he appeared in several of John Ford’s films, including as Michaleen Flynn in The Quiet Man, and also was a wise homicide detective in The Naked City. Sam Jaffe (1891-1984) was an Oscar nominee as the criminal mastermind Doc Riedenschneider in The Asphalt Jungle, an Emmy nominee on Ben Casey, and played the title character in Gunga Din. Richard Haydn (1905-1985) appeared in Ball of Fire as Professor Oddley, was in And Then There Were None with Barry Fitzgerald, and played Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music. Director Gregory La Cava (1892-1952) was a two-time Oscar nominee for the classic 1930s comedies My Man Godfrey and Stage Door. Sara Montiel (1928-2015), also billed sometimes as Sarita Montiel, worked for over 60 years in Spanish and Mexican film, and also appeared in a few Hollywood films like Vera Cruz and Run of the Arrow.
Finally, today at le Blog we send birthday best wishes to Daffy Stardust.
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 March 10, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Barry Fitzgerald, Bix Beiderbecke, Carrie Underwood, Emily Osment, Jasmine Guy, Jon Hamm, Luc Dardenne, Olivia Wilde, Paul Haggis, Rafe Spall, Scott Frank, Sharon Stone. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.