June 8: Happy Birthday Julianna Margulies and Kanye West
Three-time Emmy winner Julianna Magulies is turning 51 today. She made her screen debut in a small role in Stephen Seagal’s Out for Justice. Her film career has included roles in the wartime drama Paradise Road, the crime film The Newton Boys, the poorly received horror film Ghost Ship, and the thriller Snakes on a Plane. While she has not been a big star on the big screen, she has had better success on television. In 1994 she was cast in what was originally intended to be a one-time guest role in the pilot for a medical drama; however, the writers decided to bring the character of Nurse Carol Hathaway back as a regular, so Margulies would up with a six-season stint on ER.
Margulies was the only member of the show’s regular cast to win an acting Emmy during ER’s 15 seasons. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for starring in the TNT miniseries adaptation of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. In 2009 she was cast in the lead role of Alicia Florrick on CBS’s The Good Wife, and won two Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama during the show’s seven season run.
Kanye West is 40 today. He dropped out of Chicago State University to pursue a music career in the late nineties. After working in production for a number of years, most notably for Jay Z’s album The Blueprint, he released his first hit singles, including the #1 hit “Slow Jamz,” in 2003. He has had six consecutive albums reach #1 on the Billboard 200. He also ranks among the most influential and critically acclaimed artists to emerge in the 21st century, having won 21 Grammys, which is currently tied for eleventh all-time.
Unfortunately, some of the “other” things in Kanye’s life obscure his very real musical talents. Some of them, like the excessive attention paid to his marriage to Kim Kardashian, are not really under his control. Others, like a certain episode involving the words “I’mma let you finish…,” are.
Actor, director and producer Griffin Dunne turns 62 today. He starred in Martin Scorsese’s After Hours and has had supporting roles in films like Johnny Dangerously and My Girl. He was nominated for an Oscar for the 1996 short Duke of Groove and directed feature films such as Addicted to Love and Practical Magic.
Jefferson Mays, who turns 52, is best known as a stage actor; he won a Tony for starring in Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife and is currently up for another for J. T. Rogers’s Oslo. Also turning 52 is Frank Grillo, known for playing Brock Rumlow/Crossbones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sergeant Leo Barnes in two sequels to The Purge. Kelli Williams, who turns 47, was a regular on The Practice and more recently on Lie to Me and Army Wives. Lexa Doig, who is 44, currently stars on E!’s The Arrangement. She has also been a regular on Andromeda and Continuum, and plays Talia al Ghul in the Arrowverse.
Brazilian singer and actor Seu Jorge, an acclaimed samba star who is also known for films like City of God and The Life Acquatic with Steve Zissou, turns 47 today. Another Brazilian birthday celebrant is actress Sonia Braga, who turns 67. She has been a Golden Globe nominee for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Moon Over Parador and an Emmy nominee for the TV movie The Burning Season.
Jerry Stiller, who was one half of the comedy team of Stiller and Meara, and later a regular on The King of Queens, turns 90 today. Colin Baker, who is 74 today, is best known for playing the Sixth Doctor on Doctor Who in the mid-80s. He is no relation to Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor.
For about a decade beginning in 1996, Lindsay Daveport, who turns 41 today, was one of the top women’s tennis players in the world. She won six Grand Slam titles, 3 each in singles and doubles, and an Olympic gold medal, and was the year-end #1 player in the world four times.
Bonnie Tyler, who celebrates her 66th, is known for one of the most distinctive voices in the pop/rock world, and for hits like “It’s a Heartache” and “Holding Out for a Hero.” Also turning 66 is acoustic guitar legend Tony Rice, one of the biggest names in contemporary bluegrass. Another big name in bluegrass, Sara Watkins, is 36. The fiddler and frequent lead singer of progressive bluegrass band Nickel Creek, she has also released three solo albums. Boz Scaggs, who turns 73, spent a few years as lead singer of the Steve Miller Band, and had a huge success in the mid-seventies with his album Silk Degrees. Nancy Sinatra (daughter of Frank), who is turning 77, had #1 hits with “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” and “Somethin’ Stupid,” and also sang the theme song for You Only Live Twice. Her cover of Cher’s “Bang Bang” was used in the soundtrack of Kill Bill, Volume 1. Robert Schumann (1810-1856) was one of the leading composers of the early Romantic era. He was known for large-scale works like his symphonies and his piano and cello concertos, as well as more intimate compositions like his songs and solo piano work. His courting of and marriage to Clara Wieck is one of the great romances in the history of classical music.
John W. Campbell (1910-1971) was a science fiction author and editor, known for his novella Who Goes There?, adapted into film multiple times (as The Thing), and even more so for his over 30 year tenure as editor of Astounding Science Fiction. Sara Paretsky, known for her very successful series of novels about private investigator V. I. “Vic” Warshawski, is turning 70.
Comedian Joan Rivers (1933-2014) won a Daytime Emmy for hosting The Joan Rivers Show and a posthumous Grammy for the audio version of her book Diary of a Mad Diva. Alexis Smith (1921-1993) began a good run as a leading lady in the forties by starring opposite Errol Flynn in Dive Bomber and Gentleman Jim, and later won a Tony in the original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.
Robert Preston (1918-1987) had a long film and stage career, which began in the late thirties, with films such as Union Pacific and Beau Geste, and ran until the eighties, when he made his final film appearance in The Last Starfighter. He was an Oscar nominee for Victor/Victoria, but will surely be best remembered for one great role he had on both stage and screen, as Harold Hill in The Music Man.
Byron White (1917-2002) was known as “Whizzer” White as a football star at Colorado, but later was better known for his over thirty years as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is one of the most important American architects ever. He is famous for designing a wide range of private homes as well as the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan and the Marin County Civic Center in California.
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 June 8, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Bonnie Tyler, Jefferson Mays, John W Campbell, Julianna Margulies, Kanye West, Nancy Sinatra, Robert Preston, Sara Paretsky, Sonia Braga. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.