October 13: Happy Birthday George and Marie Osmond


We have had a husband-and-wife pairing as headliners previously; today, we have our first time with headliners who were father and daughter.

George Osmond (1917-2007) served in World War Two, and married Olive Davis in 1944.  He worked at various jobs over the years, including selling real estate and serving as postmaster of Ogden, Utah.  But he also had a love of music, which he passed on to his nine children.  His two oldest sons, George, Jr. (usually called Virl) and Tom, both suffered from partial deafness from birth, which made any kind of performing very hard for them, but their six younger brothers, along with their sister, all had successful careers in music.  The Osmond brothers recorded together for many years, in various combinations, and had a #1 hit in 1970 with “One Bad Apple.”

Marie Osmond was born on her father’s 42nd birthday and turns 58 today.  She began a solo career as a country singer in the early 1970s.  She has had several charted albums and singles in her career, and continues to record and tour to this day.  She and her older brother Donny have recorded and performed together regularly since the mid-1970s, when they had several charted hits and hosted a variety show on ABC for three seasons.  Marie has also performed on Broadway in musicals like The King and I and The Sound of Music.  Her biggest success as a solo artist was the title track from her debut album, a #1 Country single in 1973 that also reached #5 on the Hot 100.

Christopher Judge, who starred on Stargate SG-1 as Teal’c, is celebrating his 53rd birthday.  Allen Covert, who is also 53, is known for his long involvement in Adam Sandler’s films, as an actor, producer, and contributor to soundtracks.  He also produced, wrote and starred in Grandma’s Boy.  Latvian-American actress Rutanya Alda, who is 75 today, is known for her roles in films such as The Deer Hunter, Mommie Dearest, and Racing with the MoonJohn Lone, who is turning 65, had major roles in 1980s films like Year of the Dragon and The Last Emperor, and starred with Jeremy Irons in M. ButterflyNell Tiger Free, who played the ill-fated Myrcella Baratheon on Game of Thrones, is 18 today.

We have some sports birthdays not covered in last year’s article.  Baseball Hall of Famer Rube Waddell (1876-1914) was one of the most dominant pitchers in the first decade in the 20th century, leading the major leagues in strikeouts six times.  He often displayed erratic behavior off the field, the subject of much speculation among baseball historians.  The late Raymond Kopa (1931-2017) was a French footballer, one of the greatest playmaking midfielders of his time.  Along with striker Just Fontaine, Kopa led France to a third place finish at the 1958 World Cup.  Cuban track star Javier Sotomayor, who is 50 today, is probably the greatest high jumper of all time.  He is the only man ever to clear eight feet in the event, and is responsible for 17 of the 25 highest jumps of all time.  He won only one Olympic gold medal in the event, because of a Cuban boycott in 1988 and an injury in 1996.  Brian Dawkins is 44 today; he was one of the best defensive backs in the NFL over the last two decades, making nine Pro Bowls at safety for the Eagles and Broncos.  Summer Sanders, who celebrates her 45th, was one of the swimming stars of the 1992 Olympics, winning four medals.  She has gone on to a lengthy career as a sports journalist and television host, and played herself in the movie Jerry Maguire.

Conrad Richter (1890-1968) was a well-known American author of historical fiction, generally set on the American frontier.  The third volume of his trilogy The Awakening Land, titled The Town, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1951.

Lillie Langtry (1853-1929) was a famous English stage actress of the 19th century.  She was known for playing Shakespearean roles like Lady Macbeth and Rosalind in As You Like It, as well as for being an intimate of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII).

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013, later Baroness Thatcher) was the first woman ever to serve as Prime Minister of Great Britain.  Strong-willed and controversial, the “Iron Lady” had the longest tenure of any Prime Minister since the Marquess of Salisbury in the late 19th Century.

One year ago today, Paul Simon and Sacha Baron Cohen were our headliners.

Paul Simon turns 76.  One of his most recent projects was writing and performing the theme song for the web series Horace and Pete, created by Louis C. K.  Sacha Baron Cohen is 46 today.  He has been announced as the star of Mandrake the Magician, which Warner Brothers is developing from the Lee Falk comic strip.

Kelly Preston, who turns 55, will make her first feature film appearance in several years as Victoria Gotti in the upcoming biopic Gotti, starring opposite her husband, John Travolta.  Kate Walsh, seen earlier this year as Olivia Baker on 13 Reasons Why, turns 50 today.  Matt Walsh, who is 53 (and no relation to Kate), continues to be seen on Veep and will be featured in the upcoming A Futile and Stupid Gesture.  R&B singer Ashanti is working on a sixth studio album as she turns 37.  Kiele Sanchez, who is 40, recently completed the third and final season of her regular role on Kingdom.  Retired figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 48.  She appeared on season 24 of Dancing With the Stars, and is being played by Caitlin Carver in I, Tonya, which will be in general release in December after screening at Toronto.

We will also catch up with a few people with October 12 birthdays; last year’s headliners on that date were Hugh Jackman and Luciano Pavarotti.

Hugh Jackman is turning 49 today.  He made his final appearance as that guy with the claws earlier this year in Logan.  He will star as P. T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman, which comes out in December, and as Gary Hart in Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, which began principal photography in September.

David Threlfall, who is 64, will star as King Priam in the miniseries Troy: Fall of a City, a BBC/Netflix co-production.  Lin Shaye is 74; she returns to the role of Elise Reiner for Insidious: The Last Key, the fourth in the horror franchise.  Martie Erwin is 48; she and the rest of the Dixie Chicks recently released a new live album, DCX MMXVI Live.  Screenwriter Jeff Nathanson turns 52.  His latest project is writing Disney’s remake of The Lion KingJosh Hutcherson, who is 25, will appear in two upcoming films, Tragedy Girls and The Long HomeBrian J. Smith continues to star on Sense8; he turns 36 today.  Japanese actor Hiryuki Sanada, who turns 57, has been announced as part of the cast of the as yet untitled sequel to Avengers: Infinity 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 October 13, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I am from a generation which remembers the Osmonds. The Donnie & Marie Show was at least semi-regular viewing in our household in the late seventies—I remember when they did the almost obligatory Star Wars episode in 1977 (it was not as good as the one The Muppet Show did). And I recall that my sister had one or two Donny & Marie albums.

    We talk sometimes about what it means to be an A-lister these days, at a time when the list of stars who can actually fill theaters based on their names is down to virtually no one. Today’s A-list might be better thought of as those performers who are consistently on call for lead roles in major films, whether they are big-budget spectacles or prestige pictures. Using that definition, Hugh Jackman seems to be a pretty clear A-lister.


    • I have pretty clear memories of watching The Donnie and Marie Show. I was very excited about that Star Wars episode, but I don’t remember anything about it.

      I would argue that Jackman is an A-lister. Whether or not that will continue now that he has retired his signature character remains to be seen.


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