December 18: Happy Birthday Christina Aguilera and Katie Holmes
Pop star Christina Aguilera is turning 37. She won a talent show at the age of 8, and in 1990 appeared on Star Search, and she was known for singing the national anthem at Pittsburgh area sports events, such as Steelers or Pirates games. In 1993 she joined the cast of the early 1990s version of The Mickey Mouse Club, where her costars included past headliners Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell and Britney Spears. Her first big success as a singer came when she made a recording of “Reflection,” the theme for Disney’s Mulan, which reached #19 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Aguilera released her self-titled debut album in 1999. Christina Aguilera included three singles that became #1 hits, and also helped bring her a Grammy, her first of five, for Best New Artist, in 2000.
Aguilera has released six additional studio albums, with another reportedly in the making. She has won four additional Grammys, and had at least a dozen top 20 singles. Next year she will make another attempt at getting a film career going, appearing in Drake Doremus’s Zoe.
Katie Holmes is celebrating her 39th today. She began modeling in high school, took part in an International Modeling and Talent Association competition, and would up being cast in a supporting role in Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm. Subsequent to that she auditioned for several television producers, ending up with her first starring role, as Joey Potter on Dawson’s Creek.
During and immediately after Dawson’s Creek’s run, Holmes made a number of feature film appearances. She made a venture, almost obligatory for young performers of her generation, into high school horror with Disturbing Behavior, and also made straight thrillers like Abandon and Phone Booth. Her venture into big budget action, as Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins, did not impress critics, but she got some favorable notices for her work in the indie film Pieces of April.
Starting around 2005, Holmes’ career seemed almost swallowed up, for several years, by the hoopla surrounding her marriage to Tom Cruise. More recently, she has been keeping busy, but out of the spotlight. She played Jackie Kennedy on a pair of TV miniseries, and has done indie films such as Miss Meadows and Touched with Fire. Her directing debut, in last year’s All We Had, received mixed reviews, and earlier this year she had a supporting role in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky.
Australian singer-songwriter Sia Furla, often billed simply as Sia, is 42 today. She is a nine-time Grammy nominee, including receiving Record of the Year and Song of the Year nominations for her 2014 single “Chandelier.” Italian actress Claudia Gerini, who turns 46, is a five-time Donatello Award nominee and might be known to American viewers for her roles in films like Under the Tuscan Sun, The Passion of the Christ, or John Wick: Chapter 2.
Character actor Ossie Davis (1917-2005) had a long stage and screen career; many may remember his roles in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever.
Our December 18 headliners last year were a couple of moderately famous people named Steven Spielberg and Brad Pitt.
Steven Spielberg is turning 71. His latest directing effort, The Post, had a premiere last week and goes into limited release this Friday; early reviews have been positive. He is also directing the upcoming Ready Player One, a cyperpunk sci-fi film which comes out next March, while rumors about a fifth Indiana Jones film abound. Brad Pitt, who turns 54, has remained active as an actor and a producer. He starred in this year’s War Machine, and has producing credits on a number of other films, including Okja and Brad’s Status.
Ray Liotta, who continues as a regular on Shades of Blue, turns 63 today. Rachel Griffiths, who is 49, starred on the ABC miniseries When We Rise. Also 49 is Casper Van Dien, who starred in the action comedy All About the Money. Cicely Tyson, still working at 93, had a supporting role in Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying. Josh Dallas, who turns 39, has left the role of Prince Charming on Once Upon a Time after six seasons. Ashley Benson, who is celebrating her 28th, has wrapped the final season of Pretty Little Liars. Kari Byron, who currently hosts Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, is turning 43. Bridgit Mendler, who turns 25, released her EP Nemesis last fall.
Keith Richards, who is celebrating his 74th, remains active with the Rolling Stones, who just recently completed their No Filter Tour; the Stones’ latest album, Blue & Lonesome, is up for a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Roger Smith (1932-2017), known for his starring role on 77 Sunset Strip and his long marriage to Ann-Margret, died earlier this year at 84.
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 December 18, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Brad Pitt, Christina Aguilera, Cicely Tyson, Katie Holmes, Keith Richards, Ossie Davis, Sia Furla, Steven Spielberg. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.