December 27: Olivia Cooke and Hayley Williams


We have two newer faces headlining things today, one from film and television, the other in music.

English actress Olivia Cooke, who turns 24 today, began acting in her late teens.  She made her screen debut in 2012 in a pair of BBC miniseries.  Her roles in horror films like Ouija and The Lighthouse Golem might lead people to label her a scream queen, but she has also appeared in indie dramas like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Katie Says Goodbye, and this year she was one of the leads in the well-received Thoroughbreds.  She has some big projects coming up—she will star as Becky Sharp on an ITV/Amazon miniseries adaptation of Vanity Fair, and has a prominent role in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which comes out in March.  Her first big role, however, was starring on A&E’s Bates Motel as Emma Decody.

Alt-rocker Hayley Williams is turning 29 today.  Williams signed a contract with Atlantic at the age of just 14, and persuaded her management to let her form a band, which consisted of several friends from her Franklin, Tennessee high school.  The band, with Williams as lead singer and primary songwriter, was Paramore.  Their first album, All We Know Is Falling, came out in the summer of 2005.  The band has gone through some personnel turnover but has built an audience.  Their fourth album, Paramore, came out in 2013 and reached #1 on the Billboard 200, and included the Top 10 single “Ain’t It Fun,” which won the band their first Grammy, for Best Rock Song.  They released a fifth studio album, After Laughter, earlier this year.

Also celebrating today is Timothée Chalamet, who turns 22.  He began working in feature films just three years ago—one of his first roles was in Interstellar.  Today, he is a Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee for Best Actor for his starring role in Call Me by Your Name; he also had a prominent supporting role in Lady Bird.

Eva LaRue, who turns 51, is known for her multiple stints on All My Children as Dr. Maria Santos, and as Natalie Boa Vista on CSI: MiamiWilson Cruz, who played Rickie Velasquez on My So-Called Life and Angel Dumott Schunard in the original Broadway production of Rent, is 44 today.  Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar, who is 29, has had lead roles in this year’s An Ordinary Man and The Ottoman Lieutenant and will also star in the upcoming Mortal Engines (adapted from Philip Reeves’s novel).  Barbara Crampton, who celebrates her 59th, starred in the cult classic Re-Animator, and has had multiple stints as Leanna Love on The Young and the RestlessMasi Oka, who was an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee as Hiro Nakamura on Heroes, is turning 43.

December 26 birthdays missed in last year’s article include Danielle Cormack, who turned 47, and is best known for starring as Bea Smith on the first four seasons of the Australian prison drama WentworthDavid Lowery, who turned 37, made his directing debut with Ain’t Them Bodies Saints in 2013, and since then has directed the reboot of Pete’s Dragon, this year’s Ghost Story, and the upcoming The Old Man and the Gun.

Henry Miller (1891-1980) was an American novelist who wrote semi-autobiographical novels notable for very frank and detailed descriptions of sexual encounters, which led to many of his books, such as Tropic of Cancer, being banned in the US for two decades or more.

The December 26 headliners a year ago were Kit Harington and Steve Allen.

Kit Harington celebrates his 31st.  He continues to star as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones.  His new film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan will be released next year.  This year he developed and starred on the BBC miniseries Gunpowder, a dramatization of the Gunpowder Plot—Harington plays plot leader Robert Catesby, an ancestor of his.  Earlier this year, Harington and Game of Thrones costar Rose Leslie announced their engagement.

Jared Leto turns 46.  He appeared as Niander Wallace in Blade Runner 2049 and its prequel short, 2036: Nexus Dawn, and stars in the upcoming film The Outsider; he will also return as the Joker for Suicide Squad 2Joshua John Miller, the co-creator of Queen of the South and an executive producer on the series, is 43 today.  Eden Sher, who turns 26, remains a regular on The Middle and starred in the films Step Sisters and The OutcastsBeth Behrs celebrates her 32nd; she finished the final season of 2 Broke Girls earlier this year.  Byron Howard, who turns 49, shared in the Oscar for Best Animated Feature for ZootopiaJohn Walsh, who is 72, hosts the CNN investigative series The Hunt with John Walsh.  New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison, who will play Thomas Curry in the upcoming Aquaman, is 57.

A year ago on this date, Gerard Depardieu and Marlene Dietrich were the headliners.

Gerard Depardieu turns 69 today.  In the past year he has appeared in several features, starring with Catherine Deneuve in Bonne Pomme and with Juliette Binoche in Let the Sunshine In.

Emilie de Ravin, who is 36, has apparently made her final appearance as Belle/Lacey on Once Upon a TimeElizabeth Rodriguez celebrates her 37th.  She remains a regular on Orange is the New Black, and appeared as Gabriela Lopez in Logan earlier this year.  Chloe Bridges, who turns 26, was a regular on VH1’s shortlived Daytime Divas.  Bollywood star Salman Khan, who is 52, received his latest Filmfare Award nomination earlier this year, for Best Actor in SultanSarah Vowell, who will return to voice Violet Parr in The Incredibles 2, is 48 today.  Stage director Marianne Elliott is 51; her latest production was a staging of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America at London’s National Theatre.  Joe Mantello, who is 55, starred as Tom Wingfield in a Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie, and will direct the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women early next year.

Bond Girl Maryam d’Abo turns 57.  She still works periodically but there’s never a bad time to recall her most famous role.

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.


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