Four-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar turns 65 today. She dropped out of college to get married, worked for a short time as a bank teller, and then quit to take a job as a singing waitress at a night club. She worked as a club singer for much of the 1970s, in the Richmond, VA, area and then New York, before being signed to a recording contract in 1978. Her first album, In the Heat of the Night, came out a year later, but it was her second album, Crime of Passion, that established her as a star—it included her first top 10 hit and won her her first Grammy.
Director and writer Walter Hill is turning 75 today. Hill began working in film in the late 1960s, serving as a second AD on The Thomas Crown Affair and Woody Allen’s Take the Money and Run. He began to find work as a writer in the early seventies, notably on The Getaway and The Mackintosh Man. His first film as a director was the boxing movie Hard Times, but it was his second directing effort, the 1978 crime film The Driver, that began to put him on the map.