This week’s Folksy Friday has been curated by Connie Yates from Konnie Kapow.
I have dedicated hours and hours of my life to researching Famous Birthdays for my And you thought you were special birthday cards and so like to dedicate each Friday on my own blog to silly and often tenuous links between birthday boys and girls (living or dead) with folksy items!
Today I have the honour of curating Folksy’s own Folksy Friday blog post (cor!) so today’s famous birthdays are:
1. Stevie Wonder, 61 today
Mr Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins) who’s hits include Superstition, I Just called to say I love you and Sir Duke was recently listed 5th in Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists.
2. Daphne Du Maurier, 1907-1989
Dame Daphne (as if you didn’t know) was an English author and playwright most famous for her masterpiece Rebecca. She also wrote the short stories behind Hitchcock movies Jamaica Inn and The Birds.
3. Harvey Keitel, 72 today
Something of a fox in my opinion, Mr Keitel is most famous for playing cops in movies. He was a nice one in Thelma and Louise, a not so nice one in Bad Lieutenant and is now starring in the U.S. version of Life on Mars.
4. Buckethead, 42 today
Real name Brian Carroll, Buckethead is a guitar virtuoso noted for his work with Guns ‘N’ Roses, Bootsy Collins and Iggy Pop. As part of his on stage persona he wears a KFC bucket on his head with a bumper sticker on it which reads ‘funeral.’
5. Mary Wells, 1943-1992
Mary Wells was The Queen of Motown and one of their first ever singing superstars. Her biggest hit was ‘My Guy’ which was ‘covered’ by Whoopi Goldberg singing ‘My God’ in Sister Act also starring none other than Harvey Keitel who played a gangster and not a cop. Bang goes my theory!
…no muscle bound man could take my hand from my guy!
6. Robert Pattinson, 25 today
Behave yourselves Fang Bangers!
For those of you who live on Saturn, Robert Pattinson is an actor best known for playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and vampire Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga. He is also currently frequenting the bus stop outside my house with Reese Witherspoon and an elephant?
Incidentally, and sticking with the Vampire theme, it’s also screenwriter Alan Ball’s birthday (54 today) He’s the creator, writer and producer of the HBO drama series Six Feet Under and True Blood. Whaddaya know eh?
Other notable famous birthdays include actress Samantha Morton, rock and roll legend Richie Valens, Alison Goldfrapp, basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman, Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert and Sullivan, Johnny “Mr Eurovision” Logan, Richard Madeley and Danny Kirwan of Fleetwood Mac.
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