Tuesday, December 28, 2010

birthdays: december 27 & december 28

Marlene Dietrich, (1901-1992), her husky voice and mysterious sexuality made this German actress a sizzling screen presence in the '20s and '30s, and though she only managed one Oscar nod (weird, huh?) for Morocco in 1930, she's an iconic figure in the movie industry thanks to her roles in The Blue Angel, Blonde Venus, Witness for the Prosecution, and Touch of Evil
Emilie de Ravin, 29, this Australian beauty hit it big stateside thanks to a part as the pregnant nice girl in a little show called Lost, and her other major roles include a regular role in the sci-fi series Roswell, a starring role in the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, and a small part in the criminal drama Public Enemies
Heather O'Rourke, (1975-1988), though her infamous death from an incorrect diagnosis and prescription that caused her cardiac arrest cast a dark shadow on her short career, she'll always be remembered as the spritely blonde daughter in the Poltergeist movies, who utters the iconic line "They're heeeeere!"
Gerard Depardieu, 62, probably one of the most well-known French actors of the 20th Century, he gained American attention in his Oscar-nominated title role in the 1990 incarnation of Cyrano de Bergerac and for a Golden Globe-nominated turn in the 1994 comedy Green Card; in addition he's famous for his parts in Jean de Florette and 1492: Conquest of Paradise
Charmian Carr, 68, she's instantly recognizable as upstart eldest daughter Liesl in The Sound of Music, and, much like the rest of the von Trapp kids, her acting career ended just as quickly as it began; she retired from the film industry to become an interior designer
Aaron Stanford, 34, though his role as the bad-boy Pyro in the blockbuster X-Men franchise would probably be his most recognized role to mainstream audiences, his debut performance as a young seductor to Bebe Neuwirth in Tadpole gained him critical acclaim
Sydney Greenstreet, (1879-1954), he had some rather notable roles in some rather notable films, including his debut film performance at age 62 in the 1941 noir The Maltese Falcon (for which he was nominated for an Oscar), the 1945 holiday flick Christmas in Connecticut, and, of course, his role as Signor Ferrari in Casablanca

Maggie Smith, 76, one of Britain's best actresses (at least from this guy's camp), she's been nominated for six Oscars and won twice - no small feat; though her roles in The V.I.P.s and Othello garnered her attention (and an Oscar nod for the latter), it was her title role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie that wowed critics enough to win her her first Academy Award (and rightly so - she's incredible); since, she's added supporting characters to hit films such as The First Wives Club, the Sister Act movies, and the Harry Potter series
Denzel Washington, 56, another double Oscar winner, he fast became one of the most successful African American actors working, thanks to parts in Cry Freedom, Glory, Malcolm X, Philadelphia, The Preacher's Wife, The Hurricane, Remember the Titans, Training Day, and American Gangster; and there was his role as heartthrob Dr. Philip Chandler in TV's St. Elsewhere
Nichelle Nichols, 78, 1960s icon thanks to a part in the original Star Trek series (and many of its subsequent big-screen incarnations) as Lieutenant Uhura aboard the Starship Enterprise, she famously shared the first on-screen kiss on American television between a black woman and white man with William Shatner on Star Trek
Noomi Rapace, 31, Swedish actress whose first major crossover to international fame came with the high-profile big-screen adaptations of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy (i.e. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), her upcoming efforts include roles in the Sherlock Holmes sequel and a prequel to the Alien movies
Stan Lee, 88, basically the godfather of superhero comics (at least in my world) and nerd icon, he created Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Avengers, The Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor; most recently he's probably the only octogenarian entertaining young people via his frequent tweets
Seth Meyers, 37, he gained fame when he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2001, a show for which he would later succeed Tina Fey as head writer, and his limited film credits include Journey to the Center of the Earth and Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist
Joe Manganiello, 34, though his current gig is as frequently shirtless werewolf Alcide in HBO's True Blood, his earlier work includes a part as a meathead bully in Spider-Man, a recurring role as a police officer on ER, and another recurring role as Marshall's law school buddy Brad on How I Met Your Mother
Madison De La Garza, 9, she's well-known to ABC viewers as the sassy eldest daughter of Gabrielle Solis, Juanita, on the last three seasons of Desperate Housewives; (hopefully) more to come later in her filmography

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