Many Happy Returns - November 5, 2014

We have so many Hollywood birthdays

to celebrate today!

Natalie Schafer (1900-1991)

Best known as Lovey Howell on Gilligan’s Island, Schafer appeared in several movies from the 1930s to the 1960s and appeared on many television shows from the 1970s into the 1990s.

Joel McCrea (1905-1990)

The affable all-American actor was best known for his roles in Foreign Correspondent, Sullivan’s Travels, and several westerns, most notably Ride the High Country.

Roy Rogers (1911-1998)

The King of the Cowboys appeared in over 100 films, radio, and television shows, including his very popular Roy Rogers Show. Rogers was married to his Queen of the West, Dale Evans, for 51 years. She’s the one who wrote their famous theme song, “Happy Trails.”

Vivien Leigh (1913-1967)

The beautiful British actress starred in a number of films from the 1930s to the 1960s, but will always be remembered for the two roles which won her Oscars: Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire and Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind.

John McGiver (1913-1975)

The character actor could be seen in several films and television shows from the 1950s to the 1970s, but is best recognized in the classics Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Manchurian Candidate, and Midnight Cowboy.

Ike Turner (1931-2007)

The singer/songwriter/record producer was very influential in the world of rock and roll, but his reputation will always be tarnished by his abusive relationship with ex-wife Tina.

Elke Sommer (1940)

The beautiful German-born actress had just the right look for Hollywood in the 1960s. She is best remembered for the Peter Sellers “Inspector Clouseau” comedy A Shot in the Dark.

Art Garfunkel (1941)

One half of Simon & Garfunkel, the singer/songwriter/sometime actor is a seven-time Grammy Award winner.

Sam Shepard (1943)

The actor and playwright is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child and the nominated True West and Fool for Love. He was nominated for his role in The Right Stuff, the film for which he is best known. 

Gram Parsons (1946-1973)

The singer/songwriter made a huge impact in his short life, working in such bands as The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, and a solo career during which he toured with Emmylou Harris.

Peter Noone (1947)

This British singer/songwriter was the face of the 1960s pop group Herman’s Hermits.

Bryan Adams (1959)

Canadian-born singer/songwriter had several hits in the 1980s and 1990s and is still active in the music industry today.

Andrea McArdle (1963)

McArdle was the original “Annie” on Broadway in 1977. At the age of 14, she was the youngest performer ever nominated for a Tony Award. She continues to do musical theatre to this day.

Tatum O’Neal (1963)

The sometimes troubled actress, daughter of actor Ryan O’Neal and ex-wife of tennis great John McEnroe, was the youngest person to win an Oscar. At the age of 10, the precocious O’Neal won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Paper Moon, in which she co-starred with her father.

Famke Janssen (1964)

The Dutch beauty is best known for her role as a “Bond Girl” in Golden Eye and the X-Men franchise.

Sam Rockwell (1968)

The quirky actor who often takes roles in independent films has been acting since he was a child. He is best known for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Iron Man 2.