Famous & Infamous Births & Deaths 20th February

Our posting today begins with person who coined the term psychiatry – Johann Christian Reil, didn’t need therapy over being born in 1759. Founder of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Benjamin Waugh managed to be born without hurting himself in 1839. Actor known for being Lucille Ball’s sidekick, Charles Thomas Aldwick Jr., or just Gale Gordon, found he got his big break in 1906. Social queen and fashion designer from the Big Apple, Gloria Kaura Vanderbilt cut her way through in 1924. First African/American actor to lift an Academy Award, Sidney Poitier found the pressure point in 1927. Actress Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney, who now goes by the name Marg Dusay, saw the guiding light in 1936. Disc jockey who found both Dire Straits and Ian Dury, not forgetting knowing pretty much everything about music, Charles Thomas ‘Charlie’ Gillett spun into action back in 1942. Esteemed film director Mike Leigh was living with the grown ups from 1943. Keeping with the Mike Leigh theme, stage/screen actress who’s worked with him – Brenda (Anne) Blethyn hasn’t had any secrets or lies about being born in 1946. Also born that year, John Warren Geils Jr., (the one with the band named after him), wasn’t a centrefold baby. Social climber Ivana Marie Zelníčková who was once married to belligerent US President D. Trump, fell down in 1949. Useless Prime Minister of Great Britain for three years, James Gordon Brown had higher approval ratings with his family in 1951. Actor who starred in some dull series about Vampire slaying or something, but redeemed himself by also being in Little Britain, Anthony Stewart Head wasn’t quite a silent witness to his birth in 1954. Ex-wife to Sir Trev and actress in her own right, Imogen Stubbs wondered so what now? after her birth in 1961. Lead singer with indie group The Stone Roses, Ian George Brown was so young in 1963. Cynthia Ann ‘Cindy’ Crawford – supermodel and ex-Mrs R. Gere, with the mole above her upper lip, will have to take an even deeper breath in to blow out the 51 candles on her cake. Grunge rocker Kurt Kobain was out utero in 1967. Daughter of Marlon Brando, Tarita Cheyenne Brando was pretty much disowned by him from 1970. Singer with the Backstreet Boys, Brian Thomas Littrell has been larger than life since 1975. Fellow singer, this one with one hit under her belt as part of t.A.T.u – Yulia Olegovna Volkva didn’t have the sparks flying during birth in 1985. Yet another singer, this one from Barbados, Robyn Rihanna Fenty has been unapologetic about being born in 1988.

The deaths paragraph begins with Pope Martin V who started billowing black smoke in 1431. Phillip William, Prince of Orange and eldest son of William the Silent was also pretty quiet from 1618. Astronomer Tobias Mayer must have worked out from the stars his time was up in 1762. Grandfather to Boutros Boutros Ghali, Egyptian Prime Minister Boutros Ghali put his fez down in 1910. American explorer who claimed to have reached the geographical North Pole, Robert Edwin Peary Sr., really felt the cold in 1920. Dead Norwegian of the day, composer David Monrad Johansen managed to conduct his demise in 1974. 1985 saw Clarence Charles ‘Ducky’ Nash, voice actor for Donald Duck and Tom in Tom & Jerry rather ironically lose his voice, and life. Actor from Bewitched (the television show, not second rate short lived girl group), Richard Allen ‘Dick’ York, hasn’t suffered from insomnia from 1992. Ferruccio Elio Arturo Lamborghini founder of overpriced performance car manufacturer bearing his name, found himself even closer to the ground in 1993. Gonzo journalist and writer, Hunter Stockton Thompson didn’t have a fear or loathing of death in 2005. Actress known for being Dame Edna Everidge’s silent bridesmaid Madge Allsop, Patricia Emily Perry slipped away quietly in 2008. Finally, Indian actress star of more than 1,500 films and 6,000 dramas, Sennalkudi Narayana Thevar Lakshmi who took that down to S N Lakshmi has given her agent an easy time since 2012.

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