April 7th – Garner, Holiday, Coppola, Crowe and Chan

by Milos Itic on April 7, 2011

10 people born on this day (April 7th):

  1. James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor, one of the first Hollywood actors to excel in both media. He has starred in several television series spanning a career of more than five decades. These included his roles as Bret Maverick, in the popular 1950s western-comedy series, Maverick; Jim Rockford, in the popular 1970s detective drama, The Rockford Files; and the father of Katey Sagal’s character on 8 Simple Rules following the death of John Ritter. He has starred in dozens of movies, including The Great Escape, Paddy Chayefsky’s The Americanization of Emily (1964). Blake Edwards’ Victor Victoria (1982) and Murphy’s Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination
  2. Billie Holiday (1915) – American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo
  3. Francis Ford Coppola (1939) – American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is widely acclaimed as one of Hollywood’s most influential film directors. One of America’s most celebrated filmmakers, he epitomized the group of filmmakers known as the New Hollywood, which included George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, Woody Allen and William Friedkin, who emerged in the early 1970s with unconventional ideas that challenged contemporary filmmaking
  4. Russell Ira Crowe (1964) – New Zealand-born Australian actor and musician
  5. Jackie Chan (1954) – Hong Kong actor, action choreographer, filmmaker, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer
  6. John William Oates (1949) – American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, musician, songwriter and producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo Hall & Oates (with founder/lead vocalist/occasional instrumentalist Daryl Hall)
  7. Sir David Paradine Frost (1939) – British journalist, comedian, writer and media personality, best known for his serious interviews with various political figures, the most notable being Richard Nixon. Since 2006, he has hosted the weekly programme Frost Over the World on Al Jazeera English. He was portrayed by actor Michael Sheen opposite Frank Langella’s Richard Nixon in the 2006 Peter Morgan stage play Frost/Nixon, and in Ron Howard’s subsequent 2008 film adaptation
  8. François Marie Charles Fourier (1772) – French utopian socialist and philosopher
  9. William Wordsworth (1770) – Major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads
  10. Gabriela Mistral (1889) – Pseudonym of Lucila de María del Perpetuo Socorro Godoy Alcayaga, a Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist who was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945. Some central themes in her poems are nature, betrayal, love, a mother’s love, sorrow and recovery, travel, and Latin American identity as formed from a mixture of Native American and European influences. Gabriela Mistral was of Basque and Amerindian descent

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