May 6th – Freud, Welles, Clooney and Valentino

by Milos Itic on May 6, 2011

10 people born on this day (May 6th):

  1. Sigmund Freud (1856) – Austrian neurologist who founded the discipline of psychoanalysis. Freud is best known for his theories of the unconscious mind and the mechanism of repression, and for creating the clinical method of psychoanalysis for investigating the mind and treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient (or “analysand”) and a psychoanalyst. Freud established sexual drives as the primary motivational forces of human life, developed therapeutic techniques such as the use of free association, discovered the phenomenon of transference in the therapeutic relationship and established its central role in the analytic process; he interpreted dreams as sources of insight into unconscious desires. He was an early neurological researcher into cerebral palsy, aphasia and microscopic neuroanatomy, and a prolific essayist, drawing on psychoanalysis to contribute to the history, interpretation and critique of culture
  2. George Orson Welles (1915) – Best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood. His distinctive directorial style featured layered, nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unique camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. Welles’s long career in film is noted for his struggle for artistic control in the face of pressure from studios. Many of his films were heavily edited and others left unreleased. He has been praised as a major creative force and as “the ultimate auteur.”
  3. George Timothy Clooney (1961) – American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. For his work as an actor, he has received two Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award. Clooney is also noted for his social activism and has served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since January 31, 2008
  4. Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux (1868) – French journalist and author of detective fiction
  5. Robert Edwin Peary, Sr. (1856) – American explorer who claimed to have been the first person, on April 6, 1909, to reach the geographic North Pole. Peary’s claim was widely credited for most of the 20th century, though it was criticized even in its own day and is today widely doubted
  6. Rudolph Valentino (1895) – Italian actor, and early pop icon. A sex symbol of the 1920s, Valentino was known as the “Latin Lover”
  7. Stewart Granger (1913) – Born James Lablache Stewart, was a British film actor, mainly associated with heroic and romantic leading roles. He was a popular leading man from the 1940s to the 1960s
  8. Robert Clarke Seger (1945) – American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist
  9. John Conant Flansburgh (1960) – American musician. He is half of the longstanding Brooklyn, New York-based alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants, for which he writes, sings and plays rhythm guitar. He is left-handed
  10. Christopher Aubrey “Chris” Shiflett (1971) – Best known as the lead guitarist for the rock band Foo Fighters. He is the younger brother of musician Scott Shiflett

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