#532 John Lithgow / Divine / Jeannie C. Riley – 19 October 1945

John Lithgow

John Arthur Lithgow (born October 19, 1945) is an American actor, musician, and author. He appeared in the films The World According to Garp (1982) and Terms of Endearment (1983), receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for each. Lithgow is known for his roles as the Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose, Dick Solomon on the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, the voice of Lord Farquaad in Shrek, and the Trinity Killer on Showtime’s Dexter, for which he won Golden Globe and Emmy awards. On the stage, he appeared in the musical adaptation of Sweet Smell of Success, winning the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He again appeared in a musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, again receiving a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.


Divine (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988), born Harris Glenn Milstead, was an American actor, singer and drag queen. Divine often performed female roles in both cinema and theater and also appeared in women’s clothing in musical performances. Even so, he considered himself to be a character actor and performed male roles in a number of his later films. He was often associated with independent filmmaker John Waters and starred in ten of Waters’s films, usually in a leading role.

Jeannie C. Riley

Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson, October 19, 1945) is an American country music and gospel singer. She is best known for her 1968 country and pop hit “Harper Valley PTA” which missed by one week becoming the Billboard Country and Pop number one hit at the same time.


Also born on this day:
Gloria Jones is an American singer and songwriter from Los Angeles
Raimo Vistbacka is a Finnish politician
Stanisław Grędziński is a retired Polish sprinter
Ilija Stanić was an agent of UDBA Yugoslav secret police
Sharon Redd was an American singer from New York
Dick DeBartolo is an American writer.
Al Gallagher is a retired professional baseball player
Justin McCarthy is an American demographer and professor of history at the University of Louisville
Patricia Ireland is a U.S. administrator and feminist .
Angus Deaton  is a leading microeconomist
Al Doty is a Minnesota politician
Vo Hong Phuc is the Minister of Planning and Investment in Vietnam
Gary Taylor  is a former baseball pitcher

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