Category Archives: Arts

#611 Ralph Steadman / Wavy Gravy – 15 May 1936

Ralph Steadman Ralph Steadman (born 15 May 1936) is a British cartoonist renowned for his political and social caricatures, cartoons and picture books. Best known for his work with American author Hunter S. Thompson. He designed a set of four British postage stamps to commemorate the appearance … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

#597 Laurence Olivier / Hergé – 22 May 1907

Laurence Olivier Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was a British actor, director, and producer. One of the most famous and revered actors of the 20th century, he was the youngest actor to be knighted as a Knight Bachelor and the first to be … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Cinema, Theatre, TV | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

#593 J.D. Salinger / Rocky Graziano / Carole Landis – 1 January 1919

J. D. Salinger Jerome David Salinger (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American writer. His most notable work is the 1951 novel Catcher In The Rye. Rocky Graziano Thomas Rocco Barbella (January 1, 1919 – May 22, 1990), better known as Rocky … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Cinema, Sport | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

#572 Veronica Guerin / Bill Watterson – 05 July 1958

Veronica Guerin Veronica Guerin (5 July 1958 – 26 June 1996) was an Irish crime reporter who was murdered on 26 June 1996 by drug lords, an event which helped establish the Criminal Assets Bureau. Guerin received the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists in December … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Journalism | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

#570 David Prowse / Billy Graham – 01 July 1935

David Prowse David Prowse, MBE (born 1 July 1935) is an English former bodybuilder, weightlifter and actor, most widely known for playing the role of Darth Vader in physical form. In Britain, he is also remembered as having played the Green Cross Codeman. Prowse is a native of Bristol, where … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

#561 Tamara de Lempicka / Leon D. Cuddeback – 16 May 1898

Tamara de Lempicka Tamara de Lempicka (Łempicka) (16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980), born Maria Górska in Warsaw, Poland, was a Polish Art Deco painter and “the first woman artist to be a glamour star”.   Young Lady with Gloves, 1930 Leon D. Cuddeback Leon Dewey Cuddeback (May 16, 1898 … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Aviation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

#523 Lewis Carroll / Arthur Hughes – 27 January 1832

Lewis Carroll Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems “The Hunting … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Literature | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

#518 Graham Chapman / Boris Vallejo – 08 January 1941

Graham Chapman Graham Arthur Chapman (8 January 1941 – 4 October 1989) was a British comedian, physician, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the Monty Python comedy troupe. Boris Vallejo Boris Vallejo (born January 8, 1941) is a Peruvian-born American painter. He immigrated to … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Cinema, Comedy, TV | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

#463 Seamus Heaney / Paul Sorvino – 13 April 1939

Seamus Heaney Seamus Heaney (born 13 April 1939) is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer. He lives in Dublin. Regarded as an elder statesman of poetry, Heaney has received the T. S. Eliot Prize (2006) and the Nobel Prize in … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Cinema, Literature, TV | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

#448 Carol Vorderman / Glenn McQueen – 24 December 1960

Carol Vorderman Carol Jean Vorderman MBE (born 24 December 1960) is a British media personality, best known for co-hosting the popular game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 to 2008. She also had a long stint presenting on CITV’s facts and science show How … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Cinema, Science, TV | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

#445 Kurt Waldheim / Frank Hampson – 21 December 1918

Kurt Waldheim Kurt Josef Waldheim (21 December 1918 – 14 June 2007) was an Austrian diplomat and politician. Waldheim was the fourth Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1972 to 1981, and the ninth President of Austria, from 1986 to 1992. While running for President … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

#426 Stan Boardman / Walter Kershaw – 07 December 1940

Stan Boardman Stan Boardman (born 7 December 1940) is an English comedian. He came to fame in the 1970s, breaking into television on Opportunity Knocks and The Comedians. Walter Kershaw Walter Kershaw, born 7 December 1940, Rochdale, is an artist in oils and watercolours … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Comedy | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

#409 Terry Gilliam / Roy Thomas – 22 November 1940

Terry Gilliam Terrence Vance “Terry” Gilliam (born 22 November 1940) is a screenwriter, film director, animator, actor and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. Gilliam is also known for directing several films, including Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Cinema, Comedy | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

#353 Basil D’Oliveira CBE / Sir Terence Conran – 04 October 1931

Basil D’Oliveira Basil Lewis D’Oliveira CBE (born 4 October 1931) is a retired cricketer. Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, he was classified as ‘coloured’ under the apartheid regime, and hence barred from first-class cricket.  He emigrated to England in 1960. He joined the … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Business, Sport | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

#330 Goran Ivaniševic / Stella McCartney – 13 September 1971

Goran Ivanišević Goran Ivanišević (born 13 September 1971) is a Croatian professional tennis player. He is best remembered for being the only person to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard. He achieved this in 2001, having previously been runner-up at … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Sport | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

#314 Robert Crumb / Jean-Claude Killy – 30 August 1943

Robert Crumb Robert Dennis Crumb (born August 30, 1943)—known as Robert Crumb and R. Crumb—is an American artist, illustrator, and musician recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. Crumb was a founder of … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Sport | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

#280 Andy Warhol / Vince Powell / Sarah Lawson – 06 August 1928

Andy Warhol Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987), known as Andy Warhol, was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Cinema, TV | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

#259 Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) / Garry Trudeau – 21 July 1948

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948 in Marylebone, London, England), originally and commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is an English musician. He is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, philanthropist, and prominent convert to Islam. His early 1970s record albums Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Journalism, Music | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

#147 Darcey Bussell / Mica Paris / Tess Daly– 27 April 1969

Darcey Bussell Darcey Andrea Bussell CBE (born 27 April 1969) is a retired English ballerina who was previously a Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet. In 2012 Bussell joined the judging panel of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. She is widely considered to … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Dance, Music | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

#137 Harold Lloyd / Joan Miró – 20 April 1893

Harold Lloyd Harold Clayton Lloyd, Sr. (April 20, 1893 – March 8, 1971) was an American film actor and producer, most famous for his silent comedies.Harold Lloyd ranks alongside Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as one of the most popular and influential film comedians of … Continue reading

Posted in Arts, Cinema | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment