Friday 19 December 2014

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS

TODAY

Jenson Button, British F1 driver, is 34. Dolly Parton, country singer, is 68. Steve Staunton, former Republic of Ireland 'gaffer', is 45. Stefan Edberg, former world champ tennis player, is 48. Drea de Matteo, actress who played Adriana in The Sopranos, is 42. Tippi Hedren, star of Hitchcock's The Birds, is 84.

MONDAY

Gary Barlow, singer with boyband Take That, is 43. David Lynch, film director who made Blue Velvet, is 68. Bill Maher, US comedian, is 58. Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon, is 84. Will Young, singer who won the first Pop Idol, is 35. Heather Small, singer with M People and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, is 49.

TUESDAY

Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland and Leinster rugby legend, is 35. Emma Bunton, 'Baby Spice' of The Spice Girls, is 38. Geena Davis, star of Thelma and Louise, is 58. Billy Ocean, singer, is 64. Phil Neville, former Man Utd/Everton/England footballer, is 37. Placido Domingo, acclaimed Spanish operatic tenor, is 73. Jack Nicklaus, all-time golfing great, is 74. Jeff Koons, controversial artist of the banal, is 59. Cat Power, singer, is 42.

WEDNESDAY

John Hurt, who starred in The Field, is 74. Geoff Old, former New Zealand rugby international, is 58. Linda Blair, actress famous for The Exorcist, is 55. Stan Collymore, controversial former footballer, is 43. Nigel Benn, former boxer, is 50. Steve Perry, singer with Journey, is 65. Jim Jarmusch, filmmaker, is 61. Shane Long, Republic of Ireland footballer, is 27.

THURSDAY

Princess Caroline of Monaco is 57. Jeanne Moreau, French actress, is 86. Sonny Chiba, Kung-Fu movie legend, is 75. Rutger Hauer, Dutch actor, is 70. Anita Baker, singer, is 56. Richard Dean Anderson, who starred in 80s TV series MacGyver, 64. Ewen Bremner, actor who played 'Spud' in Trainspotting, is 42. Jack Reynor, who starred in What Richard Did, is 22.

FRIDAY

Neil Diamond, singer-songwriter, is 73. Vic Reeves, English comedian, is 55. Jools Holland, TV presenter and musician, is 56. Mischa Barton, actress, is 28. Nastassja Kinski, actress, is 53. Jimeoin, Ulster comedian, is 48. Luis Suarez, prolific Liverpool and Uruguay striker, is 27.

SATURDAY

Alicia Keys, pop singer, is 33. John Cooper Clarke, Mancunian 'punk poet', is 65. Liam Currams, former Offaly GAA star, is 53.

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