THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS
Kirk Douglas, Oscar-winning actor, is 96. Joan Armatrading, singer, is 62. Donny Osmond, singer, is 55. Allison Smith, West Wing actress, is 43. Jesse Metcalfe, actor in Desperate Housewives, is 34. John Malkovich, actor, is 59. Dame Judi Dench, acclaimed English actress, is 78. Felicity Huffman, actress in Desperate Housewives, is 50. Tre Cool, drummer of Green Day, is 40. Jakob Dylan, singer with The Wallflowers and son of Bob, is 43.
Meg White, of rock band The White Stripes, is 38. Kenneth Branagh, Belfast-born actor and director, is 52. J Mascis, singer-guitarist of Dinosaur Jr, is 47. Clive Anderson, comedian and talk show host, is 60. Fionnula Flanagan, Dublin-born actress, is 71.
David Gates, singer in Bread, is 72. Brenda Lee, singer, is 68. Jermaine Jackson, Jackson 5 bassist, reality TV star and brother of Michael, is 58. Chris Hughton, former Ireland and Spurs footballer, now manager of Norwich City, is 54. Noel Lane, former Galway hurler, is 58. McCoy Tyner, jazz pianist, is 74. Nikki Sixx, bassist of Motley Crue, is 54.
Taylor Swift, pop star, is 23. Jamie Foxx, actor, comedian, and singer, is 45. Steve Buscemi, actor and director, is 55. Anouska Hempel, actress and dress designer, is 71. Christopher Plummer, actor, is 83. John Francome, champion jump jockey, is 60. Peter Stringer, Munster and Ireland rugby player, is 35.
Jane Birkin, actress, is 66. Barbara Leigh-Hunt, British actress, is 77. Patty Duke, American actress, is 66. Beth Orton, singer, is 42. Michael Owen, footballer now playing for Stoke City, is 33. Philip Orr, ex-Irish rugby player, is 62. Chris Waddle, English footballer who missed crucial penalty in the 1990 World Cup semi-final, is 52. Peter 'Spider' Stacy, tin whistle player in The Pogues, is 54. Vanessa Hudgens, actress in High School Musical, is 24. Mike Scott, singer-songwriter of The Waterboys, is 54.
Stuart Townsend, Irish actor, is 40. Edna O'Brien, novelist, is 82. Don Johnson, actor who starred in Miami Vice, is 63. Cindy Birdsong, singer with The Supremes, is 73. Dave Clark, drummer and bandleader of The Dave Clark Five, is 70. Frankie Dettori, flamboyant jockey, is 42. Paul Simonon, former Clash bassist and Greenpeace activist, is 57.