this week's BIRTHDAYS
Robert Ballagh, painter, 76. Andrea Bocelli, classical tenor, 61. Ed Joyce, Irish cricketer, 41. Billie Piper, actress, 37. Nick Cave, Australian singer-songwriter, 62. Joan Jett, rock singer, 61. Andy Cairns, Northern Irish singer/guitarist with Therapy?, 54. Tom Felton, Draco in Harry Potter, 32.
MONDAY, SEPT 23
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Thomas Kilroy, Kilkenny-born playwright, 85. Bruce Springsteen, singer, 70. Julio Iglesias, crooner, 76. Jason Alexander, George Costanza in Seinfeld, 60. Dessie Ellis, Sinn Fein TD, 66. Nicholas Witchell, BBC TV royal correspondent, 66. Eric Bogle, singer-songwriter, 75.
TUESDAY, SEPT 24
Marco Tardelli, former Ireland assistant manager, 65. Gerry Marsden, 1960s pop singer, 77. Jack Dee, comedian, 58. Brian Glanville, football writer and novelist, 88. Liam Finn, musician, 36.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 25
Catherine Zeta-Jones and husband Michael Douglas, will be 50 and 75 respectively. Will Smith, actor, 51. Felicity Kendal, actress, 73. Declan Donnelly, of Ant and Dec, 44. Ronnie Whelan, ex-Ireland and Liverpool midfielder, 58. Heather Locklear, actress, 58. Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, 68. Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dublin-born actress/singer, 55. Tim Severin, explorer, 79. Jessie Wallace, Kat Slater in EastEnders, 48.
THURSDAY, SEPT 26
Dolores Keane, singer, 66. Finbar Wright, tenor, 62. Ciaran Clark, Newcastle Utd and Ireland centre-half, 30. Olivia Newton-John, actress and singer, 71. Bryan Ferry, singer, 74. Anne Robinson, former Weakest Link presenter, 75. Serena Williams, tennis player, 38. Ricky Tomlinson, Jim Royle in The Royle Family, 80. Melissa Sue Anderson, Mary in Little House on the Prairie, 57. Barry Egan, Sunday Independent chief features writer, 52. Tracey Thorn, singer with Everything But The Girl, 57.
FRIDAY, SEPT 27
George Lee, TV presenter, 57. Joe Dowling, theatre director, 71. Avril Lavigne, pop singer, 35. Meat Loaf aka Michael Aday, singer, 72. Brian Mullins, former Dublin Gaelic football star, 65. Irvine Welsh, author, 61. Gwyneth Paltrow, actress, 47. Michele Dotrice, Betty in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, 71. Barbara Dickson, Scottish singer, 72.
SATURDAY, SEPT 28
Finbar Furey, musician, 73. Brian Keenan, writer who was held hostage in Beirut for four years, 69. Brigitte Bardot, French sex symbol of the 1960s, 85. Hilary Duff, actress, 32. Jon Snow, news presenter, 72. Naomi Watts, actress, 51. Dita von Teese, model/burlesque dancer, 47. Mika Hakkinen, former F1 champion, 51. Helen Shapiro, 1960s pop singer, 73. Michael Scott, novelist, 60.
TODAY, sept 22