this week's BIRTHDAYS
Frederick Forsyth, author, 81. Martin Amis, novelist, 70. Elvis Costello, musician, 65. Sean Connery, actor, 89. Tim Burton, movie director, 61. Claudia Schiffer, supermodel, 49. Anne Harris, former Sunday Independent editor, 72. Gene Simmons, Kiss frontman, 70. Matt Aitken, songwriter of Stock, Aitken, Waterman, 63. Alexandra Burke, singer, 31. Joanne Whalley, actress, 58. Blake Lively, actress, 32. Billy Ray Cyrus, singer, 58.
MONDAY, AUGUST 26
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Dick Hooper, three-time winner of Dublin marathon, 63. Macaulay Culkin, actor, 39. Melissa McCarthy, comedienne, 49. Chris Pine, Star Trek actor, 39. Jet Black, Stranglers drummer, 81. Eoghan Clifford, Irish Paralympic cyclist, 39. Amanda Schull, actress, 41.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
Philip Lane, ECB chief economist, 50. Bernhard Langer, golfer, 62. Tuesday Weld, actress, 76. Glen Matlock, original Sex Pistols bassist, 63. Jeff Kenna, former Ireland right-back, 49. Dietmar Hamann, RTE football pundit, 46.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
Derry Clarke, celebrity chef, 62. Lorcan Cranitch, actor, 60. Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine, 33. Shania Twain, singer, 54. LeAnn Rimes, singer, 37. David Soul, actor/singer star of Starsky & Hutch, 76. Wayne Osmond, of Osmond Brothers, 68. Barry Cowen TD, 52. Jack Black, actor and musician, 50.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
Dick Spring, former Labour Party leader, 69. Chris Hadfield, astronaut who played tin whistle with The Chieftains from space, 60. Joel Schumacher, movie director, 80. Lenny Henry, comedian, 61. William Friedkin, movie director, 84. Elliott Gould, actor, 81. Liam Payne, One Direction singer, 26. Lea Michele, actress, 33. Bob Beamon, former long-jump world record holder, 73. Rebecca De Mornay, actress, 60.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
Dana Rosemary Scallon, former Eurovision winner and MEP, 69. Cameron Diaz, actress, 47. Andy Roddick, ex-tennis player, 37. Warren Buffett, business magnate, 89. Donnacha O'Dea, Irish poker player, 71. John McNally, guitarist with 1960s pop group The Searchers, 78. Robert Crumb, satirical cartoonist, 76.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
Van Morrison, singer-songwriter, 74. Mario Rosenstock, comedian, 49. Jason Boland, Kodaline bassist, 32. Colm O'Rourke, Meath GAA great and Sunday Independent columnist, 62. Padraig Harrington, golfer, 48. Richard Gere, actor, 70. Glenn Tilbrook, singer with Squeeze, 62. Kirstie Allsopp, TV presenter, 48. Clive Lloyd, legendary West Indian cricketer, 75.
TODAY, AUGUST 25