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Charlize's Birthday Share

Look at all these people who share Charlize Theron's birthday! Our favorite Atomic Blonde isn't even the only South African Oscar winner born on this day. It's quite a day in showbiz history all told. Which of these luminaries will you celebrate today inside your hearts?

Jeanne Moreau as Mata Hari in 1964

1876 Mata Hari, exotic dancer / spy / juicy role for both Greta Garbo & Jeanne Moreau
1884 Billie Burke, Glinda the Good Witch herself (also an Oscar nominated actress for Merrily We Live, 1938)
1901 Yuliya Solntseva, actress/director (the only female to win Best Director at Cannes until Sofia Coppola this summer)
1902 Ann Harding, Oscar nominated actress (Holiday, 1930)
1914 Ted Moore, Oscar winning cinematographer from South Africa
1927 Carl "Alfafa" Switzer of Our Gang fame
1942 Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion
1942 BJ Thomas, singer of the Oscar-winning "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"
1942 Caetano Veloso, singer of the sublime "Cucurrucucú Paloma" which is heard in several movies including two Oscar winners: Talk to Her and Moonlight
1943 Alain Corneau, French writer/director 
1944 John Glover, enduring character actor

1944 David Rasche, undervalued funny character actor (Veep, In the Loop, Burn After Reading)
1960 David Duchovny, aka Fox Mulder
1963 Harold Perrineau, TV regular (currently on Claws)
1965 Jon Jon Briones, stage and screen actor (last seen in revival of Miss Saigon)
1971 Rachel York, Broadway regular and TV actor
1974 Michael Shannon, scene-stealer / Oscar nominated actor

Elizabeth Debicki with Luca Calvani in "The Man From UNCLE"

1974 Luca Calvani, italian actor (The Man From UNCLE)
1975 Charlize Theron, fierce icon / Oscar-winning actress
1978 Alexandre Aja, horror movie director
1979 Eric Johnson, actor (The Knick/ 50 Shades franchise)
1982 Abbie Cornish, Bright Star who seems to have disappeared!

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Reader Comments (6)

John Glover's Daniel Clamp is nomination worthy.

August 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

David Rasche is Sledge Hammer a corny TV series from the 80s that was legendary for my brother and me.

August 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

While I certainly wish Charlize and the others many happy returns of the day my heart goes with the one and only Billie Burke.

August 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

Loved John Glover in Scrooged (1988), as the hilariously obsequious backstabber out to usurp Bill Murray position at the top of the network. He's a fab actor who can do anything, but is esp great at comedy.

August 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Happy Birthday, Michael Shannon.

I remember walking into a bookstore feeling depressed, and looked over and saw a photo of Michael Shannon on the cover of some magazine. My perspective immediately re-aligned itself. Great artists remind us of other ways of looking at things.

August 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Currucucu Paloma's most powerful use was in Wong Kar Wai's Happy Together. Barry Jenkins adores WKW, and there's a cool video in which that shows the shots he stole from WKW. And there's another one he talks about WKW. I may have found this video here, maybe?

August 7, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

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