April 1: Celebrities

HAPPY EASTER to all Nostalgists!


  • Film and TV producer who initiated The Avengers and Doctor Who, Sydney Newman (1917, died 1997)
  • Dragonriders of Pern novelist, Anne McCaffrey (1926, died 2011)
  • “Janice Rand” in Star Trek, Grace Lee Whitney (1930, died 2015)
  • Inspector Wexford actor, George Baker (1931, died 2011)
  • American actress, and mother of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds (1932, died 2016)
  • Love Story actress, Ali MacGraw (1939)
  • Longest serving BBC Radio 1 DJ, Annie Nightingale (1942)
  • Bass guitarist and founding member of the Faces and Small Faces, Ronnie Lane (1946, died 1997)

Jimmy_CliffJamaican ska and reggae musician, Jimmy Cliff is 70 today

Jimmy Cliff is best known among mainstream audiences for songs such as “Wonderful World, Beautiful People”, “Many Rivers to Cross”, “You Can Get It If You Really Want”, “The Harder They Come”, “Reggae Night”, and “Hakuna Matata”, and his covers of Cat Stevens’s “Wild World” and Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” from the film Cool Runnings.

  • Toto drummer, Jeff Porcaro (1954, died 1992)
  • Former England cricket captain, David Gower (1957)
  • Robin of Sherwood actor, Michael Praed (1960)
  • TV presenter, Phillip Schofield (1962)
  • Broadcaster, Chris Evans (1966)


  • American sci-fi writer Philip K Dick married Anne Williams Rubinstein (1959, until 1965)
  • Filmmaker Joel Coen married actress Frances McDormand (1984)
  • Hart to Hart actress, Stefanie Powers married Patrick de la Chenais (1993, until 1999)
  • Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue actor, Dennis Franz, married Joanie Zeck (1995)


  • “What’s Going On” singer, Marvin Gaye (1984, born 1939) is shot and killed by his father

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