April 6: Celebrities

Births

  • Northern Irish politician and religious leader, Ian Paisley (1926, died 2014)
  • German/American pianist, conductor and composer, André Previn (1929)
  • American actor, best known as “Lando Calrissian” the Star Wars franchise, Billy Dee Williams (1937)

Paul_DanielsEnglish magician and TV presenter, Paul Daniels, would have been 80 today

Paul Daniels (April 6, 1938 – March 17, 2016) achieved international fame through his television series The Paul Daniels Magic Show (1979-1994). He was known for his catchphrase, “You’ll like this… not a lot, but you’ll like it!” and for his marriage to his assistant, Debbie McGee.

Roy_Thinnes_1971American TV and film actor, Roy Thinnes, is 80 today

Roy Thinnes is best known for his portrayal of lonely hero David Vincent in the ABC 1967–68 television series The Invaders. He starred in the 1969 British science fiction film, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (also known as Doppelgänger).

  • Good Morning, Vietnam director, Barry Levinson (1942)
  • BAFTA winning investigative reporter, Roger Cook (1943)
  • American actress, best known for playing “Elaine” in Taxi, Marilu Henner (1952)
  • American actor, best known for playing the lead in Henry: Portrait of a Killer, Michael Rooker (1955)
  • Scottish impressionist and comedian, Rory Bremner (1961)

 

Marriages

  • US astronaut John Glenn married high school sweetheart Anna Margaret Castor (1943, until his death in 2016)
  • Singer Rod Stewart married model Alana Collins (1979, until 1984)

Deaths

  • American science fiction writer, Isaac Asimov (1992, born 1902)
  • British/American actress, star of Mrs Minver (1942), Greer Garson (1996, born 1904)

20 years ago today, the music world lost Tammy Wynette and Wendy O Williams, who both promised to “Stand By Her Man”

Tammy_WynetteTammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of country music’s best-known artists and biggest-selling female singers. Called the “First Lady of Country Music”, her best-known song, “Stand by Your Man”, is one of the best-selling hit singles by a woman in the history of country music. Many of her hits dealt with classic themes of loneliness, divorce, and the difficulties of life and relationships.

Wendy_O_WilliamsWendy Orlean Williams (May 28, 1949 – April 6, 1998) was an American singer, songwriter and actress who first came to prominence as the lead singer of the punk rock band Plasmatics. Her famous stage theatrics included near-nudity, blowing up equipment, and chain-sawing guitars. Dubbed “The Queen of Shock Rock,” Williams was widely considered the most controversial and radical female singer of her day. Performing her own stunts in videos, she often sported a Mohawk hairstyle.

In 1968, Tammy Wynette released “Stand By Your Man”, which topped the US Billboard Hot Country (1968) and the UK Singles Charts (1975), achieving Gold certification in the UK. Ironically, in 1982, Wendy O Williams recorded a cover version as a duet with Motörhead frontman, Lemmy. It was not a hit.

 

 

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