April 11: Celebrities


Today would have been the 60th birthday of Big Country’s Stuart Adamson

Stuart_Adamson_91Stuart Adamson (born 1958, died 2001) was the co-founder, lead vocalist, and guitarist of rock group Big Country, which rose to prominence in 1983. He was once described by DJ John Peel as “the new Jimi Hendrix“.

After moving to Nashville, Adamson’s second wife, from whom he was estranged, reported him missing. A recovering alcoholic who had been sober for 10 years, he had resumed drinking and was facing a drink-driving charge. He was found hanged in a hotel room in Honolulu.

Also born today…

Actor, Ronald Fraser (1930, died 1997)

Actor, Ron Pember (1934)

The Gentle Touch and CATS Eyes actress, Jill Gascoine (1937)

Emmerdale actress, Shirley Stelfox (1941, died 2015)

Broadcaster, Bob Harris (1946)

Brotherhood of Man’s Lee Sheriden (1949)

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson (1960)

“All Around the World” singer, Lisa Stansfield (1966)

Catatonia’s Cerys Matthews (1969)

“Saturday Night” singer, Whigfield (1970)



Today in 1983, Mexican actress, Dolores del Rio, who rose to fame in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, died. She was the first major female Latin American crossover star in Hollywood. During the late 1920s, she came to be considered a sort of feminine version of Rudolph Valentino, a “female Latin Lover”.

With the advent of sound, she acted in films that included Flying Down to Rio (1933) with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Orson WellesJourney into Fear (1943). In the early 1940s, when her Hollywood career began to decline, del Río returned to Mexico and joined the Mexican film industry, which at that time was at its peak.

In 1960, del Río returned to Hollywood after 18 years when she was hired to play the role of mother of Elvis Presley‘s character in the film Flaming Star.

In 1981 del Río was diagnosed with Hepatitis B following a contaminated injection of vitamins. The following year the hepatitis led to cirrhosis and she died from liver disease at the age of 78.

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