Michele Dotrice

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Michele Dotrice (1948-) [express.co.uk]
Michele Dotrice (born September, 27 1948) is an English actress, best known for her portrayal of Betty Spencer, the long-suffering wife of Frank Spencer, played by Michael Crawford, in the BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, which ran from 1973 to 1978, and returned in 2016 for a special.

Her father was the actor Roy Dotrice (1923-2017). She has two sisters, Karen Dotrice (1955-) and Yvette Dotrice, who also followed their parents’ footsteps into acting.

Dotrice was married to actor Edward Woodward (1930-2009) until his death.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Old Curiosity Shop (TV, 1962), “Nell”
  • And Soon the Darkness (1970), “Cathy”
  • Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (TV, 1973-1978), “Betty Spencer”

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Olivia Newton-John

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Olivia Newton-John (1948-), pictured in 2012

Olivia Newton-John (born September 26, 1948) is an English-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist. She has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. She starred in the musical film Grease, and its soundtrack is one of the most successful in history, with the single “You’re the One That I Want”, with John Travolta, one of the best selling singles.

Newton-John has been a long-time activist for environmental and animal rights issues. In remission from breast cancer from 1992, until its 2013 metastasis in her shoulder and 2017 metastasis at the base of her spine, she has been an advocate for health awareness, becoming involved with various charities, health products, and fundraising efforts. Her business interests have included launching several product lines for Koala Blue and co-owning the Gaia Retreat & Spa in Australia.

Newton-John has been married twice. She is the mother of one daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, with her first husband, actor Matt Lattanzi. She married John Easterling in 2008.

20th Century Highlights

  • Toomorrow (1970), “Olivia”
  • “If Not For You” (1971), UK #7
  • “Banks of the Ohio (1971), UK #6
  • Eurovision Song Contest (TV, 1974), UK entry, 4th place
  • “Sam” (1977), UK #6
  • Olivia Newton-John’s Greatest Hits (1977), UK #8, Gold
  • Grease (1978), “Sandy Olsson”
  • “You’re The One That I Want” (1978), with John Travolta, UK #1, Platinum
  • “Summer Nights” (1978), UK #1, Platinum
  • “Hopelessly Devoted To You” (1978), UK #2, Gold
  • “A Little More Love” (1978), UK #4
  • Totally Hot (1979), Gold
  • Xanadu (1980), “Kira (Terpsichore)”
  • “Xanadu” (1980), with ELO, UK #1, Silver
  • “Physical” (1981), UK #7, Silver
  • Physical (1982), UK #11, Gold
  • Olivia’s Greatest Hits (1982), Platinum
  • Two of a Kind (1983), “Debbie Wylder”
  • “The Grease Megamix” (1990), with John Travolta, UK #3
  • Back Yo Basics – The Essential Collection (1992), UK #12
  • “You’re The One That I Want” (1998), with John Travolta, UK #4

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September 17, 1948: Actor John Ritter born

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John Ritter (1948-2003), pictured in 1988

John Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor and comedian. He was a son of the singing cowboy star Tex Ritter and the father of actors Jason Ritter and Tyler Ritter. Ritter was known for playing Jack Tripper on the ABC sitcom Three’s Company (1977–1984), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1984. He briefly reprised the role on the spin-off Three’s a Crowd, which aired for one season.

Ritter appeared in over 100 films and television series combined and performed on Broadway, with roles including It (1990), Problem Child (1990), Problem Child 2 (1991), and Bad Santa in 2003 (his final live action film, which was dedicated to his memory). In 2002, Don Knotts called Ritter the “greatest physical comedian on the planet”. Ritter experienced discomfort during a rehearsal for ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2002–2003) on the afternoon of September 11, 2003 and died later that evening of an aortic dissection at the age of 54.

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September 10, 1948: Actress Judy Geeson born

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Judy Geeson (1948-)

Judy Geeson is an English film, stage, and television actress. She began her career primarily working on British television series. Her sister, Sally Geeson, also an actress, is known for her roles in British television sitcoms of the 1970s.

In the 1980s, Geeson appeared in several stage productions, including two for the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as an Off-Broadway production of The Common Pursuit (1986). After relocating to the United States, she returned to television, playing the recurring character of Maggie Conway on the American series Mad About You from 1992 until 1999.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Newcomers (TV, 1965-1969), “Maria Cooper”
  • To Sir, With Love (1967), “Pamela Dare”
  • Berserk! (1967), “Angela Rivers”
  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967), “Mary Gloucester”
  • Three Into Two Won’t Go (1969), “Ella Patterson”
  • 10 Rillington Place (1971), “Beryl Evans”
  • Doomwatch (1972), “Victoria Brown”
  • Fear in the Night (1972), “Peggy Heller”
  • Brannigan (1975), “Detective Sergeant Jennifer Thatcher”
  • Poldark (TV, 1975-1977), “Caroline Penvenen/Enys”
  • Star Maidens (TV, 1976), “Supreme Councillor Fulvia”
  • Danger UXB (TV, 1979), “Susan Mount”
  • Insemnoid (1981), “Sandy”

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August 20, 1948: English singer Robert Plant born

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Robert Plant (1948-)

Robert Plant is an English singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Plant enjoyed great success with Led Zeppelin throughout the 1970s and developed a compelling image as the charismatic rock-and-roll front man, similar to his contemporaries, The Who singer Roger Daltrey, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and Jim Morrison of the Doors. With his mane of long blond hair and powerful, bare-chested appearance, Plant helped to create the “god of rock and roll” or “rock god” archetype.

Although Led Zeppelin split in 1980, Plant occasionally collaborated with Jimmy Page on various projects through this period, including forming a short-lived all-star group with Page and Jeff Beck in 1984, called the Honeydrippers.

A powerful and wide vocal range (particularly evident in his high-pitched vocals) has given him a successful singing career spanning over 50 years.

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July 13, 1946: American comedian & actor, Cheech Marin born

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“Cheech” Marin (1946-), pictured in 2012

“Cheech” Marin is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, writer and activist who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech & Chong during the 1970s and early 1980s with Tommy Chong and as Don Johnson‘s partner, Insp. Joe Dominguez, on Nash Bridges. He has also voiced characters in several Disney films, including Oliver & Company, The Lion King, the Cars series, Coco and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

Marin’s trademark is his characters’ strong Chicano accents.

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