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BORN ON THIS DAY FEBRUARY 5TH
 
Actor, JOHN CARRADINE was born on this day in 1906.  Nicknamed “The Voice” and also known as the “Bard of the Boulevard”, Carradine appeared in over 200 movies (including ten John Ford productions), several low budget horror films and over 100 television episodes.  He also did considerable stage work and during the 1940s toured with his own Shakespearean company.  Four of his five sons also became actors: David, Robert, Keith and Bruce.
 
Comedian and actor, RED BUTTONS was born on this day in 1919 in New York City.  He got his Broadway debut in Vickie with Jose Ferrer and later appeared in the burlesque show, Wine, Women and Song, which was raided and closed down while he was on stage.  Drafted into the United States Army Air Forces, Buttons entertained the troops in the European Theatre. While in the Army  he appeared in the live show Winged Victory and, later, in Darryl F Zanuck’s movie version of the same name.
American actor, PAUL L SMITH was born on this day in 1939 in Everett, Massachusetts.   A red-headed hulk of a man, he most often played the “bad guy” as in the vicious warden in Midnight Express, as Bluto in Popeye (Robert Altman) and as the beast Raban in Dune (David Lynch).
 
Swiss artist, HR GIGER was born on this day in 1940.  Surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer, he is best known for his work on the film Alien for which he won an Academy Award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects.
 
American musician, BARRETT STRONG was born on this day in 1941 in West Point, Mississippi.  Though not primarily a vocalist, his first hit was Money (That’s What I Want) for the Motown Record Corporation.  Strong, together with Norman Whitfield, wrote some of the most successful soul songs for Motown including I Heard It Through the Grapevine and Papa was a Rollin’ Stone for which he received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1973.
 
English actress, CHARLOTTE RAMPLING was born on this day in 1945 in Essex. After a small role in Georgy Girl, she appeared in controversial roles such as The Damned and The Night Porter both of which featured concentration camps.  These roles gave Rampling “The Look” according to co-star Dirk Bogarde - mysterious, tragic and slightly sinister.  She appeared in Sydney Lumet’s, The Verdict, starring Paul Newman and in that very strange film, Swimming Pool.

American actress and activist, BARBARA HERSHEY, was born on this day in 1948 in Hollywood. Following her appearance in a number of television series, Hershey wan an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in her role as real-life murderer, Candy Morrison in A Killing in a Small Town. She earned an Oscar nomination for her work in Jane Campion’s adaptation of the Henry James novel The Portrait of a Lady and appeared in the critically successful Australian film, Lantana, with Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia and Kerry Armstrong.
 
Welsh actor, MICHAEL SHEEN, was born on this day in 1969 in Newport.  He is best known for his portrayals or well-known public figures:  as Tony Blair in The Deal, The Queen, and The Special Relationship, as David Frost in Frost/Nixon and football manager, Brian Clough, in The Damned United.  He also appeared in the recently released, Alice in Wonderland.  Interestingly, his father is a part-time professional Jack Nicholson look-alike!  
 
On the other side of the world, MARY ELIZABETH DONALDSON was born on this day in 1972 in Hobart, Tasmania.  It was in Sydney that she met her future husband Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark.  They now have two children, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella.
 
Engineer, ANDRE CITROEN was born on this day in 1878 in Paris.  Responsible for the mass production of armaments during WWI, he later went on to found the Citroen automobile company in 1919.  By the early 1930s the company had become the fourth-largest automobile manufacturer in the world.