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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014)

Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her... Wikipedia
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.

Braulio Arenas (April 4, 1913-May 12, 1988)

Braulio Arenas was a Chilean poet and writer, founder of the surrealist 'Mandrágora' group. Wikipedia
Elmer Bernstein

Elmer Bernstein (April 4, 1922-August 18, 2004)

Elmer Bernstein was an American composer and conductor best known for his many film scores. In a career which spanned fifty years, he composed music for hundreds of film and television productions. His most popular works include the scores to 'The Magnificent Seven', 'The Ten Commandments', 'The Great Escape', 'To Kill a Mockingbird',... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
Ojai, California
David Blaine

David Blaine (April 4, 1973-)

David Blaine is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a performer of street and close-up magic. He has performed all over the world and has set and broken several world records. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Michel Camilo

Michel Camilo (April 4, 1954-)

Michel Camilo is a Grammy-award winning pianist and composer from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He specializes in jazz, Latin and classical piano work. Camilo lists some of his main influences as Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Art Tatum. Wikipedia
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

JoAnne Carner (April 4, 1939-)

JoAnne Gunderson Carner is an American former professional golfer. Her 43 victories on the LPGA Tour led to her induction in the World Golf Hall of Fame. She is the only woman to have won the U.S. Girls' Junior, U.S. Women's Amateur, and U.S. Women's Open titles, and was the first person ever to win three different USGA championship events. Tiger... Wikipedia
Kirkland, Washington
James Freeman Clarke

James Freeman Clarke (April 4, 1810-August 6, 1888)

James Freeman Clarke was an American theologian and author. Wikipedia

John Crawford (economist) (April 4, 1910-October 28, 1984)

Sir John Grenfell Crawford was an economist and a key architect of Australia's post-war growth. Wikipedia
Hurstville, New South Wales
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
David Cross

David Cross (April 4, 1964-)

David Cross is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, and voice artist, known primarily for his standup work, the HBO sketch comedy series 'Mr. Show', and his role as Tobias Fünke in the sitcom 'Arrested Development'. Cross created, wrote, executive produced, and starred in 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret',... Wikipedia
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Clive Davis

Clive Davis (April 4, 1932-)

Clive Jay Davis is an American record producer and music industry executive. He has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York
Gail Dolgin

Gail Dolgin (April 4, 1945-October 7, 2010)

Gail Dolgin was an American filmmaker. She was nominated for the Academy Award for 'Daughter from Danang', and 'The Barber of Birmingham'. 'Daughter from Danang' also won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. Wikipedia
Great Neck, New York, U.S.
Berkeley, California, U.S
Robert Downey, Jr.

Robert Downey, Jr. (April 4, 1965-)

Robert John Downey, Jr. is an American actor whose career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age. Wikipedia
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras (April 4, 1914-March 3, 1996)

Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras, was a controversial French novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, essayist and experimental filmmaker. Wikipedia
Gia-Dinh, near Saigon, French Indochina
Paris, France
Gyrðir Elíasson

Gyrðir Elíasson (April 4, 1961-)

Gyrðir Elíasson is an author and translator in Iceland. Wikipedia
Ray Fosse

Ray Fosse (April 4, 1947-)

Raymond Earl Fosse is an American former professional baseball player and current television sports color commentator. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher. He was drafted in the first round of the 1965 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians. Fosse also holds the distinction of being the Indians' first ever draft pick, as 1965 was the... Wikipedia
Marion, Illinois
Jim Fregosi

Jim Fregosi (April 4, 1942-February 14, 2014)

James Louis Fregosi was a Major League Baseball shortstop and manager. During an 18-year baseball career, he played from 1961–1978 for four different teams, primarily the Los Angeles and California Angels. In that franchise's first eleven years of play, he became its first star as the team's most productive and popular player. He led the American... Wikipedia
San Francisco, California
Miami, Florida
Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris (April 4, 1928-)

Estelle Harris is a comedic actress and voice artist, often recognized for her shrill, grating voice. She is best known for her role as Estelle Costanza on 'Seinfeld' from 1992 to 1998, as the voice of Mrs. Potato Head in the 'Toy Story' franchise, and Muriel on 'The Suite Life of Zack & Cody'. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
Gil Hodges

Gil Hodges (April 4, 1924-April 2, 1972)

Gilbert Ray Hodges, 'ne' Hodge was an American Major League Baseball first baseman and manager who played most of his 18-year career for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1982. Wikipedia
Princeton, Indiana
West Palm Beach, Florida
Simcha Jacobovici

Simcha Jacobovici (April 4, 1953-)

Simcha Jacobovici is an Israeli Canadian film director, producer, freelance journalist, and writer. Wikipedia
Petah Tikva, Israel

Sigizmund Kats (April 4, 1908-June 17, 1984)

Sigizmund Abramovich Katz, was a Soviet composer who specialized in writing popular songs. One of the founding fathers of the genre of the Soviet "mass song", Katz became famous in the 1940s and 1950s. His songs ranged from lyrical serenades and ballads to marches and quasi-Straussian waltzes. Sigizmund Katz' professional reputation now rests... Wikipedia
David E. Kelley

David E. Kelley (April 4, 1956-)

David Edward Kelley is an American television writer and producer, known as the creator of 'Picket Fences', 'Chicago Hope', 'The Practice', 'Ally McBeal', 'Boston Public', 'Boston Legal', and 'Harry's Law' as well as several films. Kelley is one of very few screenwriters to have created shows aired on all four top commercial U.S. television... Wikipedia
Waterville, Maine, U.S.

Adele King (April 4, 1951-)

Adèle King is an Irish entertainer better known as Twink from her time as a member of a group called Maxi, Dick and Twink which was a girl band in Ireland in the late 1960s and 1970s. She is the mother of singer Chloë Agnew from the group Celtic Woman. Wikipedia
Ireland
Christine Lahti

Christine Lahti (April 4, 1950-)

Christine Ann Lahti is an American actress and film director. She has won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. Wikipedia
Birmingham, Michigan, U.S.
Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger (April 4, 1979-January 22, 2008)

Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career. His work comprised nineteen films, including '10 Things I Hate About You', 'The Patriot', 'A Knight's Tale', 'Monster's Ball', 'Ned Kelly', 'The... Wikipedia
Perth, Australia
New York City
Richard Lugar

Richard Lugar (April 4, 1932-)

Richard Green "Dick" Lugar is an American politician who served as a United States Senator, representing Indiana from 1977 to 2013. A member of the Republican Party, Lugar twice served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Wikipedia
Indianapolis, Indiana
Roberto Luongo

Roberto Luongo (April 4, 1979-)

Roberto Luongo is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he is of Italian and Irish ancestry. He employs the butterfly style of goaltending and has previously played in the NHL for the New York Islanders and the Florida Panthers. Luongo is a two-time NHL... Wikipedia
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Ralph Manheim (April 4, 1907-September 26, 1992)

Ralph Frederick Manheim was an American translator of German and French literature, as well as occasional works from Dutch, Polish and Hungarian. He likened translation to acting, the role being "to impersonate his author". Wikipedia
Ray Mercer

Ray Mercer (April 4, 1961-)

Ray Mercer is a former American professional boxer. Mercer is a former WBO heavyweight champion. He boxed for 19 years from 1989 to 2008, and competed in several kickboxing and MMA bouts from 2004 to 2009. Mercer has defeated four boxing world champions in Ossie Ocasio, Francesco Damiani, Tommy Morrison and Tim Witherspoon. As an MMA fighter, he... Wikipedia
Jacksonville, Florida
Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters (April 4, 1913-April 30, 1983)

McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician. He is often considered the "father of modern Chicago blues". Wikipedia
Issaquena County, Mississippi, United States
Westmont, Illinois, United States
Robby Müller

Robby Müller (April 4, 1940-)

Robby Müller is a Dutch cinematographer whose name is most often associated with film director Wim Wenders. Wikipedia
Willemstad, Netherlands
Anthony Perkins

Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932-September 12, 1992)

Anthony Perkins was an American actor and singer. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States

David Pittu (April 4, 1967-)

David PIttu is an American actor/writer/director. Wikipedia
Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

Johanna Reiss (April 4, 1932-)

Johanna Reiss is a Dutch-born American writer and longtime resident of New York City. Her most recent work, 'A Hidden Life', was published by Melville House Publishing in January 2009. In her books, Reiss has presented her childhood experience as a Jewish girl in the Netherlands during the Holocaust. Wikipedia
Winterswijk, Netherlands
Gene Reynolds

Gene Reynolds (April 4, 1923-)

Gene Reynolds is a former American actor turned award-winning television writer, director, and producer. He was one of the producers of the popular TV series 'M*A*S*H'. Wikipedia
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Scott Rolen

Scott Rolen (April 4, 1975-)

Scott Bruce Rolen is an American former professional baseball third baseman. He played in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds. He was an eight-time Gold Glove winner and seven-time All-Star. Wikipedia
Evansville, Indiana
Jill Scott

Jill Scott (April 4, 1972-)

Jill Scott is an American singer, model and actress. Her 2000 debut, 'Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1', went platinum, and the followups 'Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2' and 'The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3' both achieved gold status. She made her cinematic debut in the films 'Hounddog' and Tyler Perry's 'Why Did I... Wikipedia
Robert E. Sherwood

Robert E. Sherwood (April 4, 1896-November 14, 1955)

Robert Emmet Sherwood was an American playwright, editor, and screenwriter. Wikipedia
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
New York City, New York, U.S.

Dan Simmons (April 4, 1948-)

Dan Simmons is an American science fiction and horror writer and author of the Hugo Award-winning science fiction series, the Hyperion Cantos, and the Locus-winning Ilium/Olympos cycle. Wikipedia
Peoria, Illinois, USA
Simran (actress)

Simran (actress) (April 4, 1976-)

Simran is an Indian actress who has predominantly appears in Tamil, Telugu and a few Malayalam films. She debuted in Bollywood and acted in several Hindi films, before starring in her first Tamil film 'V.I.P' and her first Telugu film 'Abbai Gari Pelli' in 1997. Wikipedia
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Alison Snowden (April 4, 1958-)

Alison Snowden is an English animator, voice actress, producer, and screenwriter best known for 'Bob and Margaret'. Wikipedia
Arnold, Nottinghamshire
Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky (April 4, 1932-December 29, 1986)

Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky was a Soviet and Russian film-maker, writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director. Wikipedia
Zavrazhye, Soviet Union
Paris, France
Ernst van Dyk

Ernst van Dyk (April 4, 1973-)

Ernst Francois van Dyk is a South African wheelchair racer and handcyclist. He has won a record 10 wheelchair titles in the Boston Marathon. He was also awarded the Laureus World Sports Awards for 'Sportsperson with a Disability of the year' for 2006. At the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, he won a bronze medal in the 400 metres. At the 2004... Wikipedia
Ceres, South Africa
Hugo Weaving

Hugo Weaving (April 4, 1960-)

Hugo Wallace Weaving is an Australian-British film and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Agent Smith in 'The Matrix' trilogy and Elrond in 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' film trilogy. Wikipedia
Ibadan, Nigeria

Jerome Weidman (April 4, 1913-October 6, 1998)

Jerome Weidman was an American playwright and novelist. He collaborated with George Abbott on the book for the musical 'Fiorello!' with music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. All received the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson (April 4, 1921-)

Elizabeth Welter Wilson is a Tony Award-winning American actress. She was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2007. Wikipedia
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Shing-Tung Yau

Shing-Tung Yau (April 4, 1949-)

Shing-Tung Yau is a Chinese-born American mathematician. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1982. Wikipedia
Shantou, Guangdong Province, China