Patrick Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, Texas. He and his four siblings were raised by parents Patsy and Jesse Swayze. Dirty Dancing (1987) brought Swayze instant celebrity and established him as Hollywood’s newest heartthrob. Swayze and Lisa Niemi were married in 1975. Swayze passed away on September 14, 2009, after more than 20 months spent battling his illness. Patrick Wayne Swayze Biography and Profile.
Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City on November 22, 1984. Johansson played the super agent Black Widow in Iron Man 2 (2010) opposite Robert Downey, Jr. and Mickey Rourke. In March 2018, it was announced that Johannson was attached to director Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, as the mother of a 10-year-old boy in Nazi Germany. Scarlett Johansson Biography and Profile.
Missy Elliott was born Melissa Arnette Elliott on July 1, 1971, in Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2001, Elliott produced a thumping, cowbell-accented rework of Labelle’s 1974 hit, “Lady Marmalade”. In May 2019, Elliott received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. She was then admitted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. Melissa Arnette Elliott Biography and Profile.
Paul Anka, born July 30, 1941 into a tight-knit Canadian family. He sang in the choir at Church and studied piano. Songwriting and performing “are what gave me the confidence to keep going,” he says. Anka co-wrote Michael Jackson’s posthumous #1 worldwide hit, “This Is It.” Paul Albert Anka Biography and Profile.
Willie Nelson, country singer and songwriter, born April 29, 1933, in Texas in 1933 rose to prominence at the end of the 1960s and contributed to the “outlaw country” subgenre, which challenged the conservatism of Nashville. Willie Nelson wrote some of the most popular and memorable country songs of all time. Willie Nelson Biography and Profile.
A multiple Grammy-winning legend and flamboyant superstar, Elton John, born March 25, 1947, is the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of his generation. Elton John is a British singer, pianist and composer. Along with selling more than 300 million records, he has found success on Broadway, composing the music score for the Tony award-winning hit ‘Billy Elliot.’ Reginald Kenneth Dwight Biography and Profile.
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa. John Wayne remains a popular American icon. John Wayne died on June 11, 1979, in Los Angeles, California. He was survived by his seven children from two of his three marriages. Marion Mitchell Morrison Biography and Profile.
Gloria Vanderbilt was born into wealth on February 20, 1924, in New York City. Her father, Reginald Vanderbilt, was the great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Her mother, Gloria Morgan, was a young woman who loved parties more than parenthood. Gloria Laura Vanderbilt was only 10 when she became an unwilling tabloid sensation. Gloria Laura Vanderbilt Biography and Profile.
Chris Farley, actor and comedia, he was born on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin. Chris juggled his increasing popularity on SNL with his first feature film role, Tommy Boy. Chris Farley was discovered by Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. On December 18, 1997, Chris Farley was found dead in his Chicago apartment after an extreme binge of substance use and party-hopping. Christopher Crosby Farley Biography and Profile.
Keanu Reeves was born on September 2, 1964, in Beirut, Lebanon, and was raised in Toronto, Canada. At the close of the decade, Reeves starred in a sci-fi film that would become a genre game changer — The Matrix. Reeves made his directorial debut in 2013 with Man of Tai Chi. Keanu Charles Reeves Biography and Profile.