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Beyonce Knowles’ Birthday

Immensely popular American singer, songwriter, and actress Beyonce Knowles was born in Houston, Texas on September 4, 1981.

Beyonce’s music career took off when she became the lead vocalist of the girl group Destiny’s Child (along with her cousin Kelly Rowland and two friends from school), when they received a record deal from Columbia Records in 1997. The release of the group’s second album landed them their first number one single with “Bills, Bills, Bills”, and Destiny’s Child became one of the most popular girl groups in music.

Destiny’s Child broke up in 2005, and Beyonce went on to become one of the top-selling artists in the music industry. Most of her music aligns with themes of love, relationships, and female empowerment. Some of her most popular songs as a solo artist are “Crazy in Love”, “Me, Myself, and I”, “Upgrade U”, “Irreplaceable”, “Halo”, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, and “Run the World (Girls)”.

In addition to her successful career in music, Beyonce has also acted in several feature films, including: Goldmember, The Fighting Temptations, Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records, and Obsessed. She also runs a clothing line with her mother Tina Knowles, called House of Dereon, and acts as a spokesperson for several popular brands.

In 2008, Beyonce married hip hop artist and rapper Jay-Z, and the couple had their first child, baby girl Blue Ivy Carter on January 7, 2012. As of 2013, Beyonce has won 16 Grammy Awards, among many other prestigious accolades.

Happy Birthday Beyonce!

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Maria Montessori’s Birthday

Maria Montessori was an Italian physician most known for her development of the educational method that is named after her. Montessori was born into a well-educated family on August 31, 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy. Challenging gender stereotypes, Montessori graduated from medical school at the University of Rome with high honors, becoming the first female doctor in Italy.

During her time spent teaching at the University of Rome, she treated children from all different socioeconomic backgrounds which led to her interest in early education. This experience allowed her to practice and perfect her different style of teaching on the children that came to the free clinics.

By 1925, there were over 1000 Montessori schools opened in America. The Montessori way encouraged teachers to “follow the child” and use the child’s interests and natural intuition as the guide. Although, interest in Montessori schools declined for a few decades, there was a resurgence and new found interest for the teaching method during the 1960s. Montessori’s work in childhood education led her to receive two nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. She died in 1952, but her legacy lives on as she was a pioneer in the development of young children.

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Rupert Grint’s Birthday

August 24 is English actor Rupert Grint’s Birthday!

Rupert Grint is best known for his role as Ron Weasley, one of the main characters in the Harry Potter film series. Grint was cast at only 11 years old, having no prior professional acting experience. He starred alongside Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe during all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011.

Since the Harry Potter series has come to a close, Rupert Grint continues to act in a variety of films, most recently in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and CBGB.

Happy Birthday Rupert Grint!

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Donnie Wahlberg’s Birthday

Singer, actor, and producer Donnie Wahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 17, 1969. The eighth of nine children (famous brother Mark Wahlberg being the youngest), the Wahlberg family was extremely close although strapped for cash most of the time.

In 1984, producer Maurice Starr recruited Donnie Wahlberg to be a part of the boy band New Kids on the Block. The group proved to be immensely popular, especially among teenage girls in the late 80s and early 90s, but disbanded in 1994.

Following his time spent as a musician, Donnie Wahlberg embarked on an acting career, garnering attention for his role in The Sixth Sense. Other acting roles that Donnie has taken on include: the Saw horror films, and the television shows Blue Bloods, and Band of Brothers, among others.

Most recently, New Kids on the Block reunited for a tour in Summer 2013, along with musical acts Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees.

Happy Birthday Donnie Wahlberg!

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Dustin Hoffman’s Birthday

American film, television, and theater actor Dustin Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California on August 8, 1937. Most known for his portrayal of vulnerable characters and antiheroes, Dustin Hoffman practices method acting to properly get into many of his roles. By definition, method actors fully immerse themselves during role preparation, adopting the thoughts and feelings of their characters to give a true-to-life performance.

In 1955, Dustin Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School and registered at Santa Monica College to study medicine. Hoffman dropped out of school after one year to join the Pasadena Playhouse alongside a young and unknown Gene Hackman. The two became fast friends and ended up moving out to New York City together in search of acting jobs.

After working in a few off-Broadway and Broadway productions, Hoffman’s breakthrough film role occurred in 1967 as Ben Braddock in The Graduate. Always self-conscious for not having the typical Hollywood blonde-haired, blue-eyed looks, Hoffman helped pave the way for a different type of leading man.

Hoffman went on to star in many more critically acclaimed films, such as: All the President’s Men (1976), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Tootsie (1982), Rain Man (1988), Hook (1991), I Heart Huckabees (2004), and Stranger than Fiction (2006). He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two, and 13 Golden Globes, winning six, among other accolades. Dustin Hoffman continues to act and recently made his directing debut in 2012 with Quartet, starring Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay.

Happy Birthday, Dustin Hoffman!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Birthday

Former professional bodybuilder, actor, and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947 in Austria.

At age 20, Schwarzenegger won Mr. Universe and received the Mr. Olympia title seven times after that. He gained the nickname “Austrian Oak” for his roles in Hollywood action films including Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Eraser, and many more. Arnold Schwarzeneggar served for two terms from 2003 to 2011 as the 38th Governor of California.

Happy Birthday, Arnold!

 

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Daniel Radcliffe’s Birthday

British actor Daniel Radcliffe, best known for his role as Harry Potter, was born on July 23, 1989 in London, England.

Radcliffe got his start playing the young title character in BBC One’s television adaptation of David Copperfield. At the age of 11, he was offered the role of Harry Potter, a character he would play in 8 series films over the span of 10 years. The Harry Potter films have been credited as the highest grossing film series of all time with receipts of over $7.7 Billion.

In 2007, Daniel Radcliffe transitioned to stage acting and began starring in productions such as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the critically acclaimed Equus. He has also acted in several other films such as The Woman in Black and Kill Your Darlings with more projects to come.

Happy Birthday Daniel Radcliffe!

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David Hasselhoff’s Birthday

American actor David Hasselhoff was born on July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Michigan as well as the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.

In 1973, David Hasselhoff took his first acting gig with the television soap opera The Young and the Restless. However, it wasn’t until 1982 that he got his breakout role as Michael Knight on the TV series Knight Rider. The show was an immense success in America and the world over, making him one of the most popular actors on television.

After Knight Rider ended, David Hasselhoff got to work producing and acting in a brand new show about a group of lifeguards in California, Baywatch, which ran in syndication for 10 seasons. Baywatch was the most watched television series in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Since Baywatch stopped filming, David Hasselhoff has appeared in multiple television and theatrical productions, including his work as a cast member on Dancing With the Stars and his role as a judge on America’s Got Talent.

Happy Birthday David Hasselhoff!

 

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Giorgio Armani’s Birthday

World renowned fashion designer Giorgio Armani was born on July 11, 1934 in a small Italian town on the outskirts of Milan. He had originally set out for a career in medicine, attending the Department of Medicine at the University of Milan until he enlisted in the military, where was stationed at the infirmary in Verona.

Following his stint in the military, Armani began working at a department store in Milan and then transitioned to a design position for Nino Cerruti. While designing for Cerruti, Giorgio Armani was also freelancing for several other manufacturers until he partnered with Sergio Galeotti to form Giorgio Armani S.p.A..

Armani became a household name in the 1980s, made popular when his men’s suits were featured in the television show Miami Vice. He expanded to women’s fashions and evening wear, for which he has become highly esteemed. Since then, the Armani brand has grown to include a makeup and skincare line, home goods, book publishing, and hotels.

Happy Birthday Giorgio Armani!

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Sylvester Stallone’s Birthday

American film actor, screenwriter, and director Sylvester Stallone was born on July 6, 1946 in New York, New York. His big break came in 1976 when he wrote and starred in the now iconic boxing movie, Rocky. The film was such a success, it received ten Oscar nods and Stallone walked away with Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Film Editing.

Sylvester Stallone’s portrayal of Rocky Balboa, as well as John Rambo in First Blood, caused him to become one of the most popular Hollywood action film stars ever. He continues to write, act in, and direct movies, mostly within the action genre.

Happy Birthday Sylvester Stallone!

 

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