I am not sure why - but I always found it fascinating to see who I shared a birthday with. Even though I will likely never know any of the so-called 'famous' people in my lifetime. If I did meet them, I think we would have some sort of an instant bond. You know - like - "Dude, we were born on the same day - so clearly we both rock." Like that.
You may be asking who (just play along) it is that I share a birthday with....so here are a few of my very own "Birthday Buddies".
Albert Brooks - stand up comedian who said, "I think anger and laughter are very close to each other, if you think about it." Um - wow. Chew on that gem for a minute.
Alexander Calder - inventor of the mobile In case my parents ever thought to put one over my crib - THANK YOU DUDE! Also - I am pretty sure I used your idea on a few science fair projects as a child - something to do with a hanger and some styrofoam balls painted like planets - but don't quote me on that!
Willem Dafoe - actor You may know his as the 'bad guy' in SpiderMan, but lest he go down in infamy, be it known that he was also the voice of Gill in 'Finding Nemo'! *redeemed*
Oscar de la Renta - fashion designer I never have owned or worn anything even remotely close to this - but someday when we meet I am sure that he would love to gift me with an article of clothing just for being his Birthday Buddy!
Bob Dole - politician I know that he ran against the Clinton machine and lost - but all I can think about when I see or hear his name is "Pineapples". Yum!
Danny Glover - actor If you don't know this man from anything other than 'Lethal Weapon' - shame on you! He was in one of my favorite movies as a child called "Places in the Heart". He was also in "The Color Purple" (which my big brother dragged me to with his date and then stuck me in a row away from him and his girl so he could make out with her) #IamstillscarredoverthatJohn
Selena Gomez - actress This is one pretty popular little girl (who can legally drink as of today) - just keep it safe, my friend - call a cab. (or a limo or whatever you peeps do).
Cosmo Duff Gordon - athlete He was an athlete - which I am NOT by any way, shape, or form - BUT, he is also a SURVIVOR of the TITANIC! (I know - lift up yer jaw now!)
Don Henley - singer; songwriter Yup - that one! From "The Eagles". I just hope that he is going to "Take it Eeeeaaasy" on our big day today! ;)
Edward Hopper - painter He painted the iconic "Nighthawk". (I am pretty sure you will google that now if you don't already know it!)
Rose Kennedy - philanthropist Of course we all know that she had two children who were assassinated, but did you know that she lived to be 104? Serio. That is the same exact age that I am going to live to be - how cool is that???
Emma Lazarus - poet Her poem is displayed at the Statue of Liberty, it features the famous lines, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Amen, Sista!
John Leguizamo - actor He was in "Die Hard 2" and "Regarding Henry". Who knew?
Mildred Loving - civil rights activist This woman was cool because she married a white man (she is black) and it was illegal at the time in their state - but they fought it and it inspired many of the rest of the states to get rid of the statute prohibiting interracial marriages. I'm loving on the Lovings!
Gregor Mendel - scientist Um, Hello! Father of Genetics! As in - all those peas - all those graphs - xx and xy and recessive and dominant! Thanks to this guy I know why all my boys have beautiful brown eyes and both my girls have gorgeous blue ones!
David Spade - actor I honestly used to love watching his shows on TV. For a small dude, he packs some pretty serious "funny-ness" in there.
Alex Trebek - game show host "I'll take 'Birthday Buddies' for 400, Alex". How cool is this one? (I know, right - that was totally asked in a question form. Bring it!)
Rufus Wainwright - singer This dude is a Canadian-American who started playing piano at the age of 6 and won huge awards in Canada by his teens. Talented, eh?
Well - that's all for now, folks. Thanks for sharing my big day with me - and to all you other fellow CANCER-sign people - we rock! Carry On!
Oh - and PS: To my own mother and father - thanks for hangin' in there for number TEN child to be born - I know it wasn't easy to
Love, Your favorite daughter.