Happy birthday Salvador Dali!
Salvador Dalí (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989) was a Surrealist Catalán painter, recognized for his flamboyant appearance and personality. He was a key member in the 20th century Surrealist movement, creating alongside the likes of Pablo Picasso, Luis Buñuel, Joan Miró, and many others.
Happy birthday Fred Astaire!
Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899–June 22, 1987) was an American dancer, actor, choreographer, and musician. He is perhaps most famous for his partnership with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made 10 films. He pioneered certain film techniques in the way that they include dance. He received countless awards including Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes, and recognition from many major film organizations.
Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Joel had many hits throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s including "Piano Man," "Uptown Girl," and "We Didn't Start the Fire." He is in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006). He continues to tour and compose.
"I think if I took therapy, the doctor would quit. He'd just pick up the couch and walk out of the room."
Happy birthday Don Rickles!
Don Rickles (born May 8, 1926) is an American stand-up comedian. He has appeared and lended his voice to characters in many films and on television. He has had long term contracts with hotels in Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe. He is most known for responding to hecklers with insults, one of the first comedians to employ this technique.
Happy birthday Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky!
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840– November 6, 1893) was a Russian composer, the first to hit the international stage in a lasting way. His works include symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, and chamber music. He was hugely influenced by the death of his mother at an early age, and his life was marked by periodic depression thereafter. Though his work garnered mixed critical reviews, it was universally popular, partly due to its incorporation of Western musical standards. Some of his works include Piano Concerto No. 1 (1875), Swan Lake (1876), Eugene Onegin (1879), The Sleeping Beauty (1889) and many others.
Happy birthday Orson Welles!
Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American director, producer, and writer who produced work for film, stage, and radio. His most notable work is Citizen Kane (1941), which is widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, if not the greatest. It also won an Academy Award for Best Writing. He is also very well known for his radio broadcasts, including The War of the Worlds (1938). He was also the youngest person to be given total creative control over and funding for his films by a studio. His work is remembered for its uniquely nonlinear narrative style and use of light.
Happy birthday Tammy Wynette!
Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country singer. She is one of the biggest selling female country singers of all time. Some of her most notable songs include "Stand By Your Man," "We Go Together," and "He Loves Me All the Way." She battled many health problems and an addiction to painkillers. She was married to singer George Jones, producing work with him and many other country greats.
Happy birthday Audrey Hepburn!
Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) was a Belgian-born actress, fashion icon, and humanitarian. She appeared on stage and in films throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, with her most notable films including Roman Holiday (1953), Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961), and My Fair Lady (1964). She was hugely influential style icon. She spent the last part of her life devoted to helping children, touring the world as a goodwill ambassador to UNICEF to raise awareness about children in need.
Happy birthday Bing Crosby!
Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor, one of the most popular performers of the 20th century. He performed on radio, television, and in films in addition to live performances. He had countless hits throughout his career including "White Christmas," "Just One More Chance," "At Your Command," and "Pennies from Heaven." He is remembered as being a pioneer of "crooning." He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Going My Way (1944) and is the third most popular actor of all time, in terms of ticket sales.
Happy birthday Stephen Daldry!
Stephen Daldry (born May 2, 1960) is a British film and stage director and producer. His most notable work, perhaps, is his first directorial debut, Billy Elliot (2000). He has gone on to work with some of Hollywood's most high profile actors including Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, David Kross, Ralph Fiennes, and Tom Hanks. He is a three time Academy Award nominee and has also won a Tony Award.
Happy birthday Wes Anderson!
Wes Anderson (born May 1, 1969) is an American film producer, director, screenwriter, and actor. His films are known for their iconic cartoonishness, their soundtracks consisting of British rock and classics of the American folk revival, and for their consistently flawed characters. Some of his most notable works to date include The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and Moonrise Kingdom (2012). He often collaborates with the same people on his films.
"Be here. Be present. Wherever you are, be there."
Happy birthday Willie Nelson!
Willie Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country music musician. He is also an author, poet, actor, and political activist. He is known for his trademark bandana and long hair, to go along with the against-the-grain sound that he coined in opposition to 1950s Nashville country. He promotes the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. His most notable tracks include "Hello Walls", "Pretty Paper", "Crazy", "On the Road Again", "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", and "Pancho & Lefty" but he has made over sixty recordings.