Feb 232018

On This Day



1932 – Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (born Majel Leigh Hudec) was an American actress and producer. She is best known for her roles as Nurse Christine Chapel in the original Star Trek series and Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as for being the voice of most onboard computer interfaces throughout the series. She became the second wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

As the wife of Roddenberry and given her ongoing relationship with Star Trek—participating in some way in every series during her lifetime—she was sometimes referred to as “the First Lady of Star Trek”. She married Roddenberry in Japan on August 6, 1969, after the cancellation of the original Star Trek series. They had one son together, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr., born in 1974.

Died: 18 December 2008

Aged 76

1983 – Emily Blunt

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British-American film and stage actress and singer. Blunt made her professional debut in a 2001 London production of the play The Royal Family. Two years later, she appeared on screen for the first time in the 2003 television film Boudica (Warrior Queen) and portrayed ill-fated queen consort Catherine Howard in the miniseries Henry VIII. Her performance in the 2004 drama film My Summer of Love garnered her the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer. For her performance in the TV film Gideon’s Daughter (2006) she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. The same year, she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Devil Wears Prada.

In 2009, Blunt received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. She received more acclaim for portraying Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria (2009), receiving a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. 2009 also saw Blunt appear in the crime caper comedy Wild Target with Bill Nighy and Rupert Grint. She found commercial success for roles in the romantic science-fiction thriller The Adjustment Bureau (2011), the science-fiction action thriller Looper (2012), and the science-fiction military film Edge of Tomorrow (2014).

Blunt received her fourth and fifth Golden Globe Award nominations for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) and the musical fantasy Into the Woods (2014) in the Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category. In 2016, Blunt starred in the fantasy-action film The Huntsman: Winter’s War and The Girl on the Train, the latter based on the international best-selling novel of the same name, and a performance that earned her nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She is set to portray Mary Poppins in the upcoming musical fantasy film Mary Poppins Returns (2018).

Age 35

1992 – Danny Alfei

Daniel Mark Alfei is a Welsh footballer who plays as a defender for League Two club Yeovil Town.

Alfei played 15 times for Portmouth in 2014

Age 26

1994 – Dakota Fanning


Hannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. She rose to prominence at age seven for her performance as Lucy Dawson in the drama film I Am Sam (2001), for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight, making her the youngest nominee in history. Thereafter, Fanning received additional recognition for appearances in the films Uptown Girls (2003), The Cat in the Hat (2003), Man on Fire (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Dreamer (2005), and Charlotte’s Web (2006).

Fanning then began to transition to more adult roles with Hounddog (2007) and The Secret Life of Bees (2008). Her recent film roles have included the eponymous character in Coraline (2009), Cherie Currie in The Runaways (2010), Annie James in The Motel Life (2013), and Jane Volturi in The Twilight Saga (2009–12).

Although the focus of Fanning’s career is acting, she also has fashion-related jobs. Her debut in modeling came in 2009 when she made the cover of various magazines like Elle, Vanity Fair, and Cosmopolitan, among others. She also appeared in the fashion week in New York in 2014 and at the opening ceremony of Fashion Week New York S/S 2015.

Age 24

On This Day   .   Dakota Fanning

Dec 182017

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1959 – Kevin Dillon

Kevin Paul Dillon is an English former professional footballer born in Sunderland. He played in the Football League for Birmingham City, Portsmouth, Newcastle United and Reading, and was capped once for England under-21. He was first-team manager of League Two club Aldershot Town from November 2009 to January 2011.

Dillon played 258 times for Portsmouth scoring 59 goals between 1983 – 1989

Age 57

1969 – Justin Edinburgh

Justin Charles Edinburgh is a former English professional football manager and former player. He was most recently the manager of League One club Northampton Town.

Edinburgh played 38 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2000 – 2001

Age 48

1978 – Katie Holmes

Kate Noelle Holmes is an American actress. She first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003. She appeared in the 1998 thriller Disturbing Behaviour, which won her an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.

Other film roles include Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm (1997), the comedy-drama Wonder Boys (2000), the thriller Abandon (2002), the dark comedy Pieces of April (2003), Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins (2005), in which she portrayed Rachel Dawes, the comedy satire Thank You for Smoking (2006) and the horror film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011). She has also played on Broadway in a production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and had numerous guest roles on television programs such as How I Met Your Mother. In 2011, she starred as Jacqueline Kennedy in The Kennedys miniseries, a role she reprised in the 2017 miniseries The Kennedys: After Camelot. Recent film roles include Pam Schoenberg in the drama Woman in Gold (2015), bipolar poet Carla in the independent comedy-drama Touched with Fire (2015) and Bobbie Jo Logan Chapman in Steven Soderbergh’s critically-acclaimed comedy Logan Lucky (2017).

Age 39

1989 – Ashley Benson


Ashley Victoria Benson is an American actress, known for portraying the role of Hanna Marin in the teen mystery-drama television series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017). She began her career portraying the role of Abigail Deveraux on NBC’s soap opera Days of Our Lives (2004–2007). She starred in the films Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007), Christmas Cupid (2010), Spring Breakers (2013), Ratter (2015) and Chronically Metropolitan (2016).

Age 28

1989 – Emily Atack

Emily Jane Atack is an English actress, best known for her role as Charlotte Hinchcliffe in the award-winning E4 series The Inbetweeners. In recent years she has starred films such as the remake of Dad’s Army opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bill Nighy and will co-star alongside Jennifer Saunders in Disney’s live action picture, Patrick in 2018. She starred alongside Harvey Kietel and Gabriel Byrne in British film Lies We Tell. She has also starred in television programmes such as Rock and Chips (BBC), Little Crackers (Sky One), The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (ITV2) and The Tracey Ullman Show (BBC).

Age 28

1992 – Bridget Mendler


Bridgit Claire Mendler is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Mendler has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Southern California. In 2004, she began her career in the animated Indian film The Legend of Buddha, later starring in the films Alice Upside Down, The Clique and Labor Pains as a teenager. In 2009, Mendler signed with Disney Channel and played Juliet van Heusen on Wizards of Waverly Place. Following the positive reception to her character, she landed the role of Teddy Duncan on the Disney series Good Luck Charlie, which ran from April 2010 to February 2014. Mendler also notably starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth in 2011.

Age 25


2008 – Majel Barrett

Born: 23 February 1932

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry was an American actress and producer. She is best known for her roles as Nurse Christine Chapel in the original Star Trek series and Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as for being the voice of most onboard computer interfaces throughout the series. She became the second wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

Died Aged 76

On This Day   .   Ashley Benson   .   Bridget Mendler