An alert reader recently suggested that we had Susan Lucci’s birth year wrong.Lucci, who has played Erica Kane on TV’s All My Children for the last three decades, once said in an interview in Cigar Aficionado that she enjoys being mysterious about how old she is, so we knew we’d have our work cut out for us.
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Who do you believe: Stevie Wonder or his mother?A few weeks back we profiled Stevie Wonder, the old-school musical giant whose latest album, A Time To Love, won six Grammy nominations. There was one sticking point: his name. The Stevie Wonder stage name is no mystery — he got it when he signed with Motown as a child whiz kid and began performing as Little Stevie Wonder. (A few years later he dropped the “Little,” but the Wonder stuck.)
New Year’s Eve naturally makes one think of Dick Clark, host since 1972 of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. (How long ago was 1972? A recent Associated Press story by David Bauder said Clark’s show was created “as a hipper alternative to Guy Lombardo.”) Clark missed the 2004 broadcast after having a stroke, but is returning for the 2005 show in a reduced capacity, co-hosting with heir apparent Ryan Seacrest.
Johnny Carson, Rosa Parks, Terri Schiavo and Gilligan… just a few of the celebrities who passed away in 2005. Here’s our complete list.
To honor the advent of the latest Harry Potter movie — Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire — we’ve profiled a raft of Harry Potter teens.
Who2’s longstanding editorial policy is to avoid linking pay-per-view sites or those that require paid subscriptions. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, often has meaty content, but what good is it to the average Who2 user if they have to pay a $99 annual fee to read one article?
Reader Lenore Schuller writes in: “Why have you skipped December 6th?” She refers to the Who2 birthday index, in which every day of the year has at least one celebrity birthday… except for December 6th. Out of our 2500+ profiles, no famous person was born on that day.We’ve resisted (so far) the urge to hunt down one famous person born on that day and profile them. December 6th will just have to make it into the database on its own merits.
A side note to the confirmation of John Roberts, Jr. as Chief Justice of the United States: rather interesting how few Chief Justices there have been in American history, considering that the post has existed since John Jay first took it in 1789.Roberts is only the 17th man to hold the post (if you toss out William Cushing, who either took the job for a few days and then resigned, or turned it down altogether, in 1796). Wikipedia has a good clear list.
According to BBC News today, the Vatican has reported that the last words of Pope John Paul II were: “Let me go to the house of the Father.”The revelation is part of a chronicle of the last months of the pope’s life. The chronicle begins with an entry from 31 January 2005.His final words were uttered on the evening of the day he died, 2 April 2005.
We’ve been taking a closer look at the birthdate of Alexander Hamilton, founding father and duelling victim. Some sources say he was born in 1757, but others insist on 1755.[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2225:]]
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