Who Was Born Today – August 31 Birthdays

Who Was Born Today – August 31 Birthdays

Important and famous people from throughout history born on this day

Born on August 31
1811 Théophile Gautier, French poet, novelist and author of Art for Art’s Sake.
1870 Maria Montessori, educator and founder of the Montessori schools.
1885 Duboise Heyward, novelist, poet and dramatist best know for Porgy which was the basis for the opera Porgy and Bess.
1899 Lynn Riggs, writer, her book Green Grow the Lilacs was adapted by Rodgers and Hammerstein to become Oklahoma.
1903 Arthur Godfrey, radio and television personality.
1905 Sanford Meisner, influential acting teacher.
1907 Wiliam Shawn, longtime editor of The New Yorker.
1908 Wiliam Saroyan, author and playwright (The Human Comedy).
1918 Alan Jay Lerner, playwright and lyricist (Brigadoon, Camelot).
1918 Daniel Schorr, journalist.
1935 Eldridge Cleaver, political activist and author of Soul on Fire.
1936 Marva Collins, innovative educator who started Chicago’s one-room school, Westside Preparatory.
1945 Van Morrison, Irish singer, songwriter.
1945 Itzhak Perlman, violinist.
1948 Lowell Ganz, screenwriter, (A League of Their Own) director, producer, actor.
1949 Richard Gere, actor (Pretty Woman, An Officer and a Gentleman).
1970 Deborah Ann “Debbie” Gibson, singer, songwriter, record producer, actress; youngest artist ever to write, produce and perform a Billboard #1 single (“Foolish Beat”).
1970 Queen Rania of Jordan (nee Rania al Yassin), wife of King Abdullah II.

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