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December 26, 2014
December 26: Exorcism

The behaviors of the possessed resemble very closely the behaviors of those with electrochemical, neurochemical or other physical or emotional disorders.

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August 16, 2014
August 16: James Cameron (1954)

It was on this date, August 16, 1954, that Canadian film director James Cameron was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario. Director of The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), True Lies (1994), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009), Cameron has been nominated for six Academy Awards overall and won three for […]

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July 23, 2014
July 23: Daniel Radcliffe (1989)

It was on this date, July 23, 1989, that the English actor known for a 10-year run as the title character in the Harry Potter films, Daniel Radcliffe was born Daniel Jacob Radcliffe in Fulham, London. Radcliffe made his acting debut at age 10 in the title role of BBC One’s television movie David Copperfield […]

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June 25, 2014
June 25: Ricky Gervais (1961)

It was on this date, June 25, 1961, that English comedian, writer and actor Ricky Gervais was born Ricky Dene Gervais in Whitley, Berkshire, England. He attended University College, London, to study biology but changed to philosophy and earned an upper second-class honours degree in the subject. Gervais achieved mainstream fame with his television series […]

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June 6, 2014
June 6: Paul Giamatti (1967)

It was on this date, June 6, 1967 that American actor Paul Giamatti was born Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti in New Haven, Connecticut. The youngest of three children, Giamatti was the son of a Yale University professor who became president of the university and an English teacher mother. Giamatti attended Yale, was elected to the […]

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May 12, 2014
May 12: Katherine Hepburn

"I'm an atheist, and that's it," said Hepburn. "Our Constitution was not intended to be used by ... any group to foist its personal religious beliefs on the rest of us."

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March 1, 2014
March 1: Javier Bardem (1969)

It was on this date, March 1, 1969, that Spanish actor Javier Bardem – the first Spanish actor to receive an Oscar nomination – was born Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Canary Islands, Spain. He father having left his mother, Bardem was reared by his mother and churched in […]

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February 14, 2014
February 14 Simon Pegg (1970)

It was on this date, February 14, 1970, that English actor, comedian, writer, film producer and director Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England. Simon was seven when his parents divorced and he took the surname of his stepfather, Pegg, after his mother re-married. Simon Pegg is known for having co-written […]

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January 28, 2014
January 28 Alan Alda (1936)

It was on this date, January 28, 1936, that American actor, director, screenwriter, and author Alan Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo to actor and singer Robert Alda and Joan Browne, a former showgirl and Miss New York pageant winner. His adopted stage and screen name, “Alda,” is a portmanteau of ALphonso and D’Abruzzo. A […]

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January 20, 2014
January 20: Bill Maher (1956)

It was on this date, January 20, 1956, that American stand-up comedian and author William “Bill” Maher, Jr. was born in New York City to a Jewish mother and Catholic father and reared in River Vale, N.J.. Maher attended Cornell University and started his stand-up comic career in 1979. In addition to his live stand-up […]

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