Five People Born on February 11

sarah_palin_makeup1-150x150Today is February 11, 2010 and the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.  There are 323 days left in the year 2010. According the Mayan calendar, there are 1044 days till the end of the current cycle.  On this date, in 1941, the first gold record is given to Glen Miller for his song “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.   Here are five people that share a birthday on this day:




number1Sarah Palin (Born 1964)
Born Sarah Louise Heath in Sandpoint, Iowa, Palin was the ex-Governor of Alaska and the Vice Presidential nominee in the 2008 presidential election.  Her family moved to teach in Alaska and Palin grew up in Wasilla.  In 1984, she was the runner up in the Miss Alaska beauty contest.  She went on to earn a degree in journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987, coming back to Alaska to be a sports commentator in Anchorage.  Palin eloped with her high school sweetheart, Todd Palin, on August 29, 1988, and helped run his family’s commercial fishing business. Todd, who is part Yu’pik Eskimo, also worked for BP at a Prudhoe Bay processing facility. He took leave from the company when his wife became governor to avoid a potential conflict of interest.  From 1995 to 2002, he was a member of Alaska’s Independence Party, a fierce states’ rights group that wants to turn all federal lands in Alaska back to the state. Some party leaders have advocated Alaskan secession from the United States.  The group has denied Sarah Palin amongst its members, although she has made public addresses for the group.  Palin entered politics in 1992, winning a seat on the Wasilla City Council by opposing tax hikes. Four years later, she was elected mayor of Wasilla by knocking off a three-term incumbent.  As mayor, Palin cut property taxes and reduced spending. She also raised the city sales tax by a half a percent to build a popular sports complex and put more money into public safety.  Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski appointed Sarah Palin to chair the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2003. She resigned a year later in protest over what she perceived to be the “lack of ethics” of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, including Republican Party Chair Randy Ruedrich. In 2006, Palin won the Republican primary for Governor, defeating Murkowski. She went on to win the general election in November 2006 by defeating former Democratic Governor Tony Knowles in the general election, 49 percent to 41 percent.  Palin made history on December 4, 2006, when she was sworn-in as the first woman and youngest governor of Alaska. She was also the state’s first governor who was born after Alaska achieved statehood in 1959.  John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate on August 29, 2008, formally introducing her during a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio. Formally nominated on September 4 at the Republican National Convention, Palin is the second woman to run for vice president on a U.S. major party’s ticket and the first Republican female to do so.  After her campaign lost the 2008 presidential election, Palin returned to her home state of Alaska to finish her term as governor. However on July 3, 2009, Sarah Palin announced her resignation as governor and fuelled speculation that she is planning to run for president in 2012. 



number2Jeb Bush (Born 1953)
Florida Governor and Politician born Jeb John Ellis Bush to former President George Herbert Walker Bush.  He is also the brother of the forty-third president of the United States, George W. Bush.  Jeb Bush has spent much of his life around politics. He showed an interest in public service at an early age, choosing to go to Mexico to teach English while on an exchange program in high school. Bush went to the University of Texas where he earned a degree in Latin American affairs.  Bush left Texas and moved to Florida in the early 1980s to work as a real estate developer and broker. In 1987 and 1988, he held his first government post, serving as Florida’s secretary of commerce. Bush made his first run for public office as the Republican candidate for the state’s governorship in 1994. He lost the election by a small margin to Governor Lawton Chiles. Bush, however, was victorious on his second try in 1998.   As governor, Bush found himself in the midst of the 2000 election controversy. The fate of the election rested on the results of Florida, which had some problems with its ballots. With his brother as one of the candidates, Bush declined to participate in any of the decisions related to the election to avoid the appearance of impropriety.  Two years later, Bush won his bid for re-election. Shortly before the election his daughter Noelle was arrested for drug possession. Earlier that year, she had been arrested for prescription drug fraud and sentenced to go into a drug rehabilitation program. Bush said that he loved his daughter unconditionally, but he did not want her to receive special treatment. She was sentenced to serve 10 days in jail. Noelle stood by her father’s side when he was sworn in for his second term in January 2003.  In 2006, Florida law prohibited Bush from running for a third straight term. Leaving the governorship in 2007 after eight years in office, Bush will be remembered for his work on the state’s education system, his efforts to protect the environment, and his achievements in improving the state’s economy. 



number3Jennifer Aniston (Born 1969)
Born in Sherman Oaks, California, Aniston hit Hollywood gold playing Rachel Green on the hit NBC sitcom Friends. She stayed with Friends for ten years, banking $1 million per episode for the last three seasons, until the show ended in 2004.  She won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award during her tenure on the show. Aniston has also nurtured a big-screen career, often alternating between small, independent films like Office Space and 2002’s The Good Girl and big-budget productions like the Jim Carrey vehicle Bruce Almighty. Recent films include 2004’s Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller, Derailed and Rumor Has It. In 2006, she continued her mix of filmmaking styles with the ensemble production Friends with Money, which opened at Cannes, and the blockbuster romantic comedy The Break-Up.  Aniston starred in Marley & Me alongside Owen Wilson in 2008. It set a record for the largest Christmas Day box office ever, with more than $14 million in ticket sales and a No. 1 ranking at the box office. Her next film, He’s Just Not That into You, premiered in February 2009. The movie made $27.5 million, again ranking No. 1 at the box office in its opening weekend. While the film received mixed reviews, Aniston’s performance was praised by critics.  Aniston married actor Brad Pitt in 2000; the couple divorced in 2005 following media speculation that Pitt had an affair with co-star Angelina Jolie. Aniston has since been linked with The Break-Up co-star Vince Vaughn and musician John Mayer. 



number4Eva Gabor (1919-1995)
Actress born in Budapest, Hungary, she is one of the three Gabor sisters, Eva was considered to be the one with the most acting talent.  After beginning her career as a cabaret singer and ice skater, she emigrated to the States in the 1930s. Soon after, she appeared in such films as Forced Landing in 1941 and Pacific Blackout in 1942. She also received critical acclaim for her performances on Broadway, starting with The Happy Time in 1950.  Though she continued to have success in character roles in movies, including one of Vincent Price’s victims in The Mad Magician (1953) and as Liane d’Exelmans in the Oscar-winning Gigi (1958), she is best remembered as the socialite turned farm wife on the popular television series Green Acres. During her five-year run as Lisa Douglas, Gabor was beloved by both TV audiences and the cast of the show. In 1990, she reprised her role in the two-hour Green Acres made-for-TV movie.  Like her sister Zsa Zsa, Eva became known for her string of husbands, including Frank Jameson, Charles Isaacs, Dr. Erik Drimmer, Dr. John Williams and Richard Brown. Eva Gabor died in 1995; her older sister, Magda, died two years later.

number5Leslie Nielsen (Born 1926)
Canadian actor and comedian was born in a small village above the Arctic Circle.  During World War II, Leslie Nielsen enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Following his discharge, he worked as a disc jockey and announcer at a local Canadian radio station.  Nielsen attributed his acting skills to his father, a strict disciplinarian, to whom he often lied in order to avoid punishment. In 1949, he decided to wholeheartedly pursue acting after receiving a scholarship to New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse. Subsequently, he moved to New York, where he landed his first television role in Battleship Bismarck (1949). For the next few years, he enjoyed a steady stream of roles in live television dramas including Tales From Tomorrow (1951).  In the mid-1950s, Nielsen relocated to Hollywood where he set his sights on film, making his big screen debut in Forbidden Planet (1956). Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he continued to take on a large quantity of low-quality roles. During this period, he was billed in over 50 films, including the poorly-received Harlow (1965), The Plainsman (1966), and The Poseidon Adventure (1972).  In the early 1980s, after an extensive film career, Nielsen reinvented himself as a comedian. The turning point came when he was cast as the poker-faced Dr. Shirley Rumack in the immensely popular spoof Airplane! (1980). Nielsen went on to play the hilariously inept police Detective Frank Drebin on the short-lived TV series Police Squad! (1982). In 1988, he hit it big when he reprised the role in the full-length feature Naked Gun: Files From the Police Squad, along with its two successful sequels — Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear (1991) and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994). After the release of Naked Gun 2 ½, he capitalized on the films’ success by publishing a fictitious autobiography titled The Naked Truth (1993).  To date, Nielsen’s impressive career includes more than 200 films and television programs.