Five People Born on March 11

lawrence_welkToday is March 11, 2010 and the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.  There are 294 days left in the year 2010. According the Mayan calendar, there are 1016 days till the end of the current cycle.  On this date, in 1993, Janet Reno becomes the first Attorney General of the United States.  Here are five people that share a birthday on this day:


number1Lawrence Welk (1903-1992)
American bandleader and television host of the variety show, The Lawrence Welk Show,  Welk was born in North Dakota in a German-speaking village and didn’t learn English until the age of 21. He played the accordion and formed two musical groups that opened for bands and orchestras in the Midwest. Welk moved to Los Angeles, where his television program The Lawrence Welk Show (1955–71), which featured band music with vocalists, dancers, and instrumental soloists, became a huge success. The show was dropped by the network, but Welk continued it as Memories with Lawrence Welk (1971–82) after he was able to sign contracts with more than 250 independent television stations in the U.S. and Canada. Known for his unpretentious warmth and his trademark phrase “Wunnerful, wunnerful,” he played light, nostalgic “champagne music” and featured smiling performers such as the Lennon Sisters.   


number2Joey Buttafuoco (Born 1956)
This guy’s claim to fame is that he had sex with a minor, named Amy Fisher,  who later turned out to shoot his wife, Mary Jo,  in the face.  Buttafuoco was an auto mechanic in New York who met his wife in high school.  Joey was having an affair with Fisher while she was underage.  Thinking that she could end his marriage, she shot Mary Jo, but didn’t kill her.  The wounded Mary Jo was able to identify Fisher by her t-shirt (with the logo of Joey’s auto body shop on it) and Fisher was arrested.  She spent seven years in prison for the shooting.  Joey Buttafuoco was accused of statutory rape and  served four months in prison.  Since this occurrence, the Buttafuocos have divorced and Joey has continued to have legal troubles.  He’s been arrested for soliciting a prostitute, auto insurance fraud, and possession of ammunition while on probation.


number3Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
English author, dramatist, and musician who is most famous for his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series of books, which started as a radio comedy before evolving into a “trilogy” of five books. The series was very successful, spawning television shows, movies, video games, comics and stage plays.  He was also an animal rights advocate and enjoyed fast cars.  He was also a staunch atheist who often joked about the existence of any supreme being.  Adams was also a guitar player who had many friends in the music world.  When he died, Gary Brooker, from the band Procul Harem, performed at his funeral.  Adams died of a heart attack at the age of 49 after working out in his gym.


number4Bobby McFerrin (Born 1950)
This ten-time Grammy award winning American singer is probably best known for his 1988 single, Don’t Worry, Be Happy.  He started his career in 1977 playing Jazz music and reggae.  He sings and plays the clarinet, piano, and bass guitar.  In 1988, he had a #1 U.S. pop song in Don’t Worry, Be Happy.  He also won song and record of the year for this work, which included a video with comedian Robin Williams.  To date, McFerrin has released fourteen albums.


number5Dorothy Gish (1898-1968)
Born in Dayton, Ohio.  Gish is the sister of Lillian Gish, the actress who starred in D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation.  Dorothy and Lillian made their big screen debut in An Unseen Enemy. With the help of childhood friend Mary Pickford, Dorothy was soon under the directorship of D. W. Griffith, and she became an early star of the silent screen. She made several memorable films as a young woman, including 1918’s In Hearts of the World, 1922’s Orphans of the Storm and 1920’s Remodeling Her Husband.  After the film industry converted to talking pictures, Gish transitioned back to the stage. By this time she was an enormous star, and her performances drew large crowds eager to see her in person. Notable stage performances include Young Love, Life With Father co-starring Lillian, and Miss Susie Slagle’s, which was televised on NBC in 1955.  Dorothy Gish returned to films later in life, although less frequently. These films include 1944’s Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, 1946’s The Magnificent Yankee and Centennial Summer, and 1951’s The Whistle at Eaton Falls. Gish was married to actor James Rennie from 1920-1935. She died in 1968 from bronchial pneumonia at age 70.