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Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays March 18

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Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays March 18:


1963 (48) Vanessa Williams Former Miss America went on to a singing and acting career

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Was originally cast as Jane Toussaint in Spike Lee’s School Daze (1988), but was replaced by Tisha Campbell-Martin due to artistic differences.

Parents, Milton & Helen Williams, were both music teachers.

In 1981, she won a musical theatre scholarship to Syracuse University. However, she eventually lost those funds. That led to her entry in the Miss America pageant.

Grew up in Millwood, New York, USA

Often confused with actress Vanessa Williams.

As a Junior at Syracuse University, she was crowned Miss America in the fall of 1983 and dropped out to fulfill her contractual duties, but she eventually earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts on May 10, 2008.


Former Miss America 1984, resigned after nude photos surfaced in Penthouse magazine. The centerfold model for that issue was 16-year-old Traci Lords. Because Ms. Lords was underage, it is illegal to own or trade that issue of the magazine, unless the centerfold pictorial is removed.

Has four children: Melanie (b. 1987), Jillian (b. 1989), and Devin (b. 1993), Sasha (b. 2000).

Was the first black contestant in the hot seat on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (1999/I).

Was nominated for Broadway’s 2002 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for a revival of “Into The Woods.”

Spokesperson for Proactive Solution (Acne Medication).

Attended Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York.

Was introduced to husband Rick Fox by his then-girlfriend, model Tyra Banks. When his romance with Banks ended, Fox and Williams began dating.

She and Rick Fox eloped to the Caribbean in the Summer of 1999, but promised family and friends they would re-tie the knot that Fall, which they did in a lavish ceremony at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City, followed by a gala reception at the St. Regis Hotel.

Did commercials for Radio Shack from 2001 with Howie Long and Ving Rhames, and, from 2003, husband Rick Fox. She also did spots for Crest, and a late-night infomercial for skin care product, Proactive Solution.

Measurements: 34C-24-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Her runner-up, Suzette Charles, became the second African-American Miss America after her resignation.

Is the sister of Chris Williams.

Sang the National Anthem at Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inauguration as Governor of California. (17 November 2003)

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 19 March 2007.

Ranked #56 on VH1′s 100 Sexiest Artists.

Turned down the role in Monster’s Ball (2001), which later went to Halle Berry.

In 2007 she became one of the highest-paid spokespersons of all time in the world of infomercial products when she signed a $20-million contract with ProActive Solution.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.



1959 (52) Irene Cara Actress singer starred in “Fame” sang the title song to “Flashdance”

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Born at 10:41am-EST

Actress, singer, and songwriter.

Latino Playwrights Award: Award of Recognition. [1985]

Golden Eagle Awards: Nosotros – Latin America Performer of the Year [1984]

Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance – Female [1984]

Alpha Music Program in Japan: #1 Female Vocalist from Sendai TV’s “Saturday Magazine” [1983]

American Music Awards: Best R&B Female Artist nomination [1983]

American Music Awards: Best Pop Single of the Year [1983]

Bravo Magazine: Otto Award, Most Popular Female Singer [1983]

Cashbox Magazine: Top Female Vocalist – Pop Singles [1983]

Cashbox Magazine: Black Contemporary – Pop Singles [1983]

Cashbox Magazine: Adult Contemporary Vocalist – Pop Singles [1983]

Cashbox Magazine: Top Pop Crossover Artist – Black Contemporary Singles [1983]

Cashbox Magazine: Pop Single of the Year [1983]

Academy Awards (not recipient: sang both songs) [1981]


Grammy Awards: Nomination – Best Pop Vocal Performance – Female [1981]

Grammy Awards: Nomination – Best New Artist [1981]

(award) Billboard Magazine: Top New Single Artist [1980]

(award) Cashbox Magazine: Most Promising Female Vocalist [1980]

(award) Cashbox Magazine: Top Female Vocalist [1980]

(award) Japan Radio Hit Research Committee: Most Popular Disc Award [1980]

Listed as one of twelve Promising New Actors of 1976 in John Willis’s “Screen World,” Vol. 28.

Won the Oscar for best song in 1984 for the song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” which she co-wrote with Giorgio Moroder.

Her father Gaspar is of African American and Puerto Rican descent, and her mother Louise is of French and Cuban descent.

Won a bitter lawsuit with her managers over money and career issues in the 1990s.

Chosen by Francesco Scavullo for his 1980s book on some of the most beautiful women in the entertainment business. Irene shared the pages with supermodel Gia Carangi, Diahann Carroll, and Brooke Shields.

She was the first artist to perform two nominated songs at the Academy Awards, when in 1981, for the first time, two songs from one film (Fame (1980)) were nominated for Best Original Song: “Fame” and ‘Out here on My Own.” The former won.

Recorded her first record in Spanish for the Latin Market by age 8 and a Christmas LP in English soon after.

At age 10 she appeared in a major concert tribute to Duke Ellington with Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr. and Roberta Flack.

Her #1 hit “Flashdance…What a Feeling” was ranked #67 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Dance Songs. (See video below)

Performed Flashdance…What a Feeling on March 14, 2003 at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Philadelphia 76ers 1983 Championship team.

Was one of the five finalists for the Little Miss America pageant at age 3.

Was awarded the trophy for Top Actress of 1976 after being selected in a poll compiled by readers of Right On! magazine.

Wrote the lyrics to “Flashdance..What a Feeling” with co-writer Keith Forsey while riding in a car in New York heading to the studio to record it. The music for Flashdance was written by Giorgio Moroder and the after result was not only a #1 record, it also won them an Oscar and a Grammy.

Use to sing back-up vocals for quite a few stars, including Vicki Sue Robinson and Lou Reed.

On June 22, 2004, two of her movie theme songs, “Flashdance…What a Feeling” (#55) from Flashdance (1983) and “Fame” (#51) from Fame (1980), were selected by the board of the American Film Institute in its list of 100 Years of the Greatest Songs.

On March 27, 2004, she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Honor at the 6th Annual Prestige Awards. She was also inducted a week earlier into the Ciboney Cafe’s prestigious Hall of Fame.

Parents are Gaspar and Louise Cara.

Has 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

Her age has always been a confusing mystery by biographers who stated her birth year as either 1964 or 1959 from the day she shot to fame. But in July 2004 the mystery was finally solved when the Associated Press obtained her voter registration records from Florida, where she lived, and confirmed her birth year as 1959. Miss Cara disputes this, and says it was not her voters registration. She claims she has never voted and her correct date of birth is March 18th 1962.

Graduated from the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan, a rival of the Laguardia High School of Music & Art on which her debut movie “Fame” is based.

Announced the making of her own all-girl band called Hot Caramel.

She has her own production studio.

As of 2009, Cara is the only black woman to win an Oscar outside the acting categories.

Personal Quotes

“I don’t mean to sound immodest, but I’d never had any doubt that I’d be successful, nor any fear of success. I was raised as a little goddess who was told she would be a star.” – Cosmo Magazine 1985

“I love taxis. Cabbies are the best therapists, good listeners, good talkers, working-class people i hope never to lose contact with.”

“I didn’t get where I am because of looks. “I’ve done it on talent! I’ve never had to depend on my looks for anything. I haven’t sat around and tried to look pretty. – I’ve worked my butt off!” – (Ebony Magazine July 1981)

“I knew people would be saying mean things about me copying Donna Summer and trying to follow in her footsteps by using her producer. But by the time Flashdance had come out I had established my own identity. I wasn’t worried about people saying I was just a Donna copy.” – (TV Week Magazine May 12, 1984)

“I refuse to let anybody try to typecast me. “It’s against my nature. I like to continually do different things.” – (Video Rock Stars 1985)

“It’s important for me to get back to my fans here and around the world. I feel very, very blessed that so many people have continued to write me and to pour out their love for me and my work.” – ( Star Magazine April 5, 1993)


1964 (47) Bonnie Blair Olympic Speed Skating gold medalist

1950 (61) Brad Dourif Character actor in “Lord of the Rings” “Deadwood”

In the category of I can’t believe he is that old:

1938 (73) Charley Pride Country singer with 36 #1 hits

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