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MILESTONES: September 30, birthdays for Fran Drescher, Deborah Allen, Téa Obreht

September 30, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who was born in 1975; author Téa Obreht, who was born in 1985; actress Victoria Tennant, who was born in 1950; actress and singer-songwriter Crystal Bernard, who was born in 1961; singer-songwriter and actress Deborah Allen, who was born in 1953; actress Angie Dickinson, who was born in 1931; actress Jenna Elfman, who was born in 1971; former tennis player Martina Hingis, who was born in 1980; singer and actress Marilyn McCoo, who was born in 1943; former U.S. poet laureate W.S. Merwin, who was born in 1927; actress Fran Drescher, who was born in 1957; Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu, who was born in 1981; actor, director and producer Eric Stoltz, who was born in 1961; and actress, singer-songwriter and environmentalist Marion Cotillard, who was born in 1975. 

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LITERARY CELEBRITY Truman Capote was born on this day in 1924. Capote was a novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, playwright and actor. He is known for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “In Cold Blood” and “Other Voices, Other Rooms.” Capote died on Aug. 25 in Los Angeles, California in 1984, while working on a novel called “Answered Prayers,” which was published posthumously in England in 1986 and the U.S. in 1987.

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PROLIFIC WRITER, Nobel Laureate, professor, political activist and Holocaust survivor Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel was born on this day in Romania in 1928. Wiesel wrote 57 books, most notably “Night,” which is about his experience at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944-1945. He was also a professor at Boston University, and helped establish the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He died in Manhattan, New York City on July 2, 2016.

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SIX-TIME OSCAR NOMINEE Deborah Kerr was a Scottish actress who appeared in, most notably, “The King and I,” “From Here to Eternity” and “An Affair to Remember.” Kerr won a Golden Globe award in 1956, a Sarah Siddons Award in 1953, and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress three times. She died in Suffolk, England on Oct. 17, 2007.

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“I believed, and still do, that our bodies are our selves, that my soul is the voltage conducted through neurons and nerves, and that my spirit is my flesh.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates, who was born on this day in 1975


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