Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Kirsi Kunnas (Finnish poet, children's literature author and translator)

* Kirsi Kunnas has an extensive oeuvre consisting of poems, fairy tale books, drama, translations (e.g. Lewis Carroll, Federico García Lorca) and non-fiction. Her books have been translated into Swedish, English, German, French, Hungarian, and Estonian. She has received several prizes and awards in Finland for her life's work.

Kunnas is married to author Jaakko Syrjä. The lead singer and songwriter Martti Syrjä and guitarist Mikko Syrjä of Eppu Normaali are their sons.


BIRTH DATA: Kirsi Marjatta Kunnas, 14 December 1924, 12:00 (12 Noon) EET (-2), Helsinki, Finland (60n10, 24e58). ASC: 13 Aquarius. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from Kirsi Kunnas - Sateessa ja tuulessa by Leena Kirstinä (WSOY, 2014): "Helsingissä Eiran sairaalassa syntyi 14. joulukuuta 1924 kello 12 pieni tyttö, sunnuntailapsi."

tr Translation: 'At Eira Hospital in Helsinki a little girl, a Sunday child, was born on 14 December 1924 at 12:00 o'clock.'

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UPDATE & CORRECTION: "Binnie" Barnes, 1903–1998 (English-American actress)

I have updated Binnie Barnes' data, source notes and chart click here for update! My apologies: I published a chart with 25 May instead of 25 March!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

"Binnie" Barnes, 1903–1998 (English-American actress)

* Binnie Barnes's career in films spanned fifty years, from 1923 to 1973. She appeared most notably in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) as Katherine Howard, Henry's fifth wife. Later her career continued in Hollywood. She married American film producer Mike Frankovich, a Roman Catholic, for whom she converted to Catholicism, and later became a naturalized United States citizen. The couple adopted three children. Barnes died on 27 July 1998, aged 95, in Beverly Hills, California.

BIRTH DATA: Gertrude Maud Barnes, 25 March 1903, 23:59 (11:59pm) GMT (+0), London, England (51n30, 0w10). ASC: 4 Sagittarius. RR: A (from memory or news report).

SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from "The Literary Digest," Volume 123, Issues 1-13 (April 1937), p. 19: "Binnie Barnes was born at midnight between March 25-26, so she compromises by celebrating with a party at midnight between the two days."

Full birth name from England and Wales Birth Registration Index. Her birth was registered in the June quarter of 1903 at Islington, London.

Wikipedia has 25 May 1903 (no source), but her obituary in The Times (London, 1 August 1998, p. 21), states "Gertrude Maud Barnes" was born on "March 25, 1903."

U.S. Social Security Death Index gives "Binnie Frankovich" born "March 25, 1903" who died "July 27, 1998."

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Louis Royer, 1793–1868 (Flemish sculptor)

* During his lifetime Louis Royer (AKA Lodewyk Royer) was the most important sculptor in the Netherlands. He was known as the "Canova of the Netherlands" and later was simply referred to as "the sculptor."

In 1823, Royer was the first sculptor to win the Dutch version of the Dutch Prix de Rome, which allowed him to study in Rome where he came under classicist influences. He gained a lot of admiration for his portrait of Pope Leo XII, whom he portrayed from life.

In 1827, he returned from Rome and settled in The Hague, an important artistic centre after the royal family had moved there from Amsterdam. He was soon appointed court sculptor and he made portraits of all members of the royal family in busts of marble. Shortly afterwards he was also appointed director of the Royal Academy of Art in Amsterdam.

After moving to Amsterdam in 1837, Royer received many public commissions for statues of leading personalities from Dutch history, such as the statues of Rembrandt and Joost van den Vondel in Amsterdam, William the Silent in The Hague and Michiel de Ruyter in Vlissingen.

He died in Amsterdam on 5 June 1868.


BIRTH DATA: 1 August 1793 NS, 22:00 (10pm) LMT (-0:17:52), Mechelen, Belgium (51n02, 4e28). ASC: 24 Aries. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from Bulletin du Cercle archeologique, litteraire et artistique de Malines, Volume 15 (H. Dessain, 1905), p. 202: "De meest geraadpleegde kunstgeschiedboeken geven een verkeer den geboortedatum van hem op. Hij kwam ter wereld te Mechelen, den 1" Augustus 1793, ten 10 uur des avonds."

Translation: "The most consulted art history books frequently discuss his birth. He was born in Mechelen on the 1st of August 1793 at 10 o'clock in the evening."

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Monday, 16 November 2015

Hayley Okines,1997–2015 (English girl with progeria, an extremely rare aging disease)

* Hayley Okines was known for spreading awareness of progeria, a genetic disease that caused her to age eight times faster than the average person.

Although the average life expectancy for sufferers is 13 years, Hayley was part of a drug trial that had seen her surpass doctors' predictions of her projected lifespan.

However, she died on 2 April 2015 at the age of 17 due to complications of pneumonia, having lived four years beyond doctors' initial predictions.


BIRTH DATA: Hayley Leanne Okines, 3 December 1997, 14:50 (2:50 pm) GMT (+0), St Leonards-on-Sea, England (50n51, 00e34). ASC: 21 Taurus. RR: A (from memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes her mother in Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines' Life with Progeria by Hayley Okines, Kerry Okines, and Alison Stokes (Accent, 2011): "1997 ... at Hastings Conquest Hospital ... I will never forget the moment - 2.50 p.m. on Wednesday December 3 - when Rita the midwife laid my baby on my tummy."

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Otto Sander, 1941–2013 (German film, theatre, and voice actor)

* Otto Sander's best-known film roles include the angel Cassiel in Wings of Desire (1987) and its sequel Faraway, So Close! (1993) by Wim Wenders, and a shell-shocked U-boat commander, Kapitänleutnant Philipp Thomsen, in Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot (1981). Sander also appeared in The Tin Drum (1979) as a trumpeter.

Sander died, aged 72, in Berlin on 12 September 2013, having battled cancer for several years.


BIRTH DATA: 30 June 1941, 20:08 (8:08pm) CEDT (-2), Hanover, Germany (52n24, 9e44). ASC: 17 Sagittarius. RR: B (from biography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from Otto Sander: ein Hauch von Anarchie darf schon dabei sein by Klaus Dermutz and Karin Messlinger (Henschel, 2002), p. 11: "Der ersehnte Stammhalter erblickte am Montag, den 30. Juni 1941, um 20 Uhr 08 in der Landesfrauenklinik Hannover das Licht der Welt."

Translation: The longed-for son and heir was born on Monday, 30 June 1941, first seeing the light at 20:08 in the national women's clinic at Hannover.

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Monday, 9 November 2015

John Jarratt (Australian television and film actor, producer, director)

* John Jarratt rose to fame through his work in the Australian New Wave. He is best known for portraying the main antagonist Mick Taylor in the "taboo-breaking" Wolf Creek horror film series.

Jarratt graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1973. His screen debut was in The Great Macarthy (1975). He also appeared in Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and Summer City (1977) with Mel Gibson. Jarratt had the lead role in the mini series The Last Outlaw playing Ned Kelly in 1979.

In the 1990s, Jarratt was a presenter on the lifestyle television show Better Homes and Gardens with then-wife Noni Hazlehurst. He joined the cast of McLeod's Daughters in 2001, and left the show in 2006.

In 2005, Jarratt had a major role in the Australian film Wolf Creek, playing the villain Mick Taylor. In February 2013, Jarratt reprised his serial-killer role, filming the sequel, Wolf Creek 2. The film was released on 20 February 2014.

On 1 October 2015, Jarratt released his autobiography, The Bastard from the Bush, revealing that he was born at 3:30 a.m.


BIRTH DATA: John Jarratt, 5 August 1952, 03:30 (3:30 AM) AEST (-10), Wollongong, NSW, Australia (34s25, 150e54). ASC: 20 Gemini. RR: B (from autobiography). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes from The Bastard from the Bush: An Australian Life by John Jarratt (Echo, 2015), p. 3: "I was born in Wollongong Hospital at 3:30 a.m. on 5 August 1952."

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