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Famous People & Celebrities Born on February 1st:

  • Billy Mumy
    (1954) - Played Lennier on Babylon 5. Young Will Robinson in Lost In Space (1965-1968). Mumy co-wrote the 1978 novelty tune "Fishheads" which he recorded under the name of Barnes & Barnes. Actor Bill Paxton helped Mumy create a "Fish Heads" music video. It was his job to pick up fish heads from a local fish market and then "humanize" the heads by dressing them up in tiny sweaters. The resulting video became one of Rolling Stone magazine's top 100 videos of all time.
  • Sherilyn Fenn
    (1965) - Played Audrey Horne on Twin Peaks. Hollywood playboy Charlie Sheen once said of Sherilyn: "I became aroused just looking at her. The sexiest eyes, shoulders, breasts -- the works!" Fenn flicks: Cement (1999), Outside Ozona (1998), Boxing Helena (1993), Fatal Instinct (1993), Wild at Heart (1990).
  • Princess Stephanie
    (1965) - Princess of Monaco.
  • Brandon Lee
    (1965) - The son of Bruce Lee died on March 31, 1993, while filming the movie The Crow.
  • Clark Gable
    (1901) - Clark once worked as a lumberjack, a surveyor and a tie salesman. Other interesting facts about Gable: Lionel Barrymore arranged Gable's first two screen tests, but production chief Darryl F. Zanuck dismissed Gable, saying: "His ears are too big. He looks like an ape." Despite his macho image, Gable married two women who were much older than him -- Josephine Dillon was 17 years older and Rhea Davis was much older, too. Both mothered him. Gable agreed to play Rhett Butler only on the condition that MGM help pay for his divorce from Rhea.
  • Dr. Bronner
    (1908) - The famous soap maker's liquid peppermint soap is sold in health food stores around the world. His real name was Emanuel Heilbronn. Bronner, an anti-fluoride and anti-Communism activist, once described the practice of adding fluoride to public water systems this way: "Communism is out and fluoridation is in." Bronner promoted a "10-Point Peace Plan" that would have changed the name of the United Nations to the "United States of God's Spaceship Earth." Another point suggested that regular baths could help unite the world.
  • Boris Yeltsin
    (1931) - Former Russian president. Yeltsin was the first president elected by popular vote in the history of Russia. He blew off two fingers while playing with a grenade in his boyhood.
  • Don Everly
    (1937) - Everly Brothers. He once was the father-in-law of Axl Rose. Everly Brothers hits: "All I Have To Do Is Dream" (1958), "Wake Up Little Susie" (1957), "Bye Bye Love" (1957).
  • Garrett Morris
    (1937) - Comedian. Uncle Junior on The Jamie Foxx Show. Original member of Saturday Night Live
  • Sherman Hemsley
    (1938) - In 1998 the former Jeffersons star collaborated with Yes lead singer Jon Anderson to create a stage musical. The offbeat production -- entitled Festival Of Dreams -- describes the spiritual qualities of the number 7. Hemsley is also a big fan of progressive rock, which he got into after years as a jazz performer. Despite his musical inclination, Hemsley is best known for his role of George Jefferson on The Jeffersons. The sitcom was a spin-off of All in the Family, with George acting as a black version of Archie Bunker. George and "Weezy" eventually moved "...on up to the East side to a deluxe apartment in the sky..."
  • Rick James
    (1952) - In 1991 James was convicted of sexually abusing two women who refused to join him in group sex. James claims he's no longer using drugs, but he still plans on singing songs about marijuana -- including his drug-oriented hit "Mary Jane." It's a song he admits is practically a jingle for smoking pot. Other hits: "Super Freak (Part 1)" (1981).
  • Lisa Marie Presley
    (1968) - Daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. Lisa Marie was born nine months to the day after Elvis and Priscilla were married. Lisa Marie and Michael Jackson were married in 1994 in a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic. She filed for divorce in 1996. The British paper, The Sun, reported the breakup was inevitable after Jackson reportedly caught Lisa Marie engaging in kinky telephone conversations. The paper claimed Jackson recorded a phone call between Lisa Marie and her ex-husband, Danny Keough, in which they were both moaning while sharing fantasies over the phone.
  • Pauly Shore
    (1968) - The motion picture trade magazine Boxoffice "honored" Shore with its 1996 Ernest P. Worrell Award for making "unfunny, brain-dead comedies." Shore flicks: You'll Never Wiez in This Town Again (2002), Biodome (1996), Jury Duty (1995), Encino Man (1992).
Famous and Noteworthy Events on February 1st:
(1898) - The world's first automobile insurance policy was issued by the Travelers Insurance Company to a Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, New York. Dr. Martin's premium cost $11.25 and covered $5,000 in liability and $10,000 in property damage. Among other things, the policy protected Martin from law suits brought by owners of horses frightened by the noise and sight of his car.

(1968) - Richard M. Nixon announced his candidacy for president.

(1975) - "Laughter In The Rain" by Neil Sedaka was the No. 1 hit.

(1978) - Director Roman Polanski fled California after he was accused of having sex with a minor.

(1982) - Late Night with David Letterman debuted on NBC.

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