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Famous People & Celebrities Born on October 1st:

  • Walter Matthau
    (1920) - Matthau once admitted one of his strangest acting experiences was when he caused Elvis Presley to throw up while the two were filming a fight scene for the movie King Creole. The scene was shot right after lunch, and when Matthau smacked Elvis across the back, Elvis vomited. The shot wasn't used. Matthau and Barbra Streisand may have had a cozy relationship in the movie Hello Dolly, but off screen Streisand referred to Matthau as "old sewer mouth." Matthau flicks: Hanging Up (1999), Grumpier Old Men (1995), Dennis the Menace (1993), Grumpy Old Men (1993), JFK (1991), The Bad News Bears (1976), The Sunshine Boys (1975), Pete 'n' Tillie (1972), The Odd Couple (1968), The Fortune Cookie (1966).
  • James Whitmore
    (1921) - Actor. Whitmore flicks: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Planet of the Apes (1968), Oklahoma! (1955), Them! (1954).
  • Jimmy Carter
    (1924) - 39th President of the United States. When Carter first started his presidential campaign in 1974 he was so unknown that he stumped the panel when he appeared on the syndicated What's My Line TV show. Willie Nelson once said the wildest moment of his life was during Carter's presidency, when he smoked a joint on the roof of the White House. Nelson called it "the safest place in the world to get high." In 1979 Carter claimed he observed a UFO about the size of the moon hovering over Leary, Georgia. The former president told investigators the object was a glowing orb that changed color from red to green and that it was "the darndest thing" he ever saw. Carter was so convinced the floating sphere was a UFO that he promised never to make fun of people who claim to have seen a UFO. Even when he was running for president, he made no secret about his E.T. encounter, saying, "If I become President, I'll make every piece of information this country has about UFOs available to the public." Carter once told record label executives that he was inspired by the music of Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin. The former president now helps build houses for low income citizens.
  • Tom Bosley
    (1927) - Actor. Father Dowling Mysteries, played Sheriff Amos Tupper in early Murder, She Wrote, Richie Cunningham's father on Happy Days.
  • Richard Harris
    (1933) - Actor & singer of the 1968 hit "MacArthur Park." He died October 25, 2002, of Hodgkin's disease. Readers of columnist Dave Barry voted "MacArthur Park" as "The Worst Song of All Time." "MacArthur Park" songwriter Jimmy Webb won't reveal what the song is about -- particularly the phrase, Someone left a cake out in the rain and I don't know how to take it because it took so long to bake it and I'll never have that recipe again. Webb admits there are a few lines that still make him cringe but he says he hopes folks will give him a break because he was only 17 when he wrote the song. Harris flicks: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Gladiator (2000), Patriot Games (1992) Camelot (1967), The Bible (1966), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).
  • Julie Andrews
    (1935) - Andrews has made a deal with the Lord -- and if things turn out right she'll come back as a female Mozart in her next life. "I've made my pact with the Lord for the next lifetime. I'd like to be a musical genius, composing classical music and perhaps even playing in a world-famous orchestra," says Julie. Pez candy dispensers from the 1960s featuring Andrews in the role of Mary Poppins are now worth more than $1200 each. The face on the dispenser is such a hideous distortion of Andrews' mug that poor sales forced the Pez company to prematurely discontinue the line. Her famous pop tunes include: "Super-Cali-Fragil-Istic-Expi-Ali-Docious" from Mary Poppins; "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady; and "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music. On a related Sound of Music note, k.d. lang has a bizarre fantasy: The out-of-the-closet lesbian admits that after watching The Sound of Music she fantasized about Julie Andrews' character, Maria von Trapp. Andrews' flicks: The Princess Diaries 2 (2004), Shrek 2 (2004), Unconditional Love (2002), Who Shot Victor Fox (2002), The Princess Diaries (2001), Sound of Music (1965), Mary Poppins (1964), Hawaii (1966), Torn Curtain (1966).
  • Stella Stevens
    (1936) - The model and actress married at the age of 15, became a mother at 16 and was divorced at the age of 17. Stevens was Playboy magazine's January 1960 Playmate of the Month. She's the mother of actor Andrew Stevens. Flicks: Blessed (2004), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), Where Angels Go...Trouble Follows (1968), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Li'l Abner (1959).
  • Stephen Collins
    (1947) - Eric Camden on 7th Heaven.
  • Randy Quaid
    (1950) - The 6-foot, 4-inch actor also provides the voice of Colonel Sanders in the animated KFC TV spots. Quaid flicks: Carolina (2003), The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), Frank McKlusky, C.I (2002), The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000), Independence Day (1996).
  • Mark McGwire
    (1963) - On September 8, 1998, at 8:18 p.m. Central time, the 6-foot, 5-inch first baseman hit his 62nd home run of the season, breaking a 37-year record set by Roger Maris in 1961. It happened during the fourth inning of a game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The homer was just 341 feet -- McGwire's shortest all year. Five days later, Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa tied McGwire. By the end of the season, McGwire had hit 70 homers and Sosa 66.
  • T.W. King
    (1965) - Andy Trudeau on Charmed.
  • Cindy Margolis
    (1968) - Sex symbol Cindy has some pretty hairy ideas about what's sexy. According to Men's Fitness magazine, Margolis says she gets really turned-on watching a man blow dry his hair. In 2001 a Los Angeles photographer claiming to have nude photographs of Cindy Margolis released the images. Greg Farber claims he shot the nudes in 1985 before the blonde bombshell became a household name. What appears to be Cindy's face is turned away from the camera in some of the pictures, but Farber says he can prove it's Margolis because he has a model release form which she signed before the shoot.
  • Heather Hunter
    (1969) - The former Soul Train dancer is now an adult film actress. Hunter flicks: Mission Erotica (1998), Black Flyz #2 (1996), Frankenhooker (1990), Hot Talk Radio (1989), Heather Hunter on Fire (1988).
  • Jurnee Smollett
    (1986) - Played Jurnee on Cosby.
Famous and Noteworthy Events on October 1st:
(1888) - National Geographic Magazine was published for the first time.

(1908) - Henry Ford introduced his Model T to American car buyers. The first Model Ts sold for $825.

(1949) - Mao Tse-tung officially declared China a Communist state.

(1961) - Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's record for the most number of home runs hit during a season when he when he smacked his 61st home run for the New York Yankees in the final game of the 1961 season. The record stood until 1998 when St. Louis first baseman Mark McGwire hit his 62nd home run of the season at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Five days later, Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa tied McGwire. By the end of the 1998 season, McGwire had hit 70 homers and Sosa 66.

(1962) - Johnny Carson took over as host of the Tonight Show on NBC. Groucho Marx introduced Johnny to the audience and his first guest was Joan Crawford. Carson hosted the show until May 22, 1992.

(1968) - Night of the Living Dead made its world premiere in Pittsburgh.

(1969) - The Beatles' final album was released in the United States five days after it was released in the U.K. It was the last album they would ever make together. Abbey Road stayed in the No. 1 position for 11 weeks.

(1971) - Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, opened.

(1975) - Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in 14 rounds in the "Thriller in Manilla" match.

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