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Famous Birthdays on April 18

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 237

  • 1480 Lucrezia Borgia, Italian noblewoman, daughter of Pope Alexander VI, born in Subiaco, Lazio, Italy (d. 1519)
  • 1521 François de Coligny d'Andelot, French general (Jarnac) and Ruler of van Andelot, born in Châtillon-sur-Loing, France (d. 1569)
  • 1580 Thomas Middleton, English playwright (A Game at Chess), born in London (d. 1627)
  • 1590 Ahmed I, 14th Sultan of the Ottoman Emperor (1603-17); constructed the Blue Mosque, born in Manisa Palace, Manisa, Ottoman Empire (d. 1617)
  • 1605 Giacomo Carissimi, Italian composer (Jephta), born in Marino, Rome (d. 1674)
  • 1729 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1808)
  • 1732 George Colman the Elder, English dramatist, born in Florence (d. 1794)
  • 1740 Francis Baring, English merchant and banker, born in Larkbeare House, Exeter
  • 1744 Pieter 't Hoen, Dutch journalist and patriot (Neder-Rhijn), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1759 Jacques Widerkehr, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)
  • 1764 Bernhard Anselm Weber, German pianist, conductor and composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1821)
  • 1771 Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg, Austrian field marshal, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1820)
  • 1777 Ignac Ruzitska, Austrian composer, born in Bazin, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1833)
  • 1786 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, Swiss composer, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1868)
  • 1803 Charles Ferdinand Pahud, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (1856-61), born in Amsterdam (d. 1873)
  • 1806 Ludwig Schuberth, German composer, born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1850)

  • 1813 James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1865)
  • 1817 George Henry Lewes, English philosophical writer (Life of Goethe), born in London (d. 1878)
  • 1819 Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban revolutionary hero, born in Bayamo, Spanish Cuba (d. 1874)
  • 1819 Franz von Suppé, Austrian composer (Poet und Bauer), born in Spalato, Dalmatia, Austrian Empire (d. 1895)
  • 1838 Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French scientist, born in Cognac, France (d. 1912)
  • 1839 Frantz Jehin-Prume, Canadian violinist and composer, born in Spa, Liège, Belgium (d. 1899)
  • 1839 Henry Clarence Kendall, Australian poet (Bell Birds), born in Yatte Yattah, New South Wales (d. 1882)
  • 1842 Antero Tarquínio de Quental, Portuguese poet (Beatrice), born in Ponta Delgada, Portugal (d. 1891)
  • 1845 Wilhelm Gericke, Austrian composer, born in Schwanberg, Austria (d. 1925)
  • 1852 George Clausen, English painter, born in London (d. 1944)
  • 1855 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Jan Steen), born in Amsterdam (d. 1946)
  • 1855 Josef Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, born Wösendorf in the Wachau (d. 1933)
  • 1857 Clarence Darrow, American defense attorney at Scopes Monkey Trial, born in Kinsman, Ohio (d. 1938)
  • 1859 Eduard Cuypers, Dutch architect (Sanatorium High-Laren), born in Roermond, The Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • 1864 Richard Harding Davis, American journalist and author (Soldiers of Fortune, The King's Jackal), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1916)
  • 1868 Didericus van Epen, Dutch genealogist (Dutch Patriarch), born in Amsterdam (d. 1930)
  • 1871 Henry Stephenson, British actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky), born in Grenada, British West Indies (d. 1956)
  • 1872 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, born in Mauston, Wisconsin (d. 1960)
  • 1873 Jean Roger-Ducasse, French composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1954)
  • 1874 Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, German author (In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message), born in Bischofswerda, Kingdom of Saxony, German Empire (d. 1941)

Person of interestSyngman Rhee

1875 Syngman Rhee, First President of South Korea (1948-60), born in Haeju, North Korea (d. 1965)

First President of South Korea Syngman Rhee
First President of South Korea
Syngman Rhee
  • 1875 Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić, Croatian writer (The Brave Adventures of Lapitch), born in Ogulin, Croatian Military Frontier, Austria-Hungary (d. 1938)
  • 1877 Vicente Sotto, Filipino politician and author (Sotto Law, Republic Act No. 53), born in Cebu City, Spanish Empire (d. 1950)
  • 1880 Sam Crawford, American MLB baseball player, born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1968)
  • 1881 Hermann Zilcher, German pianist and composer (Dr Eisenbart), born in Frankfurt am Main (d. 1948)
  • 1881 Max Weber, Polish-Russian-American painter, born in Białystok, Russian Empire (d. 1961)
  • 1882 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1884 Magda Janssens, Belgian-Dutch actress and acting teacher (Maria Stuart), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1973)
  • 1888 Arnold Lunn, British skier (created the modern Alpine slalom race), born in Madras, India (d. 1974)
  • 1888 Duffy Lewis, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1979)
  • 1889 Jessie Street, Australian suffragette and aboriginal rights fighter, born in Ranchi, Bihar, Bengal Presidency, British Raj (d. 1970)
  • 1889 John Kilbane, American featherweight boxing champ (world title held 1912-23), born in Cleveland, Ohio (. 1957)
  • 1890 James Rennie, Canadian actor (Lash, Little Damozel), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1893 Violette Morris, French athlete and spy for Nazi Germany, born in Paris (d. 1944)
  • 1896 Eugene Wegmann, Swiss geologist (Le Jura plisse), born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Ardito Desio, Italian explorer and topographer, born in Palmanova, Friuli, Italy (d. 2001)
  • 1898 Charles Leatherland, Baron Leatherland, British journalist and Labour Party politician, born in Aston, Birmingham (d. 1992)
  • 1901 Al Lewis, American lyricist, songwriter and music publisher (Blueberry Hill, You Gotta Be a Football Hero), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1902 Giuseppe Pella, 31st Prime Minister of Italy, born in Valdengo, Piedmont, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Leonid Kinskey, Russian actor (Casablanca, Duck Soup), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1998)
  • 1903 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1968)
  • 1904 Pigmeat [Dewey] Markham, American comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1981)
  • 1905 George H. Hitchings, American scientist (Nobel laureate 1988), born in Hoquiam, Washington (d. 1998)
  • 1906 Clara Eggink, Dutch poet (Life with J C Bloem), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American movie composer (Spellbound, A Double Life , Ben-Hur), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing), born in New York (d. 2002)
  • 1908 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1966)
  • 1910 Jamie Whitten, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi), born in Cascilla, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Sylvia Fisher, Australian operatic soprano (Albert Herring Opera), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Francis Johnson, English architect, born in Bridlington (d. 1995)
  • 1911 George Huntington Hartford II, American heir (A&P), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912 Wendy Barrie, British-American TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), born in Hong Kong (d. 1978)
  • 1913 Albert "Al" Hodge, American actor (Captain Video, Green Hornet), born in Ravenna, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • 1913 Kent Kennan, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Miloš Sokola, Czech violinist and composer, born in Bučovice (d. 1976)
  • 1913 Susan Bosence, British textile designer and blockprinter, born in Luton, Bedfordshire (d. 1996)
  • 1914 C. S. Nayudu, Indian cricketer (brother of C K, 11 Tests as leggie), born in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Joy Davidman, American poet, writer and wife of C. S. Lewis, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1917 Frederica of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece, born in Blankenburg am Harz, Duchy of Brunswick (d. 1981)
  • 1917 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player, born in Edmundston, New Brunswick (d. 1947)
  • 1918 Róbert Zimonyi, Hungarian-American rowing coxswain (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sárvár, Hungary (d. 2004)
  • 1918 Roger de Grey, British landscape painter and President of Royal Academy (1984-93) (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, born in Kearney, New Jersey (d. 2004)
  • 1918 Cliff Hillegass, American publisher (Cliffsnotes), born in Rising City, Nebraska (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Walter Clegg, British politician (C), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Barbara Hale, American actress (Della Street in Perry Mason), born in DeKalb, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Avril Angers, British stand-up comedian and actress (Coronation Street, The Family Way), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, British engineer, politician and CEO (Equal Opportunities Comm), born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Leif Panduro, Danish writer ('k Have varnish on traditions), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1977)
  • 1924 Buxton Orr, Anglo-Scottish composer, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American blues singer (Mary is Fine), born in Vinton, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Henry Hyde, American politician (Rep-R-Illinois 1975-2007), born in Chicago, Ilinois (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Roy Mason [Baron Mason of Barnsley], British defense secretary and Labour MP, born in Royston, England (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Raf de Linde [Raphael van Hecke], author (Vaarwel on Gertrude), born in Evergem, Belgium

  • 1925 Bob Hastings, American actor (McHale's Navy, All in the Family), born in Brooklyn, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Robert Crawford, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Doug Insole, English cricketer (England batsman of the 50's, nine Tests), born in Clapton, London (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Günter Meisner, German actor (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Between Wars, Adolf Hitler, Quiller Memorandum), born in Bremen, Weimar Republic (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 1st Prime Minister of Poland (1989-90), born in Płock, Poland (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Jim De Courcy, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1953), born in Newcastle, New South Wales (d. 2000)

Person of interestSamuel P. Huntington

1927 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • 1929 Peter Hordern, British Conservative Party politician
  • 1929 Peter Jeffrey, British character actor (Dr Phibes Rides Again, Twinsanity), born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Clive Revill, New Zealand singer and actor (Legend of Hell House), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1931 Klas Lestander, Swedish 20K biathlon (Olympic gold 1960), born in Arjeplog, Sweden
  • 1933 Alan Devereux, British industrialist and CEO (Scottish Tourist Board), born in Frinton-on-Sea, England
  • 1934 James Drury, American actor (Virginian), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Jan Klusak [Jan Porges], Czech composer, born in Prague
  • 1934 Mark Kingston, English actor (Intimate Contact), born in Deptford, London (d. 2011)
  • 1934 George Shirley, African-American tenor (first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1935 Joel Hefley, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado), born in Ardmore, Oklahoma
  • 1935 Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (produced Janis Joplin's final album Pearl), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1936 Harold Innocent, English actor (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1993)
  • 1937 Robert Hooks,African-American actor (Fast Walking, Aaron Loves Angela), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1937 Tatyana Shchelkanova, Soviet long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Rostov, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2009)
  • 1938 Andreas Liebenberg, South African military commander, born in Upington, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1998)
  • 1939 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • 1939 Von McDaniel, American baseball player, born in Hollis, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge and Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court (1987-2010), born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Ira von FFürstenberg, European socialite and actress (I Killed Rasputin), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1940 Joseph L. Goldstein, American biochemist and physician (Nobel-1985), born in Kingstree, South Carolina
  • 1940 Skip Stephenson, American comedian (Real People), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1992)

  • 1940 Mike Vickers, British rock guitarist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), born in Southampton, Hampshire
  • 1941 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Cohasset, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Michael D. Higgins, Irish politician (9th President of Ireland 2011-), born in Limerick, Ireland
  • 1942 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1942 Steve Blass, American professional baseball player, born in Canaan, Connecticut
  • 1943 Lesley Miller, American singer and songwriter (He Wore A Green Beret), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1944 Irvine Shillingford, West Indian cricketer (cousin of Grayson, 4 Tests for WI), born in Dublanc, Dominica
  • 1944 Rudy Shackelford, American composer, born in Newport News, Virginia

Person of interestRobert Hanssen

1944 Robert Hanssen, American FBI agent and Soviet spy, born in Chicago, Illinois

FBI Agent and Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen
FBI Agent and Soviet Spy
Robert Hanssen
  • 1945 Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker in Iraq, born in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland (d. 2004)
  • 1946 Skip [Alexander Lee] Spence, Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Moby Grape-Omaha), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1946 Harvey Kagan, American muscian (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • 1946 Hayley Mills, English actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna), born in London, England
  • 1946 Lenny Baker, American musician (Sha Na Na), born in Whitman, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1947 Dorothy Lyman, American actress (All my Children, Naomi-Mama's Family), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Person of interestJames Woods

1947 James Woods, American actor (Salvador, Against All Odds), born in Vernal, Utah

  • 1947 Lori Martin, American actress (Velvet-National Velvet), born in Glendale, California
  • 1947 Kathy Acker, American experimental novelist (Blood and Guts in High School), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1947 Herbert Mullin, American serial killer (killed thirteen people in California in the early 1970s), born in Salinas, California

Person of interestNate Archibald

1948 "Tiny" Nate Archibald, NBA guard (Cincinnati), born in NYC, New York

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • 1948 Catherine Malfitano, American soprano (Metropolitan Opera), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Geoff Bodine, American race car driver, born in Chemung, New York
  • 1949 Andrew Powell, British composer, performer, and music producer (Donovan, Kate Bush- "The Kick Inside"), born in Surrey, England
  • 1950 Bill Sudderth III, American trumpeteer (Atlantic Star-Touch 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1950 Kenny Ortega, American film and TV producer (High School Musical trilogy), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1951 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer, born in Malate, Manila, Philippines
  • 1951 Pierre Pettigrew, Canadian politician (Minister for International Trade), born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • 1952 Jim Scholten, American country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad), born in Midland, Michigan

Person of interestRick Moranis

1953 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • 1954 Kim Stone, bassist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)

  • 1955 Amschel Rothschild, British banker (executive chairman of Rothschild Asset Management of the Rothschild banking family of England), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1956 David Edwards, American golfer (US Masters 1984 3rd; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Neosho, Missouri
  • 1956 Eric Roberts, American actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • 1956 John James, American actor (Jeff Colby-Dynasty), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1956 Melody Thomas Scott, American actress (Nikki-Young & Restless), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Anna Kathryn Holbrook, American actress (Another World), born in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • 1956 Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress (Noorie), born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • 1958 Lee Pattinson, English rock bassist (Echo & Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here), born in Ormskirk,
  • 1958 Malcolm Marshall, West Indian cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker), born in Bridgetown, Barbados (d. 1999)
  • 1959 Jim Eisenreich, American MLB outfielder (Tourette syndrome, Florida Marlins WS 1997), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • 1960 Mick Sweda, American rocker (Bulletboys), born in Gowanda, New York
  • 1961 Jane Leeves, English actress (Murphy Brown, Daphne Moon-Fraiser), born in London, England
  • 1961 Kelly Hansen, American heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1961 Pamella Bordes, British parliament escort, former Miss India and photographer, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1961 Steve Lombardi, American professional wrestler (The Brooklyn Brawler), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1962 Shirlie Holliman, English pop singer (Wham!, Pepsi & Shirlie), born in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1962 Wilber Marshall, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Titusville, Florida

Person of interestConan O'Brien

1963 Conan Chris O'Brien, American TV host (Late Night), born in Brookline, Massachusetts

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien
  • 1963 Phil Simmons, West Indian cricketer (West Indian opening batsman), born in Arima, Trinidad
  • 1963 Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor (Will & Grace), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1964 Niall Ferguson, British historian (Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, Civilisation: the West and the Rest), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1964 Rithy Panh, Cambodian film director (Rice People), born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • 1964 Jim Ellison, American musician (Material issue) (d. 1996)
  • 1964 Bez [Mark Berry], English percussionist and dancer (Happy Mondays), born in Bolton, Lancashire
  • 1965 Diana Villegas, American-Mexican rocker (The Triplets)
  • 1965 Sylvia Villegas, American-Mexican rocker (The Triplets)
  • 1965 Vicky Villegas, American-Mexican rocker (The Triplets)
  • 1965 Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey (Stenders Latevermaak & RobRadio), born in Oisterwijk, Netherlands
  • 1966 Valeri Kamensky, Russian NHL left wing (Avalanche, Olympic silver 1998), born in Voskresensk, Russia
  • 1966 Trine Hattestad, Norwegian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 2000), born in Lørenskog, Norway

  • 1967 Jayce Fincher Jr, American heavy metal bassist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1967 Kenneth Gant, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Bartow, Florida
  • 1967 Marcel Valk, Dutch soccer player (RKC, Go Ahead Eagles), born in Hazerswoude-Rijndijk, Netherlands
  • 1967 Maria Bello, American actress (Permanent Midnight), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Mary Birdsong, American actress (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), born in Florida
  • 1968 David Hewlett, Canadian actor (Stargate Universe), born in Redhill, Surrey, England
  • 1969 Vladimir Tsyplakov, Belarusian NHL left wing (LA Kings, Belarus 1998), born in Inta, Soviet Union
  • 1969 Keith DeCandido, American sci-fi author (Star Trek), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Sayako Kuroda, Japanese Imperial Shinto priestess and Supreme Priestess of the Ise Grand Shrine who gave up her imperial title for marriage, born in Chiyoda, Tokyo
  • 1970 Carl Simpson, American NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Vidalia, Georgia
  • 1970 François Leroux, Canadian NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins), born in Sainte-Adèle, Québec, Canada
  • 1970 Heike Friedrich, East German swimmer (world record 200m), born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Sachsen
  • 1970 William Roaf, American NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1970 Greg Eklund, American musician (Everclear), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1970 Rico Brogna, American MLB baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Turners Falls, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Saad Hariri, Lebanese-Saudi Prime Minister of Lebanon (2016-present), born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 1971 Dan Kordic, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1971 Oleg Petrov, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1971 Tamara Braun, American actress (Ava Vitali-Days of Our Lives), born in Evanston, Illinois