birthdays: october 10
Jodi Benson, 50, she endeared herself to the world as the voice of the little mermaid that saved Disney, Ariel, but since she’s kept busy in the voice acting world, including a revisit to the Disney studio to play Barbie in the Toy Story sequels, as well as a cameo as a secretary in Enchanted. She also managed a Tony nomination for Crazy for You in 1992.
Michael Giacchino, 44, he recently picked up an Oscar for penning the magnificent Up score, but he’s dabbled in several arenas. Of course he also scored Pixar’s Incredibles, Ratatouille, and the upcoming John Carter, while penning the music for the legendary Lost and various thrillers like Let Me In, Super 8, and Star Trek.
Helen Hayes, (1900-1993), thanks to some incredible career longevity, she had one of the biggest gaps between Oscars (1931’s The Sin of Madelon Claudet and 1970’s Airport), won multiple Tony Awards, and happens to be one of the few actors to EGOT.
Edward D. Wood Jr., (1924-1978), being known as the worst director of all time should surely give you a complex, but his posthumous attention and cult status hopefully makes up for it a little. From Plan 9 to Glen or Glenda to Tim Burton’s incredible biopic Ed Wood, he eventually became a legend, for better or worse.
Tanya Tucker, 53, she rose to fame as a teen country star thanks to “Delta Dawn,” and kept up a successful singing career throughout the ’70s and ’80s. She’s largely disappeared from the country spotlight outside of some guest stints here and there.
Bradley Whitford, 52, before he was wisecracking Josh Lyman on The West Wing and the goofy Dan Stark in the short-lived The Good Guys, he screwed over Elisabeth Shue in Adventures in Babysitting, played it villainous again in Revenge of the Nerds II, and headlined (ahem) Robocop 3. Oh, how far he’s come, and he’s got the Emmy to prove it!
Aimee Teegarden, 22, best-known as the bookish but rebellious daughter Julie Taylor on Friday Night Lights, now that the show’s ended she’s tried the big screen. Though Prom was a little bit of a mess, Scream 4 was actually quite fun.
Wendi McLendon-Covey, 42, she’s popped up off and on in films and television over the past 10 years, and she even had a starring role in Comedy Central’s cult comedy Reno 911!, but her star has certainly risen since the summer, thanks to playing the boisterous spitfire soccer mom in Bridesmaids.