August 25

Sean Connery, in full Sir Sean Connery, original name Thomas Connery, born: August 25, 1930, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish-born actor whose popularity in James Bond spy thrillers (between 1962 and 1983) led to a successful decades-long film career.

His films also include Marnie (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Name of the Rose (1986), Highlander (1986), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Dragonheart (1996), The Rock (1996), and Finding Forrester (2000).

AWARDS & HONORS: Kennedy Center Honors (1999), who has won an Academy Award (1988 - The Untouchables), two BAFTA Awards (one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award), and three Golden Globes.

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August 19

Coco Chanel, byname of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, born: August 19, 1883, Saumur, France—died January 10, 1971, Paris

French fashion designer who ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades. Her elegantly casual designs inspired women of fashion to abandon the complicated, uncomfortable clothes—such as petticoats and corsets—that were prevalent in 19th-century dress. Among her now-classic innovations were the Chanel suit, the quilted purse, costume jewelry, and the “little black dress.”

The Real Coco Chanel by Rose Sgueglia

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August 18

Robert Redford, in full Charles Robert Redford, Jr., born: August 18, 1936, Santa Monica, California, U.S.

American motion-picture actor and director known for his boyish good looks, diversity of screen characterizations, commitment to environmental and political causes, and founding the Sundance Institute and Film Festival in Utah.

AWARDS: Kennedy Center Honors (2005) Honorary Oscar (2002) Academy Award (2002) Academy Award (1981) 

Notable works: “A River Runs Through It“ “Quiz Show” “The Horse Whisperer” “The Milagro Beanfield War” “Ordinary People”

Robert Redford: The Biography by Michael Feeney Callan

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Movie: Spy Game directed by Tony Scott

featuring Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane, Larry Bryggman

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August 8

Dustin Hoffman, born: August 8, 1937, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Acclaimed American actor known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable types. Short in stature and not typically handsome, he helped to usher in a new Hollywood tradition of average-looking but emotionally explosive leading men.

Dustin Hoffman is the recipient of numerous accolades including two Academy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, four British Academy Film Awards, three Drama Desk Awards, and two Emmy Awards. Hoffman received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1999 and the Kennedy Center Honors Award in 2012.

Dustin Hoffman: The Classic Performances

by Chris Wade

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Rain Man (1988)

directed by Barry Levinson

featuring Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Jerry Molen, Jack Murdock

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August 7

Charlize Theron, born: August 7, 1975, Benoni, South Africa

South African-born actress who was noted for her versatility and earned an Academy Award for best actress for her performance as a real-life serial killer in Monster (2003).

Named the "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire magazine.

Nominated for the 2019 Golden Globe Award in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy category for her role as Marlo in Tully (2018).

Charlize: Life's One Helluva Ride

by Chris Karsten

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