Birthdays

TODAY: Mr Bruce Beresford, film director, 57; Miss Ann Blyth, actress, 69; The Right Rev Ronald Bowlby, former Bishop of Southwark, 71; Miss Ann Chant, chief executive, Child Support Agency, 52; Sir Philip Dowson, President, Royal Academy, 73; Mr George Galloway MP, 43; Lord Gillmore of Thamesfield, former Head of the Diplomatic Service, 63; Miss Eydie Gorme, singer, 65; Miss Katharine Hamnett, fashion designer, 50; Mr Trevor McDonald, television news presenter, 58; Madonna, singer, 39; Sir Donald Maitland, former Chairman, Health Education Authority, 75; Mr Thomas Maschler, publisher, Jonathan Cape Children's Books, 64; Mr John Standing (Sir John Leon Bt), actor, 63; Professor William St Clair Symmers, pathologist, 80; Sir Jack Wellings, former chairman, the 600 Group, 80; Mr Franz Welser- Most, music director, the London Philharmonic, 37; Professor Brian Woledge, Emeritus Professor of French Language and Literature, London University, 93.

TOMORROW: Mr Ian Brindle, senior partner, Price Waterhouse, 54; Mr Hugo Brunner, Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, 62; Mr Jim Courier, tennis player, 27; Mr Robin Cousins, ice-skater, 40; Mr Edward Cowie, composer, 54; Mr Robert De Niro, actor, 54; Mr David Donne, former chairman, Argos plc, 72; Sir Leonard Figg, former diplomat, 74; Mr Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate, 67; Mr John Humphrys, broadcaster, 54; Miss Elizabeth Llewellyn-Smith, Principal, St Hilda's College, Oxford, 63; Mr Seamus Mallon MP, 61; Mr George Melly, jazz singer, 71; Mr Alan Minter, boxer, 46; Sir Alan Munro, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 62; Sir Vidia Naipaul, novelist, 65; Miss Maureen O'Hara, actress, 76; Mr Hamish Orr-Ewing, former chairman, Rank Xerox, 73; Dr Ewan Page, former Vice-Chancellor, Reading University, 69; Mr Nelson Piquet, racing driver, 45; Mr Barry Sheerman MP, 57; Mr Richard Stott, former Editor, Today, 54; Mr Anthony Valentine, actor, 58; Mrs Susan Williams, former Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, 82; Professor Michael Wise, geographer, 79; Sir Tony Wrigley, Master, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 66.

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