On this day, December 1, 1940, American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, writer, and MC Richard Pryor was born.
1897 – Cyril Ritchard (Tony Award-winning actor: Peter Pan ; films: Hans Brinker, Half a Sixpence, Peter Pan, Blackmail; Kraft Television Theatre, Goodyear TV Playhouse; died Dec 18, 1977)
1913 – Mary Martin (Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer: Peter Pan ; South Pacific, I Do! I Do!, Sound of Music, Night and Day, Star Spangled Rhythm, Birth of the Blues, Rhythm on the River; singer: My Heart Belongs to Daddy, I’ll Walk Alone, Almost Like Being in Love; mother of actor Larry Hagman; died Nov 3, 1990)
1923 – Dick Shawn (Richard Schulefand) (comedian, actor: Bewitched, Rented Lips, Maid to Order, Check is in the Mail, The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud, Love at First Bite, The Producers, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; died Apr 17, 1987)
1929 – David Doyle (actor: Charlie’s Angels, Ghost Writer, Love or Money?, The Comeback, Paper Lion, Sweet Surrender, Rugrats, Bridget Loves Bernie; died Feb 26, 1997)
1935 – Woody Allen (Allen Konigsberg) (Academy Award-winning writer and director: Annie Hall ; Radio Days, Alice; Academy Award-winning writer: Hannah and Her Sisters ; actor, writer, director: Sleeper, Husbands and Wives, Annie Hall, Mighty Aphrodite, Manhattan Murder Mystery, New York Stories, Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan, Bananas; actor, writer: Play It Again, Sam, What’s New Pussycat?; actor: Scenes from a Mall, Casino Royale; comedy writer; Your Show of Shows, The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom)
1945 – Bette Midler (Grammy Award-winning singer: LP: The Divine Miss M , You are the Wind Beneath My Wings ; Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, The Rose; Emmy Award-winning entertainer: Bette Midler-Old Red Hair is Back [1977-1978], The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson [5/21/1992]; actress: From a Distance, Beaches, For the Boys, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Hocus Pocus, Gypsy, Scenes from a Mall, Stella, Big Business, Ruthless People, Hawaii, Fiddler on the Roof, Tommy, The Edge of Night)
1951 – Treat Williams (actor: The Phantom, The Late Shift, Mulholland Falls, Final Verdict, J. Edgar Hoover, The Men’s Club, The Little Mermaid, Flashpoint, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, Prince of the City, Hair, The Eagle Has Landed, Eddie Dodd, Good Advice)