11 December: today's birthdays

  • Hector Berlioz - French composer. Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts are his major works
  • Manoel de Oliveira - Portuguese film director, writer and publisher. He is considered one of the most important European filmmakers
  • Stein Eriksen - Former Norwegian Alpine skier and Olympic gold medalist in 1952
  • Robert Koch - German bacteriologist, the founder of modern bacteriology. He won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1905
  • Naguib Mahfouz - Egyptian writer and screenwriter. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1988
  • Jean Marais - French actor and stage director. He was also a painter and a writer
  • Thomas McGuane - American author. He wrote the novels The Sporting Club, The Dial, Panama, and Nobody's Angel  
  • Gianni Morandi - Born Gian Luigi Morandi, Italian singer, actor and entertainer
  • Alfred de Musset - French poet, novelist and dramatist. He wrote The Confession of a Child of the Century
  • Grace Paley - American short story writer, poet and political activist, born Grace Goodside. She wrote Goodbye and Good Luck and The Used-Boy Raisers
  • Tom Shadyac - American comedian, film director and producer. He wrote and directed the films Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar
  • Aleksandr Solženicyn (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn) - Russian author, playwright and historian, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970
  • Hailee Steinfeld - American actress and singer
  • Jean-Louis Trintignant - French actor, film director and screenwriter
  • Carl Friedrich Zelter - German composer
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