4th July ~ happy birthday wishes today to ~ Eva Marie Saint ~ Melanie Fiona ~ Gina Lollobrigida ~ Bill Withers & David Kross ~ from the team at ~ Colly Dolly Music & Movies ~ Mareeba!

The 4th of July!

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworksparadesbarbecuescarnivalsfairspicnicsconcertsbaseball gamesfamily reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Dayof the United States.


Birthdays today:

Eva Marie Saint

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Eva Marie Saint
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Eva Marie Saint studio photo.
Born July 4, 1924 (age 89)
Newark, New JerseyU.S.
Alma mater Actors Studio
Bowling Green State University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1946-present
Spouse(s) Jeffrey Hayden (since 1951; 2 children)
Children Darrell (b. 1955)
Laurette (b. 1958)

Eva Marie Saint[needs IPA] (born July 4, 1924) is an American actress and producer. She is known for starring in Elia Kazan‘s On the Waterfront (1954), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Alfred Hitchcock‘s North by Northwest (1959). She received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for A Hatful of Rain (1957) and won a Primetime Emmy Award for the television miniseriesPeople Like Us (1990).

Her film career also includes roles in Raintree County (1957), Exodus (1960), Grand Prix (1966), Nothing in Common (1986), Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), Superman Returns (2006) and Winter’s Tale (2014).


Melanie Fiona

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Melanie Fiona
Melanie Fiona.jpg

Fiona in 2011
Background information
Birth name Melanie Fiona Hallim
Also known as Syren Hall
Born July 4, 1983 (age 30)
Genres R&Bsouljazzreggae
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels SRCUniversal Motown,Universal RepublicRoc Nation
Associated acts X-Quisite, The Renaissance,Drake
Website melaniefiona.com

Melanie Fiona Hallim (born July 4, 1983), known professionally as Melanie Fiona, is a Canadian R&B recording artist. She was born and raised in Toronto.[1] She started her career in 2002 as part of a Canadian musical girl band trio X-Quisite that was nominated for “R&B/Soul Recording of the Year” for the band’s album X-Quisite. She went on to be part of The Renaissance (with rapper Drake), and under the name Syren Hall, recorded some reggae songs.

Hallim’s debut solo album The Bridge was released in 2009, having collaborated with Future Cut, Vada NoblesStereotypes, J. Phoenix and Peter Wade Keusch. Her debut single, “Give It to Me Right“, was sent to radio stations on February 28, 2009, and peaked at number 20 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and number 41 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] The second single, “It Kills Me“, became her breakout song on the BillboardHot 100 where it entered the Top 50, along with topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song earned Hallim a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The song “Monday Morning” is her biggest hit in Europe to date. The Bridge also earned her a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist. In 2012, Hallim won two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for the song “Fool for You” with CeeLo Green.


Gina Lollobrigida

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Gina Lollobrigida
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Gina Lollobrigida in the 1960s
Born Luigina Lollobrigida
4 July 1927 (age 86)
SubiacoKingdom of Italy
Occupation Actress, photojournalist, sculptor
Years active 1946–97
Spouse(s) Milko Skofic (1947–71) (divorced)
Children Andrea Milko Skofic

Luigina “Gina” Lollobrigida (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒiːna ˌlɔlloˈbriːdʒida]; born 4 July 1927) is an Italian actress, photojournalist and sculptor. She was one of the highest profile European actresses of the 1950s and early 1960s, a period in which she was considered to be a sex symbol.

As her film career slowed, she established second careers as a photojournalist and sculptor. In the 1970s, she scooped the press by gaining an exclusive interview with Fidel Castro, the revolutionary Communist dictator of Cuba.

She has continued as an active supporter of Italian and Italian American causes, particularly the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). In 2008, she received the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Foundation’s Anniversary Gala. In 2013, she sold her jewelry collection, and donated the nearly $5 million from the sale to benefit stem cell therapy research.


Bill Withers

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Bill Withers
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Withers in a 1976 publicity shot
Background information
Birth name William Harrison Withers, Jr.
Born July 4, 1938 (age 75)
Slab Fork, West Virginia
United States
Origin Los Angeles, California
United States
Genres SoulR&Bsmooth soulblues
Occupations Musiciansinger-songwriter,record producer
Instruments Vocalsguitarkeyboards
Years active 1963 – present
Labels Sussex
Associated acts Grover Washington Jr.
Website www.billwithersmusic.com

William Harrison “Bill” Withers, Jr. (born July 4, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985.[1] He recorded a number of major hits including “Lean on Me“, “Ain’t No Sunshine“, “Use Me“, “Just the Two of Us“, “Lovely Day“, and “Grandma’s Hands“. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill.[1]


David Kross

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Not to be confused with David Cross.
David Kross
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Kross at ROMY 2010
Born David Kroß
4 July 1990 (age 23)
Henstedt-Ulzburg, Germany
Other names David Kross
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present

David Kross (born 4 July 1990) is a German actor. He began his career at a young age with a small role in the 2002 film Hilfe, ich bin ein Junge and worked sporadically, mainly focusing on his school work. In 2008 he won the starring role of Michael Berg in critically acclaimed film The Reader. For his part, he was nominated for various awards and went on to win the Sierra Award at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awardsfor Youth in Film.

Kross has since worked in both German and English speaking film roles, his most recent being War Horse and Into the White



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