The yet-to-be-named Royal Baby is not even a week old, but is already featured in more photographs and news articles than most of Kings and Queens before him combined. Even a Google search of “royal baby prince william kate middleton” turned up 561 Million results.
Still, roughly 124,657,534 people on this planet had a birthday this week that in some way or another, was overshadowed by news of the birth of the offspring of a British Monarch.
While many people rightfully appreciate the nachas beaming from the faces of new parents Prince William and Kate the Dutchess of Cambridge, many people are irked by the over-hyped spectacle—often citing that the three-day-old Prince will be living a life of nepotistic privilege.
Alas, if you are looking to celebrate the birthday of someone this week, here is a list of people, past and present, who deserve to have a piece of the celebratory cake.
And since this article is being composed for a a Jewish publication, every birthday guy and gal featured is Jewish. Dayenu.
July 21st Birthday
1903: Roy Neuberger – Some people bankroll elections, some people bankroll drug cartels. This guy bankrolled modern art awareness from the 1930s until his death in 2010–yeah, he lived to be 107 years old. http://www.royrneuberger.com/
July 22nd Birthday
1947: Albert Brooks – This Academy Award-nominated voice-over actor has been featured in such prolific works as Finding Nemo and The Simpsons. Most recently, Brooks received over 20 nominations and awards from various film festivals for his performance in the film Drive. http://www.albertbrooks.com/
July 23rd Birthdays
1971: Joel Stein – When he’s not writing a cover story for Time Magazine, you can find his weekly features in the back pages of the famed publication. The curiously humorous writer also released his first book last year about his adventurous quest to become a more “manly” father: http://www.thejoelstein.com/
1973: Monica Lewinsky – You know the story.
1989: Daniel Radcliffe – He IS Harry Potter.
July 24th Birthday
1965: Doug Liman – This film director has brought us an eclectic variety of features such as the comedy Swingers and the suspenseful thriller, The Bourne Identity. http://nymag.com/news/features/42823/
July 25 Birthday
1923: Estelle Getty – Before she became Sophia on The Golden Girls, the late Estelle Getty performed in Yiddish theater and comedy in the Borscht Belt. http://www.estellegetty.com/main.html
July 26 Birthday
1965: Jeremy Piven – In addition to playing the hot-headed super agent Ari Gold on the HBO hit series Entourage, Piven self-identifies as a “Jewish Buddhist”. https://twitter.com/jeremypiven
July 27 Birthday
1972: Maya Rudolph – This Saturday Night Live was not only the the love interest in a popular Lonely Island digital short, she also got down and dirty in the streets in the 2011 comedy hit, Bridesmaids.
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