Category Archives: New 1951 Club member!

John Conteh … boxing clever

John Conteh … boxing clever

John Conteh was born on 27 May 1951. He is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1971 to 1980. He held multiple light-heavyweight championships, including the WBC title from 1974 to 1978; and the European, British, and Commonwealth titles between 1973 and 1974.

Conteh was one of the celebrities featured dressed in prison gear on the cover of the 1973 Wings album, Band on the Run. He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1974. He also has the distinction of being British Superstars competition champion in 1974, the second year of the televised sporting event. Conteh is now an after-dinner speaker and speaks at venues all across the country.

9th December 1974: American heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali with British champion John Conteh. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Mark Harmon …

Mark Harmon …

Mark Harmon (born September 2, 1951) is an American television and film actor. He has appeared in a wide variety of roles since the early 1970s.

He gained recognition for portraying Secret Service special agent Simon Donovan in The West Wing, receiving a 2002 Emmy Award nomination for his acting in the four-episode story arc. A year later he was cast in a similar role as special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the American police procedural series NCIS.

He has been married to actress Pam Dawber since 1987.

Pam Dawber …

Pam Dawber …

Pam Dawber is an American actress. She was born on October 18, 1951. Her professional breakthrough came when she was chosen as one of the two title characters of the sitcom Mork & Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982. She played Mindy McConnell, the comedic foil and eventual love interest for the extraterrestrial Mork from the planet Ork, played by a then-unknown Robin Williams. He was also born in 1951 but sadly he is no longer with us.

From 1986 to 1988, she again had the title role in a TV series, playing Samantha Russell in the CBS sitcom My Sister Sam.
She is married to actor Mark Harmon who was also born in 1951.

Pam Dawber pictured with husband Mark Harmon

Patti D’Arbanville

Patti D’Arbanville

Patti D’Arbanville (born May 25, 1951) is an American actress and former model.

She acted in her first film in 1960 at age 8; a New York University student film about a girl and her cat, titled Tuesday and Blue Silk. Andy Warhol discovered her during a gig as a club disc jockey when she was 13, and cast her at age 16 in his 1968 film Flesh. After Flesh, D’Arbanville performed in Warhol’s L’Amour (1973), and as the title character in David Hamilton’s movie Bilitis (1977).

 

In the late 1960s, when she was a model in London, she met and developed a romance with singer/songwriter Cat Stevens. She was very much the inspiration for at least two of his hit songs: “Lady D’Arbanville“, and “Wild World”, which were released on Mona Bone Jakon and Tea for the Tillerman, respectively.

After her unabashed risqué performances in her youth, Patti D’Arbanville has worked steadily in film and television series in the United States and France. In 1987, she won a Drama-Logue Award as Best Actress for her 1987 stage performance, in Italian American Reconciliation. She was well known for her role as Lt. Virginia Cooper on the FOX series New York Undercover.

Claudio Baglioni …

Claudio Baglioni

Claudio Baglioni, born 16 May 1951, is an Italian pop singer-songwriter and musician. He is considered one of the greatest songwriters/singers (“cantautori”) in Italy and one of the greatest figures in Italian musica leggera (pop music).

His success has spanned through several decades. His melodic and highly dramatic love ballads, especially from the 1970s era (such as “Questo piccolo grande amore”, “E tu…”, “Amore bello”, “Sabato pomeriggio”, “E tu come stai”) are part of Italy’s musical and national culture.

Claudio with Pope Francis at a charity event

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Jay Benedict …

Jay Benedict

Jay Benedict (April 11, 1951) is an American actor. Born in Burbank, California he has lived and worked in Europe since the 1960s. 

He has worked extensively in television with roles in Jonathan Creek, Bergerac, Emmerdale and Foyle’s War.

An impressive list of film credits includes scenes in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Victor Victoria (1982) Aliens (Special Edition 1986), The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985), The Russia House (1990) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Jay Benedict Website

 

Lynda Carter … Wonder Woman!

Lynda Carter … Wonder Woman!

The American actress and singer Lynda Carter was born in Phoenix, Arizona on July 24, 1951. She is best known as the star of the TV series Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979.

She attended Arizona State University but later dropped out after deciding to pursue a career in music. In 1972, she won a local Arizona beauty contest and gained national attention in the United States by winning Miss World USA, representing Arizona. In the international 1972 Miss World pageant, representing the United States, she reached the semifinals.

 

After taking acting classes at several New York acting schools, she made her first acting appearance, in an episode of the 1974 police drama Nakia entitled “Roots of Anger”. She then began making appearances on such TV shows as Starsky and Hutch and Cos, and in several “B” movies.. Her acting career took off when she landed the starring role on Wonder Woman as the title character and her secret identity, Diana Prince.

In 1978, she was voted “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” by the International Academy of Beauty and the British Press Organization. She had also signed a modelling contract with Maybelline cosmetics in 1977.

She has appeared in numerous roles in TV, film and theatre.
These include Wonder Woman (1975-79), Starsky and Hutch (1976), The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), Law and Order (2005), Chicago (2005), Smallville (2007), and Supergirl (2016). She has also been in demand as a voice-over artist in several video games.

In “Smallville”

As a singer she has released several albums including Crazy Little Things (2009) and At Last (2011). She and her band tour regularly throughout the USA.

Lynda Carter’s Website