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People born on August 30
Cameron Diaz (1972): Actress who became one of the most sought after stars in Hollywood after giving a hilarious performance in There’s Something About Mary (1998). Diaz began working as a model at the age of 16, and after 12 call-backs, secured her first role on the silver screen opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask (1994). Diaz went on to star in A Life Less Ordinary (1997), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Very Bad Things (1998), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Charlie's Angels (2000) and Vanilla Sky (2001). Diaz garnered critical acclaim for her performances in Being John Malkovich (1999) and Gangs of New York (2002), and laughs for her voice work in the animated flick Shrek. She most recently starred in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and reprised her voice role in Shrek 2 (2004).

Sherrie Austin (1971): Musician who got her big break at the age of 14 when she was asked to open for Johnny Cash during his tour of Australia in 1985. Austin, a native of Australia, decided after the tour that she was too young to try to make it in the music biz. A few years later, at the age of 17, Austin was cast as Pippa McKenna on "The Facts of Life." When the series ended, Austin decided to pursue her dream of becoming a country music star, and has since released the albums "Words" (1997), "Love in the Real World"” (1999), "Followin' A Feelin'" (2001), and "Streets of Heaven" in 2003.

Michael Michele (1966): Actress who starred from 1999-2001 as Doctor Cleo Finch on the medical TV drama, "ER." Michele made her big screen debut in the urban drama New Jack City in 1991. While Michele continued to be cast in films including The Sixth Man and The Substitute 2, she has enjoyed her greatest success on the small screen. Before being cast on "ER," Michele was a regular on both "Central Park West" and "Homicide: Life On the Street." She has more recently appeared in such films as Ali (2001), Dark Blue (2002) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003).

Elizabeth Ashley (1939): Actress who became a favorite with TV audiences everywhere when she starred as Aunt Frieda on "Evening Shade" (1990-94). While Ashley enjoyed success on television, she spent most of her career on the Broadway stage. When she was just 22, Ashley earned a Tony Award for her performance in "Take Her, She’s Mine," and went on to star in productions of "Barefoot in the Park" (1963), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1974) and "Caesar and Cleopatra." In 1995, Ashley returned to the Broadway stage playing Violet Venable in "Suddenly Last Summer." More recent film appearances include Happiness (1998), Just the Ticket (1999), Home Sweet Hoboken (2000) and Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) in which she voiced the character of Mrs. Vitello.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797): Author who was inspired to write her classic novel, Frankenstein, after having a waking nightmare of a pallid student kneeling beside this horrific thing that he, himself created. Shelley was born during the French Revolution, and was taught to spell her name by tracing the inscription on her mother’s gravestone. At the age of 16, Shelley fell in love with poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the two ran away together. This union is said to have inspired the genius of Shelley’s writing in Frankenstein, and she completed the novel when she was just 19 years old. Shelley died in 1851 of a brain tumor.


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