BORN THIS WEEK
JUNE 25 ANTHONY BOURDAIN
American chef, author and TV host born in New York in 1956. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America he made a name for himself in New York restaurants before writing commentaries on cuisine and hosting TV series about food. He committed suicide in Paris earlier this month.
JUNE 26 CHRIS ISAAK
Rock musician born in Stockton, California, in 1956. After starting out in a rockabilly band he became famous for hits such as Wicked Game and Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing. He was a judge on The X Factor Australia in 2015 and toured here in 2016.
JUNE 27 SIR JOHN MONASH
Australian general born in Melbourne in 1865. A prominent engineer and member of a militia, he was commissioned as an officer in World War I, serving at Gallipoli and the Western Front, distinguishing himself at battles such as Le Hamel in 1918. He died in 1931.
JUNE 28 MEL BROOKS
American comedian, composer, actor, director, writer and producer born Melvin Kaminsky in 1926. He started his show business career as a musician in nightclubs but switched to stand-up comedy, acting, then writing, producing and directing films, TV shows and musicals creating Get Smart, Blazing Saddles and The Producers.
JUNE 29 MIKE WILLESEE
Journalist and TV presenter born in 1942 in Perth, the son of a Labor politician. He became famous for hosting the ABC’s Four Corners and later A Current Affair. Last year he revealed he is battling throat cancer.
JUNE 30 JOHN GAY
English poet and dramatist born in 1685. He is best known for his work The Beggar’s Opera set in London’s criminal underworld. He died in 1732.
JULY 1 GEORGE SAND
French author born Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin in 1804. She is known as much for her affairs and wearing men’s clothing as fo her novels and plays including Leila, Indiana and Mauprat.
GEORGE SAND BORN: 1804