April 3 – Canada's Got Talent!

Posted on April 3, 2014

A lot of famous Americans in show biz – whether they are Broadway singers / songwriters or movie actors, TV stars or big-screen directors – ARE American, but are NOT born in the U.S. Instead, these North Americans are (or were) from Canada.

Today is the birthday of several of these talented Canadians who have made it big on both sides of the border.

Cobie Smulders just finished up her long-time TV role in the popular How I Met Your Mother. (Nine years! Yep, that's a long run!) She is also in the Captain America movie that just came out a couple of weeks ago. Born on this date in 1982, Smulders grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, but now lives in Los Angeles, California. “Cobie” is her family nickname; her birth name is Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders! That's a lot of syllables!

Sebastian Bach is the one who ISN'T
Johnny Depp
Sebastian Bach is not the super-famous German composer of classical music (that's Johann Sebastian Bach), but he is a singer / songwriter as well as an actor. In addition to playing heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal, country rock, and thrash metal, he's also done Broadway and TV! He was born on this date in 1968. And he currently lives in Beverly Hills, right next to LA, here in California.

I can't take the time to write about ALL the Canadian-born actors / composers / performers born on April 3, but here are a few more of them:
Matthew Ferguson

Marie Denise Pelletier

Richard Maneul

Clairette Oddera

Louis Applebaum

Nanette Bordeaux

Now on to some oldies-but-goodies: Allan Dwan, born in Toronto on this date in 1885, became a pioneering motion picture director, producer, and screenwriter, back when movies were brand new. He operated one of the first movie studios in Southern California, and he eventually died in Los Angeles.

And Margaret Anglin, born on this date in 1876 in Ottawa, is considered one of the most brilliant actresses of her day. She never lived in LA – the only one of the Canadians I have written about here who didn't – but she did live in NYC, and she became a U.S. citizen through marriage. Anglin knew about motion pictures, but she refused to sacrifice her art for those new-fangled things! Instead, she was a Broadway actress, director, and producer.

In honor of talented Canadians, here are some of my favorites:

Samantha Bee is super funny on The Daily Show and on this video about being a working mother

Lauren Harris
Martha Markowski and Lauren Harris have made some cool art.

Martha Markowski

Ruth Heller has written and illustrated some wonderful books about animals and words and flowers and all manner of things.

One of my favorite Canadian musicians is Bryan Adams. I know his songs are super sentimental...but they get to me.

Also on this date:

World Party Day 

Conservationist John Burroughs's birthday

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