August 16 in Sci-Fi History: Julie Newmar and Lesser Celebrity Birthdays

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:31 AM EDT (Updated)

Stop what you're doing and find a way to get word to a living goddess and wish her a happy birthday. It was on this day in 1933 that Julie Newmar was born.

She's sort of everything. But let's move on.

When you think about Madonna, there's a weird sense that she'd have a long and storied sci-fi/genre career, right? Nope. Just Dick Tracy, it turns out:

Madonna turns 59 today. And James Cameron turns 63.

Born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Cameron began making movies because he loved Star Wars so much, read Syd Field's book on screenwriting, and moved to L.A. to work in Roger Corman's miniature shop. From there, while working on a movie in Jamaica, he got a terrible fever and had a dream that would later become ...

The Terminator (1984):

The movie was made for $6.5 million but made almost $80 million, so Cameron was handed the keys to a lot of projects. That gave us:

Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), and True Lies (1994):

But also, Avatar:

Tomorrow: Robert De Niro and a Time Machine.