12-27-1901 – 05-06-1992 Marlene Dietrich – Born in Schöneberg, Germany. She was a German-American actress and signer. In Berlin of the 1920s, she acted on stage and in silent films. Her performance in The Blue Angel (1930) brought her international fame and garnered her a contract with Paramount Pictures. In 1939 she became a U.S. citizen and throughout WWII she was a high-profile frontline entertainer. In interviews, Dietrich stated that she had been approached by representatives of the Nazi Party to return to Germany, but turned them down flat. She was awarded the Medal of Freedom by the U.S. in 1945. Dietrich was bisexual who enjoyed the thriving gay scene of the time and drag balls of 1920s Berlin. Throughout her career she had an unending string of affairs with men and women, some short-lived, some lasting decades; they often overlapped. Her affairs included Gary Cooper, James Stewart, and Yul Brenner. She also had an affair with Mercedes de Acosta, who was Greta Garbo’s periodic lover. She died in Paris at the age of 90.
12-27-1944 Dr. Bob Brown – Born in Oberon, Australia. He is an Australian former politician, medical doctor, environmentalist, former Senator, and former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens. He was the first out gay member of the Parliament of Australia, and the first out gay leader of an Australian political party. Brown currently lives in Cygnet, Tasmania with his long-time partner, Paul Thomas, a farmer and activist whom he met in 1996.
12-27-1973 Wilson Cruz – Born in Brooklyn, New York. He is an American actor, known for playing Rickie Vasquez on My So Called Life and the recurring character Genito on Noah’s Arc. As an openly gay person of Puerto Rican ancestry, he has served as an advocate for gay youth, especially gay youth of color. At the age of 19, Cruz came out to his parents as gay. While his mother was shocked, she eventually accepted the news. His father threw him out of the house and Cruz spent the next few months living in his car and at the homes of friends. He later reconciled with his father.
12-27-1980 Oliver Callan – Born in Inniskeen, County Monaghan, Ireland. He is an Irish vocal and performance satirist as well as an impressionist known as the creator of Callan’s Kicks, Nob Nation and for frequent appearances on the The Saturday Night Show. He is well known in Ireland and the UK for making fun of celebrities and politicians on radio. According to the Irish Independent, his acerbic wit and talent for mimicry has made him a household name. Callan came out as gay live on The Saturday Night Show in October 2011.