Film Celebrities from Michigan celebrating their birthdays in August

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August comes from the Latin word augustus, meaning “consecrated” or “venerable,” which in turn is related to the Latin augur, meaning “consecrated by augury or “auspicious.”

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and the fifth of seven months to have a length of 31 days.

Originally named Sextilis in Latin because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar under Romulus in 753 BC, and March was the first month of the year, in 8 B.C. the Roman Senate honored Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor, by changing the name of their month “Sextilis” to “Augustus.”

Middle English speakers inherited the name of the month of August, but it wasn’t until the mid-1600s that “august” came to be used generically in English, more or less as “augustus” was in Latin, to refer to someone with imperial qualities.

For those born from August 1st to August 22nd, they are members of the Leo zodiac signs. As one of the zodiac’s most attention-seeking signs, a Leo can most likely be identified as zodiac’s most natural “star”. People born from August 23rd to August 31st are members of the Virgo sign.

If you were born in August,  you are in good company.  Here are Michigan born celebrities who are celebrating their birthdays this month.

George Edward Maxwell “Max” Wright (Born August 2, 1943)
Tatum Reed (born August 8, 1980)
Joseph McGinty “McG” Nichol (Director, born: August 9, 1968)
Jane Murfin (Director, died August 10, 1955)
Madonna Louise Ciccone[ (Born August 16, 1958)
Laura Elizabeth Innes (Born August 16, 1957)
John Marshall Jones (Born August 17, 1962)
Matthew G. Glave (Born August 19, 1963)
Mark Levin (Director, born: August 20, 1966)
Colleen Moore (Born: August 19, 1899 – January 25, 1988)
Frank A. Smith (Director, born: August 31, 1911)
Joe Swanberg (
Director, born:  August 31, 1981)

Michigan born celebrities who died in the month of August
Albert Leroy Rule (Director, died August 10,  1943)
James Kirkwood, Sr. (Director, died August 24, 1963)
William Whitney Talman, Jr.  (Died: August 30, 1968)
John Wilden Hughes, Jr.(Director, died: August 6, 2009)

Movie Made in Michigan, approximate release dates
Exit 33 (October 2, 2011)
Into the Storm (August 8, 2014)
30 Minutes or Less (August 12, 2011)
Sparkle (August 17, 2012)
Blankman (Mike Binder, release date August 19, 1994)
Jingles the Clown (August 20, 2009)
Piranha 3D (August 20, 2010)
Jerusalem Countdown (August 26, 2011)
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure  (August 29, 2012)
War Flowers (August 31, 2012)

Michigan Theatre  (Aug. 23, 1926, http://historicdetroit.org/building/michigan-theatre/)

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