Being born on Friday the 13th is a laughing matter if you are a so-called celeb

Janet Leigh in Psycho

To some, Friday the 13th is nothing short of an unlucky day better spent at home under the covers, especially for those who are superstitious (black cats, anyone?). But for these celebrities, it’s most likely their favorite day of the year.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who are what the Internet calls celebs, were born on Friday the 13th.

No, we are also not sure who they are but I think I once saw Julia dodging those huge potholes on Biggar Street North in Glencoe while driving a huge black Merc. She did not find that funny either.

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One person you may have heard of born on that day s legendary film director, master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock who was born on  August 13, 1899 – so Friday, August 13, 1999 would have been his 100th birthday. He made his directorial debut in 1922 with a movie called Number 13. Unfortunately, the film was doomed from the start and never got off the ground due to financial troubles.

His great film was of course Psycho  the 1960 American psychological horror film directed and produced by Hitchcock, and written by Joseph Stefano, starring Anthony Perkin.

The commercially successful Friday the 13th enterprise includes 12 horror movies, a television series, and several books that focus on curses and superstitions. Even though the films and the television series consistently received negative reviews from critics, they have a huge following. The mask worn by the key character in the films, Jason Voorhees, is one of the most known images in popular culture.

Other celebrities and well-known personalities born on a Friday the 13th include  novelist and playwright, Samuel Beckett; and late President of Cuba, Fidel Castro and actor, Christopher Plummer.

Very little is known about the origins of the day’s notoriety. Some historians believe that the superstitions surrounding it arose in the late 19th century. The first documented mention of the day can be found in a biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th. A 1907 book, Friday the Thirteenth, by American businessman Thomas Lawson, may have further perpetuated the superstition.

Others believe that the myth has Biblical origins. Jesus was crucified on a Friday and there were 13 guests at the Last Supper the night before his crucifixion.

A bit of bad news for all of you who suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia – all years will have at least one Friday the 13th. The good news is that there cannot be more than three Friday the 13ths in any given calendar year. The longest one can go without seeing a Friday the 13th is 14 months.

 

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Northern Natal Courier

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