The universe has a scheme of doing things and we are all governed by stars, believe it or not! The complete year is made up of 12 zodiac signs and however skeptic we might appear of stars governing our fate; we cannot neglect stars and zodiacs from the picture. Talking about the month of August, this month is governed by two zodiacs Leo and Virgo. Both might come back to back but are very different from each other. Leos, as most of the people know are a little domineering while Virgo zodiac has most of straight thinkers. One thing that unites both is the fact that both of them are encouraging and loyal. People falling in Leo zodiac are in fact generous, loyal, confident and ambitious. At the same time they need people to appreciate them and look up to them. People falling in the Virgo zodiac are more skeptical yet independent. They might be narrow minded at times which hinders their creativity but are mostly friendly, analytical and reliable.
Take a look at top 10 famous people born in the month of August:
10. Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist born on August 24, 1974. He is one of the most read authors in the world today, thanks to his excellent writing skills and insight into life. He is also the winner of many prestigious international awards which include Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. The award winning writer was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and harbored the dreams of becoming a writer since childhood. However, his parents were against his decision of this career and given to his weird antiques, got his admitted to a mental institution from where he escaped thrice. He has penned down some of the best works such as ‘The Alchemist’ which was an instant hit worldwide. Other work of his include, ‘The Pilgrimage’, ‘Veronica decides to die’, ‘The winner stands alone’, ‘Brida’ and ‘Eleven minutes’ which was again a critical success.
Kajol Devgan, better known as Kajol is an Indian actress born on August 5, 1974. She has 6 Filmfare awards in her kitty and apart from that holds the honor of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. She is the daughter of actor mother and director father and made her acting debut in 1992 with Bekhudi, while she was still in school. Later on, she quit her studies to pursue a full time acting career and gave hits after hits. She hit her first commercial blockbuster success with Baazigar in which she starred alongside SRK. She is also noted for acting in blockbuster movies such as Kuch Kuch Hota hai, Fanaa, Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenge, U Me aur Hum and My name is Khan. She is also a social activist and is renowned for her work for widows and children for which she was awarded with Karmaveer Puraskaar in 2008.
8. Saif Ali khan
Saif Ali Khan is an Indian actor born on August 16, 1970. He is also the son of actress mother (Sharmila Tagore) and cricketer father Mansoor Ali Khan who is also last titular Nawab of Pataudi. He is also a recipient of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2010. The younger Nawab made his acting debut in 1992 in Parampara but faced a decline throughout 1990s. However, his career took a turning point with Dil Chahta Hai released in 2001. Since then, he has not looked back and given major blockbuster hits such as Saalam Namaste, Race, Parineeta, Omkara, Hum Tum and Love Aaj Kal. He recently married actor Kareena Kapoor in 2012, after a five year relationship.
7. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz is an American model and actor born on August 30, 1972. She began her acting career with movies such as The Mask, There’s Something About Mary and My Best Friend’s Wedding. She also has the hit franchise of Charlie’s Angels in her kitty and voicing for Fiona in Shrek series. She received Golden Globe nomination for her films such as There’s Something About Mary, Bad Teacher, Vanilla Sky, Gangs of New York and Being John Malkovich. She has also starred in Knight and Day alongside Tom Cruise.
6. Richard Gere
The American actor was born on August 31, 1949 and is a well known face in Hollywood. He started his career by playing a supporting character in Looking For Mr. Goodbar and also starring in Days of Heaven. However, he really came to limelight with American Gigolo which also established him as a sex symbol. He later acted in various hits like Primal Fear, Chicago and everyone’s favorite Pretty Woman. He is also a winner of Golden Globe Award for best actor and Screen Actors Guild Award.
5. Blake Lively
Blake Lively or better known as her screen name of Serena van der Woodson is an American actor born on August 25, 1987. She is mostly noted for playing Serena in teen drama series Gossip Girl. She has also made appearances in movies like Accepted, The Town, Green Lantern and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. She has been featured in TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2011 and been voted as most desirable women by Askmen.com in the same year. She is married to actor Ryan Reynolds.
4. Kobe Bryant
Popularly known as “Black Mamba”, Kobe Bryant is an American professional basketball player and was born on August 23, 1978. He has been playing for the Los Angeles Lakers ever since he entered NBA. He stared playing for NBA right after his High School and has won five NBA Championships since. As a rookie, he was popularly known as a high flyer and a fan favorite after winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 1997.
3. Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt is a Jamaican athlete born on August 21, 1986 and is regarded as the fastest person on earth. He is the first man to hold record of 100 and 200 meters both. He has also set a world record of 4*100 m relay and is also the reigning Olympic Champion in the aforesaid events. His sprinting achievements have made the media call him as “Lightning Bolt” and also win various awards such as the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track and Field Athlete of the Year and three times winner of Laureus Sportsman of the Year. He is also known o be the best and highest paid athlete ever.
2. Barack Obama
He is the 44th and current president of the USA. Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961 and is the first Afro- American president of USA and has been holding office since 2009. He is a graduate from Columbia University and holds a law degree from Harvard Law School. After winning the elections in 2009, he was re-elected for a second term defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
1. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson or MJ as more commonly known is an American singer- songwriter, dancer, choreographer and philanthropist born on August 29, 1958. He is also known to be the most successful entertainer by Guinness World Records. He ruled the popular culture for over 4 decades with his contribution to music, dance, fashion and highly scrutinized personal life. He made his debut along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 but went solo later. He changed the popular music scene with hits like ‘Beat it’, ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘thriller’ which also broke the racial barriers. Along with his hits, MTV also rose to fame during those years. He introduced new dance techniques such as robot and moonwalk which are quite coveted even today. He influenced other genres of music as well. His album ‘thriller’ is the best selling album of all times. He is the only artist from pop and rock to feature in dance hall of fame and to be inducted twice in ‘Rock and Roll hall of fame’. He is a multiple award winner. He passed away on June 25, 2009 due to intoxication of profol and benzodiazepine followed by a cardiac arrest.