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January 13 Notable Births and Deaths with Quotes

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on Jan 12, 2022.

Today, let’s explore notable birth and death anniversaries for January 13.

Orlando Bloom, actor, (January 13, 1977–present)

“I’m 90 percent plant-based, so I’ll only eat a really good piece of red meat maybe once a month. I sometimes look at a cow and think, that’s the most beautiful thing ever.” —Orlando Bloom
Rahman, Abid. “Orlando Bloom Goes Viral for Unintentionally Hilarious Interview.” THR, March 21, 2021, https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/style/orlando-bloom-goes-viral-for-unintentionally-hilarious-interview-4154084/.

“When I was four, I was on stage, dressed as a monkey. I turned around so I wasn’t facing the audience and scratched my bottom, which obviously brought the house down. It mortified me. That probably gave me stage fright, which I’ve been living with since.” —Orlando Bloom
Greenstreet, Rosanna. “Orlando Bloom: ‘The closest I’ve come to death? I fell from a fourth-floor window.’” The Guardian, March 20, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/mar/20/orlando-bloom-the-closest-ive-come-to-death-i-fell-from-a-fourth-floor-window.

“At 20, I fell from a fourth-floor window and broke my back. For four days they said I’d never walk again, but I had a miraculous recovery.” —Orlando Bloom
Greenstreet, Rosanna. “Orlando Bloom: ‘The closest I’ve come to death? I fell from a fourth-floor window.’” The Guardian, March 20, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/mar/20/orlando-bloom-the-closest-ive-come-to-death-i-fell-from-a-fourth-floor-window.

Shonda Rhimes, producer and screenwriter (January 13, 1970–present)

“Netflix has been a really happy place for me. Creatively, I feel very fulfilled in a way that I haven’t felt fulfilled in a long time.” —Shonda Rhimes
Arthur, Kate. “Shonda Rhimes on Creating Hit TV at Netflix, ‘Inventing Anna’ and Whether Rege-Jean Page Will Ever Return to ‘Bridgerton.’” Variety, 2021, https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/shonda-rhimes-netflix-bridgerton-inventing-anna-shondaland-1235102790/.

“I dream about the shows; I do. A lot of times I’ll go to bed with a problem and wake up knowing how to solve it.” —Shonda Rhimes
Winfrey, Oprah. “Shonda Rhimes on Ruling the World Through TV (and Other Reasons We Love Her).” OWN, https://www.oprah.com/own-oprahs-next-chapter/shonda-rhimes-on-ruling-the-world-through-tv-video.

“There is the beauty of getting to hide behind my characters. My characters were living a much more exciting life than I was. They were saying all the things perhaps I would want to say or do, or having the courage that I did not have at the time.” —Shonda Rhimes
Winfrey, Oprah. “Shonda Rhimes on Ruling the World Through TV (and Other Reasons We Love Her).” OWN, https://www.oprah.com/own-oprahs-next-chapter/shonda-rhimes-on-ruling-the-world-through-tv-video.

Trace Adkins, musician (January 13, 1962–present)

“I’ve always liked the way that, from one cut to the next on a Ronnie Milsap record, you didn’t know what you’re gonna get. Now, it could be something like ‘Lost in the Fifties Tonight,’ and then something he would do with the Pointer Sisters, and then you do a rock song, you know, a ballad that breaks your heart, a gospel song … You just never know.” —Trace Adkins
Whitaker, Sterling. “Interview: Trace Adkins Is Finding His Groove on New Album, ‘The Way I Wanna Go.’” Taste of Country, August 27, 2021, https://tasteofcountry.com/trace-adkins-the-way-i-wanna-go-interview-2021/.

“Any artist, you know, if you really want to know what makes them tick, where their heart is, listen to the album cuts, because that’s where they get to express themselves. That’s the way it is with me.” —Trace Adkins
Whitaker, Sterling. “Interview: Trace Adkins Is Finding His Groove on New Album, ‘The Way I Wanna Go.’” Taste of Country, August 27, 2021, https://tasteofcountry.com/trace-adkins-the-way-i-wanna-go-interview-2021/.

“If somebody’s giving you a free watermelon, don’t thump it to see if it’s ripe … it’s free!” —Trace Adkins
“Trace Adkins Tackles 11 Questions.” The Boot, September 1, 2010, https://theboot.com/trace-adkins-jokes/.

James Joyce, author (February 2, 1882–January 13, 1941)

“The pity is, the public will demand and find a moral in my book — or worse they may take it in some more serious way, and on the honour of a gentleman, there is not one single serious line in it.” —James Joyce
Barnes, Djuna. “James Joyce: A Portrait of the Man Who is, at Present, One of the More Significant Figures in Literature.” Vanity Fair, March 1922, http://www.oldmagazinearticles.com/article-summary/james_joyce_interview_by_djuna_barnes-1922#.Yd4JsfhMG70.

“All great talkers have spoken in the language of Sterne, Swift or the Restoration. Even Oscar Wilde. He studied the Restoration through a microscope in the morning and repeated it through a telescope in the evening.” —James Joyce
Barnes, Djuna. “James Joyce: A Portrait of the Man Who is, at Present, One of the More Significant Figures in Literature.” Vanity Fair, March 1922, http://www.oldmagazinearticles.com/article-summary/james_joyce_interview_by_djuna_barnes-1922#.Yd4JsfhMG70.

“‘Hamlet’ is a great play, written from the standpoint of the ghost.” —James Joyce
Barnes, Djuna. “James Joyce: A Portrait of the Man Who is, at Present, One of the More Significant Figures in Literature.” Vanity Fair, March 1922, http://www.oldmagazinearticles.com/article-summary/james_joyce_interview_by_djuna_barnes-1922#.Yd4JsfhMG70.

Edmund Spenser, poet (1552/1553–January 13, 1599)

“Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time.” —Edmund Spenser
Spenser, Edmund, Thomas P. Roche, and C P. O'Donnell. "Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene." New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981.

“So much more profitable and gracious is doctrine by example than by rule.” —Edmund Spenser
Spenser, Edmund, Thomas P. Roche, and C P. O'Donnell. "Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene." New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981.

“For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.” —Edmund Spenser
Spenser, Edmund, Thomas P. Roche, and C P. O'Donnell. "Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene." New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981.