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GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN

On June 22, 1953: Cyndi Lauper was born in Astoria, Queens. Lauper is known for her pop singles, such as “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and “Time After Time.” Her most recent album, Memphis Blues, was nominated for a Grammy and spent time in the number-one spot on Billboard’s Blues chart. Aside from music, Lauper is also a well-known LGBT activist.

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DONALD FAISON

On June 22, 1974: Donald Faison was born in Harlem. Faison’s breakout role was playing character “Murray” in the cult film Clueless, and is well known for his role as “Dr. Chris Turk” on the popular sitcom Scrubs. Faison has also appeared in a number of music videos over the years.

 

FREDDIE PRINZE

One June 22, 1954: Actor and standup comedian Freddie Prinze was born in Washington Heights. The first young comedian to be asked to sit down with Johnny Carson, Prinze’s big break came his appearance on the show in 1973. Always focusing on his Hungarian and Puerto Rican — or as he called it, “Hungarican” — decent, Prinze dealt predominately with the subjects of race relations and racism. Prinze is also the father of actor Freddie Prinze, Jr.

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