GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN
On June 22, 1953: Singer and actress 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.
On June 22, 1974: Actor Donald Faison was born in Harlem. Faison’s breakout role was playing the 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 SR.
One June 22, 1954: Actor and comedian Freddie Prinze Sr. was born in Washington Heights. The first young comedian to be asked to sit down with Johnny Carson, Prinze’s big break came during his appearance on The Tonight Show in 1973. Always focusing on his Hungarian and Puerto Rican — or as he called it, “Hungarican” — descent, Prinze dealt predominately with the subjects of race relations and racism. Prinze is also the father of actor Freddie Prinze Jr.