Rachel Claire Ward was born on this day September 12, 1957 at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK.  She is a former top fashion model, television and film star, a writer, and director.  Rachel is probably best known for her television mini series The Thorn Birds, some lovie dovie show my Mom couldn’t miss an episode of, back in 1983.  She has done many films from the late 1970’s to just last year in 2006.  Some include Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid with Steve Martin in 1982, Sharky’s Machine with Burt Reynolds in 1982, The Final Terror 1983, Against All Odds 1984 and Double Obsession in 1994 to name a few.  Ward married actor Bryan Brown who she met while making the movie The Thorne Birds in 1983, they played opposite each other in the movie The Good Wife in 1987.  Rachel and Bryan have three children, two girls and a boy.  Rachel is now directing short films in Australia.