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Monday, September 30, 2019

Famous and 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

September 6 - Carly Fiorina, Political Candidate and Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard

You may remember Fiorina for her stint in the 2016 presidential primary, first as a candidate and then as Ted Cruz’s vice-presidential running mate until he ended his campaign (the 7-day period set the record as shortest vice presidential candidacy in modern times in America). Fiorina was also unsuccessful in her Senate run in 2010, but even though her political aspirations were thwarted, her boardroom success is legendary.

The daughter of an abstract painter mother and highly successful attorney father, Fiorina moved around the world as a child and studied philosophy and medieval history at Stanford University. She was a Kelly Girl during her summers and began full-time work as a receptionist for a real estate firm, rising to become a broker. In 1980, she got a master’s in marketing, and in 1989 added a master’s in management.

Her education and wide experience eventually led to Hewlett-Packard (HP), where she served as CEO, where she was the first female to lead a Fortune Top-20 company. More recently, Fiorina has chaired the Good360 charitable organization and her own Fiorina Foundation, as well as fundraising for Republican candidates.

September 21 - Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister

You might say that Abe was destined to rule Japan. His father and grandfather were both politicians, and his great-grandfather was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army. Abe’s mother is the daughter of a Japanese prime minister. Abe was born and raised in Tokyo and got a bachelor’s in political science. He even studied in the U.S. for three semesters at the University of Southern California’s School of Public Policy.

Abe married the daughter of the president of a chocolate manufacturer in 1987. Akie is a socialite and former radio disc jockey, and she doesn’t hide her views, which often conflict with her husband’s. Her outspokenness has earned her a nickname as the “domestic opposition party.”

Abe himself is a conservative, often described by political reporters as a right-wing nationalist. Perhaps Abe is best known for his economic policies, dubbed “Abenomics,” in which the country seeks monetary easing, fiscal stimulus and structural reforms, much like the United States has done following the Great Recession.

September 30 - Barry Williams, actor

Best known as Greg in The Brady Bunch, Williams was a Southern California boy who counted actor Peter Graves as a neighbor growing up. He made his first screen appearance on Dragnet, and went on to have cameos on Adam-12, That Girl, Mission: Impossible, The Mod Squad and Here Come the Brides… all before his work on The Brady Bunch. Williams could sing, and went on to appear in Broadway musicals such as Romance/Romance.

Williams made hay out of his role as Greg Brady by appearing in a number of Brady Bunch TV movie reunions, and garnered a Former Child Star “Lifetime Achievement” Award for his role in the show. His 1992 book “Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg” was a New York Times bestseller and adapted into a 2000 made-for-TV movie.

To get a look at four of the old “Brady” kids in 2017, including Greg, check out their TODAY interview. 

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