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Monday, November 9, 2020

Famous and 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

Find out which celebrities are turning 65 this month!

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November 5 - Kris Jenner, TV personality

Mama Kardashian Kris Jenner became famous promoting her large brood on reality television’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In doing so, she became a television personality, entertainment manager, and author. The kids from her marriage to lawyer Robert Kardashian include Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Robert, with an additional pair, Kendall and Kylie, from her marriage to Olympic gold medalist Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner. 

Born in San Diego, Jenner’s parents divorced when she was seven. She worked in her mother’s children’s clothing store as a teen and was a flight attendant in 1976 on American Airlines. She runs her own production company, ran a children’s boutique with daughter Kourtney for several years, wrote an autobiography and a cookbook, and hosted a talk show for six weeks.

The reality show had its genesis when Jenner met with Ryan Seacrest in 2007. She knew her family was a natural for the genre, with plenty of everyday drama that wouldn’t have to be manufactured. Jenner became the executive producer, and the hit has run longer than almost any other reality show in the country, generating several spin-offs. 

Jenner’s first ex was Robert Kardashian who she remained on good terms with until his death in 2003. A month after her first divorce, Jenner married retired Olympian and heartthrob Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner, who she divorced in December of 2014 after 23 years of marriage. 

Jenner is in a long relationship with Corey Gamble and has nine grandchildren.

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November 6 - Maria Shriver, American newscaster

Prolific and compassionate, Maria Shriver is a journalist, author, founder of the nonprofit The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and served as the former First Lady of California, initiating volunteer programs, women’s awards and much more in the process. She has written six books and been honored with television Emmy Awards for her television work and Peabody Awards for journalistic endeavors. In 2017, she received the first Lifetime Achievement Award ever given by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Born into the legendary Kennedy family, Shriver’s mother was an activist and sister to late President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General and Senator Robert Kennedy, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (all deceased) and a bevy of other accomplished siblings. Shriver’s father was a politician, and she credits her success in journalism with being sent to the back of his plane while volunteering for his 1972 U.S. vice presidential race, calling her time with the press corps “the best thing that ever happened to me.” 

A slew of anchor positions followed on top shows such as Sunday Today, NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC. Shriver had married Austrian bodybuilder and film star Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1986, and the couple had four children by 1997. In 2003, Schwarzenegger became governor of California and Shriver had a more prominent platform for promoting and supporting Special Olympics and other projects, especially for mentally challenged children and those with dementia. 

A sad end note was the public revelation, in 2011, that her husband had fathered a child 14 years earlier with a member of their household staff. The marriage of 25 years didn’t survive the “painful and heartbreaking” episode. 

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November 13 - Whoopi Goldberg [Caryn Johnson], Actress

Whoopi Goldberg, née  Caryn Johnson, never finished high school. The actor, comedian author and T.V. personality didn’t need to, as she went on to be one of only 16 to have won a Tony Award, an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and an Emmy Award. 

Her breakout role as Celie in Steven Spielberg’s period drama set in the Deep South catapulted her to fame in 1985. The roles kept on coming, and the hundreds are too many to list. She has done one-woman shows on stage, produced a comedy album, and is famed for acting the part of Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

But it hasn’t always been so easy. In the 70s, Goldberg strung together a series of odd jobs: bank teller, mortuary cosmetologist, and even bricklayer, before joining an avant-garde theatre group. She also taught comedy and acting classes; one of her pupils was future Kurt Cobain squeeze Courtney Love.

Since 2007 Goldberg has been moderator and co-host of morning show The View. You may consider her a strictly liberal voice, but she has said she is a member of the NRA, defended Mel Gibson against racist criticism and made several other eyebrow-raising comments for those on both sides of the aisle. Goldberg is nothing if not her own woman.

She has been married three times and has a daughter, Alex Martin, who is also an actress and producer. However, she has since stated that she never loved any of the men and doesn’t foresee another union. 

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November 27 - Bill Nye, The Science Guy

Bill Nye has turned hundreds of thousands of kids (and their parents) on to science. He got a mechanical degree in college and connected with astronomer and guest teacher Carl Sagan. With his B.S. from Cornell, Nye went to work for Boeing, where he invented a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube used on the 747. Alas, he really wanted to be an astronaut, but NASA turned him down four times. 

In an interesting turn of events Nye won a Steve Martin lookalike contest in 1978, and this would be a defining moment in his young life. He began to do Steve Martin impressions at parties, egged on by his friends, and the young engineer found he liked being in the limelight. He began to be a jet navigation systems engineer by day, and a standup comic by night. He quit the Boeing job, not comedy, and the rest is history. 

The pilot for Bill Nye the Science Guy came out in 1993. Distributed by Disney and underwritten by the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy, the show ran for five years. It was a runaway hit, nominated for 23 Emmy Awards and leading to a slew of other science-themed media appearances. 

Nye’s current mission is to advocate against climate change. 

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