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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Famous and 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

Find out which celebrities are turning 65 this month!

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April 4 - David Kelley, writer and producer

You may never have heard of David Kelley, but you know the shows this prolific writer has created: Doogie Howser, M.D., Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal, Harry’s Law, Big Little Lies, Mr. Mercedes and Big Sky. His shows have been on all four major networks, earning the screenwriter a slew of Emmys. He is also the longtime husband of actress Michelle Pfeiffer.

Born and raised near Boston, Mass. where many of his shows are set, Kelley’s father Jack is a member of the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame and coached the Boston Whalers. David went on to captain the men’s team at Princeton, where he graduated with a political science degree. He then earned a law degree from Boston University School of Law, where he penned skits for the Legal Follies, a sketch comedy group.

Shortly afterward, while working for a Boston firm, Kelley wrote a screenplay for fun. The legal thriller turned into the film From the Hip in 1987. Although not a very successful movie, the script earned Kelley a writing job for L.A. Law and he quickly ascended through the ranks to become executive producer while creating other shows. The rest, as they say, is history.

Kelly met Michelle Pfeiffer on a blind date in January of 1993, and they were married in November. Pfeiffer was in the process of adopting a newborn girl when they met, and the two christened her the day they were wed. The couple have a son who was born in August of 1994.

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April 4 - William Burns, diplomat and CIA director

Described as “the secret diplomatic weapon” aimed at “some of the thorniest foreign policy challenges of the U.S.” by international diplomat Nicholas Kralev, William Burns topped a long career as a diplomat and ambassador with his confirmation as director of the Central Intelligence Agency in March this year. 

Born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Burns grew up steeped in military tradition. His father was a U.S. Army Major General with an impressive resumé of high-level positions including director of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under Ronald Reagan. Burns earned a degree in history, and then a pair of philosophy degrees from St. John’s College, Oxford where he was a Marshall Scholar. 

His career in the Foreign Service is both varied and distinguished. Burns has held positions as U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Executive Secretary of the State Department, and Special Assistant to two Secretaries of State. President George W. Bush nominated Burns for the rank of Career Ambassador (the equivalent to a four-star general in the U.S. Armed Forces) in 2008, and he was confirmed by the Senate. 

President Joe Biden nominated him for his current position, which is historically apolitical. To learn more about Burns, read his book The Black Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal, published in 2019.

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April 15 - Michael Cooper, basketball player and coach

No one thought Michael Cooper would become a star athlete. When he was three, a severe cut on one of his knees needed 100 sutures to close and the doctor said the boy would never be able to walk. Instead, Cooper became a star guard with the legendary Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime years, playing with greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson. 

Cooper’s play earned him the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1987, one of five years in the 80s that he was on a Lakers championship team. At 6’5” and thin as a stick, Cooper took advantage of the team’s quick style of play. Larry Bird proclaimed him the best defender he ever faced. The Lakers developed a special alley-oop play just for him, dubbed the “Coop-a-loop.” Cooper left the club in 1990, holding a spot in its all-time top 10 in nine categories. 

After a year playing ball in Italy, Cooper transitioned to roles off the court. Starting as assistant to general manager Jerry West, he joined the coaching staff under Magic Johnson and then Del  Harris. He went on to become the WNBA Coach of the Year in 2000 and led the Sparks to championships two years in a row. Cooper hopped to an assistant coaching position with the Denver Nuggets, then head coach with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. He has been the boys varsity coach at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California since 2019.


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