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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Famous & 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

Find out which celebrities are turning 65 this month!

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March 12 - Marlon Jackson, singer, entertainer

The sixth Jackson child, Marlon was part of the original The Jackson 5 and quite close to younger brother Michael, who was born less than 18 months later. Marlon’s twin brother, Brandon, died shortly after their birth and Marlon always felt Michael filled that void. At the final eulogy for Michael, Marlon, in tears, said his brother had been the soul of the family and “I would like you (Michael) to give Brandon, my twin brother, a big hug for me.”

Marlon was just 10 years old when the family got was signed to a major record label and released their first single, “Big Boy.” In 1983, he performed in the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special, and also rejoined his brothers for a Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration special in 2001. Marlon had a brief solo career with the 1987 release of the R&B album Baby Tonight. The album reached No. 22 on the charts in the US. 

Marlon met his future wife, Carol Ann Parker, while on tour in New Orleans and married her at the age of 18. They have three children and six grandchildren.

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March 15 - David Silverman, animator, director

Although he had a degree in film animation from UCLA, Silverman was on the verge of changing careers when he got was hired on The Tracey Ullman Show and began animating the original shorts for a little cartoon series called The Simpsons. He went on to serve as director of animation for the series and also for The Simpsons Movie.

Silverman created the “rules” for drawing the Simpson characters: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and the rest. He was responsible for deciding how to draw Homer, starting in Season 2, for key scenes where he was ranting, freaking out, or having a heart attack. His drawing is characterized by its high energy, perfect timing, and exaggerated poses. 

Silverman departed The Simpsons for an opportunity to help draw for DreamWorks Animation. He has also contributed for Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar, including work on Monsters Inc. In 2012, he directed the theatrical short The Longest Daycare starring Maggie Simpson. It was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Animated Short Film.


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March 20 - Spike Lee, director, actor, producer, professor

Shelton “Spike” Lee is one of the greatest film directors of all time, often exploring race relations, urban crime and poverty, issues in the black community, the role of the media, and related political themes. He owns and runs a production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, that is responsible for over 35 films. 

Lee’s work has won countless awards, including a Cannes Grand Prix, two Emmys, and two Peabodys. Four of his films, She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Malcom X, and 4 Little Girls, were selected for preservation in the National Film Registry for their cultural, social, or aesthetic significance. 

A tenured professor at New York University, Lee earned a Master of Fine Arts in film and television at NYU’s Tisch School of Fine Arts. This is also where he premiered his first short film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads as his master’s degree thesis. His father composed the score, a pair of classmates served as assistant director and cinematographer, and the piece garnered a Student Academy Award. 

Filmed in black and white in 1986, Lee’s first professional work was She’s Gotta Have It, about a woman dating three different men. Lee wrote, directed, produced, starred in, and edited the film on a $175,000 budget, with the film returning $7 million at the box office. The work “ushered in the American independent film movement of the 1980s,” according to film critic A. O. Scott. “It was also a groundbreaking film for African-American filmmakers and a welcome change in the representation of blacks in American cinema, depicting men and women of color not as pimps and whores, but as intelligent, upscale urbanites.”

Most recently, Lee’s film about a group of aging Vietnam War veterans returning to the site of the conflict in search of their fallen squad leader and a hidden treasure, Da 5 Bloods, was released on Netflix. It has received widespread acclaim , and scored 92 out of 100 on Rotten Tomatoes. 

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March 20 - David Foster, woodchopper

How much wood could a woodchuck chop if a woodchuck could chop wood? Not near as much, nor anywhere near as fast, as Australian world champion David Foster. (Find video of his exploits on YouTube.) He is not only Australia’s most successful athlete, but quite possibly the only one anywhere in the world with more than 1,000 titles to their credit. He held the World Woodchopping Championship title for an incredible 21 years straight.

Foster’s astonishing career began in 1978 when his father, George, paired with him to win the World 600 mm Double-handed Sawing Championship eleven years running. George then retired, leaving David’s brother, Peter, to partner with him in the event and win the title for the next 10 years. Losing in 2000, the pair won back the title in 2001 when at which point Peter retired and David began competing with his son, Stephen. 

David Foster has competed in other wood chopping events, enabling him to win Australian Axeman of the Year nine times in a row. The big man also has a big heart and often helps charitable organizations fundraise, including having his mustache shaved off for a donation. He is the author of a book titled The Power of Two.


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