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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Famous & 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

Find out which celebrities are turning 65 this month!

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January 4 - Andy Borowitz, comedian and satirist

Andy Borowitz has been called “America’s Satire King” (The Daily Beast) and "America's finest fake-news creator and sharpest political satirist” (The Washington Post). He co-created “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and writes The Borowitz Report

Borowitz appeared on CNN’s “American Morning” and was such a hit that he soon had a gig on the show three days a week. That led to other appearances, including on PBS’ “Need to Know”. Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales reviewed his work and dubbed him "one of the wittiest Web wags.”

To check out his work, you might start with “Emily Dickinson, Jerk of Amherst,” an essay selected as one of the funniest pieces in The New Yorker magazine’s history. Or read anything from The Borowitz Report which used to be shared on a Twitter account that was voted the 2011 No. 1 Twitter account in the world by Time magazine readers. Or look for one of his stand-up routines on YouTube. He began the live shows for fun and wound up hosting sold-out shows with the top comedians in the country.

Borowitz graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and his literary bent has led to a series of best-selling books, such as “Who Moved My Soap? The CEO’s Guide to Surviving in Prison”. He also penned “An Unexpected Twist” about his emergency abdominal surgery that mixes hospital drama with a love story. It hit No. 1 on Amazon’s Kindle Single chart the day it debuted and was the first non-fiction Kindle book to make it to The Wall Street Journal bestseller list.

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January 11 - Vicki Peterson, rock guitarist/vocalist

Quick shoutout for Vicki Peterson and (Just Another) “Manic Monday”, that rock anthem for every working stiff! Peterson has been the lead guitarist for The Bangles since the group was formed in 1981 with her sister, Debbi Peterson, and Susanna Hoffs. Catch Peterson these days as half of the Psycho Sisters with Susan Cowsill. 

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January 26 - Ellen DeGeneres, comedian

Ellen DeGeneres has worked at J.C. Penney, waitressed at TGI Fridays, and been a housepainter, hostess, and bartender. She carried that down-to-earth relatability into her stand-up routines and became Showtime’s Funniest Person in America in 1984. 

You might know her from “Ellen”, a sitcom that earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for “The Puppy Episode,” or from her long-running talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, that garnered its creator 33 Daytime Emmy Awards. You may know her voice work; DeGeneres did the voice of Dory in “Finding Nemo” and won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Primetime Emmy Awards, has her own lifestyle brand, and started a record company and a production company.

She also came out as a lesbian on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1997 and married her longtime girlfriend in 2008. DeGeneres is worth about $370 million and was named the 50th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.

DeGeneres managed to stay incredibly likable throughout her fame. She was known to sing and dance with her talk show audience before the show started and during commercial breaks, and she gave away boatloads of free prizes and trips with help from sponsors. At Tulane University’s May 2006 commencement, she made a surprise appearance following speeches by George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Arriving at the podium in a bathrobe and fuzzy slippers, she looked around and announced, "They told me everyone would be wearing robes!”

The comedian is a vegan and “big animal lover” and is a supporter of the Humane Society of the United States. She also supports Global Aids Awareness and started the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund. 

Her reputation has been somewhat tarred by allegations of on-set bullying including “racism, fear and intimidation” in 2020. An investigation was launched, and three executives left “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. She wrote that "On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness -- no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it's the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show."


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