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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Famous & 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

Find out which celebrities are turning 65 this month!

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March 14 - Danny Meyer, restaurateur 

Have you ever eaten at a Shake Shack? You can thank Danny Meyer for the popular fast food joint. But Meyer has also opened high-end eateries such as Union Square Cafe, Terrace 5 at MoMA, Porchlight, Gramercy Tavern, and Eleven Madison Square thanks to his Union Square Hospitality Group. Four of his restaurants managed to garner three-star reviews from The New York Times, and Eleven Madison Park (which has since changed hands) was awarded the coveted trio of Michelin stars.

Meyer got a political science degree from Trinity College in Hartford and worked on the presidential campaign for independent John Anderson before turning his career toward cooking as assistant manager at Pesca in New York City. Afterward, he delved into cooking as a culinary stagiaire (a smartypants word for untrained intern) in Italy and France. At the tender age of 27, Meyer opened the toney Union Square Cafe, and the rest is history.

Apart from all of his restaurant success, Meyer has written or co-written a handful of wildly successful cookbooks: The Union Square Cafe Cookbook, Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe, and Setting the Table. His restaurants released the cocktail primer Mix, Shake, Stir

Meyer shuttered his restaurants when COVID-19 hit the US and noted in a May 1 podcast that taking a Paycheck Protection Program small business loan "could be the most irresponsible thing in the world for a restaurant to do." Two months later, reporters discovered that twelve different Meyer restaurants had received such loans, totaling more than $10 million. 

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March 16 - Jorge Ramos, journalist 

“The Walter Cronkite of Latin America,” Jorge Ramos anchors the news program Noticiero Univision, political news television show Al Punto, and the English-language show America with Jorge Ramos that appears on Fusion TV. Ramos has won 10 Emmy Awards for journalism, covered five wars and was on a Time magazine list of the world’s most influential people.

Born in Mexico City, Ramos has since become an American citizen after working for decades in the US. When he first came to the US, he worked for a station with barely enough money to keep going, although it allowed him to express his own opinions. "To me it was a palace,” he says. “The United States gave me opportunities that my country of origin could not: freedom of the press and complete freedom of expression.”

Ramos was the founder of the first Spanish-language television book club, Despierta Leyendo (Wake Up Reading). He is also the creator of a documentary about hate groups in America, Hate Rising, for which he interviewed Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis at some risk to himself.

The journalist is a registered independent who has covered both US elections and those in Spanish-speaking countries.

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March 20 - Holly Hunter, actress

Academy Award (The Piano) winner Holly Hunter has been nominated an additional trio of times for roles in Broadcast News, The Firm, and Thirteen. She also has a pair of Primetime Emmy Awards to her credit for television roles, and you may have caught her in Saving Grace on TV, or in one of her other appearances on the big screen, which include Raising Arizona, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Incredibles and The Big Sick.

Hunter is deaf in her left ear from a childhood bout with the mumps, which can be cause for accommodations on set. That’s never stopped her acting ambitions, which began in high school productions like Fiddler on the Roof and resulted in a drama degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Soon afterward, Hunter moved to the Big Apple, where her roommate was none other than Frances McDormand. 

Like many ingenues, Hunter debuted in a slasher movie. Her work in The Burning got her foot in the proverbial studio door, and it was on to Los Angeles and stardom. Hunter dominated the 90s in film and has managed a steady career ever since. In 2021, she had a starring role opposite Ted Danson in the TV series Mr. Mayor.

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March 21 - Gary Oldman, actor

Known for his work ethic and intensity, London-born actor Gary Oldman has wowed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. While studying with the Young People’s Theatre in Greenwich during the 70s, Oldman held jobs selling shoes, working on an assembly line, and taking the heads off pigs in a slaughterhouse. He managed to graduate with an acting degree in 1979, describing himself at the time as “shy but diligent.”

Oldman has a mountain of acting credits, earning his bona fides first in England and then in the US after a pair of stunning performances as punkster Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy and a role in Prick Up Your Ears. Film critic Roger Ebert wrote, "There is no point of similarity between the two performances; like a few gifted actors, [Oldman] is able to reinvent himself for every role. On the basis of these two movies, he is the best young British actor around." In fact, the Sid Vicious role earned Oldman the 62nd slot in Premiere magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.

Oldman became the accepted leader of a group of successful young British actors known as the Brit Pack which included Tim Roth, Colin Firth, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Oldman became known for his work portraying villains, including as the star of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which became a commercial success around the globe and earned him 1992’s Best Actor award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. 

You can catch Oldman on Apple TV+ in Slow Horses as the leader of a ragtag group of British spies, the actor’s first big role in a television series. Unfortunately, it will also be his last as Oldman has vowed to retire from acting when the series ends. 


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