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Monday, April 10, 2023

Famous & 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

Find out which celebrities are turning 65 this month!

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April 3 - Alec Baldwin, actor 

Superstar Alec Baldwin has won a slew of acting awards for appearances ranging in movies such as Beetlejuice and To Rome with Love and television shows including the iconic 30 Rock. Most recently, he’s been on the front pages for his involvement in a shooting accident that left a cinematographer dead on the set of his movie Rust. But you already know all that. 

You might not be aware that Baldwin was once a busboy at Studio 54, the infamous NYC disco, or that he lost a run for high school student body president his senior year. And you may have forgotten that he was married to actress Kim Basinger for nine years, producing a daughter and an expensive divorce. (He remarried in 2012 to yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, with whom he has seven children.)

You may also be unaware that the actor is vegan and a big supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). He has advocated for a range of animals, from manatees to Thanksgiving turkeys. Baldwin has also been a generous donor to cancer centers and other charities. To read more about Baldwin, check out his 2017 memoir Nevertheless.

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April 21 - Andie MacDowell, actress 

You may remember Andie MacDowell from key roles in St. Elmo’s Fire, Sex Lies and Videotape (which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress), Groundhog Day, or Four Weddings and a Funeral. More recently, she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her 2021 television role in the miniseries Maid on Netflix. 

MacDowell was a model before she turned to the silver screen. Two years out of high school she was spotted by a scout in Los Angeles and signed on to Elite Model Management. She quickly became a hot commodity, appearing in Vogue and in campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Armani, Anne Klein, Calvin Klein, and Bill Blass. Her Calvin Klein shots went up on billboards in Times Square, leading to her first film contract for Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan. Hailing from South Carolina, however, MacDowell’s southern accent was deemed too thick for a jungle dweller, and her lines were dubbed by Glenn Close.

MacDowell has often appeared in ads for L’Oreal cosmetics and hair care since 1986. The perennial beauty switched to small screen roles around 2000, including Jane by Design and the Hallmark productions Cedar Cove and The Beach House.

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April 29 - Eve Plumb, actress

“That’s the way they all became the Brady Bunch!” Don’t blame us if the refrain for the TV sitcom runs through your head this week … Eve Plumb played middle sister Jan Brady from 1969 to 1974. What themes were shows that featured her centered around? Well, one was why didn’t Jan have a boyfriend? Then there was her embarrassment about having to wear glasses, and concerns about her future appearance. Or her jealousy concerning her older sister. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! Ah, childhood.

Plumb was a child actress with credits from The Virginian and Lassie on her CV before landing the role of Jan. She also had several roles on the small screen after The Brady Bunch had run its course, perhaps most notably in 1976’s Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway. There was also a cascade of appearances on series such as Fantasy Island and Wonder Woman due to her fame from her Brady days.

Today, Plumb follows her decades-long passion for painting. See some of her recent works here. She’s been married since 1995 and lives primarily in New York City. 

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April 29 - Michelle Pfeiffer, actress and producer

How many men out there swooned to Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in Batman Returns? Plenty, we are betting. The gorgeous actress (she was on People magazine’s cover of their yearly “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” issue in 1990) had to work to get beyond “pretty woman” parts at the beginning of her career but soon made a name for herself in roles such as Elvira Hancock in 1983’s Scarface. She went on to effusive praise for films such as Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Hairspray and Where is Kyra? 

One of the most successful and highly paid actresses of all time, Pfeiffer formed her own production company in 1990 and began earning $1 million per film. She was soon nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in her role as a foreign spy in The Russia House, one of eight times she has received the coveted nomination. 

Although willing to take the spotlight onscreen, Pfeiffer has a notorious distaste for interviews, a quality which some link to her ability to play down-to-earth characters. She downplays her appearance and is fiercely private. Pfeiffer’s philanthropic efforts include the American Cancer Society and the Humane Society for animal welfare. The actress is a vegan. 


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