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Monday, December 4, 2023

Famous & 65

Look who's turning 65 this month

Find out which celebrities are turning 65 this month!

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December 1 - Charlene Tilton, American actress 

Don’t tell us that you don’t remember the hit television series “Dallas” that swept the country in the late 70s and 80s. At 17, Charlene Tilton won the role of the sly granddaughter Lucy Ewing, earning a top salary of $50,000 an episode and catapulting the actress into fame. So much so, that her face graced 500 magazine covers and her 1981 wedding on TV drew 65 million viewers. 

Although her work after Dallas was mostly limited to game shows, forgettable movies and promoting the Abdominizer, Tilton never forgot Larry Hagman, the star of “Dallas”. Tilton grew up the daughter of a mentally ill single mom; she never knew her father. Hagman became a father figure on set and continued to play a nurturing role for Tilton until his death. 

The actress has a daughter from a short marriage to country singer Johnny Lee. Cinematographer beau Cheddy Hart died from heart failure in 2009. Tilton advocates for autism awareness.

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December 6 - Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator

If you’ve never heard of Wallace and Gromit, seen “Shaun the Sheep” or “Chicken Run”, nor viewed “Creature Comforts”, then you (and the grandkids!) are in for a treat. It’s all thanks to the creative genius of Nick Park, who has won a slew of BAFTAs and a couple of Oscars for his claymation masterpieces. 

It all started when Park was a kid with an avid interest in cartoons. At 13, he progressed to making films with his mother featuring cotton bobbin characters. Like his dad, he dabbled in inventions, a hobby shared by his claymation character, Wallace. 

Park’s films and shorts are fine family viewing without being maudlin or boring. Instead, they are clever pieces that entertain on many levels.  If you want to really appreciate his genius, check out this YouTube on how claymation is made.

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December 25 - Rickey Hendersen, American baseball Hall of Fame outfielder

Rickey Hendersen, aka “The Man of Steal”, played an incredible 25 seasons of Major League Baseball, including four rounds with his original team, the Oakland Athletics. He may be the greatest leadoff hitter and base runner of all time, holding records that still stand for career stolen bases, runs, unintentional walks and leadoff home runs. He was a shoo-in for the Baseball Hall of Fame his first time on the ballot in 2009.

Henderson was a natural lefty, but he learned to bat right-handed. "All my friends were right-handed and swung from the right side, so I thought that's the way it was supposed to be done,” he once remarked. 

Henderson played baseball and basketball in high school, where he was also an All-American running back with a dream to play for the Oakland Raiders. He got more than a dozen scholarship offers to play football, but his mother stopped him. She noted that football players had shorter careers and wisely pointed her son away from a career on the gridiron. 

Proud of his earnings, Henderson famously framed a $1 million signing bonus for months instead of cashing it. He wouldn’t use the per diem funds that every player got on road trips, electing to put the envelopes of cash in a box. When one of his kids did well at school, he’d invite them to pick an envelope and keep the contents.


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