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August Milestone Birthdays

Dustin Hoffman, Cindy Williams and others celebrate big ones this month

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    Aug. 8: Dustin Hoffman, 80

    Hard to believe it has been nearly 50 years since this everyman actor came into our lives as the title character in The Graduate, earning his first of seven Oscar nominations for acting (he won for 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer and 1988’s Rain Man). Hoffman stars opposite Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories, streaming on Netflix this year.

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    Aug. 9: Deion Sanders, 50

    Few superstar athletes are as versatile as Neon Deion. How many have competed in a Super Bowl (contributing to victories for both the San Francisco 49ers in 1995 and the Dallas Cowboys in 1996) and a World Series (as an Atlanta Braves outfielder in 1992)? Retired since 2006, he is an on-air analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network.

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    Aug. 9: Melanie Griffith, 60

    The daughter of Hitchcock blond Tippi Hedren has left her own mark on Hollywood in such Reagan-era film classics as 1984’s Body Double, 1986’s Something Wild and 1988’s Working Girl. Now her 27-year-old daughter, Dakota (with ex-husband Don Johnson), is making a splash on the big screen in the sexy Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.

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    Aug. 10: Riddick Bowe, 50

    The 6-foot-5 heavyweight boxer known as Big Daddy ruled the ring in 1992 after winning three matches against then-unbeaten Evander Holyfield. He retired in 1997, then was caught up in a legal mess in 1998, charged with abducting his estranged wife and their five children at knifepoint. He served a 17-month jail sentence. Bowe briefly returned to the sport in 2004 and was named to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2015.

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    Aug. 10: Ian Anderson, 70

    The Scottish-born musician was the lead singer, flamboyant flutist and acoustic guitarist behind the British progressive rock band Jethro Tull — whose album Aqualung echoed through countless college dorms in the 1970s. The group is currently touring, and Anderson recently topped Billboard’s classical album chart with The String Quartets, which features reimagined Tull favorites.

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    Aug. 13: Quinn Cummings, 50

    The opinionated moppet earned an Oscar nod at age 10 for 1977’s The Goodbye Girl and costarred on TV’s Family (1978-80), but soured on show biz in the early '90s. After the birth of her daughter, she invented the HipHugger baby sling and became an author, blogger and homeschooling advocate.

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    Aug. 14: Danielle Steel, 70

    This prolific purveyor of addictive fiction (118 novels and counting) is the world’s best-selling living author, with over 800 million copies sold. Yet she’s somehow found time to raise nine children and wed and divorce five husbands. The Paris resident has had this to say about growing older: “I’m not an aging gracefully type. But I do believe in aging with grace.”

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    Aug. 18: Rosalynn Carter, 90

    During her time as the nation’s 39th first lady, she stood by husband Jimmy — they just celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. She was his closest adviser as well as a tireless advocate for mental health issues. In recent years, Carter has supported her spouse during his cancer diagnosis and treatments, and both are still heavily involved as volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.

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