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January Milestone Birthdays

Pat Benatar, Paul Allen, Lucinda Williams and other celebrities will light the candles as they turn the big 5-0, 60, 70, 80 or 90

50 — Steven Soderbergh, Jan. 14

As a young director he charmed audiences with his indie gem Sex, Lies, and Videotape in 1989, then went on to big-time fare (TrafficErin Brockovich, Contagion). He's hinted that he may quit the biz to become a painter. Fans hope he's bluffing.

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60 — Pat Benatar, Jan. 10

The 1980s rocker ("Love Is a Battlefield," "We Belong") and four-time Grammy winner is now on tour in the United States with her hubby, guitarist Neil Geraldo. Loverboy and Journey join them for some shows, offering fans a trifecta of retro icons.


60 — Pamela Sue Martin, Jan. 5

She costarred in The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and as Fallon Carrington Colby on TV's Dynasty — her last big role. These days Martin is involved with the theater in Sun Valley, Idaho, and, according to her website, is a "spiritual counselor."

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60 — Desi Arnaz Jr., Jan. 19

Born to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz when they were stars of I Love Lucy, Arnaz later played his father in the 1992 film The Mambo Kings. Today he and his wife, Amy, run a children's ballet company in Nevada.

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60 — Paul Allen, Jan. 21

He cofounded Microsoft with his best buddy Bill Gates, and now the Jimi Hendrix-worshipping college dropout is, according to Forbes, the 48th-richest person in the world. With Gates' prodding, Allen recently promised to give half his wealth to the less fortunate.

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60 — Lucinda Williams, Jan. 26

Williams had been singing her country/blues/roots-rock tunes for a few decades before breaking out in 1998 with the Grammy-winning album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. In 2009 she and her manager, Tom Overby, married onstage in front of an adoring audience of 1,500.


70 — Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jan. 4

The Brooklyn Dodgers fan and doyenne of American history is the author of biographies of, among others, Lyndon Johnson and Abraham Lincoln (who, she recently told Stephen Colbert, "was really funny … he told dirty stories"). Her next tome will dissect Teddy Roosevelt's fraught relationship with Howard Taft.

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80 — Chita Rivera, Jan. 23

She was accepted at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet at 14 and later attained Broadway stardom (Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Chicago) that has yet to wane: This winter she's on Broadway as brothel owner Princess Puffer in the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

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80 — Charles Osgood, Jan. 8

He's hosted CBS News Sunday Morning since 1994, and delivered his radio bit, "The Osgood File," since 1971. He sometimes presents his whimsical stories as poems because, he's said, "The news of the day is so goofy at times, it just seems to fit into couplets and rhymes."


90 — Larry Storch, Jan. 8

After returning from duty as a seaman in World War II, Storch — a master of mimicry — scored a comedy gig as the opening act for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. His signature role was in the '60s, as the dim sidekick to Forrest Tucker on the TV comedy F Troop.

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90 — Jean Stapleton, Jan. 19

"Awwwchie!!" She'll always be known as the browbeaten wife of the world's grouchiest husband, Archie Bunker, on CBS's 1970s hit All in the Family, a role that won her three Emmys. During and since that experience, she's been a longtime supporter of women's rights

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