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A master at dissecting politics through humor, The Daily Show host claims to "represent the distracted center." In the past few months he won his 10th consecutive Emmy, and debated Bill O'Reilly live in what was billed as "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium."
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A victim of a tabloid tizzy over her divorce from third husband Ashton Kutcher, the actress is still picked over by the media — most recently for being "sad and thin." May she live forever in our memories as the ingenue in the pottery-wheel scene with Patrick Swayze in Ghost.
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The former Brat Pack actor of Pretty in Pink fame is now — who knew? — a travel writer, working as an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler. He's also just come out with a memoir, The Longest Way Home.
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The comedian with a hit sitcom 20 years ago is now serious about politics: This year she ran as the presidential nominee for the Peace and Freedom Party. She lives with her husband on a Hawaiian macadamia nut farm.
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The Oklahoma-born actress has had roles on so many TV shows it's hard to keep track — from Hill Street Blues to True Blood. Most recently she was in the TV movie remake of Steel Magnolias.
The Juilliard-trained actor/singer always seems to go back to the stage, but most people know him from roles on the network dramas Chicago Hope and Criminal Minds. He now plays an enigmatic CIA operative on Showtime's Emmy-winning Homeland.
Our 47th veep is growing up! Biden, of course, has been on the campaign trail, where he's pitched his policies and tried not to make one of his famously goofy gaffes ("Our president has a big stick, I promise you!" he said in April).
She was the wealthy Krystal on the iconic '80s drama Dynasty. And according to her website, that wasn't such a stretch: "She has dined with queens and presidents [and] been romanced by the rich and famous." What does she treasure most? "The wisdom she has gained along the way."
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Launched with movie roles in The Young Philadelphians (1959) and The Magnificent Seven (1960), in the 1960s he was TV's Man from U.N.C.L.E., and has guest-starred on a string of shows since then. This year he played a wealthy American on the British soap, Coronation Street.
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The British singer was a child star who sang for the troops during World War II, and later became a boomer favorite with her 1960s hit "Downtown." She sometimes still performs publicly, and recently released an album of French songs.
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