En español | Pat Boone, 80: A chart-topping pop crooner in the '50s, he later turned to gospel music and provided vocal support for conservative Christian politicians. In recent years he’s starred in ads for a company selling square-foot plots in the Holy Land.
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Michelle Phillips, 70: A founding member of the folkie ’60s quartet the Mamas & the Papas (of “California Dreamin’ ” fame) with first husband John Phillips, she later took up acting and enjoyed a recurring role on TV’s Knots Landing. Phillips is now on her fifth marriage. (She was married to second husband Dennis Hopper for just eight days.) — Corbis2 of 19
Rick Riordan, 50: You may have young family members who are fans of the author’s best-selling adventure series featuring Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Riordan wrote the books to entice his son, who has ADHD and dyslexia (as does Percy), into reading for pleasure. — Corbis3 of 19
Bill Moyers, 80: The journalist received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2006 — in addition to the 30-plus Emmys he’s already won. On PBS’s Moyers & Company, he analyzes the state of our democracy to “throw light on what Americans can do to repair what’s broken.”— Getty4 of 19
Harvey Fierstein, 60: The Tony Award-winning actor and playwright became a star of the stage in the ’80s for his role as a drag performer in Torch Song Trilogy. He wrote Casa Valentina, now on Broadway, about a 1960s Catskills retreat where straight men can dress as ladies.— Getty5 of 19
Boz Scaggs, 70: An icon in the world of bluesy-rock, the singer-songwriter-guitarist played with the Steve Miller Band in the ’60s before recording solo hits such as “Lido Shuffle” and “Lowdown.” Rolling Stone called his latest album, Memphis, “sublime.”— Getty6 of 19
Greta Van Susteren, 60: The Fox News host was first at CNN, where she became a familiar face as a legal analyst during the O.J. Simpson trial. Less ideological than some of her peers, she’s posted on Facebook a photo in which she’s seated between George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton — all three with beaming smiles. — Getty7 of 19
George H.W. Bush, 90: Last month Bush 41 received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his willingness to raise taxes in 1990 despite his “read my lips” promise. The former president, who uses a wheelchair these days, can often be seen in public sporting a pair of colorful socks.
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Will Patton, 60: He’s not super famous, but you’ve probably seen him before — in movies such as After Hours, The Spitfire Grill and Remember the Titans, or battling aliens on TNT’s sci-fi drama Falling Skies. In August he’ll appear in the action flick November Man with Pierce Brosnan.— AP9 of 19
Courteney Cox, 50: Known for her role as neatnik Monica Geller on Friends, she now stars on TBS’s Cougar Town as a sexy 40-something with a college-age son and new hubby. In real life Cox shares custody of her 10-year-old daughter, Coco, with her ex, David Arquette.— Getty10 of 19
Kathleen Turner, 60: Turner was hot in ’80s films such as Body Heat, Romancing the Stone and Prizzi’s Honor, but these days she’s more likely performing onstage. This summer the Oscar nominee will be in London starring in Bakersfield Mist, in which she plays an unemployed bartender who thinks her thrift-store-bought painting may be a Jackson Pollock.— Getty11 of 19
Laura Ingraham, 50: The conservative radio talk-show host and frequent Fox News contributor wrote the book Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline From Muffin Tops to Body Shots. Her pet peeve, she’s said, is “parents’ failure to parent.”— Getty12 of 19
Ray Davies, 70: Davies was the front man for the Kinks, singing lead on the group’s breakout 1964 hit “You Really Got Me.” He collaborated on a musical called Sunny Afternoon, which tells the band’s story and has recently debuted in London. One reviewer called it a “golden triumph.”— Getty13 of 19
Dan Brown, 50: Apparently, the best-selling author of thrillers such as The Da Vinci Code and Inferno sometimes suffers from writer’s block. He’s said that when he does, he’ll hang upside down in gravity boots for inspiration. (It’s called inversion therapy.)— AP14 of 19
Amy Brenneman, 50: The star of CBS’s Judging Amy and ABC’s Private Practice is now going sci-fi. Brenneman will appear in HBO’s creepy-looking summertime show, The Leftovers, about the stunned folks left behind after 2 percent of humanity mysteriously vanishes.— Getty15 of 19
Jeff Beck, 70: Rolling Stone has named the legendary British guitarist from the Yardbirds the fifth-greatest guitarist of all time. (Jimi Hendrix ranks No.1.) Beck’s now in the midst of a world tour and will be in the U.S. in August, joining up with ZZ Top.— Getty16 of 19
Sonia Sotomayor, 60: Our first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice — and author of a best-selling memoir, My Beloved World — offered a fierce dissent in April when the court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action at public universities: “Race matters,” she wrote.
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Gary Busey, 70: Busey, most famous for his lead role in The Buddy Holly Story in 1978, has a reputation for odd behavior — not helped by a head-smashing motorcycle accident in 1988. In September he’ll appear in the comedy Confessions of a Womanizer.— Corbis18 of 19
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As the last of the Baby Boomer Generation turns 50 and more baby boomers are retiring, AARP celebrates the generation that changed the world.
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