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  • MARCH 1

    En español | Ron Howard, 60: Little Opie became a big-time movie director/producer. After his classic roles on The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days, Howard went on to direct major films such as Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon. He’s directed a whaling adventure, Heart of the Sea, out in 2015.

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    Catherine Bach, 60: Cut-off jeans shorts are now called "Daisy Dukes," thanks to Bach’s wearing them so very well on CBS’s The Dukes of Hazzard from 1979 to 1985. These days she’s on The Young and the Restless as the scheming Anita Lawson.

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    Catherine O’Hara, 60: The widely respected Canadian-born comedic actress aced her many roles in Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, including as Cookie Fleck (with dog Winky) in Best in Show (2000). She was also the voice of a cranky monster in 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are.

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  • MARCH 1

    Roger Daltrey, 70: Lead singer of the iconic British rock band the Who, Daltrey said recently that he and guitarist Pete Townshend were considering a new album. “I don’t see why we wouldn’t,” he told a reporter. “The hearing isn’t so great, but the voice is fine.”

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  • MARCH 6

    Mary Wilson, 70: A founding member of the Supremes — Motown’s supergroup starring Diana Ross, which began as the Primettes — Wilson went on to record her own albums and perform solo. She recently released the single “Life’s Been Good to Me.”

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  • MARCH 7

    Wanda Sykes, 50: The Emmy-winning comedian cracked up fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm as “Wanda,” the character known for her unrelenting disdain for the ever socially inept Larry David. She’s now developing comedy programming aimed at moms for Nick Jr.

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  • MARCH 7

    Willard Scott, 80: He’s said that he was the face behind the original Ronald McDonald, though he’s best known as the weatherman on the Today show who offered folksy happy birthday wishes to centenarians. Scott still offers his “birthday salutes” twice a week.

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  • MARCH 9

    Juliette Binoche, 50: The elegant French actress won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The English Patient (1996) and a few years later charmed audiences in Chocolat (2000). Don’t typecast her, though: In May she’ll appear in, of all things, the monster flick Godzilla.

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  • MARCH 11

    Sam Donaldson, 80: The thick-browed newscaster has been with ABC News since 1967 — that’s 47 years, folks. He spends much of his time at his cattle ranch in New Mexico, and has reportedly separated from his wife of 30 years, Jan Smith.

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  • MARCH 17

    Rob Lowe, 50: Another cute Brat Pack actor turns 50. He’s had his difficulties (a sex tape scandal) and successes, including roles on The West Wing and Parks and Recreation. This summer he’ll appear in a comedy with Cameron Diaz called Sex Tape. Seriously.

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  • MARCH 19

    Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, 70: President Johnson’s older daughter (Secret Service codename: Velvet) was also Virginia’s first lady in the ’80s as Gov. Charles Robb’s wife. At last year’s 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington she said her dad’s fight for civil rights must continue.

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  • MARCH 23

    Hope Davis, 50: The New York Times said Davis “all but steals the film” as Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2010 TV movie The Special Relationship, about the Clintons and Tony Blair. Later this year she’ll appear in the Fox series Wayward Pines and the movie Heat.

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  • MARCH 23

    Kenneth Cole, 60: The designer behind the sleek shoe/clothing empire is also known for his social conscience: His foundation supports causes from AIDS research to disaster relief, and one of his mottoes is “To be aware is more important than what you wear.”

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  • MARCH 25

    Gloria Steinem, 80: It’s hard to imagine the women’s movement without the charismatic Steinem at the helm. When asked recently what she’d like to be remembered for, she said, “As a person who had a good heart and tried to make the world a little more kind.”

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  • MARCH 26

    Diana Ross, 70: Another Supreme birthday this month! The diva extraordinaire got only more supreme on her own, with hits like “Upside Down” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” She has five kids; her son Evan has a role in the final two Hunger Games flicks.

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  • MARCH 26

    Alan Arkin, 80: The actor won an Oscar for his role as the grandpa in 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine (he’s said he almost didn’t get the part because it was thought he looked “too virile”). He’ll costar with Shirley MacLaine in the comedy Wild Oats later this year.

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  • MARCH 29

    Elle Macpherson, 50:  She’s known as “The Body,” a moniker the Australian supermodel/actress has embraced, displaying her curves in countless ads and magazines through the decades. One beauty secret she often shares: She drinks 3 liters (more than 12 cups) of water each day.

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  • MARCH 30

    Tracy Chapman, 50: Her song "Fast Car" was everywhere in 1988, when she was a breakout hit and Grammy winner for Best New Artist, though her seven subsequent albums made less of a splash. More recently she helped judge documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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  • MARCH 31

    Shirley Jones, 80: The actress famous as the mom on The Partridge Family and other wholesome roles came out with the rather racy Shirley Jones: A Memoir last year in which she declared that “a woman can retain her sexuality at any age.” We love you, Mrs. Partridge!

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  • MARCH 31

    Richard Chamberlain, 80: He was a major heartthrob in the ’60s as TV’s Dr. Kildare, and in the ’80s starred in the miniseries The Thorn Birds and Shōgun. He has said that before coming out in 2003 he was “desperately afraid” his fans would learn he was gay, “but I was good at the game.”  

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AARP Boomers at 50 Plus

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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