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Celebrity Milestone Birthdays in September

Keanu Reeves, Sophia Loren and Tavis Smiley all celebrate big birthdays

September 1

Leonard Slatkin, 70: The master conductor and composer directs the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and France’s Orchestre National de Lyon. The Detroit orchestra’s motto is “The Most Accessible Orchestra on the Planet,” and Slatkin has said, “We are here for everybody.”

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September 2

Keanu Reeves, 50: His early roles included the dumb-acting high school dude Ted on the goofy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (a 1989 movie, then a 1990-91 TV cartoon). Now Reeves is set to star as a vengeful hit man in the upcoming action film John Wick.

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September 6

Rosie Perez, 50: It’s hard to forget (and to describe) a voice like Perez’s. Most famous for her role as Tina in Spike Lee’s 1989 film, Do the Right Thing, she writes in her new memoir, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life, about her harrowing childhood and abusive mother.

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September 6

Swoosie Kurtz, 70: The Tony- and Emmy-winning actress played the eldest sister on NBC’s Sisters in the ’90s. Now she’s on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly as Molly’s mom. Kurtz has called the character "the naughtiest, bawdiest, juiciest woman on television of my age rank."

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September 13

Tavis Smiley, 50: Smiley, who has described himself as “busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest,” hosts talk shows on both PBS and Public Radio International. His latest book is Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year.

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September 13

Jacqueline Bisset, 70: The beautiful Brit first wowed audiences in the ’60s and ’70s in films such as The Deep and The Greek Tycoon. In January she was tearful and nearly speechless when accepting her first Golden Globe for her role in the TV drama Dancing on the Edge.

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September 16

Molly Shannon, 50: During her six seasons on Saturday Night Live (1995-2001), she developed hilarious characters, including the awkward Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher. She’s now in an indie comedy called Life After Beth as the mother of a zombie.

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September 16

Elgin Baylor, 80: Some consider Baylor one of the best basketball players of all time. An 11-time NBA All-Star during his pro career (1958-71), the 6-foot-5 Lakers legend was known for his acrobatics on the court. He later coached the New Orleans Jazz.

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September 19

Trisha Yearwood, 50: Country star Yearwood has had hit after hit — including “In Another’s Eyes,” a Grammy-winning duet with her third hubby, Garth Brooks. She also has a Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, where she whips up such treats as garlic grits casserole.

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September 20

Sophia Loren, 80: She grew up poor in a small Italian town and turned into an Oscar-winning international film icon. Noel Coward once said that the stunningly beautiful actress should have been “sculpted in chocolate truffles so the world could devour her.”   

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September 21

Fannie Flagg, 70: Flagg had various film and TV appearances in the 1970s-80s (Candid Camera, Match Game), then found her true calling with her best-selling 1987 novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Her latest is The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion.

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September 25

Michael Douglas, 70: “Greed is good,” he famously said as Gordon Gekko in 1987’s Wall Street, one of the blockbuster movies that have earned the actor gazillions through the years. More recently he costarred with Diane Keaton in the summer rom-com And So It Goes.

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September 28

Janeane Garofalo, 50: The stand-up comedian got her start on The Ben Stiller Show, then joined HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show as the dry-witted talent booker Paula. She does drama, too; she has a role in the upcoming indie A Little Game with Ralph Macchio.

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September 28

Steve Largent, 60: The Football Hall of Famer was a big-time star as a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks for 14 seasons (1976-89), then took up politics. He spent four terms as an Oklahoma congressman — but had no luck with a 2002 bid for governor.

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September 28

Brigitte Bardot, 80: The French actress became a sultry sex symbol after her 1956 role in … And God Created Woman. But in recent years she’s been openly critical of immigrants and gays; French courts have convicted her several times for inciting racial hatred. 

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September 30

Barry Williams, 60: Forever to be known as Greg Brady on the iconic sitcom The Brady Bunch, he’s now a single dad living in Branson, Mo. In July he was on ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, where he and comedian Joe Piscopo switched personal assistants for a week.  

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