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Celebrity Birthdays in August

Steve Martin, Viola Davis and Shania Twain celebrate big ones this month

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    August 4

    En español | Billy Bob Thornton, 60: The actor is known for his starring role in 1996’s Sling Blade, which he also wrote and directed — but he may be even more famous for his brief marriage to Angelina Jolie. Connie Angland is his current and sixth wife.

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    August 11

    Viola Davis, 50: The actress, who stars as a criminal lawyer in TV’s How to Get Away With Murder on ABC, says in the current AARP The Magazine that even though she grew up in poverty and often plays troubled characters, “I’m happy.”

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    August 14

    Steve Martin, 70: The multitalented comedian-actor-author, married to former New Yorker editor Anne Stringfield, became a first-time dad at age 67. These days he’s working on a musical called Bright Star with singer Edie Brickell.

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    August 19

    Kyra Sedgwick, 50: The Closer actress plays a mom with an agoraphobic daughter in the new thriller Big Sky. She and actor Kevin Bacon (lately in those egg industry ads) married way back in 1988 and have two kids.

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    August 19

    Peter Gallagher, 60: The actor received raves this summer for his starring role in the Broadway musical On the Twentieth Century. A longtime supporter of Alzheimer’s research, he speaks often about his mother’s long struggle with the disease.

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    August 28

    Shania Twain, 50: The best-selling female country artist in history is still on the road with her Rock This Country tour. She’s said she views the glitzy tour as kind of a blowout 50th-birthday celebration: “I’m going out of my 40s with a bang.”

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    August 31

    Van Morrison, 70: The Moondance singer from Northern Ireland defies labels — genre-mixing pop, R&B, Irish folk music and everything in between. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.

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    August 31

    Itzhak Perlman, 70: The master violinist has played at the White House for Queen Elizabeth II and won enough Grammy Awards to sink a ship. A music writer recently called him the Babe Ruth of Classical Music.

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    August 31

    Frank Robinson, 80: April marked 40 years since the baseball legend became the first African American manager in Major League Baseball. Before that, the MVP was an outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds.

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