Oct. 2: Donna Karan, 75
The fashion legend left behind her namesake DKNY brand in 2015 to focus on her Urban Zen line, a clothing and lifestyle company with a charitable foundation attached. The move has allowed her to pursue some very cool projects that combine fashion and philanthropy: This spring, for instance, she recruited designers like Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger to create new looks using vintage military clothing, with proceeds from the auction supporting Veteran Services USA and their innovative PTSD treatment.
Oct. 3: Neve Campbell, 50
An alum of the tear-jerking family drama Party of Five, the Canadian actress became one of the great scream queens of her generation when she played Sidney Prescott in the blockbuster Scream franchise, most recently in the 2022 sequel. She famously sat out of this year’s Scream VI over contract disputes, and series creator Kevin Williamson remarked of the controversy: “All I can say is, ‘Pay her the money.’” Campbell most recently returned to television with two very different shows: Peacock’s postapocalyptic action comedy Twisted Metal, on which she plays the head of New San Francisco, and The Lincoln Lawyer, a Netflix legal drama from David E. Kelley.
Oct. 5: Neil deGrasse Tyson, 65
Few contemporary scientists have enjoyed as much fame as the charismatic astrophysicist, who has been the director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, the host of the StarTalk podcast and the executive science editor and narrator of the Emmy-winning Cosmos, a successor to the classic Carl Sagan series. Last year, he released the new book Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization, in which he steps back — way back — to offer a big picture view on topics like religion, gender, race, war, politics and beauty.
Oct. 5: Steve Miller, 80
The 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee has topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts three times, with “Rock’n Me,” “Abracadabra” and “The Joker,” which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. This year, he honored the milestone by heading back out on the road with his bandmates, with tour dates scheduled through this December, and they also released a new two-disc set called J50: The Evolution of The Joker, which features 27 previously unreleased demos, live performances, outtakes and rehearsals, with narration throughout from the Space Cowboy himself.
Oct. 8: Chevy Chase, 80
An original member of the Not Ready for Primetime Players, Chase only lasted on Saturday Night Live for one year, before branching out with movies like National Lampoon’s Vacation and Fletch. He enjoyed a return to the small screen with the cult sitcom Community, but on-set tensions led to his departure from the series after four seasons. (He’s not expected to return for the show’s in-the-works Peacock movie sequel.) This fall, Chase reunited with his SNL pal Dan Aykroyd for the horror comedy Zombie Town, based on a book by the YA frightmaster R.L. Stine.
Oct. 9: Jackson Browne, 75
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and political activist released his latest album Downhill From Everywhere in 2021, and it proved that he was still an artist with something to say: His lyrics tackled topics as diverse as immigration and environmental collapse, and he was rewarded with a Grammy nomination for best Americana album. He’s also remained a vibrant live act as well, playing five nights at the Venetian in Las Vegas and three nights at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles this month.