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April 1: Jimmy Cliff, 70
If you were around in the ’70s, your first exposure to the rhythms of reggae probably was this Jamaican native’s cult film The Harder They Come and its soundtrack, including the hit song "You Can Get It if You Really Want." The key to Cliff's longevity, according to pal Keith Richards: “unbeatable songs and the voice of an angel.” He kicked off an international tour last month.
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April 3: Alec Baldwin, 60
In the 1990s when you described a guy as "such a Baldwin," you meant he was hot — a reference to the cute troupe of Baldwin brothers, Alec, Stephen, William and Daniel. These days, Alec is the most famous Baldwin by far, thanks in part to his Emmy-winning role as Jack Donaghy on the sitcom 30 Rock and presidential impersonations on Saturday Night Live. Next year he'll appear in the thriller Motherless Brooklyn.
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April 8: Patricia Arquette, 50
Arquette comes from a show-biz clan that includes siblings Rosanna and David, and granddad Cliff Arquette (Charley Weaver on The Hollywood Squares). She won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her outstanding role as a troubled mother in 2015’s Boyhood, during which she aged 12 years, the length of the filming — an experience she's said she found liberating: “I gotta get old, people.”
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April 10: Mel Blount, 70
In the days when pass interference rules were looser, this legendary Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback’s bone-crunching moves against opponents made him one of the best defensive players ever in the NFL. Then in 1977, officials imposed the "Mel Blount Rule," limiting such contact. The Georgia native was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
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April 11: Ethel Kennedy, 90
The widow of Robert F. Kennedy and mother of 11 has dedicated herself to various causes, including the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Her youngest child, 49-year-old Rory, directed the 2012 documentary Ethel, which the New York Times called "a loving, touching and sometimes mischievous tribute" to her mother.
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April 14: Anthony Michael Hall, 50
The child star broke out in a string of ’80s film comedies, including National Lampoon’s Vacation (as Chevy Chase’s son) and The Breakfast Club (as the high school nerd). In 1985, at 17, he started his one and only season as the youngest cast member ever on Saturday Night Live and, in 2002, he headlined a TV series based on Stephen King’s The Dead Zone for six seasons.
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April 19: Ashley Judd, 50
Daughter of Naomi and sister to Wynonna, this nonsinging Judd opted for an acting career. Her big break came in the 1993 Sundance Festival hit Ruby in Paradise, and she would star in such thrillers as Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy and High Crimes. She was among the first to openly accuse movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
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April 29: Michelle Pfeiffer, 60
The former Miss Orange County pageant winner was in high demand in the ’80s and ’90s, appearing in Scarface, The Witches of Eastwick and Batman Returns (as Catwoman). Recently she costarred in HBO’s The Wizard of Lies and in Murder on the Orient Express, and this summer you can catch her in the superhero thriller Ant-Man and the Wasp.
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April 29: Eve Plumb, 60
“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” Plumb’s Jan on the ’70s sitcom The Brady Bunch continues to resonate with insecure middle children everywhere, thanks to reruns, various Brady spin-offs and social media memes. Fans were delighted to see Plumb as shop teacher Mrs. Murdock in Fox’s Grease Live! in 2016.
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April 29: Carnie Wilson, 50
Carnie, daughter of Beach Boys cofounder Brian Wilson, and her younger sister, Wendy, formed a singing trio with childhood friend Chynna Phillips, and their 1990 debut album Wilson Phillips sold 10 million copies worldwide. These days she often can be spied on TV reality series such as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Chopped.
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