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Feb. 1: Pauly Shore, 50
En español | What happened to this MTV VJ who had his own show, Totally Pauly, in the ’90s and starred in such dude-bait comedies as Encino Man and Bio-Dome? He never really left. With nearly 90,000 Twitter followers, Shore is still in the funny biz, doing stand-up dates and podcasts found on SoundCloud. Last year he had a cameo in Adam Sandler’s Netflix movie Sandy Wexler
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Feb. 2: Ina Garten, 70
The cookbook author and host of the Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa since 2002 recently shared some tasty insights about her culinary preferences with NBC’s Today show. Her choice for music while cooking? Taylor Swift. Her pick for a last meal? Hot dog and fries. The one dish she will never make? Cassoulet. Her fave fast-food joint? California’s In-N-Out burger.
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Feb. 4: Alice Cooper, 70
This godfather of shock rock’s raspy vocals propelled such ’70s anthems as "I’m Eighteen" and "School’s Out." Cooper (born Vincent Furnier) released his 27th studio album, Paranormal, last year and has tour dates in March. You can also catch Cooper as King Herod on NBC’s three-hour Jesus Christ Superstar Live! in concert alongside John Legend on Easter Sunday, April 1.
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Feb. 5: Christopher Guest, 70
In the ’80s, he memorably turned his amps up to 11 in Spinal Tap, was a regular on Saturday Night Live for a season and played sadistic Count Rugen in The Princess Bride. But Guest, who has been wed to actress Jamie Lee Curtis since 1984, is best known for directing a string of cult mockumentaries such as Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. On top of that, he’s a baron.
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Feb. 12: Judy Blume, 80
With 85 million copies sold, Blume’s books for children and teens have been beloved for decades for their frank and often humorous approach to real-life issues, including racism (Iggie’s House), puberty (Are
YouThereGod? It’s Me, Margaret) and bullying (Blubber). As she has said, “I wanted to write what I remembered to be true.” Her latest novel, 2015’s In the Unlikely Event, was aimed at adults.
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Feb. 12: Josh Brolin, 50
The actor, nominated for an Oscar for his role as a politician turned assassin in 2008’s Milk, has come a long way since his movie debut in 1985’s The Goonies. Lately, Brolin has been lured into the world of superhero franchises. This summer he reprises his motion-capture role as baddie Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and makes his first appearance as mutant antihero Cable in Deadpool 2.
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Feb. 14: Teller, 70
In case you wondered, this silent half of the world’s most famous magic duo, who has done comedic hocus-pocus with partner Penn Gillette for 40-plus years, can speak. He also has a first name (Raymond). The Las Vegas headliners will continue to demystify other performer’s tricks when their CW series, Penn &Teller: Fool Us, returns for a fifth season this summer.
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Feb. 16: Ice-T, 60
This influential artist, who started life as Tracy Lauren Marrow, helped define gangsta rap with his 1991 album O.G. Original Gangster and courted controversy with his 1992 song "Cop Killer." Like many rappers, Ice-T crossed over into acting roles in films (New Jack City, Ricochet) and has played detective Odafin Tutuola on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for the past 18 seasons.
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Feb. 18: Molly Ringwald, 50
Thanks to filmmaker John Hughes, this red-haired, pouty-lipped actress was an idol to a generation of high schoolers in such iconic ’80s films as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. Since then, she has done Cabaret on Broadway and released a jazz album in 2013. Ringwald currently appears as Archie’s mom on the CW comic-book-inspired series Riverdale.
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Feb. 21: Mary Chapin Carpenter, 60
This thoughtful singer-songwriter’s path to country-music acclaim skipped Nashville and came via the folk scene in Washington, D.C. in the ’80s. The five-time Grammy winner broke out with her 1992 album Come On Come On, which featured such hits as "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He’ll Keep Her." She’s lately been on tour promoting her 2016 album The Things That We Are Made Of.
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