Kevin Bacon, Peggy Fleming, Richard Simmons and other stars celebrate big ones this month
by Susan Wloszczyna, AARP, July 1, 2018|Comments: 0
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July 8: Kevin Bacon, 60
The Footloose star, who celebrates his 30th anniversary with actress wife Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) this fall, will costar with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in Showtime’s Boston crime drama City on the Hill in 2019. Meanwhile, he and brother Michael have been performing their brand of rock music for decades as the Bacon Brothers; they recently came out with their seventh studio album.
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July 12: Richard Simmons, 70
With his curly hair, tight shorts and gaudy tank tops, the clown prince of fitness was a pop-culture staple in the aerobics-crazed ’80s. But since 2014, he has not been seen in public — an odd fact that actually inspired a podcast, Missing Richard Simmons. Rumors ran amok, but brother Leonard told People magazine that after 40 or so years in the spotlight, “He wants to rest.”
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July 16: Rubén Blades, 70
The multitalented actor and Grammy-winning musician who hails from Panama City is well-known throughout Latin America and Spain. He’s appeared in such films as 1988’s The Milagro Beanfield War and 1990’s Predator 2. As for TV, he has been a regular on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. And Rubén Blades Is Not My Name, an award-winning documentary about his life, has been picked up by HBO.
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July 16: Barry Sanders, 50
Catch him if you can. After his 10-season career with the Detroit Lions, this Kansas native is still considered one of the most elusive runners ever in the NFL. Little wonder the running back was invited to every Pro Bowl from 1989 to 1999, and won a Heisman trophy as a standout college player for Oklahoma State. Sanders was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
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July 20: Diana Rigg, 80
Many a boomer lad in the ’60s had a crush on Rigg after getting a gander at her leather-clad secret agent Emma Peel in the British spy series The Avengers. She would go on to be Mrs. Bond opposite George Lazenby’s only appearance as 007 in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. And Dame Diana earned three Emmy nods as the witty and wise Queen of Thorns on Game of Thrones for five seasons.
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July 21: Garry Trudeau, 70
The creator of Doonesbury, the first daily comic strip to win a Pulitzer, came up with the idea of a pictorial form of political commentary as a Yale student in 1970. Reruns of past strips and a new version on Sundays are still syndicated to 1,000 local newspapers. Trudeau, wed to CBS Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley since 1980, was the force behind Amazon’s satirical Alpha House series in 2013 and 2014.
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July 21: Cat Stevens, 70
The enigmatic singer-songwriter, whose radio staples “Wild World,” “Peace Train” and “Moonshadow” helped define the ’70s, started out as a teen in England writing chart-toppers such as “The First Cut Is the Deepest” for other artists. He later achieved superstardom — then in 1976, after nearly drowning, he became a Muslim, stopped making pop music and took the name Yusef Islam. He resumed recording in 2006, and currently tours as Yusef/Cat Stevens.
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July 23: Stephanie Seymour, 50
It was hard to avoid this brunette supermodel in the ’80s and ’90s as she popped up everywhere, including striking poses in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issues, on Vogue covers and in Playboy. But slinky Seymour is best known for sporting lingerie for the then-fledgling Victoria Secret’s catalog. These days, the mother of four has gone mogul with her own lingerie line, Raven & Sparrow, for Barney’s New York.
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July 24: Kristin Chenoweth, 50
This vivacious Broadway belter won a Tony as Sally in the 1999 revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, but received even greater acclaim as the original Glinda in 2003’s Wicked. She has done her share of TV guest appearances such as hard-partying April Rhodes on Glee as well as recurring roles on The West Wing and Pushing Daisies. Her latest series, NBC’s Trial & Error, starts Season 2 on July 19.
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July 27: Peggy Fleming, 70
Fleming took the U.S. Olympic figure-skating hopes from tragedy, after a 1961 plane crash killed the entire team, to triumph when she was the only American to win a gold medal at the 1968 games in Grenoble, France. A breast cancer survivor who pushes for early detection, she continues to do sports commentary for ABC.