Jamie Lee Curtis, Sammy Sosa and Owen Wilson celebrate big ones this month
by Susan Wloszczyna, AARP, November 1, 2018|Comments: 0
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Nov. 5: Sam Rockwell, 50
En español | The talented character actor who has done films big (The Green Mile) and small (SevenPsychopaths) was rewarded for his efforts when he won a 2018 best supporting actor Oscar as a racist small-town cop in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Rockwell could be up for more honors as George W. Bush — wearing a fake nose, opposite Christian Bale’s potbellied Dick Cheney in the humorous biopic Vice, directed by Adam McKay (The Big Short) and opening on Dec. 25.
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Nov. 8: Parker Posey, 50
This quirky actress has been a favorite of indie filmmakers since breaking out in Richard Linklater’s 1993 high-school flick Dazed andConfused as Darla, the tyrannical overseer of freshman hazing. She has also been a key player in mockumentary master Christopher Guest’s improvised comic outings — such as Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show. In July she came out with the book You're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir.
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Nov. 10: Tracy Morgan, 50
This outspoken stand-up comic and alum of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock has faced more than his share of difficulties, including a diabetes diagnosis and struggles with alcohol. In 2014, Morgan survived a deadly six-vehicle crash in New Jersey while on tour, and spent many months recovering from broken bones and traumatic head injuries. He now stars on the TBS series The Last O.G.
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Nov. 12: Sammy Sosa, 50
The Dominican professional baseball right fielder, known for his home-run-hitting prowess as a seven-time All-Star while playing for the Chicago Cubs, reached his 400th home run faster than any other MLB player in history; he was at 600 by the end of his career, when he was with the Texas Rangers. “Slammin’ Sammy” is also famous for his home-run race with Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1998 season, coming in second with 66 after McGwire reached 70.
Multitalented Mullally has done Broadway in musical revivals of Grease and How toSucceed in Business Without Really Trying, and has acted onstage opposite her husband, Nick Offerman. But she's best known as substance-abusing, zinger-slinging Karen Walker, assistant to Debra Messing’s interior designer character on Will & Grace.
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Nov. 17: Gordon Lightfoot, 80
If you could read his mind, you might know this Canadian baritone’s secret to his longevity as an artist. He got his start in 1966 with his melancholy hit single, "Early Morning Rain," which would be recorded by everyone from Judy Collins to Elvis Presley. Despite having health setbacks over the years, including an onstage stroke, he continues to tour under the banner of “The Legend Lives On,” performing such favorites as "Sundown" and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
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Nov. 18: Owen Wilson, 50
This funny man with a strong drawl who hails from Dallas hitched his wagon early on to fellow Texan filmmaker Wes Anderson, sharing credits for 1996’s Bottle Rocket and 2001’s The Royal Tenenbaums. An upstanding member of the Frat Pack, he has appeared in such comedies as Zoolander,Wedding Crashers and Starsky & Hutch. Wilson recently became a dad for the third time with the birth of his first daughter, Lyla.
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Nov. 22: Jamie Lee Curtis, 60
The daughter of actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh joined the family business when she was cast as Laurie Strode in 1978’s Halloween — a role she has revisited in four sequels, including the current hit — and established herself as a fright-flick scream queen. Curtis would add action (True Lies) and comedy (Trading Places, Freaky Friday) to her repertoire. She has been married to actor/filmmaker Christopher Guest since 1984, and gained the title of baroness through his family connections.
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Nov. 26: Rich Little, 80
The Canadian-born master of impersonations, known as the "Man of a Thousand Voices,” has mimicked everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jimmy Stewart to Richard Nixon and Barack Obama. In the 1960s, he was a regular on Judy Garland's variety show and Ed Sullivan’s showcase. He has said his worst fear is a sore throat: “Other people get a cold and they just get a cold. I get a cold and John Wayne gets a cold.” His memoir, Little by Little, came out in 2014.
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