Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, Ed Asner and other stars celebrate big ones this month
by Susan Wloszczyna, AARP, October 31, 2019|Comments: 0
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Nov. 3: Larry Holmes, 70
En español | This retired pro boxer, who once famously said, “There's no quit in me,” grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania, and competed in the ring for nearly three decades starting in 1973. He earned the nickname “The Easton Assassin,” thanks in large part to his lethal left jab. Holmes, who became a successful entrepreneur, is one of only five opponents to ever defeat Muhammad Ali and is often ranked as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters ever.
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Nov. 4: Matthew McConaughey, 50
The Oscar-winning actor for his 2013 role in Dallas Buyers Club goes by a new title lately: professor. The Lone Star State native is now a full-time staff member at his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, teaching film classes. He isn't taking a sabbatical from Hollywood, however: He'll appear in the Guy Ritchie movie The Gentleman, with costars Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant, this January.
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Nov. 5: Bryan Adams, 60
This Canadian-born singer and songwriter broke out with his 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife, which included the hits “Run to You” and “Summer of ‘69,” and won a Grammy for his love ballad “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.” More recently, he toured with Brit rocker Billy Idol and has cowritten the songs for a stage musical based on the 1991 film Pretty Woman that starred Julia Roberts.
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Nov. 8: Bonnie Raitt, 70
It took a while for the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt to find her groove. But the gifted flame-haired singer, songwriter and guitarist finally hit the big time on the charts in 1989 with her tenth album, Nick of Time, which won four Grammys. She's been on the road for nearly four years since the release of her last recording, 2016's Dig in Deep.
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Nov. 15: Ed Asner, 90
How will the actor behind fictional newsman Lou Grant celebrate his milestone birthday this month? Asner has said he's gathering some pals, including Cloris Leachman and Lily Tomlin, and throwing a party that will benefit the new Ed Asner Family Center, which promotes mental health and programs for special needs children and their families. Tom Bergeron is hosting and Nancy Sinatra will sing.
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Nov. 18: Margaret Atwood, 80
This beloved Canadian author is most famous for The Handmaid's Tale, her 1985 dystopian novel about the patriarchal society of Gilead that's become a popular Hulu series. Her new, long-awaited sequel, The Testaments, has zoomed up the bestseller lists and just won the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction (sharing the win with author Bernardine Evaristo's novel Girl, Woman, Other).
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Nov. 19: Allison Janney, 60
The in-demand actress won four Emmys as presidential press secretary C.J. Cregg on The West Wing and two more for her CBS sitcom Mom, just renewed for a sixth season. Janney also claimed a supporting Oscar for her mesmerizingly good role as the caustic chain-smoking mother of disgraced Olympian skater Tonya Harding in 2017's I, Tonya. Upcoming: She'll appear as lawyer Susan Estrich in Bombshell, a fact-based film delving into the Fox News sexual harassment scandal, out Dec. 20.
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Nov. 26: Tina Turner, 80
The New York Times recently described this 12-time Grammy winner as “the symbol of rock ‘n’ roll stamina for 50 years.” The “Proud Mary” singer, who endured an abusive relationship with late husband Ike, was reborn as a solo artist with her 1984 album Private Dancer. Turner now lives in Switzerland with her husband Erwin Bach and has been retired for a decade, but her legend lives on in the form of the Broadway production Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.
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Nov. 28: Berry Gordy, 90
The hitmaker who founded Motown Records in 1960 once said, “I have this ability to find this hidden talent in people that sometimes even they didn't know they had.” Gordy, who discovered such recording artists as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and ex-wife Diana Ross, announced his retirement at the recent 60th anniversary celebration of Motown Records in Detroit.
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Nov. 28: Judd Nelson, 60
The actor is a famed member of the group of young 1980s actors known as the Brat Pack, thanks to his roles in two classics of the era, St. Elmo's Fire (as the yuppie) and The Breakfast Club (as the bad boy). He starred as the boss of Brooke Shields's character on the ‘90s sitcom Suddenly Susan, which ran for four seasons, and since then has had a string of smaller roles, including in live theater. Nelson recently nixed the idea of a Breakfast Club reboot without filmmaker John Hughes, who died in 2009.
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