Meryl Streep, Lionel Richie, Steffi Graf and others celebrating big ones this month
by Susan Wloszczyna, AARP, June 1, 2019|Comments: 0
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June 7: Mike Pence, 60
En español |The 48th vice president of the United States was previously the 50th governor of Indiana, and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. He likes to describe himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.” Pence got an early birthday present of sorts when his name was shouted by Game ofThrones actor Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) during filming of the “Battle of Winterfell” episode on the show’s eighth and final season. Other dialogue was subbed in later.
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June 9: Dick Vitale, 80
This former coach turned college basketball broadcaster for ESPN is beloved for his colorful catchphrases. High-flying dunk artists are “elevator men,” something amazing is labeled “scary,” the acronym PTP is short for “prime-time performer,” and a “diaper dandy” is a top-notch freshman player. Vitale was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor to the sport in 2008. He also has had cameos in several films, including BlueChips, He Got Game and Love & Basketball.
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June 11: Peter Dinklage, 50
This 4-foot-5 Game of Thrones actor played Lord Tyrion Lannister, whose wit and intellect was as sharp as any sword — a role, just wrapped up with a triumphant finale, that helped earn him seven Emmy nominations and three wins. As for the big screen, he was smitten with Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and appeared as Eitri the Dwarf King in Avengers: Infinity War.
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June 14: Steffi Graf, 50
“When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win,” she has said. One of the greatest female tennis players ever, with 22 Grand Slam wins — including achieving a rare Golden Slam by taking all four major singles titles along with an Olympic gold medal in 1988 — the German-born Graf has rarely felt the pain of defeat. She retired from the sport in 1999 when she was ranked No. 3 in the world, and has been married to fellow tennis ace Andre Agassi since 2001.
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June 15: Ice Cube, 50
This hip-hop star and actor found fame in 1986 in the boundary-pushing gangsta rap group N.W.A., whose legacy was captured in the 2015 hit biopic Straight Outta Compton. Ice Cube went on to be a solo artist and actor, making his big-screen debut in 1991’s Boyz n the Hood as gang member Doughboy. He would write the screenplay and star in the 1995 comedy Friday, as well as its two sequels. A fourth and final film, Last Friday, is expected to be released next year to mark the original’s 25th anniversary.
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June 20: Lionel Richie, 70
This singer/songwriter, who has sold over 90 million records worldwide, has had at least three lives. Richie began as a part of the funk-infused Commodores in 1968 with hits like “Brick House.” He transformed into a balladeer with love songs such as “Easy” and “Sail On.” The four-time Grammy winner went solo in 1982, and won an Oscar in 1986 for “Say You, Say Me” from WhiteNights. Richie now judges future stars on TV’s American Idol and is on tour through August.
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June 22: Meryl Streep, 70
The Oscar nominations keep on coming for this star, considered one of our greatest living actresses. Streep, who has won an Oscar three times — one less than Katharine Hepburn — now has 21 nominations, thanks to her role as Katharine Graham in 2017’s The Post. There will likely be more to come, starting with her pushy Aunt March in Little Women, which will be released in December. She also joins HBO’s Emmy-magnet Big Little Lies, premiering June 9, as the mother-in-law of Nicole Kidman’s character.
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June 22: Lindsay Wagner, 70
Wagner was a fixture on ‘70s TV, appearing on Marcus Welby, M.D. and The Rockford Files. But since 1975, she has been best known as Jaime Sommers, The Bionic Woman. She was first cast as the childhood sweetheart of Col. Steve Austin (Lee Majors) on ABC’s The Six Million Dollar Man, before starring in the spin-off series that ran from 1976 to 1978. Wagner still acts, most recently as the abused mother of surgeon Alex Karev on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
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June 27: Vera Wang, 70
Countless high-profile brides have said “I do” while wearing one of Wang’s signature gowns, including Chelsea Clinton, Alicia Keys and Kim Kardashian. She has also dressed Michelle Obama and Barbara Bush. Before the onetime Vogue editor was a fashion designer, she had hopes of joining the U.S. Olympics team as a figure skater in 1968, but didn’t make the cut. She designed costumes for such Olympian skaters as Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan.
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