Tom Arnold, Terrence Howard, Vicki Lawrence and other stars celebrate big ones this month
by Susan Wloszczyna, AARP, March 1, 2019|Comments: 0
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March 1: Javier Bardem, 50
En español | Bardem was the first Spanish actor to be nominated for an Academy Award, for his role as writer Reinaldo Arenas in the 2000 biopic Before Night Falls. He also won a supporting Oscar for his unforgettable performance in the 2007 crime thriller No Country for Old Men as Anton Chigurh, a sadistic assassin who flips a coin when facing down potential victims. He and his wife, Penelope Cruz, his costar in Woody Allen’s 2008 romance Vicky Cristina Barcelona, are now together in the new film Everybody Knows; Bardem plays her former lover.
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March 6: Tom Arnold, 60
Arnold has had his share of career ups and downs, starting with his real-life role as Roseanne Barr’s second husband as well as her sitcom costar and tabloid target before they split in 1994 — the same year he appeared as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sidekick in the action hit True Lies. He recently hosted the Viceland TV show The Hunt for the Trump Tapes, and has reportedly filed for divorce from his fourth wife, Ashley Groussman.
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March 11: Terrence Howard, 50
The multitalented Howard was part of the ensemble cast for the 2004 best picture winner Crash, and was Oscar-nominated for his pimp and aspiring rapper in the 2005 film Hustle & Flow. But nowadays he is known as the King-Lear-like hip-hop record mogul Lucious Lyon opposite Hustle & Flow costar Taraji P. Henson on the TV series Empire.
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March 13: Neil Sedaka, 80
One of the most prolific pop tunesmiths ever, Sedaka cowrote and sang such ’60s hits as "Calendar Girl" and his signature song, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do." He and partner Howard Greenfield wrote "Stupid Cupid" for Connie Francis, as well as the theme song to her 1960 movie Where the Boys Are. He sold 25 million records at that time, second only to Elvis. The popularity of the Beatles pushed him out of the limelight, though Sedaka penned 1975’s biggest hit, "Love Will Keep Us Together," for Captain and Tennille. You can still catch him on tour.
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March 16: Erik Estrada, 70
Sometimes you just need that one perfect role to make a career. That happened for Estrada when he was hired to be Francis Llewelyn “Ponch” Poncherello — the motorcycle-riding member of the California Highway Patrol on the NBC series CHiPs for six seasons in the 1970s and ’80s. His macho cop was paired with Larry Wilcox’s level-headed Officer Jonathan Andrew Baker. Life imitated art when Estrada was a reserve officer in Muncie, Ind., in 2004 and a full-time deputy sheriff in Bedford County, Va., in 2009.
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March 17: Patrick Duffy, 70
Duffy is best known as good brother Bobby Ewing to Larry Hagman’s malevolent oil baron J.R. on the 1980s nighttime soap Dallas. His character was famously killed off on the final episode of the 1984-85 season, then rematerialized at the end of the next season when he was seen taking a shower. (Turns out his demise was all a dream had by ex-wife Pamela, played by Victoria Principal.) He recently appeared on the sitcom American Housewife sporting a gray beard and ponytail.
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March 21: Eddie Money, 70
Born Edward Mahoney, this soulful-voiced singer produced late-1970s hits (remember "Two Tickets to Paradise"?) that became classic-rock staples. During the MTV era he struggled with drug addiction, but his 1986 duet with Ronnie Spector, "Take Me Home Tonight," brought a spark to his career. Now Money, his wife and five kids are set to star on the second season of their AXS TV reality series Real Money.
This in-demand indie movie queen has been nominated twice for a supporting actress Oscar, for 1999’s off-beat Being John Malkovich and as writer Harper Lee in 2005’s Capote. But she's not averse to popping up in more mainstream fare, including 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin, 2017’s Get Out and as a voice of a villain in last year’s Incredibles 2. She will star with Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey and Andy Garcia in the upcoming Amazon web series Modern Love.
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March 26: Vicki Lawrence, 70
The singer-actress originally wanted to be a dental hygienist, but after entering a beauty contest, a reporter from a local newspaper noted her resemblance to Carol Burnett. Her mother encouraged her to write to Burnett, who ended up hiring her as a regular on The Carol Burnett Show. Lawrence later played Mama on the spinoff series Mama’s Family — and became a one-hit wonder in 1972 with her chart-topper "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia."
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