Look Who's Turning 50 in 2020
Tina Fey, Queen Latifah, Matt Damon and other stars celebrating big ones
by Sarah Elizabeth Adler, AARP, December 24, 2019
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Queen Latifah, March 18
En español | She was a rapper in the 1980s before moving to the big screen, putting her musical chops to use in films like Chicago (2002), which earned the actress an Oscar nomination for her performance as corrupt jail matron “Mama” Morton. Next up is another dark (but nonmusical) role: She's set to star in the pilot for CBS's attempted reboot of the hit crime series The Equalizer.
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Vince Vaughn, March 28
Known for his sardonic humor and towering height (6-5), Vaughn joined the ranks of Hollywood's “Frat Pack” with comedy blockbusters like DodgeBall (2004) and Wedding Crashers (2005). He's now working on a yet-unnamed Netflix comedy said to be modeled after his hit 2003 buddy movie, Old School.
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Tina Fey, May 18
A longtime Saturday Night Live favorite (and the first woman to be its head writer), Fey is the comedic mastermind behind hits such as the satirical NBC series 30 Rock and cult classic Mean Girls (2004). Her Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt recently wrapped its four-season run, but will return to the platform for a special send-off sometime this year.
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Naomi Campbell, May 22
The London-born supermodel has ruled runways and ad campaigns since she landed the cover of French edition of Vogue at 18 (the first black model to do so). This year, she's bringing her expertise to the Amazon competition series Making the Cut, where she'll be one of the judges helping to make or break the careers of 12 aspiring designers.
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Nick Offerman, June 26
He starred on the hit NBC comedy Parks and Recreation as the gruff, macho Ron Swanson — who'd probably be impressed that in real life Offerman is also a woodworker, boat builder and cohost of NBC's DIY reality competition Making It. His next role, on the upcoming Hulu miniseries Devs, is less woodshop, more startup: He'll play the CEO of a shadowy “quantum computing” company.
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Melissa McCarthy, Aug. 26
Though McCarthy broke out with her hilarious role in the comedy Bridesmaids (2011), she also excels at darker, leading roles. Her portrayal of author Lee Israel in the 2018 drama Can You Ever Forgive Me? earned McCarthy a best actress Oscar nomination.
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Debbie Gibson, Aug. 31
The sweet-voiced teen pop sensation went triple-platinum with her 1987 debut album, Out of the Blue, which was released the summer she turned 17. She revisited some of her greatest hits last year on a nationwide tour alongside New Kids on the Block and other beloved 1980s performers, an experience that inspired her latest single, “Girls Night Out.”
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Taraji P. Henson, Sept. 11
The actress earned an NAACP Image Award four years in a row for her portrayal of entertainment mogul and family matriarch Cookie Lyon on the Fox series Empire, which ended its six-season run in December. Henson's next project is a bit lighter: She'll star alongside Ed Helms in Coffee & Kareem, a crime comedy set in Detroit.
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Matt Damon, Oct. 8
Before The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) or the Jason Bourne franchise, Damon earned his leading man status with 1997's Good Will Hunting, for which he and cowriter Ben Affleck also nabbed a best original screenplay Oscar. His next project is another collaboration with Affleck: The pair cowrote and will star in The Last Duel, a historical drama set in 14th-century France.
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Ethan Hawke, Nov. 6
The Texas-born actor is known for ambitious projects (including Richard Linklater's Before trilogy, which took nearly two decades to complete, and 2014's epic effort Boyhood) and serious stage performances on Broadway. In 2020 he'll star in The Good Lord Bird, a Showtime limited series about Kansas abolitionists based on James McBride's National Book Award-winning novel of the same name.