Sigourney Weaver, Marie Osmond, 'Weird Al' and other stars celebrate big ones this month
by Susan Wloszczyna, AARP, September 30, 2019|Comments: 0
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Oct. 3: Gwen Stefani, 50
This Hollaback Girl — the title of her number 1 song from 2004 — has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, her fame fueled by her band No Doubt's 1995 breakthrough album "Tragic Kingdom". Last month the three-time Grammy winner returned to judge NBC's reality singing contest, The Voice, alongside her boyfriend, country music star Blake Shelton, 43.
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Oct. 7: Simon Cowell, 60
"My advice would be if you want to pursue a career in the music business, don't.” This British showbiz mogul is known for such withering critiques of wannabe stars on Fox's singing competition American Idol, which he judged from 2001 to 2010 — inspiring TV Guide to place him at number 10 on their list of “60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.” Cowell, who has a 5-year-old son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman, is slightly kinder as a judge on NBC's America's Got Talent, a hit show he created in 2006.
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Oct. 8: Sigourney Weaver, 70
That beast that ripped through John Hurt's chest in the 1979 sci-fi classic Alien wasn't the film's lone breakout star. Weaver's role as space traveler Ripley (still the gold standard of female action heroes) launched her film career. She received Oscar nods for her roles as Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist (lead actress) and the boss from hell in Working Girl (supporting actress), both released in 1988 — though she's probably best known for her sci-fi movies. She's scheduled to appear in the four upcoming sequels to 2009's Avatar.
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Oct. 10: Brett Favre, 50
How hot was this quarterback in the ‘90s? Consider that Favre, who spent most of his 20-year career in the NFL playing for the Green Bay Packers, had a cameo in the 1998 comedy There's Something About Mary as Cameron Diaz's former beau, listening to actors mangle his last name. More significantly, he was the first NFL QB to pass for 500 touchdowns, throw for 70,000 yards and complete 6,000 passes. He led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory (35-21) against the New England Patriots in 1997 but came up short (31-24) against the Denver Broncos in 1998.
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Oct. 13: Marie Osmond, 60
The eighth of nine children (and the only girl) in a showbiz family, Marie Osmond was a teenager when she costarred on the hugely popular ABC variety show Donny & Marie with big brother Donny. They've performed together for years, but are now splitting up professionally; they're wrapping up their long-running Las Vegas show by the end of this year. Marie, who has 10 grandkids and counting, just started cohosting the CBS daytime show The Talk.
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Oct. 14: Ralph Lauren, 80
This famed designer, born in the Bronx as Ralph Lifshitz, grew into a household name in the 1970s, thanks in part to his company's most popular item – colorful cotton Polo shirts. The Ralph Lauren label, known for its signature polo player logo and association with preppy culture, has struggled in recent years but is trying to stay relevant: It made ball-boy and ball-girl uniforms out of recycled water bottles for the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament.
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Oct. 21: Ken Watanabe, 60
This multitalented Japanese actor received an Oscar nomination for his role as warrior-poet Lord Katsumoto in the 2003 action film starring Tom Cruise, The Last Samurai. He also appeared in 2005's Batman Begins, 2006's Letters From Iwo Jima, 2010's Inception and the 2014 remake of Godzilla. In 2015, he was nominated for a Tony for his lead role as the ruler of Siam in the musical The King and I — the first Japanese actor to receive such a nomination.
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Oct. 23: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, 60
This goofy song-parodist extraordinaire became a hit in the ‘80s by mocking such artists as the Knack ("My Bologna"), Queen ("Another One Rides the Bus") and Madonna ("Like a Surgeon"). His career is no joke, though, considering that he's sold over 12 million albums and won five Grammys. And Yankovic, known for his epic collection of Hawaiian shirts, got rave reviews for his recent “Strings Attached Tour,” which included a 41-piece orchestra.
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Oct. 24: F. Murray Abraham, 80
The actor was wonderful in his Oscar-winning role as Mozart's rival composer Salieri in 1984's Amadeus. From 2012 to 2018, he appeared on TV's Homeland as a CIA black ops director, earning two Emmy nods. Up next: a role in the web comedy series Mythic Quest on Apple+TV.
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Oct. 30: Grace Slick, 80
The rock ‘n’ roll diva from Jefferson Airplane and (later) Jefferson Starship was among those who recently reminisced about the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, where she and her band were on the bill: “The idea we attracted that many people was kind of amazing.” Since retiring in 1989, she has focused on art; her paintings have included portraits of rock stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia.
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