Lily Tomlin, Tyler Perry, Bruce Springsteen and other stars celebrate big ones this month
by Susan Wloszczyna, AARP, September 1, 2019|Comments: 0
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Sept. 1: Lily Tomlin, 80
En español | This funny lady has been making us laugh for at least a half-century, channeling unforgettable characters such as mischievous Edith Ann and Ernestine the obnoxious phone operator on TV's Laugh-In. These days, she stars with Jane Fonda on Netflix's Grace and Frankie, back for Season 6 in January.
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Sept. 5: Bob Newhart, 90
This beloved stand-up performer found fame with the comedy album The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, which won three Grammys in 1961. In the ‘70s, he played a dry-humored shrink with an eclectic array of patients on The Bob Newhart Show, then moved on to Newhart. He told a Minneapolis publication that he considered performing on his upcoming birthday, but “you only reach 90 once,” he said. “I don't want to do stand-up, I want to be with my family.”
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Sept. 13: Tyler Perry, 50
Showbiz entrepreneur Perry is the man behind Madea, the tough-talking, no-nonsense woman played by Perry in 11 films (he put the character to rest with this year's A Madea Family Funeral). He coproduced the Oscar-winning Precious, was a cagey lawyer in 2014's Gone Girl and played Colin Powell in 2018's Vice. These days he's more focused on TV, producing series for Oprah Winfrey's OWN and Viacom.
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Sept. 16: Ed Begley Jr., 70
The character actor, whose father Ed Begley was the Oscar-winning star of 1962's Sweet Bird of Youth, was the bumbling surgeon Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the ‘80s TV series St. Elsewhere. He has also appeared in movies, including Christopher Guest's mockumentaries Best in Show (2000) and A Mighty Wind (2003). A fan of electric vehicles, Begley has promoted environmentalism since 1970 and even did an Earth Day edition of The Price Is Right.
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Sept. 19: Twiggy, 70
Today she's Dame Lesley Lawson, but in the swinging 1960s of London, she epitomized the era as the waifish big-eyed teen fashion model known as Twiggy. She later had a successful acting career, including the big-screen 1971 musical comedy The Boy Friend, and was nominated for a Tony for her Broadway debut in the 1983 musical My One and Only. This fall, she'll be a judge on a British version of VH1's hit reality show RuPaul's Drag Race.
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Sept. 23: Jason Alexander, 60
"Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it!” That is just one memorable quote that came out of the mouth of the actor who embodied George Constanza for nine seasons on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld in the ‘90s. He was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards for his hilarious supporting role, but — much like George — always lost.
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Sept. 23: Bruce Springsteen, 70
The New Jersey-born singer has created some of the most influential and beloved music in rock (Rolling Stone's list of the 100 best Springsteen songs puts “Born to Run” and “Badlands” at numbers 1 and 2). The Boss recently won a special Tony for his intimate Broadway show, which was based on his 2016 memoir, Born to Run. And he still lives in Jersey; he has said, “It was essential to who I was and continues, to this day, to be that way.”
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Sept. 25: Catherine Zeta-Jones, 50
The Welsh-born beauty first caught the eye of Hollywood as a feisty senorita who falls for Antonio Banderas’ Mexican swordsman in the 1998 hit action adventure The Mask of Zorro. She showed off her dramatic chops in 2000's Traffic and revealed her musical skills as a murderous femme fatale in 2002's Chicago, which won her a best supporting actress Oscar. The wife of actor Michael Douglas, Zeta-Jones was most recently was seen as Olivia de Havilland in the 2017 FX TV series, Feud: Bette and Joan.
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