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Dec. 7: Ellen Burstyn, 90
One of the most celebrated actors of the 1970s, Ellen Burstyn starred in five Oscar-nominated roles in less than a decade: The Last Picture Show, The Exorcist, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (for which she won), Same Time, Next Year and Resurrection, later nabbing a sixth nod for her turn as a Coney Island widow addicted to diet pills in Requiem for a Dream. Next year, she’ll return to one of her most spine-tingling roles, in a reboot of The Exorcist, which is tentatively scheduled to open in theaters on the 50th anniversary of the original’s premiere.
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Dec. 9: Felicity Huffman, 60
A breakout star on Aaron Sorkin’s short-lived but critically adored Sports Night, Felicity Huffman later earned an Emmy for her turn as Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives, before branching out with her Oscar-nominated role as a transgender woman in the indie drama Transamerica. In 2019, Huffman was involved in a situation that may have made for a juicy plotline on Housewives, when she was arrested as part of a college admissions scandal, convicted for an illegal scheme to boost her daughter’s SAT scores, and served 11 days in federal prison.