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7 Milestone Celebrity Birthdays in September

Cheers to Idris Elba, Gwyneth Paltrow and other stars celebrating big ones this month

(Left to right) Gwyneth Paltrow and Idris Elba
(Left to right) Gwyneth Paltrow and Idris Elba
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Sept. 2: Jimmy Connors, 70

Tennis legend Jimmy Connors appears onstage during the One 805 Kick Ash Bash benefiting First Responders at Bella Vista Ranch & Polo Club on February 25, 2018 in Carpinteria, California.
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One of the most dominant players of the Open Era, tennis great Jimmy Connors still holds many men’s singles records: career titles (109), finals appearances (164), matches won (1,274) and matches played (1,557). In other words, he knows a thing or two about the sport, which comes in handy with his latest endeavor: Advantage Connors, a podcast he hosts with his son, Brett.

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Sept. 6: Justina Machado, 50

Justina Machado poses for a photo at the IMDb Exclusive Portraits studio during The 2021 Outfest Legacy Awards Gala at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on November 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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Following her SAG Award–winning turn as Vanessa Diaz on Six Feet Under, the Chicago-born actress took center stage as Penelope Alvarez, an Army veteran living with PTSD, in the Cuban American reboot of One Day at a Time (2017–20). These days, she’s lending her voice to the Peacock/Hulu animated series DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms, which returned for its third season in August.

Sept. 6: Idris Elba, 50

Idris Elba at the world premiere of "Beast" held at The Museum of Modern Art on August 8, 2022 in New York, New York.
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A 21st-century Renaissance man, People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2018 acts, raps, sings and DJs, and he’s had an absurdly busy 2022 to ring in his fifth decade. After releasing an EP with Australian pop-rock group Lime Cordiale in January, he voiced Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, made a cameo in Thor: Love and Thunder, and starred in the dark fantasy Three Thousand Years of Longing and the thriller Beast (where he and his family are stalked by a killer lion), both in theaters now. And if you were a fan of his star-making BBC crime drama Luther, you’re in luck: A feature film version is coming out soon.

Sept. 11: Kristy McNichol, 60

Kristy McNichol attends Love Boat Cast Christening Of Regal Princess Cruise Ship at Port Everglades on November 5, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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A two-time Emmy winner for her role as the teenage daughter Letitia “Buddy” Lawrence on the ABC drama Family (1976–80), McNichol went on to star in the Neil Simon comedy Only When I Laugh and the Golden Girls spin-off Empty Nest. She announced her retirement from acting in 2001, and these days she’s mostly staying out of the spotlight, spending lots of quality time with her partner, Martie Allen, and their miniature dachshunds.

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Sept. 16: Mickey Rourke, 70

Actor Mickey Rourke attends the TEATRO Even Summer White Affair at Skybar on June 17, 2022 in West Hollywood, California.
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One of the most promising young actors of his generation, the Actors Studio–trained performer (Diner9 1/2 Weeks) was out of the public eye for a few years before emerging with celebrated turns in Sin City and The Wrestler, for which he received his first Oscar nomination. Earlier this year, he starred in the World War II–set WarHunt, which he’ll follow up with a role in the upcoming Roman Polanski-directed black comedy The Palace.

Sept. 19: Cheri Oteri, 60

Cheri Oteri on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen."
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The sketch-comedy firecracker spent five seasons on Saturday Night Live, where she showed a penchant for wild-eyed original characters and celebrity impersonations like Barbara Walters. Following roles in films such as Scary Movie and Liar Liar, Oteri appeared in this year’s LGBTQ comedy Give or Take as Patty King, the Queen of Cape Cod Real Estate. Next up, she’ll join the cast of the workplace comedy Out of Office alongside her fellow SNL alums Leslie Jones and Jay Pharoah.

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Sept. 27: Gwyneth Paltrow, 50

Gwyneth Paltrow participates in panel at the 2022 Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Summit at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on July 19, 2022 in National Harbor, Maryland.
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The Oscar winner (for Shakespeare in Love) has largely stepped back from acting in recent years to focus on her wellness and lifestyle brand Goop. In 2020, following a stint on Ryan Murphy’s The Politician, Paltrow hosted and executive-produced the docuseries The Goop Lab, covering such topics as psychedelics, antiaging treatments and female sexuality. This month, she’s taking her brand to the high seas with a themed nine-night itinerary on Celebrity Cruises, where she’ll sail around the Italian Riviera and France with a few thousand of her fans.